Monday, April 20, 2009

Direct From The Heart.

It is rare in these days for an artist to climb out of their persona and perform exclusively with talent and no artifice. I as well as millions witnessed that in watching and hearing Susan Boyle sing. I was reminded of identifying with the physical illusion, being judgemental and mean spirited all based on a lie. The sheath that encloses the essence means nothing. The essence means everything. If we were all blind who would are friends be?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Check This Out on April 10Th featured Mike Bloomfield and Friends live at the Fillmore. Excellent sound quality and musical selections. Vault concerts have three live performances to select from. Enjoy!
Allen B.

Monday, April 6, 2009

That Special Something

A friend gave me a CD by Bella Flect and The Flectones. I had never heard of them until now and I was knocked out hearing electric banjo and the complete mastery of the group. That got me thinking about unique sounds that leave a lasting impression. The first time I heard Paul Butterfield play amplified harp I thought that was the ultimate. The same with Ravi Shankar live at Monterrey. Michael hit it out of the park with his composition East West. Jimmy Hendrix created something totally new as did the Beatles with Sargent Pepper. Excellence in musicianship as demonstrated on a particular instrument is one component, but the composition can transport you on a musical odyssey to really new worlds.
I welcome your recommendations and experiences, this would be great to share.