Lewis Hamilton is brilliant but after two laps of today’s race in Spain I went to make a coffee and never came back. Is it a problem when an individual or a team become so dominant that the sport becomes…. boring?
In my mind I am a great singer, although obviously OOAA. Others’ wrongness notwithstanding, I took the car out for the first time in weeks and found myself enjoying a tremendous sing-a-long to random Spotify tracks as I cruised the North Circular in my Nissan *wherever that river goes, that’s where I want to be* Qashqai. And I have to say it felt very good indeed. Liberating.
Now, the songs I sang – and I mean really sang – lent themselves not only to my unappreciated voice but also the instruments I had to hand: the steering wheel for beating out those drum fills or providing a keyboard to delicately finger my way through tinkly interludes, while all guitar breaks were sung with appropriate emoting sounds to recreate the wrenching of the artiste’s soul out from the fretboard. But what became clear is that some songs just demand (at gun point) they are sung the whole way through – no quick visit just to join a cheeky chorus – including as much instrumentation as possible around the lyrics, and requiring full vocal immersion technique. If you’re not drawing unwanted attention at the traffic lights, you’re not doing it right.
I have the chance to spend a day/night in Liverpool next month. As a huge Beatles fan for over 50 years, how best to soak up as much Beatles-related experience as possible? Happy to tour, walk, watch, visit – anything. All suggestions (from the touristy to the different) would be much appreciated.
Lead guitarist, preening vocalist? Nah. All I ever wanted to be was a backing vocalist, a Detroit Spinner or a Pip doing a tight shuffle whilst woo woo-ing the Midnight Train to Georgia.
Apart from the aforesaid ‘Train’ what are the songs with the best backing vocals? More recently, I reckon ‘Stacy’s Mum (Mom?)’ has got it going on in a similar fashion.
Will anyone listen to it more than once? Really? Why?
I’ve been listening to ‘Miles of Aisles’, one of my favourite live albums and it reminds me that the art of introducing a song on stage is done in a million different ways.
Imagine you had written your favourite ever song (instead of Dylan/Costello/Scott/McCartney or whoever actually wrote it) and were about to spring it on the world for the first time. How would you introduce it from the stage?
Do you want to play a game? It’s very simple: I start with my imaginary super rock group. The next player can only change one band member (you can give a very brief reason…) and then leaves the amended/improved line-up for the next player to change another one, and so on. No members of Zep, Stones, Beatles or Floyd allowed. And no other instruments allowed.
Let’s start….. and see what line-up we end up with down the line.
The starting line -up: Pete Thomas (drums) Phil Lynott (bass) Bob Andrews (keyboards) Mick Ronson (guitar) Lucinda Williams (vocals)
Nils Lofgren ‘ Live at the Record Plant 1975’ is the bootleg ‘Back it Up’ in another form and would storm into the top ten of any live album poll without batting an eyelid. Been listening to it again after twenty years! Brilliant guitar work from an undersung hero, in my book.
Now, I don’t play guitar at all, so my question is, can anyone explain in terms I would understand what exactly makes Lofgren’s playing so immediately recognisable whether on ‘Tonight’s The Night’ or his solo work or with the Boss? Do all great guitarists have a unique tone? Does Clapton? Does Cooder? I know Knopfler does, but can someone articulate how I can hear a few bars of any of these and immediately know who it is? Any others with a totally distinct sound? They’re all playing the same instrument with the same number of strings, aren’t they..