Connections 41 – Nov 2021

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October’s show finished with ‘Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic’ by The Police (1981). Andy Summers played guitar on the song so we followed Andy to the first song of this November episode…

‘The Lazarus Heart’ (1987) from Sting’s second solo LP Nothing Like The Sun. One of the backing singers was Dolette McDonald so we linked her to…

‘Life During Wartime’ (1982) a live version from the Talking Heads double album called The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads. Keyboardist Bernie Worrell played additional keys in the extended line-up so we moved him on to…

‘One Nation Under A Groove’ (1978) from the LP of the same name by Funkadelic. The mix engineer was Mike Lacopeli so it’s him we followed to…

‘Brazilian Stomp’ (1987) on the Collaboration LP by guitarists George Benson and Earl Klugh. Harvey Mason played drums on this and on…

‘L.A. Underground’ (1995) by guitarists Lee Ritenour and Larry Carlton from the album Larry and Lee. The engineer on the session was Don Murray so we linked him to…

‘Shake You Body Down To The Ground’ (1978) from the Destiny album by The Jacksons. Mike Boddicker played synths on the LP so we connected him to…

‘Short People’ (1977) by Randy Newman from his fifth solo LP Little Criminals. A guest on the LP was Joe Walsh so for the last song on Connections 41 we linked Joe to…

‘Rock Mountain Way’ (1973) from Joe’s second LP The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get.

I’ll put some additional content relating to the show on the Facebook Page, ‘Connections Show:Paul McKendrick’.

Many thanks for your wonderful support, feedback and comments and I’ll see you in December!

Connections 40 – Oct 2021

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Connections 40 was the first show at the new time of 5pm on the 3rd Friday of each month.

September’s Connections finished with John Mayer’s version of ‘Everyday I Have The Blues’ from his Where The Light Is album released in 2008. . Ed Cherney was the mix enginner so we followed him to the first song…

‘Get Rhythm’ (1987) by Ry Cooder from his album of the same name. We then linked Ry as guitar player on…

‘October Road’ (2002) by James Taylor. Again from the album of the same name. Saxophonist Michael Brecker played on the song so we traced him to…

‘Modus Operandy’ (2003) by the Michael Brecker Quindectet release called Wide Angles. John Patitucci played bass so it’s him we followed to…

‘Calima’ (1998) by Gerardo Nunez from his fifth LP Calima. Armenian Arto Tuncboyacyan was the percussionist on the seesion so we were able to link Arto to…

‘Roll Call’ (2002) from drummer Dennis Chambers’ second album Outbreak. Bassist Will Lee was featured so it’s Will we follow on to…

‘Absolute’ (1985) by Scritti Politti on their second album Cupid And Psyche 85. Howard Gray was one of the engineers on the record so we traced him to…

‘Waterfront’ (1984) by Simple MInds from their sixth LP Sparkle In The Rain. Steve Lillywhite produced the album so we linked Steve to…

“Burning With Optimism’s Flames (1980) by XTC from their album Black Sea. Hugh Padgham was assistant engineer to Lillywhite so we followed Hugh to the last song of Connections 40…

‘Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic’ (1981) from The Police’s penultimate record Ghosts In The Machine.

November’s episode will link someone from that track.

There was an underlying connection too; many artists in the show mention Parliament/Funkadelic as inspiring them!

Thank you for your support and messages about the series. The ‘Connections Show:Paul McKendrick’ Facebook Page has extra content related to each show.

Connections 37 – June 2021

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Connections 36 ended with..

‘Automatic Man’ (1976) from the album and band with the same name. Barry Sage was the Tape Op so we moved him on to…

‘Another Green World’ (1975) by Brian Eno from the LP Another Green World. Rhett Davies was the engineer on the release so we followed Rhett to…

‘Down To The Waterline’ (1978) by Dire Straits from their debut LP. We then followed guitarist Mark Knopfler and drummer Pick Withers to…

“Gotta Serve Somebody’ (1979) from Bob Dylan’s Slow Train Coming album. Tim Drummand played bass on the song so we moved him to…

‘Harvest Moon’ (1992) by Neil Young from the LP of the same name. Backing vocals were done by Linda Rondstadt so we followed Linda to…

‘La Chason D’Une Fille De Quinze Ans’ (2002), a duet with Ann Savoy from the compilation CD Evangeline Made. This version came from The Oxford American Vol VI CD (thank you Marty Farrah Picket for my copy!) released with the quarterly magazine in 2003. Rick Clark curated the release so we followed him to my mix/splced version of the song…

‘Run On’ (2001 and 1999). I mixed the Blind Boys From Alabama’s version with Moby’s version from his Play LP. We then followed Moby to his new album…

‘Natural Blues’ (2021) from the Reprise LP. On the track are guest vocals by Gregory Porter amd Amythyst Kiah. We linked Greogory to…

‘Revival Song” (2020) from his 6th solo record All Rise. On backing vocals is Vula Malinga so for the final song of Connections 37 we took Vula to…

‘Take Me Back To Your House’ (2006) from the album Crazy Itch Radio by Basement Jaxx.

July’s Connections will look at the personnel on that track and open with a connection to the Basement Jaxx song.

If Facebook is your thing the ‘Connnections Show:Paul McKendrick’ gives additional content thoughout the month.

Thanks for your continued support!

Not As Easy As…

So I thought, ‘Yes, why not’ .. sing a cover of a great John Martyn song written in 1973 about his friend singer/songwriter Nick Drake who died a year later from an overdose of prescribed anti-depressants.  Martin had noticed Drake was withdrawn and barely eating… almost living on air.

I’d seen many of Martyn’s live versions on Youtube.. (Oh how I wish I’d had this facility when I was growing up!)… and Martyn basically made the song arrangement up each night depending on how drunk or coked up he was.  I found his special tuning for this song on a recording where he had broken a string and had to re-tune his guitar.

What I did realise during my recording was Martyn’s fantastic vocal range; deep rolling bass notes that climbed to high falsettos.  He was famous for his ‘slurring’ delivery where all the words and pronunciation became entangled but his delivery is unique to him and I wanted to sing my version not a pastiche Martyn vocal.

Well here is the result!  I’m not completely thrilled by this attempt but I posted it on YouTube anyway because you can never fail if you never try..

https://youtu.be/RZsRxu5Hsl0