There are those voices that are instantly recognizable .....
I'm certain no one can disagree that the voice of the late, great Roy Orbison was one of angelic proportions which spoke to lovers, injured or fulfilled, along with influencing great musicians for decades.
Author & musician, John Kruth, has given us the real deal in his latest book, Rhapsody in Black. Kruth describes the roots of Orbison's upbringing as "a chapter in a John Steinbeck book." The vocalist endured a difficult childhood and Kruth digs deep into researching the music & social influences which shaped the presence of the legend. I've found Kruth's book to be a real page turner and have enjoyed every word that Kruth put to "pretty paper." Being a sensitive mom, it's been difficult for me to learn about the amount of discrimination Orbison experienced as a result of his pop bottle glasses and less than attractive features. But it was Roy who showed those shallow bottom feeders what his true gift was to the world.
Having sadly left our world at the young age of 52, Orbison's life mirrored the woeful song lyrics that melted from his mouth. He suffered much loss which attributed to the musical transformation from sadness to unforgettable magic.
Don't miss Kruth's interview tomorrow at 12:00 Noon CST - the show link is below. If you can't listen live, tune in anytime to hear the recorded episode.
My Music Nugget for Today:
Rod Stewart's new release - "Finest Woman"
OK--Hot Rod hasn't released anything as soulful as his days with Faces...but this little ditty is heading in the right direction. Yeah, it's a little bit of a sell out, not great depth, but it's got some soul & there's a hint of the ole' Rod in there, hopefully minus the myths......
Here is a short clip of the song.....for those of you who can only handle Rod in small doses:
Ask the Intern - with Claire Edwards
"Claire, I know that Roy Orbison was in a "supergroup" called The Traveling Wilburys --What actually IS a supergroup?" from Jim-Buffalo, NY
A supergroup is a band consisting of members that have already achieved recognition in the music scene prior to the formation of the group. The classic example of a supergroup is Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young which is composed of David Crosby of The Byrds, Graham Nash of The Hollies, and Stephen Stills and Neil Young of Buffalo Springfield. All four members of this group have been introduced to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice and have been part of the creation of albums that consistently place at the top of the charts. It is also argued that a supergroup can be a band whose members achieved further fame individually after group disbanded. An excellent example of this is The Beatles since the members went on to have prominent solo careers. However, this definition of a supergroup is not always accepted.
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John's Blurb - by Jude Southerland Kessler
I’ve discovered a pattern. Each
week, I sit down to write these blogs based on the quotes of John Lennon. I
find a quote that speaks to me. And then I disagree with it. Ninety-five
percent of the time, that’s the subject matter of these scribblings – my
disagreement with John over fairly important issues.
Yesterday, I was interviewed for
an emotionally taxing hour by a very cool sociologist who is doing a remarkable
book about The Beatles (I won’t divulge what kind of book it is and give her
idea away, but it’s a GREAT one). And she kept asking me over and over, “Why? Why are you dedicating your life to
writing about John Lennon? You seem to disagree with his early politics,
question his time with the Maharishi, and reject the drug culture…so why John? WHY?”
There’s an old quote that says,
“You like someone BECAUSE. You love someone ALTHOUGH.” And that pretty much
sums up the situation.
When you love someone, he (or
she) can be 180 out. Or you can be 180 out, however you choose to look at it. He
can be a jerk, on occasion…okay, perhaps on many occasions. She can see the
glass as half full/empty while you insist it’s half empty/full. (Circle one.)
He can master the jab, the sardonic sneer. And still…
The last line of Cynthia Lennon’s
2005 book, John, is this: “But the
truth is, if I’d known as a teenager what falling for John Lennon would lead
to, I would have turned right then and walked away.” But I don’t believe her. I
don’t believe her at all. In fact, I think that’s bushwa, as they say in Liverpool. Cynthia loved (loves) John
John once said (and here’s the
quote I’m going to disagree with this week): “It matters NOT who you love, where you love, why you love, when you
love, or how you love…it matters only that you love.”
Honestly, that’s just crazy! It
does matter WHERE you love…try it in Central Park, and you’ll wind up behind
bars for indecent exposure!
And it does matter WHEN you love.
Don’t bother me at 8 a.m. or you risk life and limb. I’m only sleepin’.
And of course it matters HOW you
love! There are volumes written on the incompatibility of love languages. Match
up a “gift giver” with a person who needs “words of affirmation,” and you’ve
got big, capital T-Trouble! Match up a person whose love language is “physical
touch” with an individual who expresses love via “deeds of service,” and
general panic ensues!
And WHO(m) you love…well…those
who have be abused, cheated on, ignored,
swindled, or threatened will tell you it matters a very great deal whom
you love. WHOM changes your life, for better or worse. Ask Cynthia. She’s
written two books on the subject.
But I think John’s main point
get no say in matters of the heart. Love happens. And love – even the worst of
it – causes us to grow, change, understand, have patience, be strong, and be
courageous. It empowers us to step
outside of ourselves.
Lord Woodbine, who accompanied
The Beatles to Hamburg in August 1960, once denigrated John in my presence, and
I angrily retorted, “Hey, don’t talk about John like that! He’s like a big
brother to me!” At that outburst, Woody broke into his hearty West Indies laugh
and shouted to the group, “Hey, she says John Lennon’s like her big brother!
John Lennon?! Pfffft! Lady, you have one VERY strange big brother!” And all
right, that may be the case.
But John Lennon has been a part
of my family since I was 9 years old, and although we disagree on many
subjects, and always will, it changes absolutely nothing. And maybe, just maybe, you have someone in
your family with whom there seems to be no
point of agreement, no place in which you two can “Come Together,” no shred
of concord in sight.
“It only matters that you love,”
John said. That part, he got right.
I’ll give him that.
It’s a starting point. - Jude Southerland Kessler
Author of The John Lennon Series
(pre-order Jude's next book N O W !!!!! )www.johnlennonseries.com