Friday, February 24, 2006

happy B-day George Harrison

I bid you a happy birthday George Harrison. You made a difference in the music world, as you did in the social world... Making more money with your Concert For Bangledesh than any charity
event/concert EVER! You, sir, are a genuine gentleman and a scholar. Your music will always make innumerable people everywhere smile. The benefit concert that Eric Clapton put on in your
memory, The Concert For George, was one of the best all star concerts ive seen since The Bands Last Waltz. All of your friends were there, including, Ravi Shankar and his daughter, Paul, Ringo, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and former Travelling Wilbuys/ELO singer Jeff Lynn. Your wife watched on as your boy Dhani played guitar with all of these great musicians.

Within You and Without You

We were talking-about the space between us all
And the people-who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion
Never glimpse the truth-then it's far too late-when they pass away.
We were talking-about the love we all could share-when we find it
To try our best to hold it there-with our love
With our love-we could save the world-if they only knew.
Try to realise it's all within yourselfNo-one else can make you change
And to see you're really only very small,
And life flows ON within you and without you.
We were talking-about the love that's gone so cold and the people,
Who gain the world and lose their soul-
They don't know-they can't see-are you one of them?
When you've seen beyond yourself-then you may find,
peace of mind,Is waiting there-
And the time will come when you seewe're all one,
and life flows on within you and without you.



19 comments:

Ken said...

Ken/Kenny

Is it hard for you as it can be for me to wrap your mind around the fact - The Beatles amazing catalog of music was recorded in such a ridiculousy short time. About 6 years, maybe 7.

Ken

thetravellingminstrel said...

not at all....life is different for people who live in the fast lane...everything happens faster... if you can comprehend that, explain it to Linda for me will ya? ive lived my whole life in the fast lane, and now im..well...stuck in park..moving downhill because someone forgot to put on the parking brake! and it was 10 yrs if you include playing out and practicing... and another 10 that the members had in (worthwhile) solo careers.

Ken said...

I respectfully disagree as a non-artist.
What do you mean by fast lane? Fast lane would include screaming women and drugs. Wouldn't it? I guarantee you Abbey Road and Sgt. Pepper wouldn't have been put together by heavy drug use(by every band member),touring to screaming fans. Its pretty well documented that Paul experimented with drugs but didn't use them wholesale like other artists of the time.

What do you think?

Love these discussions.

Ken said...

will do. i've read Bob Spitz's book on the Beatles. What other beatle bios would you recommend?

Ken

thetravellingminstrel said...

i dont know..ive read a bunch..i havent read pauls auto-bi...ive been following john and biographies since he died in 1980..all i have is bootleg audio and video footage and interviews of the band...im not really into reading 3rd party biographies.. i take the musicians word for it.again..ive not read Spitzs book, but the synopsis from amazon "unflinching biography reveals that not only did the Beatles pioneer a new era of rock but they also were on the cutting edge of rock star excess, from their 1961 amphetamine-fueled sets in the clubs of Hamburg to their eventual appetites for stronger drugs, including marijuana, LSD, cocaine and, eventually for John Lennon, heroin. Sex was also part of the equation; in 1962, when the band cut its first audition for Sir George Martin, all four members had a venereal disease, and both John's and Paul McCartney's girlfriends were pregnant. Spitz details the tangled web of bad business deals that flowed from novice manager Brian Epstein" ...
well if thats not the fast lane for you, then we need to hang out more!!!!!

thetravellingminstrel said...

most people ive met would consider that the fast lane...and could explaing how they recorded so much amazing stuff in 'such a ridiculous short time'

Ken said...

they sure were in the "fast lane" in their hamburg days and a bit after that. i believe albums as complete and professional as Abbey Rd and Sgt Pepper weren't totallly fueled by the "fast lane" were talking about the music here. the lyrics for the most part mean nothing to me now.

that is the fast lane - but I'd like to hang out either way

Then that equates to George Martin being more important to the Beatles than Ringo Starr. He was reeling them in all the time. You can't tell me "I Am The Walrus" - my fav beatle tune of all time
would have been a 4:30 song. John would have that song drag out for 8 minutes.

just throwing a bunch of mind ramblings out there.

thetravellingminstrel said...

the 'fast lane' to me is a state of mind, a mindset and happenings...

'Baby your a Rich Man' pulls me in with lennons lyrics and pauls punchy bass lines
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1SG5ekJi7Q

Ken said...

Baby you're a Rich Man - only a true beatles listener would like that. Love that song and didn't know why until now. I mean that.

You are a musician - Was/Is Paul one of the best bass players you've ever heard? Not looking for a #1 ranking.

What are some your favorite Beatles tunes. You know which songs I'm talking about. You never tire of them.

Do you still play live?

thetravellingminstrel said...

best bass players? pauls more than adequate! if you throw in the fact his guitar/singing/piano and songwriting abilities..well not many people (if any) have done as much, worldwise in the music domain.
Rick Danko is also one of my favorite,accomplished multi instrumentalists. (The Band)
as for 'non trad' beatles favorites..
'within and without you', BECAUSE (the world is round, it turns me on')
Hey Bulldog, Strawberry Fields, She Said,(lennon) Love You To and Only a Northern Song (both george)
ACTUALLY there isnt any songs by the beatles that i dont like INCLUDING 'the new mary jane' (unreleased for obvious reasons..)

thetravellingminstrel said...

oh and the song 'across the universe' is a goes without saying song to me..
thoughts meander like a
restless wind inside a letter box
they tumble blindly as
they make their way across the universe...
NOTHINGS GONNA CHANGE MY WORLD

Ken said...

Come on. I know who Rick is. :) I will certainly listen more intently to Rick's playing.

Hate love you to. Not as a singular song. I think both George's songs on Sgt Pepper and Revolver halt the mood of the album. I really do. Just an opinion of mine

thetravellingminstrel said...

following that logic,
do you believe that Lennons 'tomorrow never knows' halts the mood of Revolver? not to keen on the sitar are ya? ;-) LSD inspired it was Dr.Robert who gave them the acid and the reason why Revolver is such a revolutionary album.(IMO) the drugs matched w G.Martins sobriety was the yin/yang of their musical chemistry geniusSgt.Pepper included..

thetravellingminstrel said...

and how can the lyrics have no meaning for you now!? thats just ridiculous.. as for george martin and ringo...yea? george is a master, ringo did just enough to get by! he got lucky! George has knowledge and talent to back it up

Ken said...

At this point in my life they(lyrics) mean very little. I can listen to the end of Abbey Rd a million times over and not even given a 2nd thought to the lyrics.

Tomorrow Never Knows ends the album. Love the song. Again the sitar and songs are great. The songs albums go I believe they are both hiccuped for a second.

There is one perfect album out there - abbey rd. :)

Dark Side of the Moon - downright incredible until you get to Money - political motivated and it drags down the mood of the album.

All of these albums deserve a 9.9999999 rating. They are nearly but not perfect.

I do see that their was drug influence of the Beatles catalog. Lets say 28%

thetravellingminstrel said...

money wasnt politically motivated. the album was a concept album 'things that drive people insane' and money does just that.

i believe the beatles music was closer to 70% drug influenced if you count the early amphetamines>pot>lsd>heroin (in johns case..happiness is a warm gun bang bang shoot shoot

thetravellingminstrel said...

there are many perfect albums. Animals by p.floyd.
Abbey rd. definitely
grateful dead - american beauty and Workingmans Dead
steely dan..any album 72-77 AJA is a masterpiece
Little Feat - dixie chicken
Rolling Stones - exle on main st. and the Stones answer to Sgt.Pepper is Her Satanic Majesties Request though a bit psychadelic for the unhallucinagicly experienced..speaking of which, Jimi Hendrix Are You Experienced?
Traffic - Low Spark of High Heeled Boys.
bob dylan blood on the tracks..
all masterpies and perfect in my book!

Ken said...

blood on the tracks - yes.

i will have to relisten to some of the others.

ken - i've really tried to like the Rolling Stones. Is their path out there that would lead me to a deep apperciation for them, ie. albums, songs.

thetravellingminstrel said...

not sure about your last comment..not sure what you're asking
but if you EMAIL ME @ swingkid73@hotmail.com
and give me your email, i can send you 3 great Stones albums for you to check out.
im the same way..love/hate the Rolling Stones..im a beatles guy, but mick and the boys have some great stuff out there.