Shot Of Rhythm

[ Friday, November 28, 2003 ]

 

I watched CONCERT FOR GEORGE, the filmed record of last year's Royal Albert Hall tribute to George Harrison, yesterday before the Thanksgiving festivities. It was really fantastic, warm and moving without being pretentious or sledgehammer-ish in its pathos. Eric Clapton and Jeff Lynne lead the band well, and Ravi Shankar, Ringo Starr, Joe Brown, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jools Holland (w/Sam Brown), Billy Preston and Paul McCartney all get their shots at a tribute. Some of those tributes, like "Handle With Care" sung by Petty and Lynne, Ringo's "Photograph" (co-written with George), Preston/Clapton duetting on "Isn't It A Pity," the Paul-led "All Things Must Pass" and the sweetly heartbreaking finale - led by Joe Brown - of "I'll See You In My Dreams" are really fantastic. The band is righteous, with greats (and friends of George) like Jim Keltner and Albert Lee playing along. Highlights aside, the whole film is worth seeing. Monty Python even get their chance to raise a ruckus.

Johnny Cash UNEARTHED may not be the album of the year, but it's almost certainly the album event of 2003. Its delights and treasures are almost too many to mention. Everything from all the great songs to the photographs (one of Johnny and Carl Perkins, another of Johnny hugging Joe Strummer). Invest in this set; it'll teach you more than a few things.

I said something today that sums up my philosophy pretty well: "I don't need people to be smart, but I do hope they won't be completely stupid." This has been a reading from the gospel of CLH...

On the box right now: No Doubt, SINGLES. I've been so reflective on all the great musicians lost recently, from Harrison through to Cash, that I decided to listen to a young and vibrant rock band that still seems like they'll be making records for awhile. Of course, I hate to say anything, for fear of the jinx...

Peace...

Dove With Claws [11:10 AM]

[ Tuesday, November 25, 2003 ]

 

On cursory first exposure, the new Johnny Cash boxed set (UNEARTHED) is a really impressive collection, respectfully packaged and rich in unreleased treasures from The Man In Black's third great artistic period.

I've had some rather depressing discussions recently with folks about the Gore Vidal quote I heard about how we're in a pre-fascist state right now, with a police state seemingly right around the corner. Combine that with Gen. Tommy Franks comments (about how a terrorist WMD attack would probably result in the suspension of the Constitution in favor of a military government) and I can't help but feeling that the need to defeat George W. Bush next year is as imperative as any political decision in the country's history, at least the last good chunk of it. I don't know if we can do ity, but maybe just maybe the gods will be on our side...

Don't really have much else to report. Thanksgiving weekend is here, with the usual bundle of family and old-friends-hanging-out stuff that entails. Should be fun, at least theoretically.

On the box right now: Missy Elliot, THIS IS NOT A TEST

Peace...


Dove With Claws [8:40 PM]