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:: Posted by dubhthaigh on November 05, 2013
Over the weekend, took in a terrific concert in Harrisburg: Gordon Lightfoot. Heíll be 75 soon, and his heart is still clearly in it, even if he is visibly and audibly weaker. So what might have passed as an agreeable rendition of songs by a grandfatherly type was actually something quite other. With commitment, all the rules change, indeed. Of note as well, the audience was seated on time, the concert began on time, and there wasnít a single camera flash, ring tone, or unruly shout out through Gordonís performance and encore. While I have seen him more physically engaged, not sure I can say Iíve seen him more emotionally plugged in, especially upon those songs that evince a summing up of oneís life.
So, perhaps thereís hope yet for an aging Crim audience - folks who go for the simple joy of wanting to experience Crim and remember this Crim, undiluted and safe from the intrusion of fetishization. Remember the music. Remember the commitment. Everything else is noise and ephemera.
For as long as Robert decides he wants to play in public, I hope he finds the courage and enthusiasm to do so. If at 75, even if he is visibly and audibly weaker, if his heart is in it, may he always find the courage and support from those of us who feel lucky to catch him live. If you could read my mind, Robert, Iíd wish you that, and all the inspiration such entails.
In the meantime, on to active duty. May you ever catch us by surprise.
Lights, Camera, and Phil Lesh
:: Posted by Ornate_Coal_Man on November 05, 2013
Robert Fripp wrote:
"The lights were difficult. The problem with a lighting person is, they think they have to do something with the lights. And tonight they did, with light beams directed constantly at the audience. For most of the show I had to close my eyes."
My neighbor is a long time stage manager and lighting/sound tech. In the late 70s, he did lights for CBGBs in New York. He remarked that,in his lengthly experience, there were only two musicians that refused to be lit up: Robert Fripp and Bun E Carlos.
I asked him about both of these players, and responded, "Well, Fripp was really, compared to everyone else on the scene then, a well-spoken intellectual".
And Mr. Carlos?
"Man, he had the BEST weed!"
So he did enjoy being lit up! :)
Itís a good thing players donít have to put up with what jazz musicians had to put up with in all the night clubs, super clubs, hotels and restaurants, back in the day. My teacher always plays guitar with his eyes closed. It wasnít because he was getting into the music more than anyone else. It was because many of the jazz gigs he did in the 1950s to the 1990s (Except at the Jazz Showcase, where owner Joel Siegel had a strict no smoking policy), his eyes were burning up from all the smoke filed rooms. Playing with oneís eyes closed becomes an occupational necessity. He remarked that classical gigs were often a different story, in proper venues, symphony halls, with attentive listeners and proper acoustics.
Incidentally, here is a new way for known and established older musicians to tour without burning themselves out. 73 year old bassist Phil Lesh has struck an exclude 360 degree deal with one promoter to play a limited number of gigs per year in specific venues, as opposed to running himself ragged, getting on buses and planes for extended periods.
:: Posted by esherman93 on November 05, 2013
Curious what the developments might be. More live performances of the Slow Music Project?
One Eyed King
:: Posted by KramNamloc on November 05, 2013
Best healing wishes to the One-Eyed King In the Cellar.
:: Posted by emory0 on November 04, 2013
"When and where can I place a pre-order for one copy of the limited, numbered, signed-by-the-author, edition of this magnificent and hefty tome, Oh Wise One?"
Iíve actually been wondering whether The Guitar Circle book would (also) be printed in a lasting hardcover edition with acid-free paper. Numbered? Signed? Nice but (in my mind) optional. But something solid that wonít fall apart in a short amount of time.
:: Posted by pupuce on November 04, 2013
be strong Robert , i grow old too ; we must accept and keep faith !
TRTR...so much to absorb
:: Posted by StarlessBibleBlack on November 04, 2013
Gosh...I wouldnít blame for the lack of reviews out there: We are talking about 21 cds of material to absorb!
That said, Iíve never been this excited to hear the different nuances with each live reading/playing of tunes like Fracture and Talking Drum. Weíre talking about an effective and vicious approach here, especially with TD, just played fast and menacing.
Thereís an interview with RF saying that he was left unsatisfactory with most studio releases, and with this boxset, it is of no mystery. E-Z Money sounded lacking on TGD personally, but most live renditions here have enough variations here to keep it more than interesting: John keeps things steady with his vocals, while Billy and Bob run along with their interweaving lines just to throw you off rhythmically.
I could write more about it, but again, like most other satisfied buyers, weíre too busy listening to this piece of work. My only gripes about it is the exclusion of the European tours (in particular the German gigs!) Ah well... Thank you Amy W. + Crew for sending me this valuable piece of musical history!
Happy Punter's Flickr Review RTR
:: Posted by Erik_skysawed_in_Berlin on November 04, 2013
> :: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Nov 3, 2013
> You donít see too many album reviews on Flickr but hereís a take on TRTR on the photo-blogging site from a happy punter.
The Happy Punter here is Stephen Iliffe who has published a pretty well written biography on Hans-Joachim Roedelius (one of the true German greats, whose achievements can be summarized with the following three words: Kluster/Cluster/Qluster & Harmonia , ambient originator, Klangbild ). Getting acquainted with the portfolio of Roedelius makes it easier to understand how Mr. Eno came to his ambient pathway.
Painting with Sound: The Life and Music of Hans-Joachim Roedelius by Stephen Iliffe. Foreword by Brian Eno - Meridian Music Guides 2003. ISBN 0-9545995-0-0
This biography appears to be out-of-print (but can still be fetched from Amazon ). It appears that Mr. Iliffe has uploaded his reviews of the Roedelius albums on Flickr: namely here.
A fast browse through his albums/sets on his Flickr account shows he also paid homage to Travis and Fripp.. here. Fair enough!
:: Posted by Christophecoutant on November 04, 2013
Mr Robert Fripp has very kindly answered my question about his book.
Thank you for taking time to publish it.
Amitiťs de France
:: Posted by dgardiner on November 03, 2013
"i have no passion for any aspect of my professional life!
one word to characterise it: wretched."
Why then does Robert pursue it? Why resurrect KC once more?
Is it borne like a hairshirt, a cilice; a manifestation of his convenant, his bargain with the KC fairy? When she alights is this the price to be paid?
Surely, there must be some pleasure to be found: some pros to outweigh the cons.
Something to put a smile on the old goats chops.
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