I don’t want to fade away… In your heart I want to stay.

Bell Bottom Blues – Derek and the Dominos (1970) HD FLAC Remaster HD Video

“Bell Bottom Blues” was the second song on the first side of Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, which was the only album released by the supergroup Derek and the Dominos, from the winter of 1970.

I had been working on a video for “Layla” and stopped along the way for “Bell Bottom Blues”! The mod dancer effects was from my “Wah-Wah” video and I’d pulled them up (recreated them to remove a couple of skipped frames that had gotten past me when I first made them ) for the “Bell Bottom Blues” video….the drummer album cover effect was in my “Layla” vid. I realized that these two effects might be used to make for a quick “Bell Bottom Blues” (my second favorite from the album)….so I planned on making a very simple video built around them. Of course then I find myself in a familiar and frustrating situation where I’m working two videos and can’t decide which effect to use where since I try to not cheat too much and like each video to look as different as possible. This was a pretty quick effort and the foundation of a much better video, but the upcoming video for “Layla” incorporate much more of the things I was finding along the way. (Not sure who that one girl is, but man she also looks great as “Layla” ;-)….what a great pic!) Hope you enjoy!

The collaboration that created Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, Derek and the Dominos, grew out of Eric Clapton’s frustration with the hype associated with the supergroups Cream and the short-lived Blind Faith. Following the latter’s dissolution, he joined Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, whom he had come to know while they were the opening act on Blind Faith’s US tour in the summer of 1969.

After that band also split up, a Friends alumnus, Bobby Whitlock, joined up with Clapton in Surrey, England. From April 1970, the two spent weeks writing a number of songs “just to have something to play”, as Whitlock put it. These songs would later make up the bulk of the material on Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs.

Having toured with Joe Cocker straight after leaving Delaney & Bonnie, Carl Radle and Jim Gordon reunited with Clapton and Whitlock in England. Clapton attempted to avoid the limelight under cover of the anonymous “Derek and the Dominos”, with whom he played a tour of small clubs in Britain during the first three weeks of August. The group’s name had reportedly resulted from a gaffe made by the announcer at their first concert, who mispronounced the band’s provisional name, “Eric & The Dynamos”. In fact, Clapton chose “Derek and the Dominos” because he did not want his name and celebrity to get in the way of maintaining a “band” image. When the tour was over, they headed for Criteria Studios in Miami to record an album.

The source of the album’s eventual centerpiece, “Layla”, was rooted in Clapton’s personal life; he had become infatuated with Pattie Boyd, the wife of his friend George Harrison. Not even heroin, which Clapton had then begun to use, could dull the pain. Dave Marsh, in The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and Roll, wrote that “there are few moments in the repertoire of recorded rock where a singer or writer has reached so deeply into himself that the effect of hearing them is akin to witnessing a murder, or a suicide … to me, ‘Layla’ is the greatest of them.”

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

[Lyrics]
Bell bottom blues, you made me cry.
I don’t want to lose this feeling.
And if I could choose a place to die
It would be in your arms.

Do you want to see me crawl across the floor to you?
Do you want to hear me beg you to take me back?
I’d gladly do it because
I don’t want to fade away.
Give me one more day, please.
I don’t want to fade away.
In your heart I want to stay.

It’s all wrong, but it’s all right.
The way that you treat me baby.
Once I was strong but I lost the fight.
You won’t find a better loser.

Do you want to see me crawl across the floor to you?
Do you want to hear me beg you to take me back?
I’d gladly do it because
I don’t want to fade away.
Give me one more day, please.
I don’t want to fade away.
In your heart I want to stay.

Do you want to see me crawl across the floor to you?
Do you want to hear me beg you to take me back?
I’d gladly do it ’cause
I don’t want to fade away.
Give me one more day, please.
I don’t want to fade away.
In your heart I want to stay.

Bell bottom blues, don’t say goodbye.
I’m sure we’re gonna meet again,
And if we do, don’t you be surprised
If you find me with another lover.

Do you want to see me crawl across the floor to you?
Do you want to hear me beg you to take me back?
I’d gladly do it ’cause
I don’t want to fade away.
Give me one more day, please.
I don’t want to fade away.
In your heart I want to stay.

I don’t want to fade away.
Give me one more day please.
I don’t want to fade away.
In your heart I want to stay.

I don’t want to fade away.
Give me one more day please.
I don’t want to fade away.
In your heart I want to stay.

Tiny Dancer – Elton John (1971) HD FLAC Remaster HD Video

Tiny Dancer – Elton John (1971) HD FLAC Remaster HD Video

“Tiny Dancer” was released in the winter of 1971 on Elton John’s fourth studio album, Madman Across The Water. I’ve been playing with vids for fav tracks from Madman for years, but those two songs (“Levon” and the title track) have been very difficult to finish, so I jumped into a song I knew I could get done using some old tried and true (and maybe getting tired at this point?! LOL!) techniques. I’ll continue to pick at those other songs from Madman (“Levon” especially is so damn elusive concept-wise…..wish me luck!)….but until then hope ya enjoy “Tiny Dancer”!

FROM WIKI:
John, Johnstone, Dee Murray and Nigel Olsson, who would be the main musicians on the next album (Honky Chateau), would soon join with percussionist Ray Cooper and form the best-known line-up of his mid-1970s band. As with all John songs during this period, the lyrics were penned by his writing partner, Bernie Taupin. This was the last album to be recorded at London’s Trident Studios. They relocated to Château d’Hérouville for the next three albums. Caleb Quaye and Roger Pope wouldn’t play with John again until Rock of the Westies in 1975, following Murray and Olsson’s departure from the band.

Upon its release, Madman Across the Water was almost ignored in John’s homeland, barely reaching #41 on the UK Albums Chart and spending only two weeks there. It has been the lowest-charting album of his career to date. The album fared better in North America, peaking at #8 on the U.S. Billboard Top Pop Albums and placing at #10 on the year-end list of 1972. It received Gold by the RIAA in February 1972, achieving $1 million in sales at wholesale value just in the United States. In 1998, the album was certified Multi-Platinum, representing shipments of over 2 million units in the U.S.

The title song was set to be released on John’s previous album Tumbleweed Connection. However, it was set aside and would eventually be re-recorded and serve as the title track of this album. Previous versions of the song (from the Tumbleweed sessions with Mick Ronson on guitar) can still be found, specifically on the remastered Tumbleweed Connection CD.

When it was released in ‘The Classic Years’ collection, it was the first album not to feature any bonus tracks. One known track recorded at the time, “Rock Me when He’s Gone,” was released on Rare Masters a few years before. The song was written for and recorded by one of John’s long-time friends, Long John Baldry. This was John’s first album in which he plays his piano and no other keyboards. This was the first album in which Davey Johnstone played guitar for John, a role that would continue for decades.

HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible….THANK YOU!!!! And THANK YOU!!!! for watching! :-)

[Lyrics]
Blue jean baby, L.A. lady, seamstress for the band
Pretty eyed, pirate smile, you’ll marry a music man
Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand
And now she’s in me, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand

Jesus freaks out in the street
Handing tickets out for God
Turning back she just laughs
The boulevard is not that bad

Piano man he makes his stand
In the auditorium
Looking on she sings the songs
The words she knows, the tune she hums

But oh how it feels so real
Lying here with no one near
Only you and you can hear me
When I say softly, slowly

Hold me closer tiny dancer
Count the headlights on the highway
Lay me down in sheets of linen
You had a busy day today

Hold me closer tiny dancer
Count the headlights on the highway
Lay me down in sheets of linen
You had a busy day today

Blue jean baby, L.A. lady, seamstress for the band
Pretty eyed, pirate smile, you’ll marry a music man
Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand
And now she’s in me, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand

But oh how it feels so real
Lying here with no one near
Only you and you can hear me
When I say softly, slowly

Hold me closer tiny dancer
Count the headlights on the highway
Lay me down in sheets of linen
You had a busy day today

Hold me closer tiny dancer
Count the headlights on the highway
Lay me down in sheets of linen
You had a busy day today

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Blow Away – George Harrison (1979) HQ FLAC Remaster HD Video

Blow Away – George Harrison (1979) HQ FLAC Remaster HD Video

“Blow Away” was released in the winter of 1979 on George Harrison’s seventh solo album, George Harrison.

This is I believe the thirteenth video I’ve made for a George Harrison song (George must be the artist I’ve made the most videos for!) and the second from the 1979 album….after “Your Love Is Forever” https://youtu.be/pY9TX_Q7j-o

A new George Harrison album was always an exciting and memorable event when I was growing up and each one (as with the other Beatle solo albums) brings distinctive memories of very specific times, places, people and emotions of my youth. I had been in awe of George’s previous album, 33&1/3 and was thrilled to finally hear that he had a new album. It was my last year of high school and I took a friend along with me hauling some cattle to a ranch near Corpus Christi for my dad on a Saturday. I was more than happy to make the trip because I knew it would allow me a chance to get into a city to a record shop and pick up George’s new album. Though the trip wouldn’t normally take me thorough San Antonio, I made a detour to the route and picked up both the album, cassette, AND! a great promo poster for the LP (In those days I was very skilled at convincing record store employees to give me promo material! LOL!, of course once I started working at one the next year such material became much more available and….yes, I still have that poster!). To this day every time I listen to this album (which is often, btw) I think of the hassles of driving that cattle trailer through the city and then happily listening to this album on cassette with my friend as I winded through the Texas countryside with the blue sky, white puffy clouds and sunshine above us!

From Wiki: With Harrison’s penchant for leisure and travel following Thirty Three & 1/3’s release, he had not started recording a follow-up until mid-1978, although he had been writing songs during his hiatus. Teaming up with a co-producer for the first time in years, Harrison decided to use Russ Titelman to help realise the music for George Harrison, which was recorded at his home studio, entitled Friar Park, with string overdubs being effected at London’s AIR Studios. Special guests included Steve Winwood, Gary Wright (who co-wrote “If You Believe”) and Eric Clapton.

The album was previewed by the single “Blow Away”, which reached No. 51 in the United Kingdom and No. 16 in the United States. George Harrison received positive reviews upon its February 1979 release. It reached No. 39 in the UK and it peaked at No. 14 in the US, going gold. “Blow Away” as a single was also successful in Canada, peaking at No. 7 on the singles chart. Harrison’s increasing efforts, however, were being directed towards the film industry, having formed Handmade Films in order to help his friends in Monty Python complete Life of Brian.

Three of the songs from the eponymous album were included on Harrison’s Best of Dark Horse 1976–1989 compilation: “Blow Away,” an edited version of “Here Comes the Moon,” and the single edit version of “Love Comes to Everyone.” “Blow Away” was also included in the career-spanning compilation Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison.

In 2004, George Harrison was remastered and reissued both separately and as part of the deluxe box set The Dark Horse Years 1976-1992 on Dark Horse with new distribution by EMI, adding the bonus track demo version of “Here Comes the Moon”, recorded just after it was written in Hawaii.

Till next one…..hope you enjoy this one! Thanks for sharing your joy of music with me!

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

[Lyrics]
Day turned black, sky ripped apart
Rained for a year ’til it dampened my heart
Cracks and leaks
The floorboards caught rot
About to go down
I had almost forgot.

All I got to do is to love you
All I got to be is, be happy
All it’s got to take is some warmth to make it
Blow Away, Blow Away, Blow Away.

Sky cleared up, day turned to bright
Closing both eyes now the head filled with light
Hard to remember what a state I was in
Instant amnesia
Yang to the Yin.

All I got to do is to love you
All I got to be is, be happy
All it’s got to take is some warmth to make it
Blow Away, Blow Away, Blow Away.

Wind blew in, cloud was dispersed
Rainbows appearing, the pressures were burst
Breezes a-singing, now feeling good
The moment had passed
Like I knew that it should.

All I got to do is to love you
All I got to be is, be happy
All it’s got to take is some warmth to make it
Blow Away, Blow Away, Blow Away.

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“I’m a rolling, rolling down the road…just dreaming about the days of long ago”…..

Will You Miss Me – The Notting Hillbillies (1990) HQ FLAC Audio HD Video

“Will You Miss Me” was released in the winter of 1990 on the first (and only) album by The Notting Hillbillies. This was one of my favorite albums that year….and for a few years after, I kept looking for the next one to drop…finally giving up hope they’d record another. It was such a cool, beautiful and mellow record….the players are all fantastic….a shame they didn’t do more.

Anyway…..not much more to say, ‘cept I love this tune (tied with “Your Own Sweet Way” as favorites from the record….might tune up that vid as well?) and this has always been one of my favorite music videos, so I wanted to try and touch up the vid for HD, edit it from the single track to the longer studio track and also include the lossless FLAC audio track.

I hope you enjoy! Thanks for watching and Happy Easter 2015!

[Lyrics]
Will you miss me, will you miss me
Will you miss me, will you miss me
Will you miss me, miss me when I’m gone

Did you ever dream lucky, wake up cold in hand
Look at the stars in the heaven’s above
Sleep on the pillow where my head use to lay
While the moonbeams flicker ‘cross your window pane
I’m on my way from here, don’t know where I’m going

Will you miss me, will you miss me
Will you miss me, will you miss me
Will you miss me, miss me when I’m gone

I’m a rolling, rolling down the road
I’m a rolling, rolling down the road
Just dreaming about the days of long ago

When darkness falls across the land
Shadow cast in the heart of a man
The flame of desire burns bright as a star
I hear a cry on the wind like a voice from afar
I’m a stranger here, don’t know where I’m going

Will you miss me, will you miss me
Will you miss me, will you miss me
Will you miss me, miss me when I’m gone

I’m a rolling, rolling down the road
I’m a rolling, rolling down the road
Just dreaming about the days of long ago

Will you miss me, will you miss me
Will you miss me, will you miss me
Will you miss me, miss me when I’m gone

Will you miss me, will you miss me
Will you miss me, will you miss me
Will you miss me, miss me when I’m gone

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“Stairway to Heaven” from The Song Remains The Same (1976)

Stairway To Heaven (Live) – Led Zeppelin (1976) Remastered FLAC Audio HD Video

“Stairway To Heaven (Live)” was recorded for The Song Remains the Same is a concert film featuring the English rock band Led Zeppelin. The filming took place during the summer of 1973, during three nights of concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City, with additional footage shot at Shepperton Studios. The film premiered three years later on 20 October 1976 at Cinema I in New York, on 22 October 1976 at Fox Wilshire in Los Angeles, and at Warner West End Cinema in London two weeks later It was accompanied by a soundtrack album of the same name.

I had worked some effects for “Stairway To Heaven” for my video of the studio version of the track, and this is just mostly that effort. I really didn’t want to get into a whole thing with this video and spend a lot of time on it and planned on no edits, but I couldn’t resist quickly reworking the ending a bit….mostly just threw in some stuff and re-edited that section of the concert video to make it move faster…the hardest rocking part of the song featured too much ugly split screen effects and other psychedelic(ish) effects….just when it needed to be the band pegged out at maximum velocity!!!! Or at least I always thought so… I hope you enjoy it!

Since late 1969, Led Zeppelin had been planning on filming one of their live performances for a projected movie documentary of the band. The group’s manager, Peter Grant, believed that they would be better served by the big screen than by television, because he regarded the sound quality of the latter as unsatisfactory. The first attempt was the filming (by Peter Whitehead and Stanley Dorfman) of Led Zeppelin’s Royal Albert Hall performance on 9 January 1970, but the lighting was judged to be mediocre, and the film was shelved (this footage was later remastered and featured on the 2003 release Led Zeppelin DVD).

On the morning of 20 July 1973, during the band’s concert tour of the United States, Peter Grant made a contact with Joe Massot, who had previously directed Wonderwall. Massot was already known to Grant as he and his wife had moved into a house in Berkshire in 1970, where they made friends with their neighbours, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and his girlfriend Charlotte Martin.[3] Grant had previously turned down offers by Massot to make a film of the band, but with the huge success of the band’s current tour, Grant changed his mind and offered him the job of director. As Grant recalled:

It all started in the Sheraton Hotel, Boston. We’d talked about a film for years and Jimmy had known Joe Massot was interested – so we called them and over they came. It was all very quickly arranged.

Massot hurriedly assembled a crew in time for Led Zeppelin’s last leg of the tour starting on 23 July 1973, in Baltimore. He subsequently filmed the group’s three concert performances at Madison Square Garden on the nights of 27, 28, and 29 July 1973. The film was entirely financed by the band and shot on 35mm with a 24-track quadraphonic sound recording. The live footage in the US alone cost $85,000.

[Lyrics]
There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven.
When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for.
Ooh, ooh, and she’s buying a stairway to heaven.

There’s a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure
‘Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings.
In a tree by the brook, there’s a songbird who sings,
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven.

Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it makes me wonder.

There’s a feeling I get when I look to the west,
And my spirit is crying for leaving.
In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees,
And the voices of those who stand looking.

Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it really makes me wonder.

And it’s whispered that soon, if we all call the tune,
Then the piper will lead us to reason.
And a new day will dawn for those who stand long,
And the forests will echo with laughter.

If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed now,
It’s just a spring clean for the May queen.
Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There’s still time to change the road you’re on.
And it makes me wonder.

Your head is humming and it won’t go, in case you don’t know,
The piper’s calling you to join him,
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind?

And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul.
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold.
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last.
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll.

And she’s buying a stairway to heaven.

THANK YOU FOR WATCHING!!!!

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The lady we all know…..”Stairway To Heaven” (1971)

Stairway To Heaven – Led Zeppelin (1971) HQ 2014 Audio Remaster HD Video

“Stairway To Heaven” was released on Led Zeppelin’s fourth studio album, Led Zeppelin IV (also known as the Four Symbols, The Fourth Album, Untitled, Runes, The Hermit, and ZoSo) in the winter of 1971.

What is there to be said about “Stairway To Heaven”? Suffice it to say it’s maybe the most popular classic rock song of all time….the cornerstone of classic rock. This video features the 2014 Deluxe Edition Remaster uploaded in lossless audio….you need to listen to it in HD to get not only the best picture, but the best sound.

I finished my first Led Zeppelin video a few months back, but it’s still not available to be played….it’s a bummer ’cause I think that video is pretty good and I’d love to share it. Finally gave up waiting for that one, and decided to make another….this time for another Led Zeppelin warhorse. Was able to push this one over the line since the weather during my time off from work hasn’t been cooperating. The video isn’t quite right as the fast edits towards the end are a bit muddled, but it was one of those sections where I throw so much in that it’s difficult to get timing right and many renders fail to pick up all the components during these type sections. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the effort…..THANKS AS ALWAYS FOR WATCHING!

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

Special thanks to:
Johann Mynhardt – Commercials / film Director (amazing songbird clip!) that I’ve featured in a couple/three vids!
http://www.youtube.com/user/johannmynhardt

[Lyrics]
There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven.
When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for.
Ooh, ooh, and she’s buying a stairway to heaven.

There’s a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure
‘Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings.
In a tree by the brook, there’s a songbird who sings,
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven.

Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it makes me wonder.

There’s a feeling I get when I look to the west,
And my spirit is crying for leaving.
In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees,
And the voices of those who stand looking.

Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it really makes me wonder.

And it’s whispered that soon, if we all call the tune,
Then the piper will lead us to reason.
And a new day will dawn for those who stand long,
And the forests will echo with laughter.

If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed now,
It’s just a spring clean for the May queen.
Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There’s still time to change the road you’re on.
And it makes me wonder.

Your head is humming and it won’t go, in case you don’t know,
The piper’s calling you to join him,
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind?

And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul.
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold.
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last.
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll.

And she’s buying a stairway to heaven.

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“And your moving silence, the tea so delicately laced”….UFO’s beautiful “Belladonna” from 1976’s No Heavy Petting.

Belladonna – UFO (1976) HQ Audio Remaster HD Video

“Belladonna” was released in the spring of 1976 on UFO’s fifth studio album, No Heavy Petting. This beautiful ballad is just one of the reasons that No Heavy Petting has always been my favorite UFO album. UFO has always been such a strong band, from their first recordings until their latest, their talent shines; always exceptional guitar work, amazing vocals, consistently strong songwriting…and some of my favorite keyboards in rock and roll! Although of course, Paul Raymond would join the band after this record and contribute seriously fine work on many later album, but the keyboards on this record by one-album-only Danny Peyronel are my favorite in the catalog….plus the guy co-wrote a couple of my other favs from the album!

I’ve commented before about my love for UFO, so I spare the effort….suffice they are simply one of the most consistently great and lasting of all the hard rock groups. Pick up some of their albums form the last few years…..incredible!

Anyway…..this is another example of a video I started years ago and hadn’t gotten around to finishing. I was inspired to the work by the single clip of the spider hiding in the flower, which I knew I could build a vid around…all I ever got around to doing was working up that clip with the “monkey lady” art from the cover….it sat for some years, but now it’s done. I had promised to finish some of my UFO ballads at the time of my last UFO vid (for “Take It Or Leave It”) hope you enjoy it…as always thank you for watching!

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

[Lyrics]
Oh, Belladonna, never knew the pain
Maybe I’m crazy, maybe it’ll drive me insane
The open letter just carelessly placed
And your moving silence, the tea so delicately laced

Out of reach, out of touch
How you’ve learned to hate so much
Out of reach, out of touch
How you’ve learned to hate so much

Came from passion and you gave it a name
The fingers of poison like needles in the drivin’ rain
So smile discreetly as you watch with such grace
Now I must slip away but can you forget my face

Out of reach, out of touch
How you’ve learned to hate so much
Out of reach, out of touch
How you’ve learned to hate so much

Out of reach, out of touch
How you’ve learned to hate so much
Out of reach, out of touch
How you’ve learned to hate so much

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Lonely Girl – Steve Forbert (1980) Remastered HQ Audio HD Video

Lonely Girl – Steve Forbert (1980) Remastered HQ Audio HD Video

“Lonely Girl” was released on Steve Forbert’s third album, Little Stevie Orbit, in 1980. Finally I got something done for a Steve Forbert track….the vid’s a quickie, but the song’s special…as are most songs this guy produces.

I started listening to Steve Forbert in 1979 after hearing his hit “Romeo’s Tune”. Picked up the album it was released on (Jackrabbit Slim) and was immediately taken by the quirkiness and originality of the songs. Shortly after I picked up his first album, which I liked even more. Then this third album, which was equally fine.

In discussing great artists that were overlooked and that should have been way more popular, to me Steve Forbert is one of the first to come to mind. He was unfortunately labeled as “the next Dylan” (I remember at the time it was attached to him in nearly every reference) and all that baggage ultimately didn’t help him. He is an absolutely genius on every level….a master songwriter, a singularly unique vocalist!

After years of listening to mp3 versions (all I had in the many years since I sold my original vinyl) finally was able to pick up this album from Steve Forbert.com…man, it’s glorious! The sound is amazing and the bonus tracks are seriously as good as or better than the album tracks!

A serious struggle to select which track to do…there will be more vids coming.

I already had the remaster of his two earlier albums (released on one CD with equally stunning and worthy bonus tracks from both) and now that I finally have this one……I’ve been on a Steve Forbert binge! I suggest you do as well…if you’re already a fan you know the deal, if you’re not….well, you are in for something special.

Buy the album here….now! http://www.steveforbert.com

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

Special thanks to:
BevFest (bit of live clip of Steve performing)
https://www.youtube.com/user/BevFest

[Lyrics]
Lonely girl
please don’t cry
Stop the tears
Dry your eyes

Lonely girl
please don’t cry
Stop the tears
Dry your eyes

I see you working harder these days
for little in return
I’ve seen ya tryin’ to smile and please and
baby don’t make what ya earn

Lonely girl
please don’t cry
stop the tears
dry your eyes

Lonely girl
please don’t cry
stop the tears
dry your eyes

All the guys who dance for you
they’re so unsatisfied
their hungry hands come reaching out
to get your bows untied

And I’ll come round to sing to you
starving just like them
as I talk to you and long for you
and sing my midnight hymns to a

Lonely girl
please don’t cry
stop the tears
dry your eyes

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“And a door-sign keeps the world away…behind the shades…of your silent day”

Broadway Hotel – Al Stewart (1976) HQ Audio Remaster HD Video

“Broadway Hotel” was released on Al Stewart’s seventh studio album, Year Of The Cat, in the summer of 1976. This is one of those rare records where just about every single song is a favorite! I have several very old videos started for tracks from this album and decided to dust one off and finish it…..here it is; “Broadway Hotel”.

This particular video had stalled way back because I could never decide if the “Broadway Hotel” is a place of opulent sadness or decrepit sadness. Early on I tried different takes and preferred the opulent hotel scenery (lost quite a bit at final edit), but of course I could only find a sign for a decidedly not very fancy “Broadway H(M)otel”…decided to use a little of both!

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible….THANK YOU!!!! And of course as always…thanks to all who watch and support my little vids! :-)

SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Hair and Makeup Artist
http://leahrosebriody.com/
(Beautiful black and white from “The Bell Boy”)
An amazing artist…check out her work!

[Lyrics]
You told the man in the Broadway Hotel
Nothing was stranger than being yourself
And he replied, with a tear in his eye
Love was a rollaway
Just a cajole away
Mist on a summer’s day
Nothing was clear
Love was a smile away
Just a defile away
I sought it every way
No-one came near

You asked the man for a room with a view
Nothing was said as he stared at his shoe
Then he replied as he gave you the key
Love was a rollaway
Just an unfold away
That’s all there is to say
No-one came near

Alone in your room you hide
As the night rolls by
In the street outside
And you feel over the words he said
Till they turn to rain all around your head

You’re seeking a hideaway
Where the light of day
Doesn’t touch your face
And a door-sign keeps the world away
Behind the shades
Of your silent day.

You made your home in the Broadway Hotel
Room service came at the push of a bell
And the man said as he put down the tray
Love was a stealaway
Just a reveal away
I tried to find a way
Nothing was clear
Then as he turned away
You asked the man to stay
He was there all the day
No-one came near

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Vincent – Don McLean (1971) Remastered HQ Audio HD Video

Vincent – Don McLean (1971) Remastered HQ Audio HD Video

“Vincent” was released on Don McLean’s second studio album, American Pie, in the fall of 1971. American Pie is listed in the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die book….this track and of course the title track are probably the two main reasons for it’s inclusion, but it’s a very strong album overall.

This video came about because I’ve been trying to make something happen for “American Pie” (surely one of the songs that had the greatest impact in my earliest remembrances of rock and roll music….when I was maybe 10 or 11 I’d stay up all night to hear “American Pie” or “Space Oddity” or other favorites from those early years), but I’m struggling, so I thought I’d make one for my second favorite track from the album.

This is a special one….musically and lyrically, it’s an astonishingly beautiful song. I was inspired to make this video when I came across a painting by Alex Ruiz called “Starry Night”…a homage he painted thinking about the sky Vincent van Gogh was under when he painted his “Starry Night” in 1889. (He is an amazing artist and this print is for sale at the link below…check it out!) Happy to work it up…..hope you enjoy the effort!

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

SPECIAL THANKS:
Starry Night by Alex Ruiz
http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/alex-ruiz.html
[Lyrics]
Starry, starry night
Paint your palette blue and gray
Look out on a summer’s day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul

Shadows on the hills
Sketch the trees and the daffodils
Catch the breeze and the winter chills
In colors on the snowy linen land

Now, I understand, what you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free
They would not listen, they did not know how
Perhaps they’ll listen now

Starry, starry night
Flaming flowers that brightly blaze
Swirling clouds in violet haze
Reflect in Vincent’s eyes of china blue

Colors changing hue
Morning fields of amber grain
Weathered faces lined in pain
Are soothed beneath the artist’s loving hand

Now, I understand, what you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free
They would not listen, they did not know how
Perhaps they’ll listen now

For they could not love you
But still your love was true
And when no hope was left inside
On that starry, starry night

You took your life as lovers often do
But I could have told you, Vincent
This world was never meant for one
As beautiful as you

Starry, starry night
Portraits hung in empty halls
Frame less heads on nameless walls
With eyes that watch the world and can’t forget

Like the strangers that you’ve met
The ragged men in ragged clothes
The silver thorn of bloody rose
Lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow

Now, I think I know what you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free
They would not listen, they’re not listening still
Perhaps they never will

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