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:: Posted by johnfgibson on January 21, 2016
dkronemyer: I could discuss Lament all day long! The lyrics and music are both just so tremendous and well-paired. Is there any other song, anywhere, that goes through such a transformation of moods, in such a short time, so naturally? (and ends in 7/8?)
About the line "I took my chance and you took yours, You crewed my ship, we missed the tide," to my ear it’s perfectly fitting with the wild abandon of the last verse. Together with the lines that follow, he’s saying "Yes, we tried, failed, and lost, but fuck it, let’s live in the here and now, and give ourselves up to the music." Putting them right together like that only accentuates the immediacy and power of music over worldly imperfection.
:: Posted by dkronemyer on January 20, 2016
“Lament” is a perfectly serviceable KC number, and I have been listening to it a lot lately as I replay yet again the superb Starless box set. Something was bothering me about it, and I finally figured out what it was. It’s the last verse where Mr. Wetton declaims, “I took my chance and you took yours, You crewed my ship, we missed the tide.” By that point in the song, he’s almost shouting the words, and the melody is a little bit out of his range. No problem with that, he’s an excellent performer. The anomaly is that the quoted lyrics are much more sensitive and introspective, and seemingly belong in an earlier, quiet part of the song, before it cranks up from being a ballad to being a rocker. I’m wondering if anybody else has experienced this sensation.
:: Posted by maisondollar on January 19, 2016
DB was the gateway drug that led to my KC/RF addiction...
Though some few years old, this is is a staggeringly meticulous tribute by soulwax that can’t escape your attention.
Thank you to the Thin White Duke
:: Posted by DanAnderson on January 18, 2016
Tom Cruise said this of NASCAR racing legend Jeff Gordon at his retirement benefit. When I think of his passing these words apply to David Bowie as well.
"When you’re treated to excellence...for many years, well, that’s not something you let go of easily. Transcendence. Few reach it. He did. And although many of want to say ’We’ll miss you’ what we really mean is ’We thank you.’ "
One of Bowie's new songs
:: Posted by Teledan on January 18, 2016
"Tis a Pity she was a Whore", track #2 on "Black Star" has a sound that brings to mind "The Talking Drum". And the snare drum head is under very high tension, reminiscent of Billy B’s drum sound. These sound like companion pieces.
:: Posted by DannyX on January 17, 2016
I think we expect our heroes to live forever...
:: Posted by TheMarkedMan on January 17, 2016
Here is the reason so many of us feel a profound loss with the passing of David Bowie: I think most people do not truly understand how art moves us, it seems mysterious. But it really isn’t mysterious at all. An artist is really holding up a mirror in each of their works (how they arrive at their work IS in fact mysterious but that is not what I am writing about). We are drawn to it because we see some aspect of our own self relected back to us and feel a connection to the artist. Sometimes we discover things about ourselves we weren’t even aware were there, lurking in the subconscious. So when an artist like our David passes we feel a bit of that deep intimate connection we share has died along with the artist. But of course the work does not die with the artist and we can take comfort that it is still there to revisit and know that at some point in time someone understood a part of who we are.
Even the death of a band can effect us in this way. I recall feeling a profound sense of loss in the fall of 1974 when I learned, upon picking up an import copy of Red at a local record shop, that King Crimson was no more.
Robert Fripp and I briefly exchanged emails about 15 years ago He wrote about mirrors and I didn’t fully grasp his point. With David Bowie’s passing it became very clear.
Pat Metheny Reflects On Bowie
:: Posted by TheMarkedMan on January 14, 2016
Pat Metheny has a very nice tribute on his site regarding his work with Bowie
:: Posted by GonzalezPaulo on January 14, 2016
There are many songs within a King Crimson song. Tippett wrote another tune out of Prince Rupert Awakes just by soloing and making his piano arrangements and "fills". Awsome musician. Awsome line-up with Tippett, Robin Miller, Marc Charig, Harry Miller (on Islands LP), Nick Evans.... I miss that KC sound.
:: Posted by anthemofthesun on January 14, 2016
This link is intended for brother Robert, however I have faith that the guest book will find it food for though.
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