RIP Geoff Emerick

RIP Geoff Emerick, December 5, 1945 – October 2, 2018. He was chief recording engineer for the Beatles, and is associated with many of the most arresting sounds we remember. Nice commemorative piece in Variety

From Variety:

Speaking to Variety in July 2017, Emerick cited “A Day in the Life” as a high point of his time with the Beatles. “The night we put the orchestra on it, the whole world went from black and white to color,”

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RIP Martin Balin & Today

R.I.P. Martin Balin (born Martin Jerel Buchwald) January 30, 1942 – September 27, 2018, founder of Jefferson Airplane and (with Grace Slick) one of its lead singers. This is “Today” from Surrealistic Pillow (1967).

Marty Balin (lead vocals and I’m guessing guitar), Grace Slick (vocals), Jack Casady (bass), Spencer Dryden (drums, percussion), Jerry Garcia (lead guitar). It shows my ignorance, of course, but I had no idea Jerry Garcia appeared on this album. He also is listed as “spiritual advisor” in the credits. Sounds about right.

Sunday Music & Jimi Hendix & Gary Moore & RIP Zippy

This is not part of my normal routine here as a default music blogger, but I’d like to dedicate this post to the memory of blogger Zippy Catholic (real name Matthew), who was lost in a traffic accident. He’s had an immense influence on me, though I didn’t know him in real life. He was frighteningly smart and spiritually hard-core.

Prayers for Matthew, who has been in my daily Rosary, and condolences to his family.

There is a musical connection. Zippy actually visited this blog once, and we had an exchange on, of all things, moral theology and Jimi Hendrix. (Apparently Zippy loved him some rock guitar, especially metal.)

Oddly, days before I heard the terrible news, I had dug up my Hendrix CD Electric Ladyland (which I hadn’t listened to it in a very long time) and I had chosen it for my commuting music. I was grooving pretty intensely on both versions of “Voodoo Chile” for two days.

To honor Zippy’s theological proposition about rock-n-roll, I revisit the T’Oob that he contributed to WDYDFAE on the thread above, “Red House,” a Hendrix tribute performed by Gary Moore.

Rock on, Zippy.

This post has been lightly edited for grammar and content. This addendum is in the spirit of Zippy, who never edited without indicating so — and it was always something about content, because I never saw him make a grammatical or spelling mistake.

Addendum re-edited for errors. Sheesh. Zippean standards are exacting even for these trivial things.

R.I.P. Tom Petty & Last Dance

R.I.P. Tom Petty (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017). I was not much of a fan and didn’t know the Heartbreakers’ music much, but it was nice radio background noise for me back in the day. “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” from Greatest Hits (1993).

Not really by design, I ended up being a “music blogger,” and still less by design, it seems to involve a lot of obituaries.

Prayers also to the victims in Las Vegas and the families.

R.I.P. Walter Becker &

Walter Becker, February 20, 1950 – September 3, 2017.

A deep bow to my blog mentor Nightsky Radio, who made me notice the artistry of the Dan. “Deacon Blues” now vies with Herbie Hancock’s “Tell Me a Bedtime Story” for the status of greatest song in the world. But even when I didn’t fully appreciate “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” like I do now, I always liked it, and it is one of Walter’s (Pretzel Logic, 1974). Also, I never featured it here on channel WDYDFAE before, so . . .

Herbie Hancock & Space Captain

Recording session of “Space Captain” (written by Matthew Moore, popularized by Joe Cocker in 1970), with Herbie Hancock and other greats.

Herbie Hancock (piano), Susan Tedeschi (lead/backup vocals), Derek Trucks (slide guitar), Oteil Burbridge (bass, backup vocals), Kofi Burbridge (organ, backup vocals), Mike Mattison (backup vocals), Vinnie Colaiuta (drums). Epic “trading fours” back and forth between piano and slide from 3:34.