Rick Wakeman, Piano Portraits

Piano Portraits is the 100th solo album from Rick Wakeman.

Painting pictures is how Rick describes his playing style and how he visualizes music, and this album paints a very vivid, lush landscape for the listener to explore.91qbv8ubofl-_sl1500_

Pre-orders are available from Rick Wakeman’s Pledge Music page.

Full Track List:

1. Help
2. Stairway to Heaven
3. Life on Mars
4. I’m Not In Love
5. Wondrous Stories
6. Berceuse
7. Amazing Grace
8. Swan Lake
9. Morning Has Broken
10. Summertime
11. Space Oddity
12. Dance of the Damselflies
13. Clair de Lune
14. I Vow To Thee My Country
15. Eleanor Rigby

CD Release Date: 13/01/2017
Vinyl LP Release Date: 03/02/2017

It Can’t Happen Here

I am appalled at the sibling rivalry of family descendants when it comes to inheriting and managing the Zappa family trust.

Ahmet and Diva Zappa intend to deny their brother, the other son of Frank and Gail Zappa, Dweezil Zappa the inalienable right to use his own last name to identify himself in the field of music and entertainment. Talk about restraint of trade and obstruction to earning a living. How wack-a-doodle and insensitive can Ahmet and Diva be?

We’re seeing more and more examples of absolute power corrupting absolutely.

I’m writing this blog post in the hopes that you will support Dweezil  in this very important fight of personal integrity and validation.

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I prefer to see Dweezil Zappa absolutely free to use his last name in business. It boggles my mind when I think of the precedents this legal action might accomplish.

My son and I witnessed the world premiere of Dweezil Zappa’s Zappa Plays Zappa at the Jammy Awards, April 20, 2006 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, NYC. His father, Frank Zappa was honored with a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dweezil Zappa is denied the use of Zappa Plays Zappa and the censorship, the outright stripping of his rights to his own legal name further evidence the abuse of power by Ahmet and Diva Zappa.

If you believe in Dweezil protecting his namesake, join us The Others of Intention at Pledge Music, today!

 

 

Rick Wakeman – The Phantom of the Opera

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Deep Forest, evo devo

Ever since my college music days some 40+ years ago I have been enamored with musique electronique. Like many musicologists I consider French-born composer, Edgard Varese the Father of Electronic Music. Frank Zappa, Varese’s protegé characterized him best, “The present day composer refuses to die.”

If you study the six degrees of separation between musique electronique, Varese, and Zappa you will juxtapose the French  composer Eric Mouquet, founder of the pioneering electro-ethno-ambient band, Deep Forest.

There is peace to experience in the journey through the light and trees in the deep forests of our world. Eric Mouquet navigates those experiences in his travels,  treating our senses to those natural settings.

The latest Deep Forest recording, evo devo is an earthly treasure. Mouquet revisits the sounds he and Michel Sanchez first recorded on Deep Forest in 1992 (now out of print). Those are some of the most amazing sonic textures I have ever absorbed. The remixes of some of those original tracks on this album made me smile to hear them once more.

Deep Forest

Deep Forest recently held a Pledge Music project which I missed, but I was able to order an autographed copy of evo devo, from the Web page today.

Allow yourself to experience Deep Forest, connecting your spirit with the nature and our world.

Rick Wakeman: The Myths & Legends Of King Arthur 2016

It’s an honor to offer financial assistance to progressive rock composer/keyboardist, Rick Wakeman‘s initiative. He just launched a crowd-funding project on PledgeMusic, “The Myths & Legends Of King Arthur 2016”.

“I have always had in mind re-recording and performing an extended version of King Arthur as it has only ever been performed three times in the UK. I am delighted to now have the opportunity to do this and especially so with the help of the fans and my campaign on PledgeMusic……and if all goes well, maybe one day put it back on ice! In the meantime, I’m Iooking forward to the première performance at the O2 in London on June 19th as part of the Stone Free Festival.”
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The new recordings will be free of the studio limitations and single disc duration of the original and the new record will be a double album as it was originally intended to be.
There will also be new artwork by Roger Dean and the album will be available on a 2 x CD format, limited edition 2 X 12″ LP, and high resolution quality digital download, this new recording includes all the original music and also five new pieces of music all in the style of the original recording.

By ordering your copy of this new recording of The Myths & Legends Of King Arthur on PledgeMusic, you’ll also gain access to recording updates, bonus content, video clips and much more.

Oxford American – The Georgia Music Issue

My appreciation for Southern music has been greatly enhanced by Oxford American. Their 17th Annual Southern Music issue is due to hit the newsstands on December 7th. It is dedicated to the musical heritage of the state of Georgia.

 

I recently participated in the Pledge Music, Georgia Music Issue campaign. My pledge provides me with exclusive availability of the 17th Annual Music issue. The magazine issue shipped yesterday ahead of the 12/7 publication date.

When I know more about the music articles I’ll update my readers accordingly. It has been  a fantastic music magazine series to read and collect for my music library. 🙂

Rickie Lee Jones – More About “The Other Side of Desire”

Its been great getting updated by Rickie Lee Jones about her next recording, “The Other Side of Desire” on PledgeMusic. As a devout music fan I love being in the loop during the artistic process.

Rickie Lee just shared with us “pledgers” the cover image and the track listing. Don’t you just dig that photograph 😉

By the way it’s not to late to pledge.

Track Listing

1. Jimmy Choos
2. Valtz de Mon Pere (Lovers’ Oath)
3. J’ai Connais Pas
4. Blinded By The Hunt
5. Infinity
6. I Wasn’t Here
7. Christmas in New Orleans
8. Haunted
9. Feet On The Ground
10. Juliette
11. Finale; (A Spider In The Circus Of The Falling Star)

So Rickie Lee. More teaser tracks please 🙂

Rickie Lee Jones – The Other Side of Desire

I have enjoyed Rickie Lee Jones updates as a Pledge Music crowd fund supporter. She is doing an superb job of keeping us informed about her forthcoming album, The Other Side of Desire.

I was acknowledged today of the first trailer for her new album which releases on June 23rd, 2015. The album was recorded in Rickie Lee Jones hometown of New Orleans.

I can only imagine the emotional rollercoaster it has been for Rickie Lee Jones as she fights to perpetuate her art in this digital music age. This is particularly clear when the video juxtaposes her first hit single, “Chuck E.’s In Love” with her present life. I respect her anger with a music industry that attempts to limit her role as a vital American musician.

Thank God we can elevate her by funding this valuable recording project. I hope you will share in my enthusiasm for Rickie Lee Jones compositions. Her contributions as a singer/songwriter merit our respect and admiration.

I noticed that Rickie Lee Jones will be touring in support of The Other Side of Desire. She is slated to perform at Infinity Hall in Hartford, Connecticut on August 27th, 2015. We have not been to the new Infinity Hartford yet. This looks like the event that will get us there.

ArtistShare Is Widening Its Brand with Fan Funded

I am a very active patron of the arts. I supported ArtistShare before I participated on Kickstarter, Pledge Music and Indiegogo. My fan funding experience started with Maria Schneider’s Sky Blue project in 2007. I continue to support Maria Schneider’s compositions to this day.

Eight years since I discovered ArtistShare fan funding, crowd funding has firmly established itself as the preferred model for financing projects.

 

It’s great to see artistShare increasing its brand. ArtistShare® – First in Fan Funding ®, Powered by Fan Funded ®. I registered with Fan Funded to learn more about the revised strategy.

I will follow up with more details my attentive readers when Fan Funded updates everyone.

Buy This Fracking Album

My friend, Jason Samel of Movement Music Records asked if I would help him promote this important cause, Anti-Fracking. Thus my purpose for today’s blog post.

I have worked with Jason Samel in the past. He’s a caring, concerned guy. I supported with him and others the cause, Occupy This Album in 2102.  Happy to help out again.

This cause is environmental with major ramifications (as if Occupy and separation of the classes wasn’t…).

Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside. There are more than 500,000 active natural gas wells in the US. http://www.dangersoffracking.com

You can pledge your support as I plan to do on the Buy This Fracking Album Pledge Music page.

I urge all my music blog readers to search the music of your heart and see if you can help this worthy cause!

There are a lot of artivists on this recording. I like the quote from Ms. Bonnie Raitt:

“As a founding member of Musicians United for Safe Energy, I feel that one of the most critical environmental issues of our time is banning fracking everywhere because it destroys our water, our communities and our planet.”