Marty Balin Passing, May He R.I.P.

Reply Sat 29 Sep, 2018 06:06 am
Truly a sad day for lovers of rock music or any kind of music. His musical genius transcends genres. When I think of the musical landscape of my youth, I hear his words ringing in my ears. He was truly a song-writer extraordinaire, accomplished guitarist and shaper of musical genres. RIP, Marty.

Marty B's lyrics for "Comin' Back To Me"

The summer had inhaled and held its breath too long
The winter looked the same, as if it never had gone
And through an open window where no curtain hung
I saw you, I saw you, comin' back to me

One begins to read between the pages of a look
The shape of sleepy music, and suddenly you're hooked
Through the rain upon the trees, that kisses on the run
I saw you, I saw you, comin' back to me

You can't stay and live my way
Scatter my love like leaves in the wind
You always say you want to go away
But I know what it always has been, it always has been

A transparent dream beneath an occasional sigh
Most of the time I just let it go by
Now I wish it hadn't begun
I saw you, yes I saw you, comin' back to me

Strolling the hills overlooking the shore
I realize I've been here before
The shadow in the mist could have been anyone
I saw you, I saw you, comin' back to me

Small things like reasons are put in a jar
Whatever happened to wishes wished on a star?
Was it just something that I made up for fun?
I saw you, I saw you, comin' back to me´╗┐.

Reply Sat 29 Sep, 2018 06:14 am
I very much liked Jefferson Airplane's Surrealistic Pillow. It's a shame, they're all going.
Reply Sat 29 Sep, 2018 06:38 am
I know that it seems that way as the music industry and its level of talent has suffered in bland mediocrity. The era of such super-creative stars seems to be passing. The music industry has killed the Golden Goose as it imploded in greed and chaos.

Surrealistic Pillow still stands as on the best albums of a golden era of music. Of course, I'd be hard pressed to choose between that album and Bathing at Baxters and Crown of Creation as which is best. They're all great!
Reply Sat 29 Sep, 2018 09:13 am
Now I'm going to sound old. There used to be a programme over here called The Old Grey Whistle Test which focussed on album music as opposed to Top Of The Pops which looked at singles.

There was a huge difference between the two with most people who took music seriously treating TOTP with disdain if not contempt.

Only recently did I find out what old grey whistle test meant. It goes back to the early days of records where a band would just have a new record pressed. The security guards were fairly old and were known as Old Greys. They'd play them the record and if they could whistle the tune five minutes later it passed.

So much stuff I hear today wouldn't pass, it's hard to find anything resembling a tune.
Reply Sat 29 Sep, 2018 09:34 am
thanks for sharing that. I'd heRD That phrase but didn't know what it meant.

I agree pretty much. There are a few exceptions. Perhaps Adele is one name I can think of that is an exception. More for her vocal talent rather than the songs themselves
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Carly Swinson
Reply Wed 3 Oct, 2018 03:59 am
Great artist. We will remember him through his great work.
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