On the weekend, I watched The Martian, based on the novel by Andy Weir.
I enjoyed the film, which included a peculiar soundtrack of disco; one of the astronauts liked that era of music. Some of the songs played were:
“Turn The Beat Around” by Vickie Sue Robinson
“Rock the Boat” by The Hues Corporation
“Good Times” by Chic and
“Waterloo” by Abba.
I knew all the tracks, dated as they may be, given I grew up with that music in the late seventies.
I did not, however, grow up with David Bowie’s “Starman.” It was released in 1972, and I completely missed it until years later when I discovered David Bowie in the eighties.
It’s a great song, and unlike the others, is anything but dated.
According to the news, David Bowie has requested his ashes be scattered on the Indonesian island of Bali.
Bali holds a special place in my heart, with some of the most beautiful people I’ve ever met. It’s comforting to know Bowie will rest amongst them.
Enjoy this excellent live performance of “Ashes to Ashes.”
Per my Monday post of last week, I’m featuring my favorite David Bowie songs until I decide to stop. There are, after all, many songs.
“Young Americans,” released in 1975 was about the predicament of two newlyweds. From the album by the same name, Bowie identified the sound as “plastic soul,” a term coined during the sixties by black musicians to describe Mick Jagger, a white musician singing soul music. Continue reading
A week after his death, it’s still difficult to fathom a world without David Bowie in it. Saddened by his passing as many of us were, I pored through my David Bowie music blogs, listened to his music, and read numerous articles about his incredible career. His latest album, Blackstar, released only three days before his death, is now at the top of the Billboard 200 Chart. Continue reading
Today the world lost an original. Amongst other things, David Bowie was a musical pioneer, style icon, and performer.
He has inspired many of my blogs, including a story I wrote two years ago called “The Final Countown.” It’s a grim and comical tale about a dying man who leaves the world on his own terms. I think Bowie would’ve liked it. Continue reading
On New Year’s Day, I flew into Newark and was relieved to see an empty Customs area. I quickly navigated the rows of line dividers, absent-mindedly glancing a television set posted along one of the posts.
My heart sank. Continue reading
“You Really Got Me” is my favorite song from The Kinks, and it contains a terrific guitar solo at 1:12.
This is also my final post for the guitar solo series. I’ve had a lot of fun researching the songs, and I know there are many artists I have not covered. Perhaps I will pick up the series in another form next year.
If you’d like to hear all the songs that were covered in this series, hit the “guitar solo” tag at the end of the post, and you’ll pull them up.
As we enter the holiday week, I’d like to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas. May you enjoy the best of times with the special people in your life,
Love the Rolling Stones and this song is one of my favorites.
Keith Richards shows why he’s one of the best guitar players around, great solos at 2:52 and 4:47.
Hope you enjoy and have a great week,
I lost a friend this past weekend, but before she slipped into a coma, we had an incredible phone conversation for nearly three hours. She called on a late evening, said she wanted to take advantage of pain-free time to chat. I was more than happy to talk to her on her schedule. When we hung up, it was close to 1 AM. I was energized from our conversation and could not sleep for hours.
Amongst other things, we spoke about her recent trip to New York. Her wish was to experience the city one more time while still able to travel. Along with her husband and son, she saw several plays, museums, and ate some fabulous meals. One thing she didn’t have time to do was see live music. She liked jazz.
“Sleep Walk” is a classic tune played here by American jazz, country, and blues guitarist, Les Paul, a pioneer of the solid-body electric guitar. This performance took place at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City on his 90th birthday. He’s gone now, but he made beautiful music and left the world a better place for it.
This song is for you, Karen. Sweet dreams, dear friend. It was a privilege and a pleasure to know you.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” is considered by many to have one of the best guitar solos, and I tend to agree.
I love QUEEN and Freddie Mercury, and this video is a shining example of what made the band wonderful.
Brian May’s guitar prowess is evident when he picks up from Freddie’s voice at the 1:40 mark and takes the song to a whole new level.
The fact that May is not just an accomplished guitarist but an astrophysicist makes him über cool in my books. ;)
Hope you enjoy the song, and have a great week,
Last week, I featured the song “Layla” by Eric Clapton to highlight the guitar solo by Duane Allman.
George Harrison wrote “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and the Beatles recorded it for their White Album. The lead guitarist, however, was not George Harrison.
Who was it?
None other than Eric Clapton. ;)
Clapton’s solos appear at 1:57 and 3:35 until the end of the song.
The video is a montage of my favourite Beatle. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Have a great week,
“Layla” is a well-known Eric Clapton song, but the guitar solo is not him. It’s Duane Allman who plays the screeching slide from the 2:20 mark onward.
The melodic piano along with Allman’s guitar is one of the most haunting and beautiful pieces of music I know.
In an interview, Clapton referred to Allman as the “musical brother I’d never had but wished I did.”
If you listen to the song, you’ll understand how their styles complemented each other so well.
Hope you enjoy and have a great week,
I had to laugh when I watched a young, skinny Mark Knopfler from Dire Straits. His hairdo may have gone out of style, but his guitar playing hasn’t.
Excellent solos at 2:40 and 4:10.
Enjoy and hope you have a productive week,
Many thanks to musician and friend, Ian Esche, who introduced me to Audioslave and this song. I knew little about the band, but I cried the first time I watched the video for “Doesn’t Remind Me.”
Audioslave was an American band formed by then-former Soundgarden lead singer, Chris Cornell and then-former Rage Against the Machine’s guitarist Tom Morello.
It’s Morello’s guitar you hear in the solo at 2:51.
I love the song and the touching video; I hope you do too. ;)
Have a wonderful week,
I first learned about Sister Rosetta Tharpe when I researched blues music for my novella, Seduced by the Blues. The story is a bluesy tale of music mixed with passion, so I wanted a female musician who evoked that passion in me.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe certainly does. Don’t miss her solo at 1:29. She rocks, and she does it with panache!
Have a wonderful week,
I’ve always liked Fleetwood Mac, and the guitar solo on this song resonated with me the first time I heard it. It helped me discover what a great guitarist Lindsay Buckingham is.
The solo comes at the end of the song (3:40 mark). Wait for it, it’s worth it. ;)
Enjoy and have a terrific week.
This is the perfect song for Canadian Thanksgiving because I’m sure I’ll be comfortably numb after a big turkey dinner.
I’ve featured David Gilmour’s guitar virtuosity on my blog before, and no tribute to great guitar solos would be complete without his name on the list, especially since this song has two solos. Whee!
The first one starts at the 2-minute marker and goes on for 35 seconds.
The second one – much longer at almost two minutes starts at 4:30 and goes to the end. Both are terrific, though I prefer the first one.
To friends in Canada — Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy David Gilmour and your turkey coma.
For the remainder of the Mondays this year, I’m featuring great songs with guitar solos in them.
I love the guitar, but I’m no fan of a solo shoehorned into a song merely to showcase the virtuosity of a guitarist. A superhuman-fast solo or “shred guitar” does not impress me if it doesn’t serve the song.
With this in mind, some of the more well-known solos may not make my list, but hopefully you will discover new ones you like.
Chuck Berry’s guitar solos and showmanship became major influences on rock and roll music. Berry, who will be 89 in a little over a week, is considered a pioneer of rock and roll, and for good reason. If you want to know his influence, watch Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll and learn more about this eccentric but brilliant guitarist.
It was difficult to find a good quality video of “Johnny B. Goode,” but this one captures Chuck Berry’s energy along with the energy of the crowd. It’s a fantastic song to kick off my series.
If you have a song you’d like to include on my list, feel free to leave it in the comments. I can’t guarantee I will use it, but I’m always open to learning about what others consider as great guitar solos.
Have a wonderful week, and dance along with Chuck Berry. I did. :)
I’m finishing September and the Britpop series with one of the biggest hits for the band, Oasis.
“Don’t Look Back in Anger” received its title inspiration from David Bowie’s song “Look Back In Anger.” You might also notice the piano intro resembles that of John Lennon’s “Imagine” and “Watching the Wheels.” Both Bowie and the Beatles were heavy influencers for Oasis.
Hope you enjoy the song, and like it says, don’t look back in anger. ;)
Have a terrific week,
Continuing with Britpop for September, here’s The Verve with their catchy tune “Bitter Sweet Symphony.”
Although the song’s lyrics were written by The Verve’s vocalist Richard Ashcroft, its distinctive string passage was sampled from the 1965 Andrew Oldham Orchestra of “The Last Time,” which inspired the Rolling Stones’ song of the same title.
A legal controversy surrounding plagiarism ensued, and songwriting credits changed to include Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. The Verve also lost all their royalties to Allen Klein, the former manager of the Rolling Stones.
And that’s some music trivia for the week. ;)
Hope you have a great one, and enjoy the end of summer!