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    Dave Matthews was born on this day in 1967, in Johannesburg, South Africa. He spent some years in the USA while growing up, returned to SA, and then left again after finishing school and when faced with conscription. He is now based in Seattle and in addition to music, is making wine under his Dreaming Tree label (a song title from a DMB album).

    He was first better known for acting rather than his music, although he’d been playing the acoustic guitar from the age of nine. His Dave Matthews Band was formed in 1991 and they primarily focus on live performances, for which they are highly regarded; they’ve released 60 live albums, as opposed to eight studio releases. He’s won two Grammys, one as a solo act and the other with DMB, as well as a couple of film and TV music awards.

    From Wiki “During the period from 2000 to 2010, his band sold more tickets and earned more money than any other act in North America. The band's most recent (studio) album, Away from the World, released in 2012, made them the only group to have six consecutive studio albums debut at number one on the Billboard charts.” Who’da thought??!

    I saw Dave Matthews on one of my fave shows, HOUSE. Great episode!



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    Adrian Vandenberg was born on this day in 1954, in The Hague, Netherlands. He was persuaded by David Coverdale to join Whitesnake and is considered a lifetime member of the band, so great was his contribution. He’s known for his songwriting as well as his guitar playing. He’s collaborated with other musicians and released some solo albums, most recently under the name Vandenberg’s Moonkings.

    I like this simple, intimate delivery with Coverdale … nowhere to hide …

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    Karen Matheson, OBE, was born on this day 1963 and hails from Argyll, Scotland. She is the lead singer of Capercaillie and a solo artist, and is clearly held in high regard; she sings in Scottish Gaelic as well as in English.

    Capercaillie is known for their adaptations of traditional Gaelic songs, combining them with contemporary instruments and using modern production techniques, so basically a fusion of folk and rock, which what from what I can gather, has earned them some criticism from purist quarters (folk, that is). On the other hand, it’s precisely this fusion that helped put them on the charts.

    This song has the distinction of being used in “the Edexcel Music GCSE Specification from 2009 onwards as a representation of traditional folk music” … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85Yyfs7AjNE

    And the title track from the first of her four solo albums, The Dreaming Sea

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    Strangely enough, today is another Scottish birthday, following the one above ...

    Martyn Bennett was born on this day in 1971, in Newfoundland and Labrador to a Welsh father and his Isle of Sky born mother, Margaret Bennett, a revered preserver of Scottish folklore, writer, singer and broadcaster. He and his mother moved back to Scotland when he was six and he was tutored in traditional Scottish instruments, proving to be something of a prodigy, especially on the Great Highland bagpipe; he was the first traditionalist to win a place at the City of Edinburgh Music School, moving on later to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, where he additionally studied violin and piano.

    What makes him so interesting is that he was also a dedicated clubber, with a deep seated compulsion to explore and exploit different sounds. He started combining traditional Gaelic songs and music with contemporary instruments and electronic beats and grooves piquing quite a lot of interest in the process, and a fair amount of ire!

    And then … the twisted hand of fate intervened, in the form of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and unfortunately, a bright and unusual flame was snuffed out much too soon. Martyn Bennett was a mere 33 when he died on 30 January 2005, just over a year after having released his fifth album, the incredibly tough Grit, through Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios. Tough because he was fighting the disease, and there are no soft edges; tough because it was a struggle to complete, tough because it truly is something completely different and tough because listening to it is not easy. It isn't meant to be ... he didn’t want that, he wanted grit.

    I watched this mini documentary – it’s not long, about half an hour, enlightening and moving. This was no mere chancer/glib, self-styled 'producer' … this man had true ears and music in his soul … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aJXNN_D07o. I love the way he embraced and recognised, for example, the value of the work of seventy something Scottish traveller, Sheila Stewart (MBE), who for fifty years had been singing and recording a cappella, songs handed down to her through her family, keeping the rich history of the travelling people alive and keeping the faith, and who was the last in her particular line of troubadours, and how she embraced what he was doing right back. She was excited that he was exposing her own traditional work to young people who would otherwise never have heard it at all, despite that fact that her voice is on vinyl (from which he picked up a lot of his samples). The trance style and beats perturbed her not at all, and she liked the grittiness … she just got it. Fascinating stuff, this is such a lovely clip of them both … http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02gtypp. Sheila Stewart has passed on now too, as have many of the much older collaborators on Grit, perhaps what Bennett did will help immortalise them all in some small way.

    Peter Gabriel gave Bennett the go ahead to sample and remix one of his own songs, something that happened a short while before he died … Mr Gabriel seems to be another forward thinking character, open to suggestion and keen to look at new musical/sonic possibilities without bias, provided there is merit, of course. I, on the other hand, usually turn up my nose the moment I hear the word ‘remix’, so this a departure for me! Lol!! That’ll learn me. Here’s a reworking of his “Sky Blue” … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScHr3nyHUWQ

    And this is worth a read if anyone cares to take a closer listen to Grit … Martyn Bennett's synopsis of the tracks and how they came about … https://realworldrecords.com/release/28/grit/ … a quote … “Rhythmically and sonically I have gone to great effort in this recording. In recent years so many representations of Scotland have been misty-lensed and fanciful to the point that the word 'Celtic' has really become a cloudy pigeon-hole. This album was a chance for me to present a truthful picture, yet face my own reflection in the great mirror of all cultures.”

    The lead track with Sheila Stewart’s voice …

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    Stuart David Cohen, aka David Blue was born on this day in 1941, in Providence, Rhode Island – he died in 1982 having suffered a heart attack while out jogging in Washington Square Park, NYC. He was a singer/songwriter who hung out in Greenwich Village with Bob Dylan, Ginsberg, Phil Ochs, Joni Mitchell, etc., and was, by all accounts, very close to the big Z; so close that he’s been criticised more than once for emulating him, not purposely, more by default from having spent so much time with him, not that Bob himself ever seems to have had a problem with that. Some refer to his music as ‘Dylanesque’ and some say “It’s all over now, Baby Blue” is about him.

    This is the story of his name change, courtesy of Wiki … “When he began singing professionally, at the urging of Dylan and others, he changed his name to Blue. "Actually, I got the name from Eric Andersen. We were together one day, and I knew there were two other David Cohens in the music business, one with Country Joe and The Fish, the other a studio cat in LA. We felt that was too many. So Eric said: 'You’ve got such blue eyes, you should be David Blue.' I decided to do it. I called Ramblin’ Jack Eliot and Dylan because they had changed their names and Dylan thought it was very funny and started singing to me, 'It’s all over now, David Blue'."

    In addition to seven studio albums, Blue had also taken acting classes and appears in a few movies, including Dylan’s Renaldo and Clara and Human Highway by Neil Young; he also did quite a bit of stage work.

    Commercially, he probably fared best as a result of his song “Outlaw Man” being covered by the Eagles on Desperado. This is his original, from his album Nice Baby and the Angel which was produced and played on by Graham Nash and which also includes in the line-up of contributing musicians, Dave Mason, Glen Frey and David Lindley … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yI8lfbx2FKc

    Another cool song from the aforementioned album which he wrote for/about Leonard Cohen … “Troubadour Song” … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sL66CkYor5w

    And this is the title track from his album These 23 Days in September

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    Roger Charlery, who is much better known as Ranking Roger was born on this day in 1961, in Birmingham, England. He was one of the lead vocalists of the original The Beat who had a big hit with “Mirror in the Bathroom” …. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cbUW2EY4K. There are two Beats nowadays – The English Beat starring Dave Wakeling (based in the USA), and The Beat featuring Ranking Roger. I guess they both wanted to continue to be associated with what was a very successful ska/reggae/post punk/pop outfit back in the 80’s.

    Ranking Roger has appeared on stage with Sting on numerous occasions … this was one of them, “The Bed’s Too Big Without You” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1JeNRDxBKA

    And here are two tracks from Bounce, The Beat featuring Ranking Roger’s latest album, their first in around thirty years, which was released late-ish last year and which completely passed me by. I think it’s great – smartly put together, and they sound good – nice vibey stuff. First pick “Avoid the Obvious” … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UafsCALGkY4,

    and second, “Walking on the Wrong Side” … a bit of socio political commentary complete with cameo of the angry orange menace …

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    Prolific composer, conductor, arranger and virtuoso jazz and classical pianist Michel Legrand was born on this day in 1932, in Bécon les Bruyères (Courbevoie), Paris, France. He has composed the music for well over a hundred movies and duly received any number of awards and accolades. Suffice to say, there is no shortage of admiration for his body of work which is quite staggering; it’s been his whole life.

    The theme from Summer of ’42https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWMxX5MGuHI

    From Brian’s Song …. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5pJutZab3w

    “The Windmills of Your Mind” has been covered umpteen times by all and sundry and won him his first Oscar. I like this somewhat different interpretation by Sharleen Spiteri (of the band Texas) ….

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    Oliver Wakeman was born on this day in 1972, presumably somewhere in England. Son of Rick, he’s inherited all those musical genes, along with a strong work ethic and is an award winning keyboardist and composer in his own well-earned right.

    He’s been with Yes and Strawbs, both of which his father was also a member, and he’s collaborated with a few other artists on albums which seem to have been well received. Whilst erring on the side of neo/prog rock, he’s also released a couple of solo efforts, which by their titles appear to be of the new age persuasion, i.e. Spiritual Enlightenment & Inspiration, Purification by Sound, and Chakras … this is from the first mentioned … “Reflection” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOzH6yLooRs.

    This is from Ravens and Lullabies, his album with Gordon Giltrap … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4-3j39jQY0

    And this is from his and Steve Howe’s The 3 Ages of Magick ….

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    Born on this day in 1948, in Barnstaple, Devon … Terence Charles White, better known as Snowy White.

    Guitarist and singer, he was with Thin Lizzy for around two years and became connected to Pink Floyd as the result of a recommendation from Kate Bush’s manager who’d heard they were looking for an additional touring guitarist. His first collaboration with an individual member of PF was with Rick Wright on his solo album, Wet Dream, for which Snowy was it in terms of guitars. He was in The Wall live in 1980/81 as well as later with Roger Waters, and David Gilmour’s been a guest on his albums (as has Chris Rea). He’s recorded as Snowy White and also with his band the White Flames, and his Blues Project.

    Possibly his best known song, from his debut album … “Bird of Paradise” … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Niqq2Oxf-3A

    From Wet Dreamhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZflRAcPOSbk

    “The Blues Talking” from his latest album, Released … (2016) great cover artwork as seen in this clip, detail from a painting by surrealist Vladimir Kush ‘Diary of Discoveries’ …

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    Doogie White was born on this day in 1960, in Lanarkshire, Scotland. He’s a rock vocalist, and was with Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow for around three years (which was not bad going considering Mr Blacmore's propensity for firing people), both live and on their final studio album (to date) Stranger In Us All. His demo tape had been sitting around gathering dust in the Rainbow archives for six years when Candice Knight happened to listen to it and suggested to Ritchie that Doogie should be invited to audition; on such whims and chance hang lucky breaks!

    He also appeared in concert with Jon Lord fairly regularly, singing a lot of Deep Purple standards, and has contributed his vocals to Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force, Praying Mantis, Tank, his own La Paz, Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock and the Stardust Reverie Project. He gets around … oh, and he has one solo album titled As Yet Untitled.

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