Sunday Music & Nektaria Karantzi & Vassilis Tsabropoulos

“You are with me” by Vassilis Tsabropoulos (piano) with Nektaria Karantzi (vocals), from the album Eleison (2016), available at Amazon. The text is the 23rd Psalm, “The Lord is my Shepherd,” sung in Greek.

The Lord of glory is my shepherd; I shall lack nothing
In lush pastures He makes me lie
Besides tranquil waters He leads me
My soul He restores
Through I walk to the valley of the shadow of death
I will fear no evil
For You are with me
(May) I shall dwell in the House of The Lord, for all the days of my true life

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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,”

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.