I’ve been dreaming a lot about rivers lately. Yeah I know that probably sounds strange but what can I say. These dreams have made me realize that a river is an incredible metaphor for our lives.
- A river has a well-defined beginning and end. It doesn’t flows forever.
- A river starts small, I’ve seen pictures of the mighty Mississippi river at its source and you can step over it.
- A river grows as it flows downstream and interacts with other streams and rivers (sometimes referred to as tributaries).
- During stormy times a normally calm rivers can quickly turn into raging torrents that destroy anything unlucky enough to be in its path. Sometimes a storm is strong enough to completely change the path of a river.
- As a river nears its end it slows down and in doing so it starts to drop the sediment that it has picked up and carried as it flowed downstream. In mighty rivers this sediment creates deltas of incredible rich soil and areas of incredible bio-diversity.
- At its end, after dropping off the treasures it has carried down stream, a river merges into the sea becoming one with all of the other rivers that have similarly reached their end. There is no final judgment that determines whether a river is worthy of flowing into the sea…. a sea refuses no river.
I know that I’m not the first person to have such thoughts and dreams about rivers. I’m pretty sure that Pete Townshend must have had similar thoughts when he wrote his amazing song, A Sea Refuses No River.
Please don’t think I’m trying to influence what you believe……I just want to make you think……
Pete is an amazing composer, a brilliant musician, AND an amazing interview. He always has something intelligent to say and I always feel like I learn something when listening to him. He never hesitates to speak his mind which is quite refreshing these days but be aware that his stated position almost always change over time. Bottom line…..he is always entertaining.
I have two interview offerings for you today. Up first a very young Pete talks about Tommy…….
(Pete Talks About Tommy)
Next up is an interview of an older Pete by Murray Lerner who captured the Who live at the Isle of Wright festival in 1970. The interview is intermixed with Who footage which makes for an interesting viewing and listening experience.
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Stay tuned on Sunday when I will bring you the Who live at the Isle of Wright festival. Really good stuff!
Pete put Thunderclap Newman together in 1968 to help out John “Speedy” Keen who had been a roommate of, and chauffeur for, Pete. The studio band consisted of Speedy (vocals, drums, guitar) along with Andy “Thunderclap” Newman (piano), and Jimmy McCulloch (guitar), and Pete Townshend (bass). On the record Pete was listed as Bijou Drains. Pete also produced their one and only album, Hollywood Dream. Something in the Air, written by Speedy, was a number one single in England in 1969.
Fun Fact: Something in the Air was originally titled Revolution. It was renamed due to song of the same name by The Beatles.
When they toured in 1969 Jim Pitman-Avery replaced Pete on bass and Jack McCulloch played drums. The initial three members stayed together through 1971 with a variety of musicians filling in on bass and drums.
After the band broke up:
- Speedy recorded a couple of solo albums, played as a session musician, and was a record producer. He passed away in 2002 as a result of heart problems.
- Jimmy went on to play with Stone the Crows, a reformed Small Faces, and more famously with Wings. He died young at the age of 26 as the result of a heroin overdose.
- Andy went on to record a solo album. In 2010/2011 he put together a new Thunderclap Newman band which recorded an album, Beyond Hollywood.
Before we leave Thunderclap Newman behind I strongly recommend you checkout this video tribute to the band lovingly put together by JimmyMcCullochFan and posted on YouTube. It includes some interesting commentary by Pete Townshend.
RIP Speedy and Jimmy!
As always, let me know what you think.
Today’s word of the week is “Easy” mainly because I plan to take it easy this weekend.
Don’t even think about me doing any posts over the weekend……..I NEED A BREAK!
Let start things off with the best “Easy” song of all time, and what I hope is my theme song for the weekend.
Don’t let the wheels of your own mind drive you crazy
Great video of some very young Eagles.
Next up….Ringo Starr. This one is supposedly written by Ringo and George but it is George through and through. Great song….
Here is one of my all time favorite performers, Ricky Nelson. We lost him way too soon….enjoy this live performance.
Easy Living….I am all for that! Here is some great footage of Uriah Heep….
Let’s end this post with something pure and easy.
The note IS eternal!
Have a wonderful weekend…..