Goodbye, goodbye, sadness

“Goodbye Sadness” was released in the spring of 1981 on Yoko Ono’s solo album, Season of Glass. This was her first solo recording after the murder of her husband John Lennon. The album was released less than six months after Lennon’s death and deals with it directly in songs such as “Goodbye Sadness” and “I Don’t Know Why”. Season of Glass charted at number 49, making it Ono’s highest-charting solo album to date.

The front cover features Lennon’s bloodstained glasses positioned next to a half-filled glass of water, with a view of Central Park in the background. A young Sean Lennon features on the track “Even When You’re Far Away”, recounting a story his father used to tell him.

A music video was created for “Goodbye Sadness” featuring footage of John and Yoko together. The video was screened on the first episode of Saturday Night Live’s seventh season.

I started thinking about a video for a Yoko song after finishing up my last John Lennon video (“Aisumasen (I’m Sorry)”) and a couple of friends commented about Yoko. As a hardcore Beatle fan for life, I’ve always been a bit surprised about how almost everyone of all the other Beatles fans I’ve known in my life (and I’ve known many! LOL!)…from high school, through college and way into adulthood…find her so difficult to take. I’ve always been on the side that considers her work quite amazing….she remains a hugely influential presence on many famous acts that followed. I actually purchased all her albums, and then sprung for the massive 6 CD boxset “Onobox” in 1992, which I still listen to occasionally. Granted some of her stuff is difficult, but some of it is extremely beautiful and melodic. This record takes me back to a dark place…I bought this album when it was released (and we were all still deeply despondent over what happened to John), and each track is a tough listen simply because they put me right back in that awful time…Double Fantasy is hard for the same reason, but this one is worse because it was after.

(For all my BeatlefanswhoarealsonotYokofans…you know who you are….please don’t taunt me further or I will crank out some more Yoko vids….maybe “Yang Yang” and “I Felt Like Smashing My Face in a Clear Glass Window” for starters?! ;-) For the many Yoko fans out there….enjoy the sadness. I love this gorgeous song…especially the haunting sax solo….still give me chills. Most of all, I wish John was still in our world.

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art contributed to this new art….THANK YOU!!!!

[Lyrics]
Goodbye, sadness
Goodbye, goodbye
I don’t need you anymore
I wet my pillow every night
But now I saw the light

Goodbye, goodbye, sadness
I don’t need you anymore
Goodbye, goodbye, sadness
I cant take it anymore

Goodbye, sadness
Goodbye, goodbye
I don’t need you anymore
I lived in fear every day
But now I’m going my way

Goodbye, goodbye, sadness
I don’t need you anymore
Goodbye, goodbye, sadness
I cant take it anymore

Hello, happiness, wherever you are
I hope you hear my song
Never want to cry again
Or hold my breath in fear again

Goodbye, goodbye, sadness
I don’t need you anymore
Goodbye, goodbye, sadness
I cant take it anymore

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The chains are locked and tied across the door…

“Helpless” was released on CSN&Y’s 2nd album, Déjà vu, in the winter of 1970. This was always my favorite track from this excellent album.

Déjà vu was greatly anticipated after the popularity of the first CSN album and given the addition of Young to the group, who at the time remained largely unknown to the general public. Stills estimates that the album took around 800 hours of studio time to record; this figure may be exaggerated, even though the individual tracks display meticulous attention to detail.

The songs, except for “Woodstock”, were recorded as individual sessions by each member, with each contributing whatever was needed that could be agreed upon. Young does not appear on all of the tracks, and drummer Dallas Taylor and bassist Greg Reeves are credited on the cover with their names in slightly smaller typeface. Jerry Garcia plays pedal steel on “Teach Your Children” and John Sebastian plays harmonica on the title track.

Four singles were released from the album with all but the last, “Carry On,” charting on the Billboard Hot 100. The popularity of the album contributed to the success of the four albums released by each of the members in the wake of Déjà vu — Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush, Stephen Stills’ self-titled solo debut, David Crosby’s If I Could Only Remember My Name, and Graham Nash’s Songs for Beginners.

In 2003, the album was placed at number 148 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The same year, the TV network VH1 named Déjà vu the 61st greatest album of all time. The album ranked at #14 for the Top 100 Albums of 1970 and #217 overall by Rate Your Music.

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art contributed to this new art….THANK YOU!!!!!

[Lyrics]
There is a town in north Ontario,
With dream comfort memory to spare,
And in my mind I still need a place to go,
All my changes were there.

Blue, blue windows behind the stars,
Yellow moon on the rise,
Big birds flying across the sky,
Throwing shadows on our eyes.
Leave us

Helpless, helpless, helpless
Baby can you hear me now?
The chains are locked and tied across the door,
Baby, sing with me somehow.

Blue, blue windows behind the stars,
Yellow moon on the rise,
Big birds flying across the sky,
Throwing shadows on our eyes.
Leave us

Helpless, helpless, helpless.

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Aisumasen (I’m Sorry) – John Lennon (1973)

“Aisumasen (I’m Sorry)” is a track from John Lennon’s fourth album Mind Games, which was recorded at Record Plant Studios in summer 1973, and released in November of that year. The album was Lennon’s first self-produced recording without help from Phil Spector. Like his previous album, the politically topical and somewhat abrasive Some Time in New York City, Mind Games was poorly received by some music critics upon release, but its reissue has been met with more favorable reviews. It reached number 13 in the UK and number 9 in the US, where it was certified gold.

The album was recorded while Lennon was having difficulties with US immigration and at the beginning of his 18-month separation from Yoko Ono. The title track was released as a single at the same time as the album.

Mind Games has always been one of my favorite John Lennon albums, and I always felt it was overly harshly reviewed….as if critics wanted another Plastic Ono Band or Imagine album? This was a different album than those two, more funky-loose groove and some great rock and roll….loud up front guitars and dynamic instrumentation…the production is amazing!

This is my second video for a track from this album (also did an earlier video for “You Are Here”):

and one of three other tracks off the record I’ve begun vids for. This video was the further behind the other two, but I wanted to move it out and take more time refining the other two. This wasn’t really the video I had in mind for this track, but I hope you’ll find it at least an interesting background to this beautiful track. The guitar solo on this track is amazing as well.

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art contributed to this new art…THANK YOU!!!!!

[Lyrics]
When I’m down, really yin
And I don’t know what I’m doing
Aisumasen, aisumasen Yoko
All I had to do was call your name
All I had to do was call your name

And when I hurt you and cause you pain
Darlin I promise I won’t do it again
Aisumasen, aisumasen Yoko
It’s hard enough I know just to feel your own pain
It’s hard enough I know to feel, feel your own pain

All that I know is just what you tell me
All that I know is just what you show me

When I’m down, real sanpaku
And I don’t know what to do
Aisumasen, aisumasen Yoko san
All I had to do was call your name

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Oh, the mess I’m in…..

“Doctor Doctor” was released in the spring of 1974 on UFO’s third studio album (and their debut on Chrysalis), Phenomenon. On this album the band left their blues-based “space rock” sound behind, in part due to the presence of new guitarist Michael Schenker. The album was produced by Leo Lyons, bassist of British rock group Ten Years After. All tracks were recorded at Morgan Studios in London. The original cover design and photos were produced by Hipgnosis.

Hard to believe that this is only my second video from one of my all-time favorite hard rock bands, UFO. One of my way earlier videos for “Love To Love” is still one of my most popular (though I can’t watch it without wanting to remake it! LOL!)…and I started a couple of other tracks by the band, including this one, not long after finishing that video. Hardcore fans may notice that for this video I used clips from the band performing “Lights Out” and not “Doctor Doctor” from the same concert….I tired using clips from both songs and the performance of “Lights Out” just somehow fit better for the video….go figure!? LOL! This is a great great song and I’m happy to finally have something done for it….and for you other UFO fans…I promise I’ll have more videos for tracks from this most awesome band coming soon. THANKS FOR WATCHING!

As always HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art contributed to this new art….THANK YOU!!!!!!!

[Lyrics]
Doctor doctor, please
Oh, the mess I’m in
Doctor doctor, please,
oh the mess I’m in
She walked up to me
and really stole my heart
And then she started
to take my body apart

*Livin’, lovin’, I’m on the run
Far away from you
Livin’, lovin’, I’m on the run
So far away from you

Doctor doctor, please
Oh, I’m goin’ fast

Doctor doctor, please,
oh, I’m goin’ fast
It’s only just a moment,
she’s turnin’ paranoid
That’s not a situation for a nervous boy

Doctor doctor, please
Oh, the mess I’m in
Doctor doctor, please,
oh, the mess I’m in
But you look so angry
as I crawled across your floor
She’s got the strain,
and I can’t take any more

*Repeat
*Repeat

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SHINE THE LIGHT! Happy Independence Day U.S.A.!

“Philadelphia Freedom” was released by The Elton John Band as a single in the winter of 1975. The song was one of Elton John’s seven #1 US hits during the early and mid-1970s, which saw his recordings dominating the charts. In Canada, it was his eighth single to hit the top of the RPM national singles chart.

The song was written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin as a favor to John’s friend, tennis star Billie Jean King. King was part of the Philadelphia Freedoms professional tennis team. The song features an orchestral arrangement by Gene Page, including flutes, horns, and strings.

Recorded in the summer of 1974, during breaks between sessions for Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, the song was at the time the only song Elton John and Bernie Taupin ever consciously wrote as a single, as John told journalist Paul Gambaccini. John was looking to honour Billie Jean King, and so asked Taupin to write a song called “Philadelphia Freedom” as a homage to her tennis team.

In His Song: The Musical History of Elton John, Elizabeth Rosenthal recounts that Taupin said, “I can’t write a song about tennis,” and did not. Taupin maintains that the lyrics bear no relation to tennis, Philly Soul, or even flag-waving patriotism. Nonetheless, the lyrics have been interpreted as patriotic and uplifting, and even though released in 1975, the song’s sentiment, intended or not, meshed perfectly with an American music audience gearing up for the country’s bicentennial celebration in July 1976. In the US, the song was certified Gold in 1975 and Platinum in 1995 by the Recording Industry Association of America.

The song was dedicated in part to the Philadelphia sound: the music of the Delfonics, producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff; and The Spinners, producer Thom Bell, with whom John would work two years later on The Thom Bell Sessions. This song plays in Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute IMAX Theater before every show as a tribute to the city’s love for freedom and its impact on the country. The lyrics are also printed on the walls of the Hard Rock Cafe in Philadelphia.

This song is one of pure sweet melodic bliss, one of Elton’s best…all monster hooks and a truly killer arrangement. It sounds as amazing today as it did back in ’75! The video is basically a mash-up of three of my previous videos; Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes’ “I Miss You” and U2’s “New Year’s Day”, and Jefferson Starship’s “Show Yourself”….a vid made for 2012 Independence Day:

As always a HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art contributed to this new art…THANK YOU!!!!!!

[Lyrics]
I used to be a rolling stone
You know if a cause was right
I’d leave to find the answer on the road
I used to be a heart beating for someone
But the times have changed
The less I say the more my work gets done

‘Cause I live and breathe this Philadelphia freedom
From the day that I was born I’ve waved the flag
Philadelphia freedom took me knee-high to a man, yeah
Gave me a peace of my mind daddy never had
Philadelphia freedom shine on me, I love you
Shine the light through the eyes of the ones left behind
Shine the light, shine the light
Shine the light, won’t you shine the light
Philadelphia freedom, I love you, yes I do

If you choose to you can live your life alone
Some people choose the city (some people choose the city)
Some others choose the good old family home (Some others choose the good old family home)
I like living easy without family ties (livin’ easy)
‘Til the whippoorwill of freedom zapped me right between the eyes

‘Cause I live and breathe this Philadelphia freedom
From the day that I was born I’ve waved the flag
Philadelphia freedom took me knee-high to a man, humm
Gave me a peace of my mind daddy never had
Philadelphia freedom shine on me, I love you
Shine the light through the eyes of the ones left behind
Shine the light, shine the light
Shine the light, won’t you shine the light
Philadelphia freedom, I love you, yes I do

Oh, Philadelphia freedom shine on me, I love you
Shine the light through the eyes of the ones left behind
Shine the light, shine the light
Shine the light won’t you shine the light
Philadelphia freedom I love,
You know I love,
You know I love you
Yes I do
Philadelphia freedom
I love you, yes I do
Philadelphia freedom
You know that I love you, yes I do
Oh, Philadelphia freedom
Don’t you know that I love you, yes do

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“In the corner of some foreign field the gunner sleeps tonight”

The Gunner’s Dream – Pink Floyd (1983) (Remastered Audio 1080p Video)

The Final Cut (occasionally subtitled The Final Cut: A Requiem For The Post-War Dream by Roger Waters) is the twelfth studio album by English progressive rock group Pink Floyd. It was released on 21 March 1983 by Harvest Records in the United Kingdom, and several weeks later by Columbia Records in the United States. A concept album, The Final Cut is the last of the band’s studio releases to include founding member and long-time lyricist Roger Waters. It is the only Pink Floyd album on which Waters alone is credited for the writing and composition of every song. Most of the lyrics are sung by Waters; lead guitarist David Gilmour provides vocals on only one of the album’s tracks.

Real world obligations have kept me very busy for the last 6 or 7 weeks and I’ve not had the chance to upload any videos. I have however found some time in-between to work on some videos, including this dust off of a track I started way back. I had hoped to have this video uploaded on the D-day anniversary (June 6th), but wanted to make a couple of adjustments….which never happened anyway….so here it is.

This album is a serious downer, but I’ve always loved it and there are a few truly great songs (including “The Gunner’s Dream”) on it.

Huge thanks as usual to anyone who’s art contributed to this new art….THANK YOU!!!!

[Lyrics]
Floating down, through the clouds
Memories come rushing up to meet me now
But in the space between the Heavens
And the corner of some foreign field
I had a dream, I had a dream
Goodbye Max, goodbye Ma
After the service when you’re walking slowly to the car
And the silver in her hair shines in the cold November air
You hear the tolling bell
And touch the silk in your lapel
And as the teardrops rise to meet the comfort of the band
You take her frail hand
And hold on to the dream

{Move it}
A place to stay
{A real one}
Enough to eat
{Gonna have to make stock}
Somewhere old heroes shuffle safely down the street
Where you can speak out loud
About your doubts and fears and what’s more
No one ever disappears you never hear their standard issue
Kicking in your door
You can relax on both sides of the tracks and maniacs
Don’t blow holes in bandsmen by remote control
And everyone has recourse to the law
And no one kills the children anymore
No one kills the children anymore

Night after night goin’ round and round my brain
This dream is driving me insane

In the corner of some foreign field the gunner sleeps tonight
What’s done is done
We cannot just write off this final scene
Take heed of the dream, take heed

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“He never thought that he’d be number nine”

“Man In The Middle” was released on Flash and The Pan’s debut album in the fall of 1979. Purchased on a whim (album cover art was often the only clue back in the day), this record blew my mind from the first listen…just incredibly cool and groovy songs, with (as heard on this song) a rhythm section from the gods! ;-) These guys could seriously cook!!!

I’ve been wanting to go back and finish some hard rock and funky vids that have been sittin’, and thought I could hit the funky with this classic Flash And The Pan. (As for the hard rock?….yeah, standby for some!)

This video was started back around the time I began the video for The Rolling Stones’ “Miss You” (12 Inch Mix), and I couldn’t decide which one to go with first as they were both very similar looking. Decided to go with The Stones and then push this one out a bit later so it would not be right on top of the other…didn’t think it would be almost a year later! Anyway, yeah….back to a style I’ve used several times in the past….Flash And The Pan’s “Man In The Middle”…..if this one don’t make you wanna get up and shake, seek immediate medical attention, you may be comatose or decrepit?! ;-) Don’t be number 9….dance!!!!

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art contributed to this new art…THANK YOU!!!!

Another goodie from the album [and one of my earliest videos]:

And The Band Played On (Down Among The Dead Men)

[Lyrics]
See the office, see the phone Call the number, no one home
Take a powder, have to think
Now the question, where to drink
He’s a number nine man with a price on his head
A smile on his mirror and a sag in his bed

Man in the middle – left right
Man in the middle – that’s right
Man in the middle – (ah!)

Take an evening, that’s his style
Likes to boogie, style a while
Make it easy, piece of meat
Now the question, got no feet

He’s a silicone man with a lump on his face
A stain on his shirt and a rat in the race

Man in the middle – left right
Man in the middle – that’s right
Man in the middle – (ah!)

He never thought that he’d be number nine
But now he’s in it, he’s doing fine
Where he’s going he doesn’t know
But where it’s showing he’s never slow

Man in the middle – left right
Man in the middle – that’s right
Man in the middle – (ah!)

See the jacket, up for sale
Takes the ante, save the whale
There’s a call out, sprung again
Now the question, he don’t know who to blame

Man in the middle – left right
Man in the middle – that’s right
Man in the middle – (ah!)

Man in the middle – left right
Man in the middle – that’s right
Man in the middle – all night
Man in the middle – all (way?)
Man in the middle – left right
Man in the middle – that’s right
Man in the middle – all night
Man in the middle – (left right)

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“And it’s easier for you, yeah it’s easier for you”

“Salome” was released on Old 97’s third studio album, Too Far To Care, in the summer of 1997.

I’m a huge fan of Old 97’s and this album in particular, this is my second video for a track from it, the first being “Broadway” (which I uploaded in October of 2012 and mentioned that I hoped “Salome” would be my next as it’s maybe my favorite track from an album filled with favorites (love the lyrics and the unusual arrangement….wow, didn’t think it would be almost 2 years!)

Came across this old footage clip a while back and immediately thought that it would fit perfectly with “Salome”…didn’t spend much time on it…just wanted to let that headless lady find the groove a bit! :-) It also includes clips from the 1923 silent film…a strange thing in it’s own right (I wanted to use more of it….but then there wouldn’t have been enough headless dancing! LOL!)

Hope you enjoy it! Thanks for checking it out!

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible…THANK YOU!!!

[Lyrics]
Salome, uncross your heart.
I know what goes on inside, it’s over before it starts.
Well I’ll stay all night, I’ll wait right here.
The full moon might work magic girl, but I won’t disappear.

CHORUS:
And I’m tired of making friends, and I’m tired of making time,
And I’m sick to death of love, and I’m sick to death of trying.
And it’s easier for you, yeah it’s easier for you.
And it’s easier for you, yeah it’s easier for you.

Salome, untie my hands.
Well I’ll find another lady, and you’ll wreck another man.
It’s over now, yeah and so are we.
My blood’s turned to dirt girl, you broke every part of me.

And I’m tired of making friends, and I’m tired of making time,
And I’m sick to death of love, and I’m sick to death of trying.
And it’s easier for you, yeah it’s easier for you.
And it’s easier for you, yeah it’s easier for you.

(repeat chorus)

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You have entered the Twilight Zone

“The Twilight Zone” was released on Rush’s fourth studio album, the groundbreaking, epic, masterpiece, 2112 in the spring of 1976. I’ve talked about this album on my other videos for tunes from it (this is my fourth track from the album….and my 10th Rush vid), so I won’t subject you to the repetition of me saying how great it is……you probably know that already!?

I’ve seen every single episode of The Twilight Zone and it was fun to feature a couple of clips in a video. I hope you enjoy the video….thanks for watching!

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible…THANK YOU!!!!

[Lyrics]
A pleasant faced man steps up to greet you
He smiles and says he’s pleased to meet you
Beneath his hat the strangeness lies
Take it off, he’s got three eyes
Truth is false and logic lost
Now the fourth dimension is crossed…

You have entered the Twilight Zone
Beyond this world strange things are known
Use the key, unlock the door
See what your fate might have in store…
Come explore your dreams’ creation
Enter this world of imagination…

You wake up lost in an empty town
Wondering why no one else is around
Look up to see a giant boy
You’ve just become his brand new toy
No escape, no place to hide
Here where time and space collide

You have entered the Twilight Zone
Beyond this world strange things are known
Use the key, unlock the door
See what your fate might have in store…
Come explore your dreams’ creation
Enter this world of imagination…

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Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter.

“Here Comes The Sun” was released on The Beatles’ final studio, Abbey Road, in the summer of 1969. (Yeah, I know it was actually released before Let It Be, but it was the last one they recorded, so to me at least, it should be considered their last album.)

What is there really left to say about The Beatles’ music? I believe they will maintain their reputation as the greatest musical act of all time until there is no one left to remember them….it’s just light years beyond anyone else has come close to accomplishing.

This is my second video for a track from Abbey Road (also did “Octopus’s Garden”) and it was begun at the same time I started that video. It’s been sitting around forever (mainly because I was also working on a video for Elton’s “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”…and I couldn’t ever decide which one feature the clip of the birds/sun clip that I really love….whatever, I’ll use it in both!), and I wanted to try and push it out. As always with many of the old unfinished projects, it’s always tempting to just start over (especially when some of the elements are were not the greatest quality)…in this case I still liked some of the original photos I’d selected and some of the stuff I’d already put in (one sequence will be familiar to those who’ve seen my video for George’s “Tired Of Midnight Blue”)….so I just worked up a few new effects to spruce it a bit and resisted the urge to get too wild (saving some ideas for other Abbey Road tracks!).

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible….THANK YOU!!!! Special thanks to SeaOtterSoup Channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/seaottersoup)….for his amazing shot of the birds over the sun!)

[Lyrics]
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right

Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right

Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been here

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes

Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been clear

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
It’s all right, it’s all right

 

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