I’ve been thinking lately about my favorite concept albums… I really enjoy them. Here’s my three favorites, in order of release dates, for your entertainment and/or amusement:
1. Days Of Future Past, The Moody Blues. I listened to this on LP a million times – the variety of music, the orchestration, and the vocals are all superb.
2. Magica, Dio. Ronnie James Dio really did create magic with this one – a 20 minute spoken word history of the mythical planet Blessing,her inhabitants and heroes, as they are inundated by the evil Shadowcast and his minions. The music, vocals, and production values are simply as good as it can get. It pretty much lives in slot 3 of my Honda’s CD changer.
3. Witches, One-Eyed Doll. Witches is based on the Salem Witch Trials, and follows the history very faithfully. But what makes this so awesome is the talent of the two people who put it together, Kimberly Freeman and Junior Sewell, who comprise the entire band. The music runs the gamut from Gothic metal punk to to some of the smoothest bluesy laments you’ve ever heard, and it’s every bit as good as the other two on this list.
Honorable Mention – the fully orchestrated and narrated version of Peter And The Wolf I had as a kid… that, along with the classical music used in many old cartoons, really started me off appreciating fine sounds, independent of genre!!
#DaysOfFuturePast #MoodyBlues #Magica #Dio #Witches #OneEyedDoll #PeterAndTheWolf
Beat as one
18 years ago today, at 8:20PM, you left with the same astral event that, 29 years and 4 days earlier, heralded your arrival. Your time here was too brief, yet you touched many souls while you were here. I’d have gladly traded fates with you had such a thing been possible, but that was not to be. I still miss you. You were a far better person than I will ever be, but your presence helped me to become far better than I was, or would have been without you.
And you know, I still can’t bring myself to watch the damn meteor shower, even after all these years.
This one’s for you, Melissa
http://youtu.be/-Fl7yNIPlGM “The Sentinel – Judas Priest”
Reality is just an illusion caused by a shortage of alcohol. – Jim Grassini
a dark rage, barely contained
constrained and untamed
songbirds lifting the bright morning sun
Soraia is a band I found out about via YouTube. I have been blown away ever since! All I can say is that you need to check them out, both on YouTube, and on their official website www.soraia.com . Read ZouZou’s bio, read everything, listen to what’s there, and get the CD “In The Valley Of Love And Guns”, because it’s awesome. After listening to it once, I felt I’d shared her soul. And unwittingly shared mine with her.
My CD and stuff, addressed by ZouZou herself (were I the type to ‘squeee’, I would!)
Her lyrics have a wonderfully confessional honesty within them, and at the same time, a great sense of dare and challenge. The band is as proficient musically as she is at the microphone, weaving a sound that reminds me of the 60’s. Those would be, of course, the 60’s of Russ Meyer and James Coburn’s Derek Flint!
Here’s a suggested video sampling:
Love Like Voodoo http://youtu.be/Eu2q7KMp74s
Damn Dirty Woman (the first song I heard) http://youtu.be/9YKJGx7DpwQ
The cycle of life isn’t always easy to understand, but if you can embrace it, it will, in turn, take care of you.
OK, so it’s not much as far as theorems go. But for a Monday, what the hell do you expect?
Three years ago today, the world lost one of the best vocalists ever: Ronnie James Dio. His energy, style, talent, and kindness will be missed forever, but his music will never die. Doro Pesch, the awesome German artist, recorded this beautiful song in tribute to the biggest small guy to ever rule Metal music:
“Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done, and why. Then do it.”- Lazarus Long, The Notebooks Of Lazarus Long, by Robert Heinlein
“I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can’t see from the center.” – Kurt Vonnegut