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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