The Birds of St. Marks – Jackson Browne

There is something hauntingly romantic about the Jackson Browne song, “The Birds of St. Marks”.

“This is a song I always heard as a Byrds song, and that was even part of the writing of the song because Nico loved the Byrds. She even said on a couple of occasions, ‘Oh, you can play something like Jim McGuinn?’”

Read more:http://www.rollingstone.com/music/premieres/jackson-browne-returns-to-an-old-favorite-hear-the-birds-of-st-marks-20140818#ixzz3paY1C2Ym

“The Birds of St. Marks” was originally written in 1967 when Jackson Browne was 18 and returning home to California after a brief stint living in New York where he was recording with Nico. A time of innocence and lost love. A time of youth.

Nico: Chelsea Girl

Three of Jackson Browne’s first songs were recorded on Nico’s solo album. He played electric guitar on her recording as suggested by Andy Warhol to create a modern sound.

  • These Days
  • Fairest of the Seasons
  • Somewhere There’s A Feather

St. Marks Place Landmarks – East Village, New York City

St. Marks Place was a vibrant community in the late sixties and early seventies. It’s still a happening scene today.

#13 – Home to Lenny Bruce in the mid-1960s.[14]

#19-#25 – The Dom, Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey turned The Dom into a nightclub in 1966, which served as a showcase for the Exploding Plastic Inevitable, Warhol’s multimedia stage show for the Velvet Underground.

#19-#25 – Became The Electric Circus. Billy Joel filmed his video, “A Matter of Trust” (1986) inside The Electric Circus.

131 Second Avenue (corner St. Marks Place), Gem Spa – Home of the Egg Cream 😉

#96 & #98 – The Led Zeppelin album Physical Graffiti features a front and back cover design that depicts these two buildings, which feature carved faces. Keith Richards and Mick Jagger are in front of same building in the Rolling Stones music video “Waiting on a Friend“.[14]

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Billy Joel’s Thoughts on A Matter Of Trust – The Bridge To Russia

The Russia concert tour from the 1980′s personally cost Billy Joel more than one million dollars. Yet he believed it was important to perform behind the Iron Curtain at a time when relations were strained between Russia and the U.S.

Billy Joel was honest at the Town Hall event on SiriusXM on Monday when he revealed that Columbia pushed for the live album to be released against his wishes. A Matter Of Trust – The Bridge To Russia Legacy release is due to be available on May 19, 2014 .

Billy Joel said he was not satisfied with this recording yet the record company decided to package and distribute it anyway. He doesn’t like how his vocals sound mainly because he was suffering from a sore throat on that tour.

We will have to see how well this recording sells in light of Billy Joel’s opinion about the recording.

A Town Hall With Billy Joel Hosted By His Friend Howard Stern

We love our SiriusXM Satellite Radio. My wife and I are listening to the event that was taped earlier today. That is one of the beauties of the Howard Stern Channel 100, getting to hear the show as much as they repeat it for us subscribers.

Fans got to attend based upon the great question they submitted and then some of them got to ask Billy Joel live.

Both Billy Joel and Howard Stern are incredibly honest personalities.  The radio banter is warm, intimate and honest.

The Billy Joel Town Hall event had several great guest stars, Idina Menzel, Pink, Melissa Etheridge, Boyz To Men sing Billy Joel songs. Be prepared its very raw and mostly unrehearsed. But it is also music honest and real performed live which I love.

Billy Joel has a special, limited channel (90 days only) on SiriusXM that his friend Howard Stern encouraged him to do. We listen to Channel 705  as much as we can as loyal Billy Joel fans.

Tune in if you are a SiriusXM subscriber or Google this event on the Web to learn more about this truly unique event. Either way you will not be disappointed, trust us.

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She’s Got A Way – Billy Joel

I find the simplicity of this love song by Billy Joel endearing. Whenever I hear it I think of my loving wife Rosemary.  I dedicate this love song to you dear.

Rosemary, You are the music of our heart, always & forever. ( ‘}{‘ )

She’s Got A Way

She’s got a way about her
I don’t know what it is, but I know that I can’t live without her
She’s got a way of pleasin’
I don’t know why it is, but there doesn’t have to be a reason anyway

She’s got a smile that heals me
I don’t know why it is, but I have to laugh when she reveals me
And she’s got a way of talkin’
Don’t know why it is, but it lifts me up when we are walkin’ anywhere

She comes to me when I’m feelin’ down, inspires me without a sound
She touches me and I get turned around

She’s got a way of showin’
How I make her feel and I find the strength to keep on goin’
And she’s got a light around her
And everywhere she goes, million dreams of love surround her everywhere

She comes to me when I’m feelin’ down, inspires me without a sound
She touches me, I get turned around

She’s got a smile that heals me
I don’t know why it is, but I have to laugh when she reveals me
And she’s got a way about her
I don’t know what it is, but I know that I can’t live without her anyway

Songwriter: Billy Joel, © Universal Music Publishing Group

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Beatles Fest – A Saturday Report

We live right off the Metro North train line in Connecticut. It was easy to hop the 9:38 a.m express and get into Grand Central Terminal at 11:15 a.m. The Grand Hyatt is right next door to GCT where we entered The Fest for Beatles Fans 2014.

We decided to attend the day in between the two major Beatles 50th Anniversary events, the Beatles Invasion February 7th and the Ed Sullivan broadcast on February 9th.

After we checked in we headed up to the main ballroom on the 4th floor. We watched the balance of the film, Good Ol Freda which was a special treat as Freda Kelly herself appeared after the film. She brought a tear to my eye as her role in The Beatles family is devout, private but very caring. You could see how much she loves the fans as she met with them at the autograph table.

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Our focus for this event was the music in the main ballroom. Granted there were floors of art exhibits, video, presentations by authors etc. But we got anchored to the concert floor. The event was oversold and many people had to stand which made for a fire law problem. This meant we had to pretty much stay in our seats all afternoon which grew uncomfortable over 6 hours.

The Ballroom Agenda

Mark RiveraKen Dashow

Ken Dashow interviewed Mark Rivera who has performed with three of the Beatles, John Lennon, Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Mark is Ringo Starr’s Musical Director for the Ringo Starr All-Starr Show where we’ve seen Mark play three times this past decade. Mark Rivera is also a band member of Billy Joel‘s band. He has a new album coming out, Common Bond which drops on February 18th.

The album includes a rare appearance by Billy Joel playing a sizzling Hammond B3 organ on Mark’s unique cover of the Jimi Hendrix classic Spanish Castle Magic. Ringo Starr, Robert Randolph, Nils Lofgren and Steve Lukather all give their great talents to what will be a most cool album!

It really rocks in a good old way – like we did back in the day. Your voice sounds great and the band kicks ass!”– Billy Joel

Gretsch Presents, Peter Asher, A Memoir of the 60’s and Beyond – Part 1

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We were pleasantly surprised by Peter Asher. He had a well-polished agenda for us. This speaks to his role as a producer. He interspersed his verbal talk which was filled with nostalgia about The Beatles with vintage video. He had a class back up band that increased the dimension of the Peter and Gordon songs. The Eric Idle introduction was funny. We especially loved the segment where Peter sang with Gordon behind him as they played. It was so comforting to hear them sing together that way with Gordon Waller having left us in 2010.

I was intrigued to learn that Peter and his sister Jane Asher had founded a book store and art gallery Indica in London where John Lennon met Yoko Ono at her art show.

Surprise Guest – Pattie Boyd – Martin Lewis

We were surprised by Pattie Boyd’s appearance. It was a warm, intimate 40 min conversation with Pattie and Martin Lewis where Pattie spoke about George Harrison, The Beatles in the day, the trip to India and her love of photography. I thought she was a delight and very honest interview subject.

Donovan

It was a joy to see Donovan perform. It had been 44 years since our last Donovan concert. This show was very immediate. We loved the magic he created for us. Donovan has always been a special artist in the music of our heart.

He was in good voice. I especially loved how he sounded phrasing wise especially on “Jennifer, Juniper”. I really dug with unique vocal sound he makes on “Hurdy Gurdy Man”. His one hour set went so quickly but he played all his hits which made it loving and lasting for us.

Donovan’s Set

  1. Catch the Wind
  2. Colours
  3. Universal Soldier
    (Buffy Sainte-Marie cover)
  4. Jennifer Juniper
  5. Lalena
  6. Wear Your Love Like Heaven
  7. Hurdy Gurdy Man
  8. Sunshine Superman
  9. Season of the Witch
  10. Mellow Yellow

   Encore

  1. Atlantis

Cousin Brucie’s Saturday Rock and Roll  Party

We were really happy to hang out with Cousin Brucie who has been a major force in our music listening lives. He has such energy and passion for what he does as an on-air personality. It was exciting to be part of his live SiriusXM broadcast. We often listen to his show on Sixties on 6.

We didn’t stay for the three-hour show as we were weary from the ballroom chairs. We figured we’d listen to the rebroadcast on Sunday night from 5-8 p.m. Which we are listening to that show now as I finish up that post 😉

I finally got to see Ronnie Spector live which was cool! Ronnie had some great stories about the boys and Murray The K. She then performed “Be My Baby”.

Donovan rejoined us next and paid Brucie a wonderful complement as a disk jockey. He performed “Hurdy Gurdy Man” and it was great to hear it twice in the same day!

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Cousin Brucie, “We Love You!”

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Kennedy Center Honors Carlos Santana

I take pride as a Santana fan about the relevance of Carlos Santana’s being selected  to receive 2013 Kennedy Center Honors.

“From his legendary performance at Woodstock to his sweep at the 2000 Grammys and beyond, Carlos Santana’s artistry transcends genres while entertaining millions.”

Carlos Santana (Maryanne Bilham)

I find it spiritual karma that close friend of Carlos Santana’s Herbie Hancock was also selected to be honored on the same evening December 8th. The Kennedy Center Honors offers patrons of the arts a rare view of the honoree witnessing the adulation of their music friends  performing the awardees music.

Last year’s broadcast featured Heart, Jason Bonham and a full choir performing for Led Zeppelin a mesmerizing live music tribute of “Stairway To Heaven”.

I wonder what music artists and songs will be performed on December 8th to honor Carlos Santana?

The Honors Gala will be recorded for broadcast on the CBS Television Network for the 36th consecutive year as a two-hour primetime special on Sunday, December 29 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT).

Other honorees joining Carlos Santana and Herbie Hancock on this special evening include opera singer Martina Arroyo; pianist, singer and songwriter Billy Joel; and actress Shirley MacLaine.

Carlos Santana said he was delighted to be part of this party and that, for him, music is “a calling.”

“I guess people understand that Santana is not just a Mexican guitar player – I bring a collective-consciousness awareness agenda with me,” said Santana, who moved to San Francisco from Mexico with his family when he was six. “I grew up with the generation of Woodstock and Bob Marley, ‘One Love,’ and ‘Imagine,’ John Lennon. I am one of them, and we don’t do what we do to be commercial or to be popular or to be cute. It’s not entertainment or show business for us. For us, it’s a calling.”

He said his musical life has been about bridging cultures, drawing on sounds of Africa, Latin America and American Indians, as well as rock, jazz and the blues to create something new.

Last year, the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts complained the Kennedy Center had long excluded Latinos from the honors. Of the more than 180 past honorees, only two had been Hispanic — Placido Domingo, the acclaimed Spanish tenor, and Chita Rivera, the actress and singer of Puerto Rican descent — the group said.

The criticism has thankfully led to a revised selection process this year, including the solicitation of nominations from the public, and a new committee of artists and officials to help narrow the potential honorees. Santana has been a contender in recent years for his strong credentials, said show producer George Stevens Jr.

Paul McCartney – On The Run Tour, Sat. July 16, Yankee Stadium

I’m sitting here in my Paul McCartney, On The Run Tour 2011 t-shirt, still glowing from last night’s historic Paul McCartney concert at Yankee Stadium. We have seen Paul McCartney live four times since the 2002 Driving Rain Tour at Madison Square Garden. Saturday night’s show was absolutely the very best of all those concerts. The Macca organization has their act down pat and they execute a live performance in top-notch, flawless fashion.

Paul McCartney In Concert
Courtesy of WCBS-FM

We are members of the Paul McCartney Fan Club and our tickets were great. We sat in the right field line, field boxes in Row 15 in direct line with the stage. The backdrop of Yankee Stadium was magnificent, what a great way to see this venue for the first time in our lives with our dear friend Paul McCartney, creating so much fun and excitement 🙂

We especially liked the express train service from Stratford, Ct. to Yankee Stadium East 153rd Street. New York City in co-operation with Metro-North-MTA make this a beautiful thing. It’s then just a scant 10 minute walk to the stadium.

Paul McCartney In Concert
Courtesy of WCBS-FM

We had a beautiful, fun and loving time last night. We were blessed with an exquisite summer evening, cool, breezes, clear night air and a full moon. Our favorite moments were “All My Loving”, the Wings songs, “Mrs. Vanderbilit” (Ho, Hey, Ho), and “Live and Let Die”, love the explosions, laser lights and fireworks for starters.

It was thrilling when Billy Joel appeared for the first encore to play with Paul and the band, “I Saw Her Standing There”.

Then to for Paul and company to close with the Abbey Road medley “Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End” and all that cool confetti at the outset was the capping moment to a stupendous evening.

Courtesy of Timothy McKeown

According to WCBS-FM,

In an epic performance, arguably more powerful than Friday night’s, Sir Paul is leaving NYC wanting more.

Read more: Paul McCartney’s Second Night at Yankee Stadium: Setlist, Photos & Video http://wcbsfm.radio.com/2011/07/17/paul-mccartneys-second-night-at-yankee-stadium-setlist-photos-video/#ixzz1SOIveNNk

Setlist: Paul McCartney at Yankee Stadium July 16, 2011

  • Magical Mystery Tour
  • Jet
  • All My Loving
  • Junior’s Farm
  • Drive My Car
  • Sing the Changes
  • The Night Before
  • Let Me Roll It
  • Foxy Lady
  • Paperback Writer
  • The Long and Winding Road
  • Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
  • Let ‘Em In
  • Maybe I’m Amazed
  • I’m Looking Through You
  • I Will
  • Blackbird
  • Here Today
  • Dance Tonight
  • Mrs Vanderbilt
  • Eleanor Rigby
  • Something
  • Band on the Run
  • Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
  • Back in the USSR
  • I’ve Got a Feeling
  • A Day in the Life / Give Peace A Chance
  • Let It Be
  • Live and Let Die
  • Hey Jude

Encore:

  • Lady Madonna
  • I Saw Her Standing There (w/ Billy Joel)
  • Get Back

Encore 2:

  • Yesterday
  • Helter Skelter
  • Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End

Jimmy Webb’s Welcome Resurgence

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I have long admired Jimmy Webb as a singer and song writer. You know his songs well. They live in your heart and blossom like flowers whenever you require them. He has written such masterpieces as By The Time I Get To Phonenix, Wichita Lineman, Galveston, Up, Up and Away, MacArthur’s Park, Didn’t We and All I Know.

We recently saw Jimmy Webb perform at Infinity Music Hall in Norfolk, CT. It was a delightful evening of songs played on the piano, accompanied by the personal remembrances of Mr. Jimmy Webb. He shared his memories openly about such friends as The Outlaws (Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash,Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings) which preceded the song, Highwayman. Jimmy Webb is a very accomplished piano player, which adds a powerful dimension to his on-stage presence. He made Infinity Music Hall feel like his living room. He was very taken with the venue, which always has an engaging ambiance. His stories charmed us as he spoke with warmth and great aplomb about Harry Nilsson, Frank Sinatra and our personal favorite friendship, Richard Harris.

You can hear some of those stories on Jimmy Webb’s recording, Live and at Large.

After an energetic and soulful two hour concert, Jimmy Webb met with his fans in the lobby, signing autographs and posing for pictures. He told me he really liked Santana, which made me smile 🙂

Jimmy Webb has released a new collaboration recording Just Across The River last week. It was recorded over a two day interval in Nashville. The collaborations with esteemed friends includes Billy Joel (Wichita Lineman), Jackson Browne (P.F. Sloan), All I Know (Linda Rondstadt), If You See Me Getting Smaller (Willie Nelson), Galveston (Lucinda Williams), and By The Time I Get to Phoenix (Glen Campbell) just to name a few :). The recording flows evenly as each new texture of Jimmy Webb’s musical tapestry unfolds before our sensibilities. You can learn more about this special collaboration recording, Just Across The River on Jimmy Webb’s Web site.

Its great to see the resurgence in Jimmy Webb’s musical career. He richly deserves the praise he is receiving in the press and music community for this collaborative effort, Just Across The River.

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