There are some strange but wonderful musical friendships in Rock music but perhaps none as strange as the one between David Crosby and Phil Collins. Although I was huge fans of both David and Phil I would have never imagined that the drummer of Genesis and a Southern California folk rock hero would have had much in common but what do I know. It was Phil that paid for David’s liver transplant in the 1990s when David could not afford it…..that is a friend indeed (one has to wonder where all of David’s money went…..that is a hell of a lot of drugs).
Their friendship, fortunately for us, has produced several musical collaborations and associated special performances. David and Phil co-wrote Hero, a hit song from David’s third solo album and collaborated on it’s performance. Let’s listen and watch David and Phil in the video produced for the song……
Another Day in Paradise is one of Phil’s biggest hits and David’s vocal contributions to the song were significant. Here is a great performance of the song from the Arsenio Hall show……
Did you notice the bass player. That was none other than Leland Sklar who is without a doubt the greatest sessions bassist of all time.
With the on-going news stories coming out of Iraq this week, the “war birds” in the US Congress are already calling for the US to once again get involved in a fight that can’t be won and that has nothing to do with us. It’s amazing how short some people’s memories are!
As American’s let’s rise up and say: We must not, We will not……Get Fooled Again……
Every great movement needs a theme song……for ours I propose this great 1973 live performance of Won’t Get Fooled Again from Philadelphia, the birthplace of the American Constitution……
The Trailer Song, is another great song from Kacey Musgraves’ debut album that I have talked about in earlier posts. I absolutely love the sense of humor that is reflected in Kacey’s songs. I think you will like this one…..
FYI – this was her first performance at the Grand Ole Opry!
Here’s a very good interview/profile of Gregg from 2011. Enjoy….
As a bonus, here’s a great acoustic performance of Melissa featuring Gregg with an incarnation of the Allman Brothers that featured Dicky Betts and Warren Haynes on guitar. This type of performance is one of a kind and really special so I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Gregg looks so much healthier today than he did back in the 80s when I think this performance was recorded and that makes me almost as happy as the music!
I’m currently listening to All My Friends, an amazing four hour celebration of the music of Gregg Allman. The album includes performance by an incredible selection of rock/country performers and the man himself. Today’s Special Performance post features one of those performances with Gregg and Jackson Browne joining forces on Gregg’s Melissa. For those of you that don’t know, Gregg and Jackson have been friends since the 60s, having once shared an apartment in LA before either of them were successful. This is a really great performance that you don’t want to miss! Enjoy……
Fifty years ago in 1964 Joan Baez and Bob Dylan were quite an item. Joan, who had been a success since the early 60s, nurtured the young singer/songwriter starting in 1963 by bringing him on stage to perform during her tours and by singing his songs. An intense romantic relationship resulted but was over by 1965. Ten years later Joan wrote one of the best songs of all time about that relationship, Diamonds and Rust. Here is a great 1975 live performance of that song………
I absolutely adore this song. I think the following lines are the most romantic lyrics I have ever heard….
Now I see you standing
With brown leaves falling around
And snow in your hair
Now you’re smiling out the window
Of that crummy hotel
Over Washington Square
Our breath comes out white clouds
Mingles and hangs in the air
Speaking strictly for me
We both could have died then and there
Fortunately for all of us, Joan continues to tour today….forty years after the performance presented above and fifty years after her 1964 romance with Bob Dylan. Here’s a great Buenos Aires performance of Diamonds and Rust from March of this year……
Did you pickup on the lyric change?
This is the fourth in my series of posts about Tribute Songs. Today’s song, JM, by Strand Of Oaks (Timothy Showalter) hit me like a punch in the gut when I first heard it last week. Let’s listen and then I will provide you with more details about the song and who it’s a tribute for…..
JM will be featured on the Strand of Oaks album Heal that is scheduled to be released on June 24. The JM in the song is Jason Molina and I have to confess that he was not on music radar when he died last year. When I heard Timothy Showalter’s awesome tribute to his hero I knew that I had to learn more about Jason and his music.
I’ve spent the last week or so listening to the the catalog of music that Jason left behind when he died and I’m blown away. Be looking for a post about Jason in the near future. In the meantime, you won’t go wrong checking out Jason’s music for yourself. FYI – Jason recorded under his own name, under Magnolia Electric Company, and under Songs: Ohia.
Did anyone else notice the similarity of JM to Cortez the Killer by Neil Young? Here’s a great live performance of Cortez so you can see what I mean.