Monday, November 4, 2013

Song of the Day: Jeff Tweedy-“Ballad of the Opening Band”

Early last year, former Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap sufferered a massive stroke which his health insurence did not cover for long term care. Enter in a ragtag mix of fantastic musicians who recorded covers of Slim's tunes to sell to raise funds to help with the bills. A double album of those tracks featuring the likes of Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, and John Doe will be released next week on New West Records with all profits going to Slim and his family.

Here's a version of Slim's "Ballad of the Opening Band" wonderfully covered by Jeff Tweedy and friends. Please make sure to buy the album to support the cause!!

Friday, November 1, 2013

"Linger On...."

This is beyond words. So beautiful!

Laurie Anderson, widow of the late Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Lou Reed, has written an obituary in The East Hampton Star remembering her husband and their life in Long Island:

To our neighbors: What a beautiful fall! Everything shimmering and golden and all that incredible soft light. Water surrounding us. Lou and I have spent a lot of time here in the past few years, and even though we’re city people this is our spiritual home.

Last week I promised Lou to get him out of the hospital and come home to Springs. And we made it! Lou was a tai chi master and spent his last days here being happy and dazzled by the beauty and power and softness of nature.

He died on Sunday morning looking at the trees and doing the famous 21 form of tai chi with just his musician hands moving through the air. Lou was a prince and a fighter and I know his songs of the pain and beauty in the world will fill many people with the incredible joy he felt for life.

Long live the beauty that comes down and through and onto all of us. —
Laurie Anderson his loving wife and eternal friend