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Revolver

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Each day just goes so fast

I turn around, it’s past

You don’t get time to hang a sign on me

 

Love me while you can

Before I’m a dead old man

 

Beatles, Love You To

 

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Running late but wanted to share this little bit. On this date, August 5, back in 1966, a favorite album of mine, the groundbreaking Revolver from the Beatles, was released. With its daring technical innovations, it set the tone for pop and rock music then, bringing the psychedelic era to the wider audience of pop music. It was like they kicked their machine into a higher gear that challenged every other musician to follow them.

It’s good stuff.

I have quite a few favorites on this album but the two that jump out at me are Tomorrow Never Knows and Love You To, both heavily influenced by George Harrison‘s affinity for the music and rhythms of India. I’ve never played Love You To here and thought today would be appropriate.

Give a listen and have a decent day.

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When I was a kid there wasn’t much available on the radio beyond the local AM radio stations.  The one I usually listened to was WENY and at the time my favorite DJ was a guy named Paul Lee, who also hosted a late night Saturday monster movie as his alter ego, the Undertaker.  He was entertaining for a 12 or 13 year old kid and had a pretty sharp wit for a DJ in a small market.  He was always runnings call in contests and on one night Iw as lucky enough to be the 20th or whatever caller.  I won a stack of 25 albums and I thought I was in pig heaven.

Of course, they were just getting rid of all the promos that had come their way and never made it on the air.  Most were pretty bad and some were just not the taste for a teenager.  I remember there was an Ornette Coleman LP that was a very conceptual jazz thing that sounded like squawks and buzzes to my ears at the time.  Actually, it still sounded that way to me everytime I’ve pulled it out over the years. But there were a few gems in there.

One was this self-titled first album from David Bromberg.  It was produced by George Harrison who appears on the very enjoyable song, The Holdup.  Several of the songs are Bromberg’s interpretation of blues and traditional classics mixed in with some wonderful originals, including the strange and haunting Sammy’s Song.  I still listen to it on a regular basis and it has always held up through the many years.  Bromberg’s an interesting guy, a folk guitar wiz who basically quit the business for several years to learn the art of violin making.  He has returned and plays several shows a year but maintains a violin shop in Wilmington, Delaware.  He seems like a  man who lives life on his own terms.  A rare and wonderful thing.

Anyway, on this rainy Sunday morning, I’m glad I was the 20th caller and found this album.  Here’s Last Song for Shelby Jean from it:

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It’s Friday.  Time for a little respite from the week.

Here’s a great version of George Harrison’s While My Guitar Gently Weeps performed by ukelele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, a performer who has stretched the perception of what a uke can be.  Beautiful playing…

Enjoy your Friday and if you’re in the Corning area tonight, stop in at the opening for the Little Gems exhibit at the West End Gallery.  It’s always a lively crowd and there’s something for everyone in this show.

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