I’m an idealist who believes that music has the power to make the world a much better place. Maybe it’s the fact that I grew up during the 60s! I also believe that people that don’t like music are normally not to be trusted. With that as context take a look at the following CNN International article about the jailing of six young Iranians that made a video of Happy…..
Sources report that seven to eight young Iranians have been arrested in Tehran, for the simple crime of being “Happy.”
Three men and three women danced unveiled to Pharrell Williams’ smash hit in a video that was widely shared on social media, garnering over 30,000 views before it was taken down. Copies have been quickly re-uploaded as news of the arrest has broken, sparking the hashtag #FreeHappyIranians.
Many Iranians praised their joyful video, but it was met with censure by the conservative religious forces which have ruled Iran since the Revolution in 1979.
“After a vulgar clip which hurt public chastity was released in cyberspace, police decided to identify those involved in making that clip,” Tehran police chief Hossein Sajedinia told the ISNA News Agency, according to ABC.
Footage from Iranian state TV appears to show seven men and one woman being interrogated about the video, which is shown in the clip with the dancers blurred out.The BBC reported that the exact number of detainees has not been released.
Here’s the video…….
This new series of mid-week posts will feature special performances by interesting combinations of some of my favorite artists. To kick things off, I have a great performance of Racing In The Streets featuring Bruce Springsteen and Jackson Browne. Enjoy…..
Seattle has long been a hot bed of great new music and that’s still true today. Today’s Two’fer Tuesday post highlights two new Seattle groups that are making music that you need to hear. First up is a great new female group called La Luz (pictured above).
La Luz started in 2012 and features Shana Cleveland (guitar), Marian Li Pino (drums), Abbey Blackwell (bass), and Alice Sandahl (Keyboards). Sure As Spring, from the girls debut album (It’s Alive), features four part harmonies, surf guitars, and some amazing organ all of which combine to create a sound that transports me right back to the 60’s. Really good stuff!
La Luz – Sure As Spring (great 60’s girl group pop)
Next up is Pillar Point, a solo project of Scott Reiterman who previously started Throw Me The Statue. With Pillar Point, Scott produces a glorious synth pop sound that would have been right at home back in the 80’s. You can hear that sound for yourself by listening to Eyeballs from the group’s self titled debut album. Enjoy!
Pillar Point – Eyeballs
In 1977 Jeff Wayne recorded a musical version of the H. G. Wells classic book, War of the Worlds. In a brilliant move he recruited Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues to record Forever Autumn for the album. That song was a huge, world wide, hit for Justin. Let’s listen to a 1978 performance of the song from Top Of The Pops…..
Thirty some years later Justin continues to perform solo and with the might Moody Blues….and still sings like an angel (in my humble opinion). Let’s listen to Justin performing an acoustic version of Forever Autumn at Canterbury Cathedral in 2011……
Yes….that was Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull fame on the flute!
There’s a really good story behind Justin being asked to record Forever Autumn. Let’s listen to Justin tell it before we end this post.
Today’s post features the mighty Moody Blues, backed by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, playing at the Red Rock Amphitheater. It’s quite an amazing performance………I think you’ll really enjoy it. Here’s the setlist…..
Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)
For My Lady
Lean on Me (Tonight)
Lovely to See You
I Know You’re Out There Somewhere
Say It With Love
The Story in Your Eyes
Your Wildest Dreams
Isn’t Life Strange
The Other Side of Life
I’m Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)
Nights in White Satin
Ride My See-Saw
I don’t know about you but I could listen to Justin Hayward sing the phone book…….be sure to stay tuned for a future Yesterday and Today post featuring Justin!
When you have a song catalog with the size and quality of Neil Young’s you have little reason to cover another writer’s songs……and yet at last year’s Farm Aid benefit concert Neil chose do exactly that. The only possible rationale for this act is that Neil has a deep and abiding respect for the song’s writer who was none other than Gordon Lightfoot. Let’s listen to Neil’s cover version of Early Morning Rain………
As it turns out, this was not a one time event….it was the start of a trend. Neil has been performing If You Could Read My Mind, another Gordon Lightfoot classic, during his acoustic tour this year and has included that song on a soon to be released album titled A Letter Home. Deep and abiding respect indeed…….
Let’s listen to the original recording of the song by Gordon that was released on his first album in 1966….
Now for the really amazing fact…..this song has also been recorded by a few other musicians you might have heard of……..
- Bob Dylan
- Elvis Presley
- Judy Collins
- Ian and Sylvia
- Peter, Paul, and Mary
I received the following message from Public Service Broadcasting this week:
Regular readers will know that we released a limited edition 7” Elfstedentocht for Record Store Day 2014. We had a few queries from fans either a) unable to obtain a copy, and / or b) surprised to find that it had no download code. We’ve run some formulae here at PSB Towers and have come up with a + b = x, where x is a free download. It’s partly to say sorry to those who missed out, and partly as a bonus for those who didn’t.
Here’s the link for the free download….
Free Public Service Broadcasting Download
In case you’re interested here’s a little background information about Elfstedentocht from Wikipedia…..
The Elfstedentocht is an almost 200 kilometres (120 mi) long skating tour which is held both as a speed skating match (with 300 contestants) and a leisure tour (with 16,000 skaters). It is held in the province of Friesland in the north of the Netherlands, leading past all eleven historical cities of the province. The tour is held at most once a year, only when the natural ice along the entire course is at least 15 centimetres (6 in) thick;  sometimes on consecutive years, other times with gaps that may exceed 20 years. When the ice is suitable, the tour is announced and starts within 48 hours.
I’m betting my friend Gerard can tell us more.