I think Morrissey said it best when he sang “Has the world changed, or have I changed?” The Queen is Dead (1986): What a great song, what a great album. RIP Queen Elizabeth, you had a good, long life.
Arlo Guthrie has kept the music and legacy of his father, Woody Guthrie, alive for decades. His 1969 album, Running Down the Road, includes his fathers song “Oklahoma Hills” alongside original songs such as “Coming Into Los Angeles.”
One of many highlights from my fun-filled holiday trip to California was a visit to Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains; an immersive exhibit covering the complete history of the legendary progressive rock band that even a casual Pink Floyd fan will flip out over. Given my extreme fondness for costume design, you can only imagine my delight in finding that one of the galleries included replicas of the enigmatic Lightbulb Suits seen on the cover and related artwork for the band’s 1988 live album, Delicate Sound of Thunder. Talk about an “Oh, Wow” moment. Continue reading Eye On Design: Pink Floyd Lightbulb Suit By Storm Thorgerson
Everyone who knows me understands that my love for Alice Cooper begins and ends with the original band, for reasons that take too long to talk about. That doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate great ink: so I have to give a shout-out to this beautiful rendition of the cover of Alice’s 1978 solo album From The Inside, which resides on the left forearm of my good friend Teddy. When asked, Teddy admits there isn’t necessarily a ‘good story’ behind the tattoo, but it is pretty sweet!
Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird has been doing his own thing under-the-radar in various bands, collaborations, and solo efforts — across multiple genres — for two decades. He may not be a household name — unless you know him from his tenure with Squirrel Nut Zippers — but those who seek true ‘artistry’ in a music artist continue to pay attention to his prolific body of work. Today it is my pleasure to give Bird his inaugural exposure on The ‘Gig with the song “Manifest,” from his latest recording.
With playfully colorful animation by Andrea Nakhla, the video for “Manifest” is an ideal accompaniment to this somewhat wistful song that delivers an urgent call to action regarding not just defending, but actively saving our environment, wildlife and natural resources. There’s never been a better time than now to wake up and own your destiny, even if it means acknowledging that we’ve got our work cut out for us. “I’m interested in the idea that our enemies are what makes us whole,” Bird explains. The song’s lyrics are direct and risk-taking, cutting to the quick of what’s happening in our world. The message is that it’s not too late to turn things around.
With all of his many talents, at his core, Andrew Bird is a gifted storyteller whose turn of phrase and instrumental arrangements remind me of greats like Leonard Cohen and James Taylor. He is certainly a unique and welcome voice in today’s cultural climate. “Manifest” can be found on Andrew’s brand new album, My Finest Work Yet, out now on Loma Vista Recordings. Enjoy!