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Interesting, Arthur.

I know that you've been around the block once or twice.

Believe me, I'd love to hear those stories!
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Interesting, Arthur.

I know that you've been around the block once or twice.

Believe me, I'd love to hear those stories!


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Very sad. He was such a legend and was inspirational for so many.

Space Oddity is one of my favorite songs of all time.

Life on Mars, Starman, and Under Pressure are other favorites of mine.

Not all of Bowie's music appeals to me, but everything he did was wildly original and deeply impactful.

May he rest in peace, 'far above the world'.
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On Jan 12, 2016, Jack Straw wrote:
Interesting, Arthur.

I know that you've been around the block once or twice.

Believe me, I'd love to hear those stories!


+1


Jack and Twister, you have to remember these were the days when top studio musicians showed up to a recording date, each with their own vial of coke, and in-between takes took turns sharing lines with everybody else. On more than one occasion the record producer was so impressed with what he heard during a rehearsal, HE rushed out the control room and from a big bag of blow gave all the players a snort before hitting the record button!

But instead of focusing on the insanity of those days, I'll relate a small personal tribute to Mick Ronson: Back in the day I was hired not only as a keyboard player, but because of my classical and music college education, was often contracted as arranger and orchestrator for many albums (very often uncredited). On one such date, I was working on an album for A&M Records. The rhythm tracks had been recorded previously, but we still needed a couple of guitar solos. So I had hired Mick to come and do some overdubs.

His playing was great, and what I especially liked was his unorthodox style. For example, for a slowly scale-wise rising solo, he played it all on one string ... where most trained guitarists would have switched from lower strings to higher strings to keep it all in one position. (Hope that makes sense). The end result is that Mick conveyed more emotion from playing it this way than what the "normal" way would have accomplished.

On another recording date, I had written some beautiful string and flute parts to compliment the rhythm section arrangement. Mick heard me laying down a flute part on synthesizer, and asked if he could try something. The producer and I agreed, this is where his genius shone through. Instead of playing a "planned" flute line like I had, Mick created something I would call akin to "painting a picture." Something I never would have thought of, but which lifted the song in that particular section.

Now back to Bowie: Although I didn't like everything he did, I believe he was nonetheless gifted with that same kind of unorthodox creative genius.

RIP, David.
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Brit Awards and Carnegie Hall tributes planned for David Bowie:

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-35289998
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On Jan 12, 2016, Jack Straw wrote:
Interesting, Arthur.

I know that you've been around the block once or twice.

Believe me, I'd love to hear those stories!


+1


Jack and Twister, you have to remember these were the days when top studio musicians showed up to a recording date, each with their own vial of coke, and in-between takes took turns sharing lines with everybody else. On more than one occasion the record producer was so impressed with what he heard during a rehearsal, HE rushed out the control room and from a big bag of blow gave all the players a snort before hitting the record button!


Well, Arthur, remember their advertising slogan back in the 70's-

Coke adds life!

I guess that it's true.
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Yes, when I celebrated a birthday while on the road with The Mamas And The Papas, the band and crew gave me a box of straws and a table mirror with that slogan on it! (... among other things ...)
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Yes, when I celebrated a birthday while on the road with The Mamas And The Papas, the band and crew gave me a box of straws and a table mirror with that slogan on it! (... among other things ...)


You've had quite the exciting, if not tiring life, Arthur.

I heard once that he gave Mott the Hoople the song "All the young dudes." at a time that the band was in jeopardy of breaking up, or becoming non-relevant?
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Seems that way, Twister. This is from Wikipedia:

Regarded as one of glam rock's anthems, the song originated after Bowie came into contact with Mott the Hoople's bassist Peter Watts and learned that the band was ready to split due to continued lack of commercial success. When Mott rejected his first offer of a composition, "Suffragette City" (from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars), Bowie wrote "All the Young Dudes" in short order specially for them, allegedly sitting cross-legged on the floor of a room in Regent Street, London, in front of the band's lead singer, Ian Hunter.
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Seems that way, Twister. This is from Wikipedia:

Regarded as one of glam rock's anthems, the song originated after Bowie came into contact with Mott the Hoople's bassist Peter Watts and learned that the band was ready to split due to continued lack of commercial success. When Mott rejected his first offer of a composition, "Suffragette City" (from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars), Bowie wrote "All the Young Dudes" in short order specially for them, allegedly sitting cross-legged on the floor of a room in Regent Street, London, in front of the band's lead singer, Ian Hunter.


Wow. That's like genius on demand.

That recollection bubbled up from something I think I heard in my early twenties. All things considered, I've found I really can't count on the veracity of a lot of things I think I remember from those days.

I guess I could have Googled it myself, so thanks.
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He then offered them "Drive in Saturday".
They refused this, so it all went tits up after that.
He shaved his eyebrows off, while he was drunk, at the thought of being dismissed. See VH1 Storytellers David Bowie....That'll open your eyes!
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His playing was great, and what I especially liked was his unorthodox style. For example, for a slowly scale-wise rising solo, he played it all on one string ... where most trained guitarists would have switched from lower strings to higher strings to keep it all in one position.


Wes Montgomery did that. Pat Metheny consciously copied it (because he was a Wes Montgomery fanboy). I am a hobby guitar player (and banjo player), so I don't.

"Trained" and "un-trained" takes on a new perspective, doesn't it?

LOL!
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Thanks for the tip Ray missed that one and throughly enjoyed it. Liked this version of China Girl
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"Trained" and "un-trained" takes on a new perspective, doesn't it?


Definitely! I'm sure Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin would have sounded quite different if they had taken music lessons.
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Alan Rickman has also passed on. I saw a post on Facebook;

http://minnie-on-focus.tumblr.com/image/137360527279
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Alan Rickman has also passed on. I saw a post on Facebook;

http://minnie-on-focus.tumblr.com/image/137360527279


Just re-watched 'Galaxy Quest' a day before Alan Rickman died. He was absolutely hilarious. Lynn
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I wonder if Nimoy sat there nodding sadly at everything Rickman's character went through.
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I am a huge Kate bush fan, and I have been since 1982. This is what she had to say about David Bowie passing on...

David Bowie had everything. He was intelligent, imaginative, brave, charismatic, cool, sexy and truly inspirational both visually and musically. He created such staggeringly brilliant work, yes, but so much of it and it was so good. There are great people who make great work but who else has left a mark like his? No one like him.

I’m struck by how the whole country has been flung into mourning and shock. Shock, because someone who had already transcended into immortality could actually die. He was ours. Wonderfully eccentric in a way that only an Englishman could be.

Whatever journey his beautiful soul is now on, I hope he can somehow feel how much we all miss him.
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Did you see they've officially given David Bowie a constellation?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/a......ame.html
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I am a huge Kate bush fan, and I have been since 1982. This is what she had to say about David Bowie passing on...

David Bowie had everything. He was intelligent, imaginative, brave, charismatic, cool, sexy and truly inspirational both visually and musically. He created such staggeringly brilliant work, yes, but so much of it and it was so good. There are great people who make great work but who else has left a mark like his? No one like him.

I’m struck by how the whole country has been flung into mourning and shock. Shock, because someone who had already transcended into immortality could actually die. He was ours. Wonderfully eccentric in a way that only an Englishman could be.

Whatever journey his beautiful soul is now on, I hope he can somehow feel how much we all miss him.


I'm a huge Kate Bush fan as well, and she and Bowie are/were probably equally eccentric. Both in wonderfully imperfectly perfect ways.
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