Seasons – Grace Slick (1980)

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“Seasons” was released in March of 1980 on Grace Slick’s second solo album, Dreams. This was one of the albums that I turned onto during my years working at a record store in the early ’80s….most of my paycheck back in those days went to albums of course! 😉 For some reason lately I’ve been feeling very Russianish?! 😉 and wanted to do a lil sumphin for the homela…I mean Mother Russia! 😉 Здравствуйте!!!! Трамп сосет!!!

There were two standout songs on this record that I played to death back then and that I’m still really fond of, and I already made a video quite awhile back for the other one (the title track “Dreams” https://youtu.be/OsP2N_09XD0 I’d like to update that video with higher quality audio and some video adjustments….tone it back a bit, but it’s not one of my worst early offenders. This vid was started as an equalizer style…I realized about half-way through that I should have given it a full concept vid so I would have had room for more layers/effects….but it was going to be too much trouble to break it all out so I just crammed all that I could and hoped for the best….I found some more interesting things and I’ll regret not getting them in….oh well, hope you enjoy it anyway. THANKS FOR WATCHING!

(From AllMusic.com) Less controversially titled than 1973’s Manhole, Grace Slick’s second solo album is an inconsistent, erratic, yet often compelling collection. Written in the aftermath of an extended Alcoholics Anonymous stay, Slick’s self-penned tunes revisit themes of self-reflection and atonement. As a result, her lyrics are far less obtuse, more accessible than usual, even becoming downright obvious on “Do It the Hard Way.” It’s a letdown for someone accustomed to her more poetic and challenging musings on previous Jefferson Airplane/Starship records. Musically the album is far less focused, with the subpar up-tempo track “Angel of Night” foretelling the vapid arena rock that would comprise her next solo album, Welcome to the Wrecking Ball. There are, however, several strong moments, such as the flamenco-styled “El Diablo” and the strong guitar work of Scott Zito on the sweeping “Full Moon Man.” Most curious of the bunch, though, are the album-opening title track and the Slick-authored “Seasons”: both surge on mock-whimsical melodies straight out of a haunted Biergarten, a side of Slick rarely seen before or since. Also new to her repertoire is the addition of orchestration on some tracks, ably arranged on the remarkable closer “Garden of Man” by Ron Frangipane. While her voice is not up to par on this record (there’s a distinct husk and gasp on the album-opening title track in particular), Dreams is a useful acquisition for Grace Slick completists and listeners engrossed by the life and personality of its creator.

[Lyrics]
When the winter comes the sun is low upon the fields
The sky is cold and it throws down icy snow
The lakes are glass the rivers all a frozen mass
The trees are bare and the northwind blows the air

But the children dance and sing as if the time were spring
When the seasons change everything they find a joy in what it brings

Then the sun comes high and the spring rains come and go
The summer air so hot it melts the Russian snow
The fields are brown there’s no rain to make them grow
And the old ones sigh, the heat has made them tired and slow

But the children dance and sing as if the time were spring
When the seasons change everything they find a joy in what it brings
The children dance and sing as if the time were spring
When the seasons change everything they find a joy in what it brings

September leaves are falling through the autumn haze
And the school bells tell everyone there’ll be no more summer days
Warm nights are gone, all the leaves are turning brown
Then the windows close again when the winter comes around

But the children dance and sing as if the time were spring
When the seasons change everything they find a joy in what it brings
So I will laugh and dance and watch the children sing
Then I will have the chance of finding joy in everything

Lady Starlight – Scorpions (1980)

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“Lady Starlight” was released on the Scorpion’s seventh studio album, Animal Magnetism, in late winter 1980. This has always been one of my very favorite rock ballads and it was one of the first videos I made a video for…(#20) uploaded nearly 6 years ago! The song takes me to back to times, places and people that I loved way back when. Hope you enjoy the effort…thanks for watching!

Since I started out with some of my very favorite tunes when I started making the fan vids, consequently some of my favorite songs have very clunky videos….always happy to find the energy and time to get one updated! Made a couple of choices with this video that I may regret soon (I’d worked up higher resolution album art to use in the art concept that I used in my original “The Zoo” video, but I decided to plug it in here as well…it actually works better with “The Zoo”). Rudolf Schenker usually played rhythm guitar but occasionally he’d step up with a solo, this is a great example of what he was capable of. I wanted to feature a clip of him playing the guitar solo but couldn’t find anything…so we honor him with a pic instead!) of course, but you get the idea, until then…here we go. Presented with FLAC audio sourced from very rare Import Scorpion’s No.1’s compilation….which I still believe to be the best remaster ever released of this song (and others)….better even than the recent Animal Magnetism: 50th Band Anniversary Import which sounds pretty awesome (and has lots of extra tracks!).

I was a huge fan of both UFO and Scorpions, in part but certainly not totally, due to Micheal Schenker’s guitar work with both bands. The year before on their previous album (Lovedrive), it was both disappointing and exciting to hear Michael back with Scorpions….his work with UFO was just out of this world, but nevertheless Lovedrive was such an amazing guitar album, due in huge part to the work of the three lead guitarists (also Rudolph Schenker and Matthias Jabs), and I remember anticipating the Scorpions next album so we could hear more of Micheal’s tasty, blistering guitar work. Of course, it didn’t quite turn out that way, as Micheal didn’t return for Animal Magnetism. However, luckily both his brother Rudolph and Matthias Jabs remained on board and while it may not be quite the masterpiece of guitar rock that Lovedrive was, it’s still an amazing album.

[Lyrics]
Walking through a winter night
Counting the stars
And passing time
I dream about the summer days
Love in the Sun
And lonely bays

I see the stars, they’re miles and miles away
Like our love
On one of these lonely winter nights
Dreaming through a winter night
Memories of you are passing by
It seems to me like yesterday
I think you knew I couldn’t stay
I see the stars, they’re miles and miles away
Like our love
Lady starlight, help me to find my love
Lady starlight, help me tonight
Help me to find my love
Walking through a winter night
Counting the stars
And passing time
Snow dances with the wind
I wish I could be with you again
I see the stars, they’re miles and miles away
Like our love
Lady starlight, help me to find my love
Lady starlight, help me tonight
Help me to find my love
Lady starlight, help me tonight help me to find my love
Lady starlight, help me tonight help me to find my love

What happened here As the New York sunset disappeared….Still miss ya, Johnny.

Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny) – Elton John (1982) Remastered FLAC HD 1080p ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)” was released on Elton John’s 21st album, Jump Up!, in April of 1982.

I remember December 8th 1980 like it was yesterday…..the news on the radio that John had been shot while driving with some friends to go for Pizza at Mr. Gattis in San Angelo, TX… we were thinking it was another gun accident (though what he was doing around guns was puzzling?)….then when we went inside the announcement he had been murdered by a fan…people openly crying….shocking to the core….tragic and unforgettable.

Jump Up! was (and remains) the first Elton John album where I cannot instantly recall the melody of each track on the album, but as with all of his albums, there are always gems to be found. In this case, “Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)” was the diamond…a beautifully realized tribute to his friend John Lennon. This has always been a very special song for so many of us. I’ve wanted to try something for it for so long….I hope you enjoy it.

I hesitated to have any reference to “he who’s name shall not be uttered”, but in the end I wanted to recognize that still painfully ironic moment in time where John’s kindness and love for his fans was captured as he signed the album for the man who would hours later gun him down in front of his home at the Dakota….I plugged in another effect to highlight the photo, but not the nightmare that robbed us all of nearly 40 years of new John Lennon music. John Lennon released every song he ever recorded with The Beatles and solo in around 17 years…he’s been gone more than twice that time…..still hard to wrap the mind around the monumental immensity of how much we lost because of one insect on that night in December 1980. Wow.

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible….THANK YOU!!!! …and of course THANK YOU! for visiting my videos!

[Lyrics]
What happened here
As the New York sunset disappeared
I found an empty garden among the flagstones there
Who lived here
He must have been a gardener that cared a lot
Who weeded out the tears and grew a good crop
And now it all looks strange
It’s funny how one insect can damage so much grain

And what’s it for
This little empty garden by the brownstone door
And in the cracks along the sidewalk nothing grows no more
Who lived here
He must have been a gardener that cared a lot
Who weeded out the tears and grew a good crop
And we are so amazed we’re crippled and we’re dazed
A gardener like that one no one can replace

And I’ve been knocking but no one answers
And I’ve been knocking most all the day
Oh and I’ve been calling oh hey hey Johnny
Can’t you come out to play

And through their tears
Some say he farmed his best in younger years
But he’d have said that roots grow stronger if only he could hear
Who lived there
He must have been a gardener that cared a lot
Who weeded out the tears and grew a good crop
Now we pray for rain, and with every drop that falls
We hear, we hear your name

Johnny can’t you come out to play in your empty garden