So I thought it would be a fun exercise to make a list of “My Beatles Songs”. You know…the songs that really mean something to me, whether because of the lyric or because the song was linked to a specific moment or feeling in time but I gave up a few minutes into the process when by the time Rubber Soul came along I had listed about 90% of preceding albums’ tracks and then instead of just listing songs from Rubber Soul and Revolver I just wrote the album titles. haha
No matter how far I stray into more “modern” artists I always come back to the fertile crescent that is the Beatles and the Beach Boys…and that entire era for that matter.
Last week I wrote how I had been spending a great deal of time with All This Waiting by Fake Believe and still digging around in Mother Mother’s The Sticks but it seems like every moment in between has been spent spinning tracks like Lou Christie’s Lightnin’ Strikes (that horn part!) or Moody Blues’ Go Now!.
Right now I’ve got Spotify playing me a station based on Barry McGuire’s Eve of Destruction. I may be stuck in my parents’ past but it’s a damn fine one that continues to feed my soul and my inspiration.
Speaking of Fake Believe, David Elbert pulled double duty when he brought songs from All This Waiting to the Spruce Goose: Social Flyers Club this past Thursday and then, before the tubes in his amp could even cool down, was back there with The Glass on Saturday. The Glass and Fake Believe are two of the most layered and interesting outfits in town. They’re simply fearless in their embrace of other artists, their own influences, their willingness to take creative risks, and their take not prisoners approach to putting on a show. That uncompromising gutsiness is an essential component of great music.
Arthur Yoria continues his really fun series “3 Songs to Ruin Your Monday”. I met Arthur so long ago that I’ll never admit it in public and it’s been really incredible watching his voice weave between themes and styles as easily as it does between English and Spanish. He covers as much creative ground as anyone and does it with an old-world soul and class that isn’t quite as common as it should be. He was recently featured on KPRC Channel 2’s Houston Live television show and then on Good Day Austin from Fox Channel 7. His most recent album, “After You”, as well as much of his back catalog is on Spotify so be sure to follow and share. His upcoming performance schedule is so long it seems easier to say where he won’t be playing so get over to Facebook or his website for all his upcoming dates. Do it quick though, he has shows this weeknd!
That’s about it for this Tuesday edition. I hope everyone had a great weekend. I spent Monday baking in the heat with my best friend at the Houston Zoo.
Be Well and Kind,