Still stumbling on his feet & shuffling through the street!!! Happy 70th Birthday, Mick Jagger!!!!

Wow….he’s 70 today! ROCK ON, Mick!!!! Next stop….80!!!!! ย Thanks so much for all the joy you’ve brought the world through yer music.

“Miss You” was originally released on The Rolling Stones’ 14th album, Some Girls, in the spring of 1978. Some Girls was unbelievable when it was first released…..the Stones were BACK! There were a few fans who the record didn’t work for, of course it was somewhat expected in certain circles to blast anything sounding remotely disco by a rock act (typically the band would be accused of being “desperate” and/or “selling out” if they stooped to the level of following the disco trend), but most everyone seemed to love the funky, drive of “Miss You”. The song not only features the band firing on all pistons…great vocal work by Jagger, typically impeccable performances from Stones rhythm section (really Bill Wyman’s bass IS Miss You), wicked guitar from both Ronnie and Keith….but it also features wonderful contributions by Sugar Blue (harmonica) and Ian McLagen (electric piano) and a really fine saxophone solo by Mel Collins (as a former saxophone player myself, I’m especially fond of the work of the great rock n roll sax players, including; Mel, Phil Kenzie, Clarence Clemons, John Helliwell, Andy Mackay, Raphael Ravenscroft, Anthony Thistlethwaite, and others).

This video features the full 12″ Version that runs at 8:37 which was released in 1978 as the “Special Disco Version” and was the bands first dance remix 12-inch single. A shorter edit (about a minute) of the full mix exists (from 2005’s rarities CD “Rarities 1971–2003″) and was the most readily available version until the full mix was released in 2011 on The Complete Singles (1971-2006) Box.

A few months back I made a video that combined two versions of another absolutely 100% stone groove from The Rolling Stones…”Dance (Pt. 1)” & “Dance (Pt. 2)”. As I was making that video, I realized that I might pretty easily come back and mix it up a bit for “Miss You”, since the style and length (of the 12″ version) of the tunes is similar.

For this one, you’ll definitely see the earlier video in there….but lots more garish color, different images (great to get into Some Girl art!…I also couldn’t resist pulling some effects I’d created for another earlier Stones video (“Melody”) using art from Black and Blue)…..and the dancing is still at 11! This was the kind of video where, as I go along I just keep finding more and more variations of effects, and by the time I’ve rendered an edit I’ve thought about even more new ones! After 7-8 fully edited video renders, I finally just had to stop. (I am bummed that I somehow lost a 6-7 second stretch of just the awesome slo-mo dancing girl somewhere around the slower middle section….I guess when I was chopping back for time?). Anyway, this is where it ended up….hope you enjoy it!

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

[Lyrics]
I’ve been holding out so long
I’ve been sleeping all alone
Lord I miss you
I’ve been hanging on the phone
I’ve been sleeping all alone
I want to kiss you

Oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh
Oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh
Oooh oooh oooh

Oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh
Oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh
Oooh oooh oooh oooh

Well, I’ve been haunted in my sleep
You’ve been staring in my dreams
Lord I miss you
I’ve been waiting in the hall
Been waiting on your call
When the phone rings
It’s just some friends of mine that say
“Hey, what’s the matter man?
We’re gonna come around at twelve
With some Puerto Rican girls that are just dyin’ to meet you
We’re gonna bring a case of wine
Hey, let’s go mess and fool around
You know, like we used to”

Aaah Aaah Aaah Aaah Aaah Aaah Aaah
Aaah Aaah Aaah Aaah Aaah Aaah Aaah
Aaah Aaah Aaah Aaah

Oh, everybody waits so long
Oh, baby why you wait so long
Won’t you come on! Come on!

I’ve been walking Central Park
Singing after dark
People think I’m crazy
I’ve been stumbling on my feet
Shuffling through the street
Asking people, “What’s the matter with you boy?”

Sometimes I want to say to myself
Sometimes I say

Oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh
Oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh
Oooh oooh oooh

Oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh
Oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh
I won’t miss you child

I guess I’m lying to myself
It’s just you and no one else
Lord, I won’t miss you child
You’ve been blotting out my mind
Fooling on my time
No, I won’t miss you, baby, yeah

Lord, I miss you child

Aaah Aaah Aaah Aaah Aaah Aaah Aaah
Aaah Aaah Aaah Aaah Aaah Aaah Aaah
Aaah Aaah Aaah Aaah

Lord, I miss you child

Aaah Aaah Aaah Aaah Aaah Aaah Aaa

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Flowers Everywhere!

We received a glorious and substantial rainfall a few days ago on the very edge of the great Chihuahuan desert! ย In tribute to that sweet rain! and the flowers it brought…..and the colors of those flowers……and yeah, the flower girl!

“The Rain, The Park & Other Things” was released in the fall of 1967 on The Cowsills’ self-titled debut album. It reached all the way to #2 on the US Billboard Charts, tying with “Hair” from 1969 as their highest charting single. This is one of the very first songs that I can recall from my early childhood…it made an impression then, I still love it today.

The Cowsills is an American singing group from Newport, Rhode Island. They specialized in harmonies and the ability to sing and play music at an early age. The band was formed in the spring of 1965 by brothers Bill, Bob, and Barry, then shortly thereafter added John. Originally Bill and Bob played guitar and Barry was on drums, then John learned how to play drums and joined the band, so Barry went to bass. After their initial success, the brothers were later joined by their siblings Susan and Paul and their mother Barbara. Bob’s twin brother Richard was the road manager. When the group expanded to its full family membership by 1967, the six siblings ranged in age from 8 to 19. Joined by their mother Barbara, the Cowsills were the inspiration for the 1970 launch of the television show The Partridge Family.

The Cowsills released 4 surprisingly strong and cohesive albums from 1967 to 1971, their angelic harmonies and sun-kissed melodies elevated this music into the heights of bubblegum/pop. Recently listening to a couple of their records I was happy to find their hooks and melodies still gleaming in the sunshine as brightly as ever! There are numerous gems to be found in their catalog….if you are not familiar with their records and take the time to give them a listen, you may be surprised at how good much of it really is.

From 1968 through 1972, the band played an average of 200 performance dates per year, and were among the most popular acts on the American concert circuit. They were particularly noted[by whom?] for their ability to achieve four- and five-part harmonies with remarkable accuracy and relative pitch

I’ve been wanting to finish a few of the numerous “hippie” vids that I’ve had sitting around in pieces for so long…classic pop/soul masterpieces that always stand out in my mind as something special. Songs that always remind me of a beautiful summer’s day. Just alot of fun to play around with these type songs and fill the videos up with flowers, sunshine, clouds, colors, and girls! Should have a few more (5th Dimension’s “Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In”, Tommy James & The Shondells’ “Crimson & Clover”, The Brothers Johnson’s “Strawberry Letter 22”, & Donovan’s “Sunshine Superman” & Commodores “Sweet Love” already underway…for curious minds! ๐Ÿ˜‰ trickling out between other videos through the rest of the winter to remind us of summer day’s ahead…..each (hopefully!?) more full of sweet sunshine than the last! LOL!

Till the next one….hope you enjoy this one!

HUGE THANKS as usual to everyone who’s art contributed to this new art!

[Lyrics]
I saw her sitting in the rain
raindrops falling on her
she didn’t seem to care,
she sat there and smiled at me

Then I knew
(I knew, I knew, I knew, I knew)
she could make me happy
(happy, happy…she could make me very happy)
Flowers in her hair, Flowers everywhere

(chorus):
I love the flower girl (I love the flower girl)
oh I don’t know just why
she simply caught my eye
I love the flower girl (I love the flower girl)
she seems so sweet and kind
she crept into in my mind
(to my, to my mind)

I knew I had to say hello
(hello, hello)
She smiled up at me
Then she took my hand
and we walk in the park alone

Then I knew
(I knew, I knew, I knew, I knew)
she had made me happy
(happy, happy…she had made me very happy)
flowers in her hair
flowers everywhere

(chorus)

Suddenly the sun broke through
(see the sun)
I turned around, she was gone
(where did she go)
and all I had left, was one little flower in my hair

But I knew
(I knew, I knew, I knew, I knew)
she had made me happy
(happy, happy…she had made me very happy)
Flowers in her hair, Flowers everywhere

I love the flower girl (I love the flower girl)
was she reality or just a dream to me
I love the flower girl (I love the flower girl)
well love show’d me the way to find a sunny day
(sunny day, sunny day, sunny day)

I love the flower girl (I love the flower girl)
was she reality or just a dream to me

Fade

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Happy 95th Birthday Nelson Mandela!

“I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man.”
Nelson Mandela

Could You Be Loved was released on the final album by Bob Marley & The Wailers, Uprising, in the spring of 1980. Bob would pass away the following year.

I was in college when we heard Bob Marley had died and this was kind of a big deal…his music was very popular on campus and we used to play his albums constantly. It seemed every friend I had in those days was a big Bob Marley fan. One of my great regrets (along with not seeing Roger Waters era Pink Floyd) related to music was missing an opportunity to see Bob Marley on his last tour (of course we didn’t know it was his last)…a couple friends and I ALMOST finalized plans to catch him on tour, but for one reason or the other we didn’t make it.

I started a couple of Bob Marley videos (including one for the album version of this tune) over a year ago, but it was pointless to finish them at that time due to various issues. Was thrilled to be able to finally do something for one of this incredibly talented man….one of a few of my very favorite artists for which I’d not yet created a video for. Bob Marley’s music remains a constant in my life.

This video is simple, but to me captures the essence of this track. It was such a joyful experience to create this video…..I couldn’t resist numerous repeats of a couple of clips of the children following the camera (actually I enjoyed the effect so much, I decided to go with the 12″ Mix bonus track from the Deluxe Edition of the album)! I’ve watched it numerous times and it seems each time I find a new joyful, funny, beautiful face to watch….watching these kids who have so little be so happy might end up something I go back now and again when I’m feeling down. Hopefully you’ll find the combination of Bob’s amazing song and those expressions of pure joyful innocence as powerful as I do.

Till next one…..”say something!” ๐Ÿ˜‰

As dedicated in the credits: “For Nelson & …..for the beauty of Africa.”

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

[Lyrics]
Could you be loved and be loved?
Could you be loved and be loved?

Don’t let them fool ya,
Or even try to school ya! Oh, no!
We’ve got a mind of our own,
So go to hell if what you’re thinking is not right!
Love would never leave us alone,
A-yin the darkness there must come out to light.

Could you be loved and be loved?
Could you be loved, wo now! – and be loved?

(The road of life is rocky and you may stumble too,
So while you point your fingers someone else is judging you)
Love your brotherman!
(Could you be – could you be – could you be loved?
Could you be – could you be loved?
Could you be – could you be – could you be loved?
Could you be – could you be loved?)

Don’t let them change ya, oh! –
Or even rearrange ya! Oh, no!
We’ve got a life to live.
They say: only – only –

only the fittest of the fittest shall survive –
Stay alive! Eh!

Could you be loved and be loved?
Could you be loved, wo now! – and be loved?

(You ain’t gonna miss your water until your well runs dry;
No matter how you treat him, the man will never be satisfied.)
Say something! (Could you be – could you be – could you be loved?
Could you be – could you be loved?)
Say something! Say something!
(Could you be – could you be – could you be loved?)
Say something! (Could you be – could you be loved?)
Say something! Say something! (Say something!)
Say something! Say something! (Could you be loved?)
Say something! Say something! Reggae, reggae!
Say something! Rockers, rockers!
Say something! Reggae, reggae!
Say something! Rockers, rockers!
Say something! (Could you be loved?)
Say something! Uh!
Say something! Come on!
Say something! (Could you be – could you be – could you be loved?)
Say something! (Could you be – could you be loved?)
Say something! (Could you be – could you be – could you be loved?)
Say something! (Could you be – could you be loved?) /fadeout/

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There’s A Time….There’s A Word

Time And A Word was the title track from Yes’s 2nd album which was released in the summer of 1970. This track is one of my very favorite early Yes tracks.

This is another video that I started a long time ago and am only now getting around to finishing. This was one of those videos that went through several major edits. The first image I collected when I’d originally started work on the video was William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s The Wave (1896), which I wanted to build the video around. I wanted to try and make the first part of the video match the first part of the song, few effects and limited color….then push the effects and color to try and match the glorious chorus sequences. The result just didn’t ever work out….the two styles just clashed and even though I tried some things to pull them together (mainly street traffic with and without effects), the result was always jarring and unpleasant.

The other main frustration was trying to reduce the blocky artifacting that kept nagging this video….still can’t figure out why some videos look absolutely horrible unless you watch them in 1080p?! This is probably the worst video I’ve done in that regards….I don’t know why (but it must have something to do with the specific effects and rendering processes I used), but trust me….this video looks pretty godawful unless you watch it at highest resolution….and then parts of it look pretty beautiful!

In the end, I pulled several pretty cool effects out and worked a few new ones mostly to The Wave….so yeah, you get lots of slight variations on that image….but as per my usual style, not too much more than normal. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway….as usual, I hope you enjoy the effort!

SPECIAL THANKS to everyone who’s art contributed to this new art….THANK YOU!!!!!

[Lyrics]
In the morning when you rise,
Do you open up your eyes, see what I see?
Do you see the same things ev’ry day?
Do you think of a way to start the day
Getting things in proportion?
Spread the news and help the world go ’round.
Have you heard of a time that will help us get it together again?
Have you heard of the word that will stop us going wrong?
Well, the time is near and the word you’ll hear
When you get things in perspective.
Spread the news and help the word go round.

There’s a time and the time is now and it’s right for me,
It’s right for me, and the time is now.
There’s a word and the word is love and it’s right for me,
It’s right for me, and the word is love.

Have you heard of a time that will help get it together again?
Have you heard of the word that will stop us going wrong?
Well, the time is near and the word you’ll hear
When you get things in perspective.
Spread the news and help the word go round.

There’s a time and the time is now and it’s right for me,
It’s right for me, and the time is now.
There’s a word and the word is love and it’s right for me,
It’s right for me, and the word is love.
There’s a time and the time is now and it’s right for me,
It’s right for me, and the time is now.
There’s a word and the word is love and it’s right for me,

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Happy Birthday Christine McVie….”Songbird”

For a true “Songbird”! Happy Birthday Christine….please don’t ever stop singing!

“Songbird” was released in early 1977 on Fleetwood Mac’s 11th studio album, Rumours. This was a hugely successful record that everyone (and I do mean everyone!) was playing after it’s release. The band had released an incredible album the year before (Fleetwood Mac) which received also received heavy radio play from several singles. Anticipation was high for the band’s next one, but I guess few people expected such a massive hit. The band had hit a creative high with Rumours that few other acts would/will ever attain. Although the songwriting, singing, Lindsay’s guitar and production were absolute perfection, it was the powerful and propelling rhythm section of Mick Fleetwood and John McVie (always the driving force and single element most responsible for making this band such a contender) that I believe contributed the most to it’s massive popularity and critical acclaim.

Rumours has always been a fairly easy record for me to choose my favorite songs from; the pair of tracks that ended side one; “Go Your Own Way” and “Songbird” and the 2nd song on side two, “You Make Loving Fun”….all the tracks were fine, but this was the great triad for me! Been thinking bout vids for all three and went with the easiest one first, “Songbird”. Think I have an concept to try for “Go Your Own Way”, so I’ll probably work that one up at some point, but no ideas yet for “You Make Loving Fun”….have to see what happens there….wish me luck! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway….as usual, I really hope you enjoy what I did with this amazing song.

Special thanks to:

Johann Mynhardt – Commercials / film Director (amazing songbird clip!)
http://www.youtube.com/user/johannmynhardt
&
Moving Art Channel (beautiful sunrise clip)
http://www.youtube.com/user/LouieSchwartzberg
….and of course EVERYONE ELSE who’s art created this new art! THANK YOU!

[Lyrics]
For you, there’ll be no more crying,
For you, the sun will be shining,
And I feel that when I’m with you,
It’s alright, I know it’s right

To you, I’ll give the world
to you, I’ll never be cold
‘Cause I feel that when I’m with you,
It’s alright, I know it’s right.

And the songbirds are singing,
Like they know the score,
And I love you, I love you, I love you,
Like never before.

And I wish you all the love in the world,
But most of all, I wish it from myself.

And the songbirds keep singing,
Like they know the score,
And I love you, I love you, I love you,
Like never before, like never before.

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This is where they walked, swam, hunted, danced and sang…..R.E.M.’s “Cuyahoga” video.

“Cuyahoga” was released in the summer of 1986 on R.E.M.’s fourth album, Lifes Rich Pageant. This is my 2nd favorite R.E.M. song of all-time (right behind “Don’t Go Back To (Rockville)” and my 2nd video for an R.E.M. tune.

I’d started work on the video a long time ago but lost interest in it soon after my previous R.E.M. video was blocked from view almost everywhere (except the U.K….who comes up with these country by country policies anyway!? LOL!). I recently found the other video was now being allowed to play and was excited to get back into “Cuyahoga”. Happy to find, upon upload of the completed video, that is was also being allowed to happily play for most to see. If yer already a fan of the tune, I hope you’ll enjoy the video I was able to put behind it….if you aren’t familiar with this truly gorgeous tune, well….I hope the video helps seal the deal! ๐Ÿ˜‰

From WiKi: The source for the title of the album is based on an English idiom. Its use is very old, but R.E.M.’s use is, according to Peter Buck, from the 1964 film A Shot in the Dark, minus the apostrophe:

Inspector Clouseau opens car door and falls into a fountain.
Maria: “You should get out of these clothes immediately. You’ll catch your death of pneumonia, you will.”
Clouseau: “Yes, I probably will. But it’s all part of life’s rich pageant, you know?

The missing apostrophe in the title is deliberate. Nearly all contractions used by R.E.M. lack apostrophes, though “life’s” in this case is a possessive. The cover of the album depicts drummer Bill Berry on the upper part of the cover and a pair of bison, signifying an environmental theme.

With R.E.M.’s fan base beginning to grow beyond its college rock boundaries, Lifes Rich Pageant proved to be at the time the band’s most commercially successful album in the U.S., peaking at #21 on the Billboard charts and scoring them their first gold record.
In the UK, the album managed a #43 peak. Slant Magazine listed the album at #52 on its list of “Best Albums of 1980s” saying “Lifes Rich Pageant stands as a nearly seamless transition between the band’s formative period and their commercial dominance.”

Another ecologically minded song, “Cuyahoga”, refers to the once heavily polluted Cuyahoga River that flows into Lake Erie at Cleveland, Ohio. The song includes the lyric we burned the river down, which refers to the several occasions (most famously in 1969) when the river actually caught fire.

[Lyrics]
Let’s put our heads together and start a new country up
Our father’s father’s father tried, erased the parts he didn’t like
Let’s try to fill it in, bank the quarry river, swim
We knee-skinned it you and me, we knee-skinned that river red

(chorus 1)
This is where we walked, this is where we swam
Take a picture here, take a souvenir

This land is the land of ours, this river runs red over it
We knee-skinned it you and me, we knee-skinned that river red
And we gathered up our friends, bank the quarry river, swim
We knee-skinned it you and me, underneath the river bed

(repeat chorus 1)

(chorus 2)
Cuyahoga
Cuyahoga, gone

Let’s put our heads together, start a new country up,
Underneath the river bed we burned the river down
This is where they walked, swam, hunted, danced and sang,
Take a picture here, take a souvenir

repeat chorus 2)

Rewrite the book and rule the pages, saving face, secured in faith
Bury, burn the waste behind you

This land is the land of ours, this river runs red over it
We are not your allies, we can not defend

(repeat chorus 1)

(repeat chorus 2 2x)

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