4,ooo Holes

January 5th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink


I read the news today oh boy

4,000 holes in Blackburn, Lancashire

And though the holes were rather small

They had to count them all

Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall

I’d love to turn you on

“4,000 holes in Blackburn, Lancashire” – a fantastic line in a fantastic song. Though I fear I am perhaps overly infatuated with the Beatles, they were indeed remarkable and really moved me and indeed changed my life. Perhaps more importantly for today, they set up sign posts and precedents for how art might function in our time.    » Read the rest of this entry «

Norwegian Wood

October 25th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

This is a really sad song.

All You Need Is Love

October 21st, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

Hold Me Tight

August 20th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

Here’s an interesting contrast. I’m a huge Beatles fan, and yet I did not know the Lennon-McCartney song Hold Me Tight until I heard it in Across the Universe. Here it is in the movie:

and then again from The Beatles (with Paul and Linda McCartney photos):

Very interesting…

Across the Universe

August 2nd, 2008 § 5 comments § permalink


Somehow I missed this movie. It is a Masterpiece. Buy it. Rent it. Whatever.

See it. Hear it.

(Update – 8.3.08)

Beatles fanatic that I am, I don’t know how I missed seeing Across the Universe when it first came out in late 2007.

I remember seeing the title up on the marquis at the State Theater on campus and of course being curious. I seem to remember hearing part of a musical track – I Want To Hold Your Hand? – and thinking that it was a really good cover of the song. But still, time being what it is, I never pulled it together to go out of my way to seek the film out.

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A Hard Day’s Night

July 28th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink


I’ve been thinking a bit about Process and Product, and music in the public mind.

A Hard Day’s Night is a place in the universe where Process and Product mutually consumed each other. The Process was a process of creating Product, and the Product was an embodiment of the Process creating Product embodying Process creating…

So there is a magical feedback loop between Process and Product that can lead to an incredibly joyful and inventive and vivacious Product embodying Process creating Product embodying Process…

The thing about The Beatles is that yes, the music and the songs were great in of themselves – I mean the singing and the compositions were often first rate, but there was another dimension.

These four guys were in such an incredible movie – the movie of their lives together – that the incredible process that they were caught up in inevitably was a part of the product that was produced.

Product is empty if the Process is a drag. Process is a drag without a Product to inspire us to fulfill our highest selves.

The Process is the Product.

Night Ride Home

July 14th, 2008 § 1 comment § permalink


Listen to this with your eyes closed. Then watch the video if you’d like. But listen first.

I’m a huge Joni Mitchell fan. I don’t like everything she’s done, and there are some things that I LOVE that I can’t listen to every day or even every year – and yet – wow…

What’s my favorite Joni Mitchell album? Night Ride Home, hands down. It came out in 1991. I was late getting started with CDs. When I first got a CD player I went to a store – next to the Yale Co-op in New Haven? – and bought three discs. Sargent Pepper’s Lonley Hearts Club Band by The Beatles, Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions – and then I wanted to get one more. I saw there was a new Joni Mitchell disc in a fancy collector’s package.

Night Ride Home. » Read the rest of this entry «


February 18th, 2008 § 4 comments § permalink


I’ve been writing this song –


“Illumination” Pno/Vox Score PDF

– for about fifteen years now. (Vocal channeling Celine Dion, sung at 3 in the morning very quietly. By the way, does anybody out there know how I can get this thing to Celine Dion?)

Illumination actually has rather an interesting pedigree. » Read the rest of this entry «

The Beatles

October 22nd, 2006 § 14 comments § permalink


I’m listening to a lot of The Beatles this week as I affix the arranger and record producer’s hat to my exploding head.

Why The Beatles?

Because they were the best. By far. No contest.

On the Anthology discs there is a clip of the band playing This Boy live. They’re good. Tight harmonies. Professional. Then they get to the bridge and John Lennon takes it absolutely through the roof. No turning back here…. » Read the rest of this entry «

Martin and Mancini

October 16th, 2006 § 1 comment § permalink


A Day in the Life

Peter Gunn

Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite

The Pink Panther Theme


As any reader of this blog knows by now, I am in the midst of finishing up the arrangement and recording of a musically cinematic composition (written by Dave Mason and myself) called “Anaconda”.

To where shall I turn my ears for inspiration and guidance?

I find myself thinking about George Martin and Henry Mancini» Read the rest of this entry «

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