Sunday, February 23, 2014

For You Blue ....

February 25 marks the day that George Harrison, also known as The Quiet Beatle, would have celebrated his 71st birthday. Sadly, he passed away in 2001 at the age of 58, a victim of cancer. 
Harrison's deep, introspective soul churned out incredible music while with The Beatles, but beyond that period as well. Since George was the youngest member (and also most quiet) of the group, it was surprising to the other Fabs when he proved that he had an inner voice, not just a physical one. His keen wit & sense of humor, along with spiritual platform, led the Beatle to pen "Taxman," introduce the modern world of music to Indian influences and create the tradition of large music shows to benefit social crises.  

I felt the need to chat about The Quiet Beatle on what would have been his 71st birthday. Chicago writer, Kit O'Toole, very graciously agreed to join me in a chat about George, where we'll discuss his modest upbringing, which led to a transformation into a rock star of herculean proportions. Kit is a contributing writer for numerous publications and it's a great honor to have her on the radio show.  Check out her work here: 
Contributor, Blinded by Sound
Contributor, Cinema Sentries

You can hear the show this Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at 1:00 pm CST (live)  -  and if you can't listen at that time, you may hear the recorded show at this same link, anytime after 1:30 pm

My Music Nugget of the Day:

I stumbled upon this video at It's a clip of Dhani Harrison, George's son, along with Jeff Lynne (ELO) and it's their description of how they molded the last works of George Harrison into an album titled "Brainwashed," which was released about a year after George's death. It's absolutely touching....

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Opening Ceremonies

As the winter games unfold in Sochi, Russia, I once again reflected on my idea for a "Musical Olympic Games."  During 2012's summer games, I compiled a list of potential events for a musical competition & I've updated the list a smidge.  
My Musical Olympic games would kick off with a star-studded opening ceremony in snow-free Austin, Texas, where musicians from all over the world would take part in the Opening Flames.....bic lighters & Free Bird sing alongs.  Instead of mainstream soda company sponsorships...Recipe Records would be the sponsor, serving up rockin' foods.  I'm certain that our production would rival any performance that the Olympic committee would develop.
And, of course, the medals would be albums of gold, platinum and double platinum...

Here's The Official Event List:

Open Combined Acoustics
Speed Riffing
Rhythmic Percussion
Cross Country Touring
Crossover Country Open Event (Single & Double Event)
Artistic Woodwinds
Karaoke Open Event
Laser & Strobe Freestyle
Guitar Combo Amp Freestyle
Audio Mixing Slalom
Pitch-Shifting (Team and Individual Events)
Multi-Effects Pedalboard Team
Stage Presence
Downhill Marching Cadence Combined Event
Concertmaster Biathlon
Voco - Polo
Open Ice Chromatics
Roadies Obstacle Course
Downhill Rehab (Team and Individual Events)
Hurling (Individual Events & Roadie Combination)
Cymbal Curling
Harmonic Ping Pong (singles & doubles)
Synchronized Synthesizers
Underwater Electric Guitar
Chromatic Mixing
Moguls (judging by Bono & Springsteen)

The climax to the games:
Music Pentathlon - lyric & instrumental song writing, performance on 3 separate instruments and digital recording

My Music Nugget of the Day:
As a shout out to our friends in Sochi AND to The Beatles as America celebrates 50 years since the Fabs arrived in NYC-- Here's Billy Joel singing The Beatles' "Back in the USSR" during his historic tour ..all those years ago....   \

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Peace & Rock & Roll,
Lanea Stagg
Recipe Records Cookbook