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Van Morrison – Lit Up Inside

Van Morrison has selected his best and most iconic lyrics which span 50 years of writing and representing his entire creative journey for a new lyrics book. Lit Up Inside will be the first literary work published with Morrison’s blessing.

Van Morrison himself sought out City Lights to publish the U.S. edition of his selected lyrics.  Morrison chose City Lights to release the book because of the house’s consistent commitment to artistic integrity, from the beat generation forward.

I’ve decided in the music of our heart that purchasing directly from City Lights will further confirm Van Morrison’s belief in City Light’s independent vision. It is due to released on October 21st, 2014.

The introduction by Eamonn Hughes, of Queen’s University, Belfast, gives a career-long overview of the creative influences Morrison has absorbed and channeled through the years. The Foreword by poet David Meltzer provides an appreciation of the writer’s craft demonstrated in Morrison’s evocative, timeless lyrics.

 

Late For The Sky – Jackson Browne

Late For The Sky by Jackson Browne is one of those special albums you can play and soon become lost within for hours on end. The songs are brilliantly written and executed. The perfection of this recording rests with the soul’s “pathos” yearning to be heard and understood.

I discover more about the nature of my existence every time the lyrics reverberate strongly against the music of our heart.

Side One

  1. “Late for the Sky”
  2. “Fountain of Sorrow”
  3. “Farther On”
  4. “The Late Show”

Side Two

  1. “The Road and the Sky”
  2. “For a Dancer”
  3. “Walking Slow”
  4. “Before the Deluge”

 

Jimi Hendrix – The Ultimate Lyric Book and Fashion

Lyrics are both powerful and seductive.  The lyrics of Jimi Hendrix fashion an in the music of our heart. I recently ran across a new book about Jimi Hendrix’s lyrics, Jimi Hendrix, The Ultimate Lyric Book, compiled by Janie Hendrix.  It is a loving, heartfelt tribute from a sister to a brother.

“When I was a child, I was always fascinated by my brother Jimi’s handwriting,” recalled Janie Hendrix, who compiled this collection. “It was an art form in and of itself. I remember the feeling of being captivated the first time I saw his handwritten lyrics, thinking how beautiful, how complicated both the writing and the words were on paper. Even now they offer such an insight into who my brother was and is.”

The blad (book layout and design) of the Europe and UK edition is view-able here on Issuu. Issuu is the future of mobile publishing. They offer a vivid experience for readers! I urge you to subscribe to their Web site and enhance your visual knowledge.

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I discovered after the fact that Janie Hendrix was at Bloomingdale’s the other night, signing copies of Jimi Hendrix, The Ultimate Lyric Book. It was a pretty cool event. Bloomingdale’s flagship store on 59th Street in New York City held an event with Lyric Culture introducing a Jimi Hendrix clothing line together. Billy Cox (Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsys) and Eric Gales played live as a special surprise. I met Billy Cox a couple of years back, he’s a really nice guy.

Lyric Culture has forged a great clothing concept, wearable lyric fashions. Visit their Web site and I bet you’ll find a song/artist item you’ll want to wear. I found several shirts I liked 🙂

Tea for the Tillerman – Cat Stevens

Sipping White Tea this evening and listening to the Cat Stevens, Tea for the Tillerman audio CD recording.

My favorite song is “On the Road to Find Out” and the stanza that strikes the strongest chord with me is:

Yes, the answer lies within, so why not take a look now

Kick out the devil’s sin, and pick up, pick up a good book now, ooh

Sniper and other Love Songs – Harry Chapin – Daily Post 2011 #3

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Harry Chapin is one of our favorite all-time singer-songwriters.  We were privileged to see him perform eight times from 1974 through 1979 . His concerts were a rich mixture of fun, provocative thoughts, and pinch of balderdash.

Harry was always personable and graciously accommodated my requests for interviews several times. I’ll never forget the night he did two back to back concerts for the World Hunger Year charity at Fairfield University and afterwards came back to the college radio station to do a 45 minute interview with me over the air live on WVOF-FM 88.5.  What made this interview significant was that this was the station where I conducted my “Sunday Morning Sunshine” radio show. Harry’s single was the song I used to open every show 🙂

Harry had a special quality about him, he treated you like an equal by honoring what you knew, then he would add to your collective consciousness with his unique perspectives about music and life.

His second album Sniper and other Love Songs was released in October 1972. It was a change in music direction with its added intensity and depth from Harry and his band. His Top 40 hit, “Taxi” from his first album, Heads and Tales was riding the charts in 1972, so Sniper and other Love Songs was quite the contrast.

Sniper and other Love Songs is a mixed bag of story songs, hit singles and folk classics. “Sniper” is a gripping song that puts you in the mind of Charles Whitman, the 1966 Texas  clock tower assassin. Harry’s portrayal of the sniper is eerily poetic as we find out why the sniper kills others. The voice in the sniper’s head that Harry sings about are the echoes of a mother ignoring and blaming her child for being born. The sniper’s last words, “I was, I am, and now I will be”, are an ironic triumph over a neglected life on earth which perhaps sheds the final insight into the psychology of the sniper, who is on a tortured quest for self-actualization.

Our other favorite two songs on this CD are “Better Place to Be“, which is a song that I urge you to listen to understand the aching of the human heart. “Circle” was a song Harry Chapin performed often as the encore at his concerts. We would join hands in the audience, chiming in with him and the band as their extended theater in the round.

I plan to write more about Harry Chapin on this blog, as I gather up my memories, so until that time 😉

Circle, Written By Harry Chapin, Lyrics copyright Harry Chapin Foundation

All my life’s a circle;
But I can’t tell you why;
Season’s spinning round again;
The years keep rollin’ by.

1. Sunday Morning Sunshine
2. Sniper
3. And The Baby Never Cries
4. Burning Herself
5. Barefoot Lady
6. Better Place To Be
7. Circle
8. Woman Child
9. Winter Song

Jethro Tull – Look Into The Sun

Cover of "Stand Up"
Cover of Stand Up

Did you ever have a song that sweetly haunts your sensibilities answering age old questions in its consummate verse? Look Into The Sun is that song for me and has been playing in my head for a few days now.  I love the symbolism of summer as a female figure being we are on the crest of summer right now.

I saw Jethro Tull on their Stand Up tour at the Fillmore East in NY City on July 3, 1969. Look Into The Sun was a highlight of their set that summer evening at the East Village legendary rock hall.

Look Into The Sun from the Jethro Tull Stand Up (1969) recording. Written by Ian Anderson, Copyright Chrysalis Music (ASCAP)”

 

 

Look Into The Sun

Took a sad song of one sweet evening
I smiled and quickly turned away.
It’s not easy singing sad songs
but still the easiest way I have to say.

So when you look into the sun
and see the things we haven’t done —
oh was it better then to run
than to spend the summer crying.
Now summer cannot come anyway.

I had waited for time to change her.
The only change that came was over me.
She pretended not to want love —
I hope she was only fooling me.

So when you look into the sun
look for the pleasures nearly won.
Or was it better then to run
than to spend the summer singing.
And summer could have come in a day.

So if you hear my sad song singing
remember who and what you nearly had.
It’s not easy singing sad songs
when you can sing the song to make me glad.

So when you look into the sun
and see the words you could have sung:
It’s not too late, only begun,
we can still make summer.
Yes, summer always comes anyway.

So when you look into the sun
and see the words you could have sung:
It’s not too late, only begun.
Look into the sun.