I know the way…I can see by the moonlight clear as the day

“Follow Me Home” was released on the Dire Straits’ sophomore album, Communiqué, in the summer of 1979. This is my favorite Dire Straits album and the second I’ve done for a track from it (the first being one of my very first videos, (and somehow still by far my most popular one)….”Once Upon A Time In The West”….the vid is too clunky for me to bear now, but the song is as classic and timeless as ever…gotta get around to a reboot on that vid someday!) This song has always been another favorite from the album, I just really love the smooth tropical-like groove that the band finds and stays in for the track….Knopfler’s guitar is as stylishly stunning as always, and Pick Withers’s restrained style, favoring spare snare drum and hi-hat combinations sound are perfect for the track.

I tried to capture the images that this song always conjures when I hear it….beaches, stars, fires, tiki torches, chimes…got it all (couldn’t quite get the “meat” part right! LOL!)….it’s not quite the way it plays in my head, but then they never are. Hope you enjoy the effort….thanks for watching!

I hope the video helps to take another amazing song to a higher level and opens it up for some new fans. As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art contributed to this new art….THANK YOU!!!!

[Lyrics]
Oh well the sun go down
Celebration in the town tonight
All day long
They been slaughtering upon the stone
Share out the meat
Yeah, you really like to eat
Come on woman, come follow me home

Well, the priest he cries
Virgin ascending to the skies tonight
All day long
I have passed my time alone
And when the church bell rung
I stayed out on the tower
In a dying sun
Now come on woman, come follow me home

Well I don’t need no priest
But I love all of the people
Yes I share the feast
So I drink up my wine
Yes and the song in my bones
I know the way
I can see by the moonlight
Clear as the day
Now come on woman, come follow me home

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“All you hear are hard luck stories….”

“Hard Luck Story” was released in the fall of 1975 on Elton John’s tenth studio album, Rock Of The Westies. Its title is a comedic play on words devised by John. He turned the phrase “West of the Rockies” into Rock of the Westies. (“Westie” is also a nickname for the West Highland White Terrier).

Like Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, Rock of the Westies also debuted on the US Billboard 200 chart at No. 1, the only two albums at that time to have done so. It was less successful in the artist’s home territory of the UK, where it reached No. 5 on the UK Albums Chart. Robert Christgau listed it as No. 7 on his list of the best albums of 1975.

So yeah, I remember hearing that Elton had canned Nigel and Dee after Captain Fantastic was recorded, and that it would be not quite the same without them on the new record. I came to enjoy the record greatly, but it wasn’t as immediately a classic as EJ fans were expecting, as it was not quite up to par with Captain Fantastic (could anything be really?). There are more tracks than usual for an Elton John album that didn’t really burrow into my brain, but besides those tracks (“Grow Some Funk…” and “Feed Me”…they have their fans, but just didn’t work for me at all) it’s still a great album! When I listen to the record today, I just think about how Dee’s bass would have sounded?!

The concept for this video is over two years old and I’d tried several times to make it happen, but problems with the clips I had for “The Gold Rush” prevented me from getting it done. I’m on another tangent to push out some old videos, come hell or high water, so I finally made it happen. This is my second video to feature a Charlie Chaplin film (Boomtown Rat’s “I Never Loved Eva Braun” used clips from “The Great Dictator”)….there are few geniuses on the level of either Elton John OR Charlie Chaplin…..and I’m happy to feature them both in this vid! Got plans for a couple of other tracks from this album, until then…hope you enjoy this one!

If you are a fan of this album….you seriously need to visit Amazon and buy the Audio Fidelity version that was recently released……amazing sound and you’ve never heard this album with so much punch and clarity!!!!

[Lyrics]
Sometimes I think I’m going crazy
Staring at the same four walls
Waiting for the working day to end

Then I get home so wasted, worn out
I curse at you and tell you
How I’ve done the work of ten to fifteen men

How I’ve struggled for my money
Sweated blood to get us by, yeah
Well, I’m tired of it, honey
Think I’m gonna have to leave here for a while

All you hear are hard luck stories
And the ways I look at life
And the way I think the world treats me
And the way I treat my wife

I never seem to look at you
And see that somewhere underneath
A pair of tired eyes are crying out

Well, you know I work hard all day long
Let me kiss you once with meaning
Just to kill this nagging doubt

Well, you don’t deny I do you proud
And you expect me to be tired
You say there’s no future in our lives
While I persist I’m putting out the fire

All you hear are hard luck stories
Just a few well chosen words
‘Cause you’re still the woman of a working man
You’ve got the heart of a working girl

All you hear are hard luck stories
And the ways I look at life
And the way I think the world treats me
And the way I treat my wife

All you hear are hard luck stories
And the ways I look at life
And the way I think the world treats me
And the way I treat my wife

 

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…and I moved…

“And I Moved” was released on Pete Townshend’s first solo album, Empty Glass, in the spring of 1980. The album deals with a plethora of issues that Townshend was struggling with, including alcoholism, drug abuse, marital problems and deceased friends.
Empty Glass also contained the devotional love song, “Let My Love Open the Door”, which became a top ten hit single in the US, along with the other (modestly successful) singles, “Rough Boys” and “A Little Is Enough”.

The album was rated No. 57 on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Albums of the 1980’s. Gibson had a poll which rated the album at No. 5 for “The greatest albums released by an artist who was previously in a successful band”.

Started thinking about The Who when a cousin recently mentioned the possibility of a video for “Amazing Journey” (I’ve been picking at a couple of tracks from Tommy, but never gotten anything finished). The Who are one of those bands that the critics and most everyone else got into much more than I ever did (the exception being Tommy, which is undeniably an epic rock masterpiece of the highest order, and I also love many of their other songs….but just could never really get into their albums that much). Hope to get around a few of my favorite The Who tracks at some point, until then…..

…there’s this track, which was my favorite from Empty Glass, another of those albums that were hugely popular during my days working at the record store…and therefore forever etched into my memories of those carefree days of listening to music all day (and getting paid for it!) and then spending the evening listening to more music with my friends in college. I hope you enjoy the video for this great, relatively obscure album track. Thanks for watching!

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

[Lyrics]
And I moved
As I saw him looking in through my window
His eyes were silent lies
And I moved
And I saw him standing in the doorway
His figure merely filled the space
And I moved
But I moved toward him

And I moved
And his hands felt like ice exciting
As he laid me back just like an empty dress
And I moved
But a minute after he was weeping
His tears his only truth.
And I moved
But I moved toward him

“And I Moved” was released on Pete Townshend’s first solo album, Empty Glass, in the spring of 1980. The album deals with a plethora of issues that Townshend was struggling with, including alcoholism, drug abuse, marital problems and deceased friends.
Empty Glass also contained the devotional love song, “Let My Love Open the Door”, which became a top ten hit single in the US, along with the other (modestly successful) singles, “Rough Boys” and “A Little Is Enough”.

The album was rated No. 57 on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Albums of the 1980’s. Gibson had a poll which rated the album at No. 5 for “The greatest albums released by an artist who was previously in a successful band”.

Started thinking about The Who when a cousin recently mentioned the possibility of a video for “Amazing Journey” (I’ve been picking at a couple of tracks from Tommy, but never gotten anything finished). The Who are one of those bands that the critics and most everyone else got into much more than I ever did (the exception being Tommy, which is undeniably an epic rock masterpiece of the highest order, and I also love many of their other songs….but just could never really get into their albums that much). Hope to get around a few of my favorite The Who tracks at some point, until then…..

…there’s this track, which was my favorite from Empty Glass, another of those albums that were hugely popular during my days working at the record store…and therefore forever etched into my memories of those carefree days of listening to music all day (and getting paid for it!) and then spending the evening listening to more music with my friends in college. I hope you enjoy the video for this great, relatively obscure album track. Thanks for watching!

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

[Lyrics]
And I moved
As I saw him looking in through my window
His eyes were silent lies
And I moved
And I saw him standing in the doorway
His figure merely filled the space
And I moved
But I moved toward him

And I moved
And his hands felt like ice exciting
As he laid me back just like an empty dress
And I moved
But a minute after he was weeping
His tears his only truth.
And I moved
But I moved toward him

 

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That’s when I had most of my fun

Hot Fun In The Summertime” was released as a single in the summer of 1969. The single was released in the wake of the band’s high-profile performance at Woodstock, which greatly expanded their fanbase. The song peaked at number 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart and number 3 on the U.S. Billboard soul singles chart in autumn 1969.

Thematically, “Hot Fun in the Summertime” is a dedication to the fun and games to be had during the summer. “Hot Fun in the Summertime” was intended to be included on an in-progress album with “Everybody Is a Star” and “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)”; the LP was never completed, and the three tracks were instead included on the band’s 1970 Greatest Hits LP.

The B-side to this single is “Fun,” a song taken from the group’s third album (Life) from 1968.

Love this group, and this song has always been a huge favorite…one of the all-time great summer anthems, and Larry Graham’s bass playing is top-notch as usual. This band released some insanely brilliant music before they began to fall apart….drop for drop, there are few acts that can match this group when they were firing on all pistons. Sly Stone is a certified musical genius…among the most influential artists of his generation….and he’s from Texas!

Thanks for watching!

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

[Lyrics]
All: End of the spring and here she comes back
Hi Hi Hi Hi there
Them summer days, those summer days

That’s when I had most of my fun, back
high high high high there
Them summer days, those summer days

Rose: I “cloud nine” when I want to

Freddie: Out of school, yeah

Larry: County fair in the country sun

Sly: And everything, it’s true, ooh yeah

All: Hot fun in the summertime x 4

All: First of the fall and then she goes back
Bye bye bye bye there
Them summer days, those summer days

Rose: “Boop-boop-ba-boop-boop” when I want to

Freddie: Out of school, yeah

Larry: County fair in the country sun

Sly: And everything, it’s true, ooh yeah

 

All: Hot fun in the summertime x

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The band is just fantastic, that is really what I think.

Remastered & Lossless Audio and HD 1080p Video for your pleasure!

“Have A Cigar” was released on Pink Floyd’s ninth studio album, Wish You Were Here, in the fall of 1975. I’ve discussed how special this album is to me (and the night I first experienced it) in the description for my video for “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”…

…so I won’t repeat….suffice it to say it’s my favorite album of all time.

This is my third video for one of the four tracks from the album, leaving only “Welcome To The Machine” (in progress)….(also thinking seriously of a do-over for “Wish You Were Here” as I was never really very happy with that one and know how I’d like to edit it to work better). This was a cool track to work with and it was a nice break to work on between my last Yes video and a couple of Floyd epics that I have in the pipe. I hope you enjoy the cigar….and as always THANKS FOR WATCHING!

Special Thanks!:
Greg Chan for the very cool cigar clip!

https://www.youtube.com/user/greggysees/videos

…and of course, EVERYONE ELSE WHO’S ART
CREATED NEW ART! THANKS!

[Lyrics]
Come in here, Dear boy, have a cigar.
You’re gonna go far,
You’re gonna fly high,
You’re never gonna die,
You’re gonna make it, if you try;
They’re gonna love you.
Well I’ve always had a deep respect,
And I mean that most sincerely.
The band is just fantastic,
that is really what I think.
Oh by the way, which one’s Pink?

And did we tell you the name of the game, boy?
We call it Riding the Gravy Train.

We’re just knocked out.
We heard about the sell-out.
You gotta get an album out.

You owe it to the people.
We’re so happy we can hardly count.
Everybody else is just green,
Have you seen the chart?
It’s a hell of a start,
It could be made into a monster
If we all pull together as a team.

And did we tell you the name of the game, boy?
We call it Riding the Gravy Train.

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Camera. Camera.

“Into The Lens” was released in the summer of 1980 on Yes’ 10th studio album, Drama. Yes had scored a masterpiece with Going For The One in 1977, then missed the mark with Tormato in 1978 (this is a good record that could have been great with different production) and I remember wondering which of these two previous records the new one would sound like when I picked up Drama at the record store. The answer is of course….neither! It’s a seriously different record than the band had ever done before. The album has it’s share of fans (and detractors) among the Yes fans….count me as a fan for several reasons; 1.) the album ROCKS, 2.) the muddy, dull production from Tormato is corrected x10, 3.) the tour for this album was the only time I ever saw Yes in concert (awesome even without Jon!), and 4.) it brings memories of a great summer!

This was a difficult song to set to video and I’ve been messing around with it for a long time….multiple tempo changes and tons of cues….I kept adding and adding but always felt it was lacking something….it was a slog and I’m not thrilled with the result, but I’m thrilled to be finished with this one so I can focus on some other videos that I’m having much more fun with. Enjoy! Thanks for watching!

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

[Lyrics]
Memories, how they fade so fast
Look back, that is no escape
Tied down, now you see too late.
Lovers, they will never wait.

I am a camera

Take heart, I could never let you go
And you, always let the feeling show
Love us all, how you never broke your heart
You lose them
If you feel the feeling start.

I am a camera, camera, camera

And you, may find time will blind you
This to just remind you
All is meant to be.

Here, by the waterside
There, where the lens is wide
You and me
By the sea
Taken in tranquility.

Taken, taken so easily
To pass into glass reality
Transform, to transfer, to energy.

Taken, taken, so easily
To pass into glass reality
Transformer, transferring energy.

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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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