aretha performs ‘spirit in the dark’ at the fillmore west – 1971
motown and the whole world will miss you.
and thinking back to when i announced
in no uncertain terms
that my sisters’ choices of favorite bands:
the beatles and the doors
were stupid bands that would never last
and were nowhere near the level of greatness
of my favorite band
they really should have listened to me
i know pure talent when i see it.
“most bands don’t work out.
a small unit democracy is very, very difficult. very, very difficult.”
image credits: apple records, elekrtra records, rhino records
i so enjoyed irish musician
one of my absolute favorites
you may remember him from the indie film ‘once’
for his surprise academy award for best song that year
for his heartfelt, passionate, and powerful music
or perhaps not at all
but on this night
he told the stories behind each of his songs
invited detroit musicians up on stage with him
sang a traditional irish song with his entire crew
including the roadies
giving each a chance to shine
asked the audience to sing with him
and graciously thanked all for being a part of this night
i’ve seen him with his band ‘the frames’
and with his partner as the ‘swell season’ duet
and this time
with a mix of irish, canadian, and american musicians
all playing as one
and i was amazed all over again.
“music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.”
-ludwig van beethoven
below is a live version of a song (fitzcaraldo)
that he performed in ireland with the frames,
definitely worth 6 minutes of your life.
hang in there until the end.
grandie creates his quilt
stitching fabrics of his choosing
that he’s learned to sew upon
this machine that he is using.
his ukulele sits nearby
waiting for some play
as the sled stands outside
with hopes of snowy day.
“the class of your performance is built on the grade of your skills.”
― wesam fawzi