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Originally Posted by Mellowicious
Or, at least, the Wrecking Crew is. Those guys were everywhere.

Yes of course, all those guys were everywhere.
But one of my favorite hobbies is discovering all the stuff Leon played on, it boggles the mind how prolific a session guy he was.


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and (cheating) America the Beautiful - Ray Charles

THAT PARTICULAR rendition of "America the Beautiful" is, for me, the REAL "National Anthem"...it gives me those good chills.


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I would love to see him live!
Is Elton on his last legs???

Yes, unfortunately.


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Originally Posted by pdx rick
...and speaking of Rocket Man, my most favorite remix of the track...



My teeth started grinding just hearing this track. FLASHBACKS!! LOL

Sorry for getting sidetracked but since Rick mentioned "Rocket Man" my brain started thinking about outer space songs.
Here's former David Bowie pianist Mike Garson and the Segerstrom Center Symphony Orchestra doing a rendition of "Space Oddity" for Garson's "MusicHeals" project.

I was honored to be one of the six (or was it seven?) camera operators on this show!

The Vimeo tags aren't working, so you have to just click that mofo to get it to play on Vimeo, sorry!

https://vimeo.com/158840853


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Originally Posted by olyve
Mellow, I LOVE Bob Dylan. He is one of the finest song writers Ever in my opinion.

May I please share a fascinating story about a friend's serendipitous encounter with Dylan?
I promise your jaw will drop.

Here's Shawn Casey O'Brien of the LA punk band "The Cripples" talking about the day Dylan picked him up hitchhiking.

He also touches on being picked to contribute songs to the soundtrack for the movie "Cruising".

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Originally Posted by pdx rick
You're speaking to "covers" Mellow.

When an artist sings a song originally sung by another singer, the term for the newest version of the song is "cover." Many covers are better than the original. I cite "I will always love you" by Dolly Parton. Whitney Houston covered that song, and the song was incrementally better than the original in form, style, and production.

I used to think Whitney's cover was better but as I get older I have begun to appreciate Miss Dolly a lot more, and her original seems sweet and gentle, like a lover expressing sincere emotion, whereas Whitney's version, although stellar in a technical sense, sort of buries the sweet emotions with too much torchy bombast, at least to me.

Here's another one guaranteed to annoy....someone here...
Leon wrote (Groupie) aka "Superstar" and many think The Carpenters were the first to cover it.
Karen Carpenter had a huge hit with it and it seems to evoke a vision of an innocent young virginal teenybopper fantasizing about her favorite musical idol.

But surprise, Bonnie Bramlett of Delaney and Bonnie covered it first!
And boy howdy, when you hear Bon Bon do it, it doesn't sound like a teenybopper, it really SOUNDS LIKE a groupie has DONE a few rockers in her time.
You almost need a cigarette or a cold shower after hearing it because she really does sound like she did sleep with her idol.
Whew!! Hold on MOMMA! ROTFMOL



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Originally Posted by logtroll
In case anybody cares, singing in whistle register is not whistling, it’s singing in a very high range that is achievable normally only by whistling.

Nobody thinks of Mariah Carey?


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New question/category: Guilty pleasures

1) Wedding Bell Blues (5th Dimension)
2) Seals and Crofts - so 70’s mellow, so 17 years old…


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Not so guilty pleasures


So beautiful it gives me chill bumps.


Hilarious
White Stripes with Holly Gollightly



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To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.
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