This blog is for those who are true Music Lovers, and those who are looking for something that is not necessarily inside the proverbial box. Be prepared for a few surprises along the way... with some ordinary, but excellent items added from time to time, as Garnish and Condiment.
I'm finally finding my way here on this Music Blog...not merely featuring random posts in order to generate page hits (think Twitter), but documenting significant events in my Listening Experience (though not in chronological order). Collectively, they have shaped my Ear to accommodate a ridiculously wide range of Music. There is not one genre in which I have not found Music that I was fascinated by. Also, I cross-referenced the new Music I discovered by "re-searching" recordings of the Musicians surrounding
(or referenced by) the Album Artist.
Sometimes I even bought Music "in the blind" so to speak, based upon my record store salesman's recommendation or after browsing really thorough liner notes (ex., any classic Blue Note LP)...or even a brilliant Title(ex., Wendall Harrison - "An Evening With The Devil", or Pink Floyd - "Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict")or unique Album Art (ex., Aquanote - "The Pearl", Minnie Riperton - "Come To My Garden", Doug Carn - "Spirit Of The New Land, Spooky Tooth - "Ceremony", or any P-Funk or Hed Kandi, and certain Zappa and "electric" Miles covers). I realized from experience that few will invest the Time/Money/Resources to generate boutique artwork for inferior Music (ex., some so-called rap "mixtapes" [sic]). The more often I took chances, the more often I'd discover a Prize.
And few laypersons will invest the Time I spent standing for HOURS inside record&department stores flipping through EACH&EVERY lp, 45, 8-track, cassette, and/or cd just to make sure that I did not overlook an "Easter Egg". Add to that the HOURS spent actually LISTENING to all that Music! I wasn't a "frustrated" Musician as much as a "vicarious" one. Every payday in the early 70's, I would buy about seven LP's...mostly items that I had never heard before. And my record salesman always gave me a money-back guarantee, but I never needed to use it.
So for example I had heard George Duke, andJean-Luc Pontywell before many because I listened to Zappa. In fact, it was Zappa's "Weasels Ripped My Flesh" track - 'Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue' that caused me to wonder just WHO Eric Dolphy was. When I finally found out, that took me on ANOTHER Musical quest. And by exploring all of electronic Miles' sidemen, I was introduced to another whole universe of creativity...Tony Williams Lifetime, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Mwandishi, Headhunters, NTU Troop, Return To Forever, and the numerous individual artist-led collaborations by Musicians that had passed through Miles.
So my purpose here is to share not just Music, but an entire Musical Perspective. Just as Experience shapes Behavoir, "listening Experience" shapes "listening Behavior".
Alan Lee hosted a 5-hour Sunday [RARE!!] Oldies show (40s, 50's, & 60's only) on Baltimore, Maryland's WQSR before the station re-formatted. The last hour [11PM - Midnight] was dedicated to rare love songs - primarily group vocals. This segment is extracted from a random cassette taping of one of his shows. More of these mixtapes to come...