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    • stephen@bike-on.com

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      • Jackson Browne on what made Lennon such a great singer.

        Born October 9th, 1940 (died December 8th, 1980)
        Key Tracks "I Feel Fine," "Strawberry Fields Forever," "Imagine," "Instant Karma"
        Influenced Bono, Neil Young, Liam Gallagher

        There was a tremendous intimacy in everything John Lennon did, combined with a formidable intellect. That is what makes him a great singer. In "Girl," on Rubber Soul, he starts in this steely, high voice: "Is there anybody going to listen to my story. . . ." It's so impassioned, like somebody stepping from the shadows in a room. But when he comes to the chorus, you suddenly realize: He's talking directly to her. When I heard this, as a young teenager, it hit the nail on the head. It embodied the feelings I was living with every day — completely burning with sexual desire, with almost a regret at being so overpowered.

        He had a confidence, a certainty about what he was feeling that carried over into everything he sang. One of the things about John Lennon and the Beatles that went by a lot of people was how unusual it was for people in their class, from Liverpool, to be catapulted into the higher reaches of entertainment and society, without disguising their working-class roots and voices. It was such an audacious thing to do, not to change who they were. That was the heart of John Lennon's singing — to say who he was and where he was from.

        He didn't sing very loud. I got that sense when I was learning "Oh My Love," on Imagine. That song has to be done quietly, which turns out to be a feat of strength. It's ironic — to sing high and quiet, you have to be physically strong. In "I'm Only Sleeping," on Revolver, he sounds sleepy, like he's half in bed as he sings. Or "I'm So Tired," on the White Album — there is an irritableness to it. These songs live in you because of the remarkable facility of the singer to inhabit those moments and portray them. "Imagine" is a masterful performance. He inhabits that idea — our innermost longing for a world in which peace is real — when he sings it. And it is sung with fearlessness, without erring on either side — polemic or sappy. It's wonderful to have an idea expressed so well that everybody can sing it. That's a song he made you want to sing. The more he developed as a writer, he was able to show his voice in various contexts. There is a thrilling aloneness in the way he sings "A Day in the Life." His singing on John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band is to the bone. He willed himself to express his pain: "Mother/You had me/But I never had you." It's a crushing depiction that stays with you forever. Double Fantasy is less tortured — there is a lot of happiness there. The singing is just beautiful, perhaps more the product of singing at home, to his son. John Lennon went through a lot to have the life he had. He gave up some things to get others. And he died before a lot of those themes could be examined.

        But it was a stunning thing — he always told the truth. He felt he had the right to talk about this stuff, and that gives his voice a singular identity. It's not the chops of a heralded singer — no one goes on about his actual technique. He went right to what he felt, what he had to say.
        stephen@bike-on.com

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        • Originally posted by Geoffrey View Post
          I tried to embed the youtube into my reply but screwed up. Thought I knew how to do it guess I was wrong.
          Don't give up. Do this (not the only way):

          Copy the URL of the youtube video from your browser's address bar. Let's use the John Lennon video in post #289 of this thread as an example.

          The URL is

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2RlZhPgxNw&feature=player_embedded#at=17

          The part you need is what I put in bold type.

          the code to post on CC is

          [yourtube]Z2RlZhPgxNw[/yourtube]

          only the correct code is youtube, rather than the yourtube I used to keep the video from posting.

          to avoid typos (one wrong keystroke = fail), you can just paste everything from the URL and delete what you don't need.

          If you want to look at more examples, just quote a post with a video, look at the code, then hit the back arrow on your browser so as not to create a post.
          Last edited by Foolish Old; 05-11-2011, 08:48 AM.
          Foolish

          "We have met the enemy and he is us."-POGO.

          "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it."~Edgar Allan Poe

          "Dream big, you might never wake up!"- Snoop Dogg

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          • Last edited by Foolish Old; 05-13-2011, 03:30 PM.
            Foolish

            "We have met the enemy and he is us."-POGO.

            "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it."~Edgar Allan Poe

            "Dream big, you might never wake up!"- Snoop Dogg

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            • I'm listening too

              Roger Pedersen - a local guitarist guru where I live. Here is some.

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_jJa...eature=related
              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Y-wK0wRLbI
              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tsmaz...eature=related
              Last edited by Leif; 05-14-2011, 09:34 PM.

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              • The inimitable Chet Baker.

                stephen@bike-on.com

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                • the tune yards- real live flesh

                  youtube's being reet and not letting me get the stupid code to post it.

                  one girl layering via a loop, similar to reggie watts.
                  An administrator made me remove my signature.

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                  • The Riverdales - Back to you.
                    And the truth shall set you free.

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                    • I am listening right now to a great american band: Seether
                      Discovered them on the internet and like them very much:
                      http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/#/6

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                      • Originally posted by feisty View Post
                        the tune yards- real live flesh

                        youtube's being reet and not letting me get the stupid code to post it.

                        one girl layering via a loop, similar to reggie watts.
                        Foolish

                        "We have met the enemy and he is us."-POGO.

                        "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it."~Edgar Allan Poe

                        "Dream big, you might never wake up!"- Snoop Dogg

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                        • thanks fo! you're the best!

                          this song is so good. beastie boys & santogold 'don't play no game that I can't win'
                          An administrator made me remove my signature.

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                          • My favorite new band, The Pimps of Joytime...heard them over the past weekend they are SO fun to shake it to!

                            Courage, it would seem, is nothing less than the power to overcome danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while continuing to affirm inwardly that life with all its sorrows is good; that everything is meaningful even if in a sense beyond our understanding; and that there is always tomorrow.
                            -Dorothy Thompson

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                            • Puscifer- "C" Is for (Please Insert Sophomoric Genitalia Referance Here)

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                              • it's too bad that ad execs bastardized this song, it's so cute
                                An administrator made me remove my signature.

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