Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

So I noticed this thread on reddit that caught my eye. A redditor was asking fellow site users whether there were any pop songs that have impressed musicians or students who are into music theory. I’ve always been particularly fond of Lady Gaga’s stuff, but I never put too much thought into anything else on the reddit list, except for the Beatles…

Here’s the list. What are your thoughts?

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One of the first New Orleans musicians to use an electric bass is a war vet who was born May 17, 1925.

On Veterans Day, we would like to talk a bit about Peter “Chuck” Badie, a versatile jazz musician who made a name for himself playing with Roy Brow’s band, Lionel Hampton’s band and Sam Cooke. Badie was in the Navy from 1942 to 1945. When Lionel Hampton was looking for a bass player to go on tour with him, he asked Badie whether he could travel, to which Badie responded “well, could fish swim?”

War is not a pretty thing and I would be more than happy to learn that all of the young men and women who serve this country abroad are brought back home safe but we must honor those who have served and continue to serve in spite of our personal views on war.

Here’s a video of Badie’s old band playing live, the Lionel Hampton crew.

Every now and then, a song reminds you of its power to describe with a melody just how you feel.

Right now, I would like to share a song that… well, is something other than just how I feel, it’s also a great and moving tune.

Here’s The Days of Wine and Roses by the Eddie Higgins Trio:

And the same song by Andy Williams:

Geddy Lee must be one of my favorite musicians of all time.

Rush is one of my favorite bands of all time, thus, to hear of news related to Rush’s latest album Clockwork Angels and the DVD of its tour is enough to put me on the edge of my seat: I know it’s going to be worth it.

Rolling Stone mag had a feature covering the new album and DVD just a week ago.

According to the publication, the tour was unique for Rush fans because they managed to bring additional musicians onto the stage. Because the new album used a full string section during its recording, the band wanted to bring the same feel to the stage and boy did they manage to do it!

The band played some famous tunes from the 80s during the tour, which was also a surprise to some.

The DVD and CD combo will be available for all of us common folk on November 19th and I can’t wait to put my hands on it. Here’s a preview clip of the band playing “The Garden”:

Cream, the English rock group has influenced several generations. It wasn’t only the band that made Eric Clapton famous, it was also the band that helped to bring the spotlight over one of the most high-profile bass players of his generation.

You might not like his style but Jack Bruce was an essential figure at the time and one of the main reasons why the Cream trio was so heavily influenced by blues. But before he was a member of Cream, he was a member of the Graham Bond Organisation, which was mainly a jazz/blues group. Ginger Baker, Cream’s drummer, was also part of the group.

The magazine Bass Player decided to look into “Big Boss Man” to explore Bruce’s style.

And here’s the band playing Hoochie Coochie Man:

 

It has come to my attention recently that Keith “Sabu” Crier, the bass player for the popular disco band GQ (the guys who made it in the 70s with the song Disco Night) has unfortunately died.

He was 58-years-old at the time of his death. The reasons behind the occurrence that led to his death were not disclosed. It’s always very sad to learn that a great musician has left us so soon.

Here’s Keith “Sabu” Crier with GQ:

Everybody’s favorite grunge band will never stop bringing fans of all walks of life together. Eery bit of news story regarding Nirvana is enough to make people stop anything they are doing to learn more of what it’s all about.

Kurt Cobain’s spell is never going to be easy to break.

Recently, Nirvana’s bass player Krist Novoselic was interviewed about the late Cobain’s somewhat strange lyrics and their meanings. According to Novoselic, he believes that Cobain’s lyrics were always open, meaning they didn’t have to be interpreted in a particular way.

According to the bass player “there is imagery on [Nirvana’s third and final album, ‘In Utero’] that I would never express to people.” During the interview with Rolling Stone mag, Novoselic said about Nirvana’s lyrics “we’re each entitled to our own interpretations. But none of them are the definitive one. He’s the only one who can give that — and he’s gone.  And he never gave one while he was alive.”

Cobain’s art was also somewhat strange and difficult to interpret. Some even thought his art to be disturbing. During the interview, Novoselic also talked about the type of art Cobain was into and how some of the stuff he did for In Utero resembled “creepy dolls.”

You can read more on this interview by clicking here.