Posts filed under “Music”

Chrissie Hynde Sings The Beatles’ Let It Be

From Speakeasy:

Released in 1970, the song was the last single the Beatles released before the band split. Hynde’s version echoes the original, opening with the iconic piano part and building into a symphony of backing vocals, guitars, bass and drums. Hynde shows the softer side of her tough-as-nails vocal style, the occasional catch in her voice emphasizing the emotion of McCartney’s lyrics.

“It’s a challenge to do a song like that that’s so ingrained in people’s consciousness, but I think she did a great job,” says producer Ralph Sall, who assembled the tribute. (Hynde was not available for comment, according to a publicist). “A female vocalist changes it to a good degree.”

The full run of videos are here.

 

Chrissie Hynde – Let It Be

 

Mark Lewisohn talks about ‘Let It Be’ covered by Chrissie Hynde

Source: Speakeasy for the Art of McCartney

 

Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music, Weekend

Changes

LISTENS NOT DOWNLOADS Who cares how many people downloaded the new U2 album, the only important thing is how many people LISTENED to it! This is a huge sea change that is getting little publicity and has been overlooked in the outcry about streaming payments. In the future, you will get paid for every play…Read More

Category: Music, Think Tank, Web/Tech, Weekend

More Amateurs/Professionals

AMATEURS Ask permission. PROFESSIONALS Do. Amateurs are afraid they’re going to ruffle feathers, they’re afraid they won’t have success, they want everyone to feel good about them. Professionals know this is an impossibility. Sure, there are amateurs who don’t ask and do heinous things, but they usually don’t even see the landscape to begin with….Read More

Category: Music, Think Tank

Audio-Psychology: Why We Listen to Songs on Repeat

One of my favorite Sci-Fi books from my teen years was Alfred Bester’s 1953 novel, The Demolished Man. (It was the first Hugo Award winner). In Bester’s vision of the Future, telepathy is common, and the main character uses earworms — Pop tunes specifically developed to be an addictive, catchy, irritating nuisance to block out…Read More

Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music, Psychology, Weekend

Abbey Road Turns 45

Billboard has published a track by track review of all of the songs on Abbey Road. They set the table as to what was going after the frenzy of the prior decade led to the band imploding: “On Sept. 26, 1969, 45 years ago today, the Beatles‘ Abbey Road entered the world and closed the…Read More

Category: Music, Weekend

Modern Rules

YOU WANT A HIT It anchors your career. There are hitmakers and everybody else. A hit just means something ubiquitous that everybody listens to, chart numbers are unnecessary. Hits can come in a flash via inspiration, but oftentimes they require a huge amount of effort and craft. Are you repeating the verses? Is the chorus…Read More

Category: Music, Think Tank

30 Years of Music Industry Change

Source: Digital Music News

Category: Consumer Spending, Digital Media, Music, Weekend

Why Things Don’t Last

1. Channel Overload Used to be there were 5,000 albums a year and only a few got on the radio and if you didn’t get airplay or press, you were doomed. Now there are a zillion products, all easily promoted online, and unless your friend verifies quality and interest or a track becomes a phenomenon,…Read More

Category: Music, Think Tank, Weekend

From Woodstock to Wall Street

From Woodstock to Wall Street Doug Kass Real Money, Aug 18, 2014 | 9:00 AM EDT       What a long, strange trip it has been. Well I came across a child of God, he was walking along the road And I asked him tell where are you going, this he told me: Well,…Read More

Category: Investing, Music, Think Tank

Lefsetz: Facts

1. You don’t need to be good-looking to make it in music. The MTV era is over, kaput, history. Now it’s about the track. Who even knows what Avicii or Calvin Harris look like! Don’t be dissuaded by the ink TV competition shows garner, that’s a dying paradigm. Sure, being attractive never hurt, but having…Read More

Category: Music, Television, Think Tank