Wishing My Days Away

Sting wrote ‘Walking On The Moon’ and The Police recorded this song on their 1979 second studio album Reggatta de Blanc, which I read translates to “White people reggae”, but I don’t think that it does.  Further investigation found that “reggatta de blanc” means “Un reggae, qui n’est pas trop chargé de paroles!”, which Google translated into “A reggae, which is not too loaded with words”, whatever Sting acknowledged the reggae roots of this song.  The Police started out in London as a punk rock band, but soon expanded their music vocabulary to incorporate reggae, pop and new wave sound.  The Police were a 3-man band made up of top-notch musicians where everyone sang and Sting played bass guitar, Andy Summers played guitar and synthesizer/keyboards and Stewart Copeland was on drums.  Nigel Gray was the producer on this album.

‘Walking on the Moon’ topped both the UK Singles Chart and the Irish Singles Chart, but for some reason, it did not chart in the United States.  There are several thoughts on this song, and one says that the music and the title came from a night of getting sloshed and the other states that the lyrics are about being in love.  These acts are a lot alike, as scientists say that the love hormone oxytocin has similar affects to being drunk, and they are basically the same as far as our brains know.  These researchers found that not only can oxytocin make lovers feel relaxed, happy and more confident, it can also provoke aggression, jealousy and arrogance.  Most people will act more drunk if they think they are drunk, so this doesn’t actually relate to the amount of alcohol they consumed.  Buzz Aldrin became the second man to walk on the moon, but he was the first man to drink wine on the moon.  He revealed in his book “Magnificent Desolation” that he had a small plastic container of wine and some bread and administered communion to himself before he and Neil Armstrong stepped out of the lunar lander module in 1969.

Sting said that he came up with the riff of the song while he was drunk one night in a hotel in German city of Munich.  Upon coming to in the morning, he recalled the event and was able to write down what he had invented.  Andy Summers made arrangements to work with the German avant-garde composer Eberhard Schoener before joining the Police, and this led to Sting, Copeland, and Summers into recording sessions with Schoener in early 1979.  One night Sting and Schoener went out on a schnapps binge drinking session.  Sting returned to his Munich hotel room drunk, slumped on his bed with his head spinning when this song’s riff came into his head.  He got up and starting walking around the room to try to clear his head and started humming and muttering to himself, “Walking round the room, ya, ya, walking round the room.”  The next morning, he wrote down the riff and decided that “Walking round the room” was a stupid title, so he changed it to an even more stupid one, about being in space.

Before Sting became a successful musician, his drinking buddies were Paul Elliott and Hughie McBride.  They were hitchhiking around the same time that the Americans decided to send astronauts to the moon.  They got as far as Dingle, and every night they would get out of our minds on pale ale and Bushmills, and Sting said that they scaled the mountains of Mourne, blind drunk.  They were on a golf course under a moon and sting thinks that he can see some activity up there in the Sea of Tranquility and Sting thinks this is a small step for them, but a giant step for us.  That winter Sting got set up on a double date with his friend John Madgin, but it didn’t work out for either of them.  A week later they all meet in a pub, and Sting ends up with John’s date, a lovely girl named Deborah Anderson and this song is about how Sting felt when he was walking back home to his house after he dropped Deborah off.

‘Walking on the Moon’ is a love song and the “giant steps” describe the warm glow that Sting felt everywhere, except for the weakness in his knees that he felt from her magical kisses, which left him begging for more.  This was Sting’s first romance, and he is truly on cloud nine after being with this girl.  This euphoric feeling takes him over and he feels like he is floating, as if his feet aren’t actually touching the ground, and since the moon has relatively-little gravity, this makes a great place to float around on.  He wants this feeling of walking on the moon to last forever.  Deborah Anderson worked as a secretary for a legal firm in Newcastle.  They went through a false pregnancy scare and then drifted apart and four years later she died, which still haunts Sting’s memory.

Giant steps are what you take
Walking on the moon
I hope my legs don’t break
Walking on the moon
We could walk forever
Walking on the moon
We could live together
Walking on, walking on the moon

Walking back from your house
Walking on the moon
Walking back from your house
Walking on the moon
Feet they hardly touch the ground
Walking on the moon
My feet don’t hardly make no sound
Walking on, walking on the moon

Some may say
I’m wishing my days away
No way
And if it’s the price I pay
Some say
Tomorrow’s another day
You stay
I may as well play

Giant steps are what you take
Walking on the moon
I hope my legs don’t break
Walking on the moon
We could walk forever
Walking on the moon
We could be together
Walking on, walking on the moon

Some may say
I’m wishing my days away
No way
And if it’s the price I pay
Some say
Tomorrow’s another day
You stay
I may as well play
Keep it up, keep it up

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Music Challenge hosted by Melanie where today the theme is symbols of April religious holidays.

Will Anything Ever Unite Us?

Religion is something that most human beings practice and they regard their beliefs as being holy, sacred, absolute, spiritual, divine, or worthy of special reverence. There are many theories as to how religious thought originated. It is thought that when humans became an agrarian society, that religion was used so people could connect with others. Religion encouraged cooperation among people, because when they all believed in the same things, this helped people to tolerate others. Another thought is that humans were more special than other things in the world, so when rain would fall and clouds would form, humans decided that these things happened because they had a purpose, which gave everything a new meaning and this is what scientists refer to as hypersensitive agency-detecting device, or HADD. HADD is a non-reflective belief, something that is always operating in our brains even without our awareness of them. The human ability to understand things, is also called “Theory of Mind” (ToM) and this is another idea that is tied into the origins of religion. When people started attributing purpose things like raindrops, ToM turned toward the supernatural, and the natural world started to be explained through the existence of beings with supernatural powers.
Events that are known as miracles, have not taken place in a very long time, but these are the basis of many religions. The things that happened during the time of Moses became the key reason about why people accept of the idea of the One God and the peoples of Israel all follow this. The events during the times of Jesus, the Christ, are also the basis for the acceptance of Jesus as being the Son of God by the followers of the Christian faith. The spread of Islam is also an event regarded as being miraculous and a proof of the legitimacy of the claims of Mohammed. When miracles occur, they give evidence that God is truly at work and thus they serve to authenticate God. There may not be all that much incompatibility between science and religion and perhaps there is a harmonious middle ground for everyone. One creation story says that Eve was created from Adam’s rib, but the Bible was translated so many times, that it is possible this story is not entirely accurate. One word that rib was translated from is curve, and perhaps this refers to the double helix DNA curve, which is the basis of all life.

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Passover is the oldest of the April religious holidays that will be celebrated this year.  Jewish homes will usually engage in a religious ceremonial meal called a Seder where they will serve wine, matzah and bitter herbs.  Passover begins Friday evening on April 15, it ends on Saturday evening on April 23 and it celebrates their ancestors’ freedom from slavery in Egypt, so it is a holiday of deliverance.  Since Christian churches in Western countries are using the Gregorian calendar, the Eastern countries are still following the Julian one, Western Easter falls on April 17, while Eastern Easter will be on April 24.  Easter symbols include so many things, but I think the only religious one is the cross and hot cross buns are a popular symbol of Easter.  You could make a case for the lamb, as that is supposed to symbolize Jesus.  Easter eggs, the Easter bunny, Easter ham…

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Die Another Day earned $160.9 million domestically and $431.9 million worldwide, becoming the sixth highest-grossing film of 2002, and it was the highest-grossing James Bond film until the release of the next film Casino Royale in 2006. Madonna made it on to the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time with ‘Borderline’ in 1984. She became the greatest Billboard Hot 100 solo artist of all time, the Top Billboard Hot 100 artist of the 1980s and the best-selling female rock artist of the 20th century. Madonna had the most number-ones on all Billboard charts combined accumulating a total of 161 #1 singles. She ruled the Hot Dance Club Songs chart reaching 50 #1 hits. She has 38 top-ten singles on the Billboard Hot 100, tied with Rapper Drake for the most.
Madonna acted in at least 41 films including twenty-seven feature films ten short films, and three theatrical plays. She was in ten television episodes, and she appeared in sixteen commercials. Some of her movies are Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), A League of Their Own (1992), Body of Evidence (1993), Swept Away (2002), Arthur and the Invisibles (2006), and Madame X (2021). She also starred opposite her then-husband actor Sean Penn in the adventure drama Shanghai Surprise (1986), which was panned by critics and earned Madonna her first Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress.

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Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!  Due to Melanie having cataract surgery, she asked if I would help out with the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie music posts for this month, so I am back, just like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s famous line from the 1984 science fiction film The Terminator.   The format has changed drastically since I was the host of this challenge and I guess it is wide open for me to do whatever I want, so today and since I mentioned the Cyberdyne Systems Model T-800 and touched on a line by Michael Corleone, our theme will be music from blockbuster films.  I am asking you to come up with any song from any movie that was highly popular and financially successful, and then try to write something interesting about it.

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Gloria in Excelsis Deo

Melanie is asking us today if we have a favorite song or instrumental that is based on or featured in a piece of classical music.  This song Gloria in Excelsis Deo, BWV 191 is a church cantata (medium-length narrative piece) that was written by the German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach, and it was extracted from his Missa of 1733, BWV 232.  Around 1730, Bach was experiencing some difficulties in his employment, so in 1733, he sent the King-Elector of Dresden the Elector of Saxony a petition asking to be appointed Royal Court Composer, and he eventually got the appointment.  This song is my second favorite hymn, coming in just behind “Amazing Grace’.  It is written in Latin and Gloria is not a girl, it means glory.  I don’t think that Van Morrison was thinking the same thing when he wrote his song ‘Gloria’, but I like both songs.

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Music Challenge hosted by Melanie where today she is asking about classical music.

Glyn’s Music Questions

1.The late great Jerry Garcia was vocalist with which band?
Here is a list of the 27 bands that Jerry Garcia played in, but he did not sing in every band.
May 1961 – June 1961 Bob and Jerry
June 1961 – November 1962 Jerry Garcia and David Nelson
Summer 1961 Jerry Garcia, Marshall Leicester, and Robert Hunter
Spring 1962 Thunder Mountain Tub Thumpers
May 1962 – September 1962 Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers
Fall 1962 Wildwood Boys
November 1962 Hart Valley Drifters
Winter 1962 Badwater Valley Boys
Spring 1963 – Spring 1964 Jerry & Sara
Summer 1963 Godawful Palo Alto Bluegrass Ensemble
Winter 1963 – Spring 1964 Black Mountain Boys
Spring 1964 – Fall 1964 Mother Mccree’s Uptown Jug Champions
Summer 1964 Asphalt Mountain Jungle Boys
December 1964 – November 1965 The Warlocks
December 1965 – July 1995 Grateful Dead
October 1968 – November 1968 Mickey and The Hartbeats
March 1969 – November 1971 New Riders Of The Purple Sage
May 1970 – January 1972 Jerry Garcia and Howard Wales
December 1970 – June 1975 Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders
January 1973 – April 1974 Old and In The Way
April 1974 – June 1974 Great American String Band
December 1974 – July 1975 Legion Of Mary
October 1975 – April 1995 Jerry Garcia Band
January 1979 – September 1979 Reconstruction
April 1982 – May 1989 Jerry Garcia and John Kahn
March 1987 – July 1988 Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band
December 1990 – May 1994 Jerry Garcia and David Grisman

2. Which musical instrument did Karen Carpenter play?
She was a drummer, and she joined her high school marching band to get out of gym class.  Karen got some drum lessons from Hal Blaine.

3. Carl Wilson, of which legendary band, died in 1998?
Carl was in the Beach Boys and he slept with Mike Love’s wife who was his cousin.  Carl was a draft dodger.  Carl played lead guitar and sang with the group for more than three decades.  He died of cancer at the age of 51.

4. The Rose was a Bette Midler movie based on the life of which singer?
The movie was originally titled “Pearl”, which was a biographical movie based on Janis Joplin’s life, but Bette Midler thought that not enough time had passed for her to portray Janis, so the title was changed to The Rose.

5. Which late great duetted with k.d. Lang on his hit ‘Crying’?
Roy Orbison wrote Crying with Joe Melson.

6. How is Mary O’Brien who died in March 1999 better known?
Mary O’Brien is better known as Dusty Springfield and she died on March 2, 1999 at the age of 59.

7. Whose life story was recreated in the biopic “Sweet Dreams”?
Sweet Dreams is a 1985 film which tells the story of Patsy Cline.

8. Florence Ballard was a member of which group?
Florence Ballard was a founding member of the Supremes, and she sang on 16 top 40 singles with the group, including ten number-one hits.

9. Whose farewell note in 1995 read, “It’s better to burn out than fade away”?
Kurt Cobain of Nirvana wrote this on his suicide note.  He also wrote, “I have it good, very good, and I’m grateful, but since the age of seven, I’ve become hateful towards all humans in general…. Thank you all from the pit of my burning, nauseous stomach for your letters and concern during the past years. I’m too much of an erratic, moody baby!

10. Which Marvin Gaye hit got into the top ten again after his murder?
I will take a guess and say What’s Going On,

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Music Challenge hosted by Melanie where today she has 10 questions from her co-host Glyn which he calls Late Greats.

Damn Your Lies

Stevie Nicks wrote the lyrics for the Fleetwood Mac song ‘The Chain’ and every member of the band contributed to writing the music.  This song is from their 1977 Rumors album and it is about Stevie Nicks relationship with Lindsey Buckingham falling apart.  Buckingham and Nicks share lead vocals on the song.  This song came to represent the resilience of Fleetwood Mac and the strength of their bond as they continued on for many years despite their personal and professional difficulties.  Fleetwood Mac stood together, even though so many things were trying to pull them apart and that sentiment is represented in the lyrics.  This song came out of a jam that the band did, and Nicks added the lyrics later.

Listen to the wind blow, watch the sun rise
Running in the shadows, damn your love, damn your lies

And if, you don’t love me now
You will never love me again
I can still hear you saying
You would never break the chain (Never break the chain)

And if you don’t love me now
You will never love me again
I can still hear you saying
You would never break the chain (Never break the chain)

Listen to the wind blow, down comes the night
Running in the shadows, damn your love, damn your lies
Break the silence, damn the dark, damn the light

And if you don’t love me now
You will never love me again
I can still hear you saying
You would never break the chain (Never break the chain)

And if you don’t love me now
You will never love me again
I can still hear you saying
You would never break the chain (Never break the chain)

And if you don’t love me now
You will never love me again
I can still hear you saying
You would never break the chain (Never break the chain)

Chain keep us together (running in the shadow)
Chain keep us together (running in the shadow)
Chain keep us together (running in the shadow)
Chain keep us together (running in the shadow)
Chain keep us together (running in the shadow)
Chain keep us together (running in the shadow)

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Challenge #201 (Test Drive 1) hosted by Melanie where today she is looking for a song with a good beat.

Doggone Easy

‘It’s So Easy!’ was written by Buddy Holly and Norman Petty who was Holly’s producer and manager and this was released as a single in 1958 by the Crickets from The Buddy Holly Story album, and even though many of Holly’s fans consider this to be one of his best songs, it failed to chart.  It was the final release by the Crickets when Holly was still in the band, however Buddy used a session guitarist named Tommy Allsup to play guitar on this tune.  Linda Ronstadt covered this song in 1977 for her album Simple Dreams and the single made it into a Top Five hit on the Billboard Hot 100.  Ronstadt was red hot at the time, and she had a knack for taking lesser-known songs from yesteryear and turning them into hits.  It was rumored that Linda would sometimes she would sometimes change the lyrics and sing, “It’s so easy to have a hit, all you have to do is recycle it”.  Ronstadt’s version was used in the 2005 film Brokeback Mountain.

There is not much left to say about this song, but the topic of it being easy to fall in love or not, could probably fill up several books.  If you can’t learn to enjoy your life when you are alone, a romantic relationship won’t change that.  It might excite you and entertain you for a little while, but ultimately, when the honeymoon ends, you are left right back where you started.  Romantic love is and will always be shrouded in mystery, but people are still drawn together for some unknown reason.  When certain conditions fall in place, people tend to fall in love, things like finding someone who is similar to you, even though it is said that opposites attract, it is reasoned that someone who is similar to you will like the same things as you do and thus, they will also like you.  Another thing that helps is reciprocal liking, a term that is used to describe the effect where a person who is liked by another will tend to return that liking, as people tend to enjoy the feeling of being wanted.  Looking for desirable characteristics in your perfect mate is necessary for falling in love, weather this has to do with their personality, or their physical attractiveness and men tend to find physical attractiveness a more important factor than women do.

Another component might be a person who is considered to be socially acceptable, someone that meets the cultural norms for an ideal partner, so you won’t be embarrassed by them. Sexual arousal is usually a big consideration as lust is driven by the desire for sexual gratification and that can be exciting, and adrenaline-boosting with a partner and this can foster falling in love.  Finding a partner isn’t the key to happiness unless it meets your needs of happiness, companionship, affection, security, and appreciation.  People tend to fall in love with someone who they feel will meet the needs they have in their lives.  People are intrigued by others who are mysterious, so if your mate has an air of mystery about them that could go a long way in maintaining your relationship.

There is also the X-Factor consideration where people try to find someone that has something special about them, which will keep them turned on, such as having shapely legs or a wicked sense of humor that makes you laugh.  Timing is everything when it comes to a relationship and you both have to be ready for anything to work between you.  If you meet someone that is busy all the time working three jobs, or has a lot of pets they are responsible for, they may not be right for you.  People enjoy spending time alone with their significant other, as this makes it easy for them to get close to each other by having their special alone time.

People say that the internet has made it easier to meet people, but you certainly can’t trust everyone that you meet on the internet, and you probably should be smart enough not to fall in love with them, or you will end up getting scammed.  It may seem easy to fall in love, but if the stars are not aligned and other things are not in the right place, this will never happen.  You should know that even when you fall in love, maintaining a relationship can be difficult.  Once you fall in love, you will learn certain things about that person and knowing this could end up ruining it for you.

It’s so easy to fall in love.
It’s so easy to fall in love.

People tell me love’s for fools.
So, here I go, breaking all the rules.
It seems so easy (Seems so easy, seems so easy)
Oh so doggone easy (Doggone easy, doggone easy)
It seems so easy (Seems so easy, seems so easy, seems so easy)
Where you’re concerned, my heart has learned.

It’s so easy to fall in love.
It’s so easy to fall in love.

(It’s so easy to fall in love)
(It’s so easy to fall in love)

Look into your heart and see,
What your love book has set apart for me.
It seems so easy (Seems so easy, seems so easy)
Oh so doggone easy (Doggone easy, doggone easy)
It seems so easy (Seems so easy, seems so easy, seems so easy)
Where you’re concerned, my heart has learned.

It’s so easy to fall in love.
It’s so easy to fall in love.

Well it’s so easy (It’s so easy, it’s so easy)
So doggone easy (Doggone easy, doggone easy)
It seems so easy (Seems so easy, seems so easy, seems so easy)
Well where you’re concerned, my heart has learned.

It’s so easy to fall in love.
It’s so easy to fall in love.

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Music Challenge #200 Even the Losers.

Even the Losers – Challenge #200

The singer and songwriter Tom Petty was born on Oct. 20, 1950, in Gainesville, Florida and he died just a couple weeks shy of his 67th birthday on Oct. 2, 2017. When Petty was 11 years old, he met Elvis Presley and began his lifelong love of rock ‘n’ roll. At the time, Elvis was shooting a film in Ocala, Florida, near Petty’s hometown of Gainesville, and his uncle worked on the set. Petty’s aunt brought him for a visit and he was instantly enchanted by The King. In 1984, the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell was working on a demo for the song that eventually became ‘The Boys of Summer’. Campbell offered the song to Petty, but he disliked the use of synthesizers, so the song went to Don Henley and it became a huge hit. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999, and in 2002, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Tom Petty wrote ‘Even the Losers’ and it was recorded by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on their breakthrough third album Damn the Torpedoes, which was released in 1979.  Love does not work out for everyone, and many people get rejected, but this song can help you feel better about yourself, if you do not win or succeed, and since love can happen when you least expect it, you just have to be ready when it falls in your lap.  This is what happened to Petty when he got lucky enough to spend the night with a high school crush of his named Cindy.  Petty refers to this song as being an anthem for underdogs, where people should stand up for their rights, so things can’t get taken away from them.  Songfacts® relates the lyrics in this song to the Thomas Hardy poem “Ah, Are You Digging on My Grave” that…

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Why Guitar Has Been in My Bones

‘Rockin’ ‘Til the Sun Goes Down’ is a non-stop party song written by Alvin Lee and Mylon LeFevre for their 1973 On the Road to Freedom album.  It was recorded at Alvin Lee’s Space Studio, a stunning Elizabethan country manor house only one hour from London, occupying a 25-acre estate in the most beautiful rural Oxfordshire region of South East England.  Lee  sold the house and studio to David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, who used the studio to record parts of their album The Final Cut in 1983.  Gilmour sold the house and studio to Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley, who sold it to Trevor Horn and Jill Sinclair, and they turned it into Hookend Productions Ltd.

The first time I heard this song, I knew that I wanted to write a post about it, but there was literally nothing out there for me to go off of, so I will have to give this my best shot.   Mylon LeFevre was gospel singer from Georgia and his neighbors were the Allman Brothers, and him and Duane used to sit in a bar and dream about the day that they would have enough money to buy a motorcycle.  Felix Pappalardi discovered Mylon singing backup and introduced him to Allen Toussaint, and Pappalardi helped Mylon form a band called Holy Smoke DooDah Band, and they opened for groups like Uriah Heep or Jethro Tull.  The group included Auburn Burrell and J.P. Lauzon on guitar, drummer Marty Simon, Tom Robb on bass and keyboardist Lester Langdale, but they were ignored by the critics, however this was how Mylon came to meet Alvin Lee.  He did four tours with Ten Years After and when the shows were over, or in between gigs, they jammed together.  Mylon was a serious druggie, having a big problem with heroin during that time, and Alvin saw him getting sick, so Alvin took him to Jamaica, and when they returned to England, he invited him to stay in his 15th century manor house in the Chilton hills.  There was no place to score there, so Mylon got better.

This is not the first time that I wrote about a song where there is no listing of the lyrics and I had to listen to this repeatedly to come up with what I got.  I am pretty sure that most of the lyrics are correct, but some of them may be slightly off.  I have to really like a song to be willing to go through all of this work, but this song is great and it was worth my effort.  If you think that I am off base with any of the lyrics posted below, please let me know in the comment section.

Been a fool with the fun around
With the New Orleans, honey been around
Rocking’s just a reason for going out of town
I will still be rocking when the sun goes down
I am just gonna keep on rocking till the break of day
I’m gonna take my party going to the grave
I’ll see Chuck Berry and I wrote a song
About a why guitar has been in my bones
I don’t know why the motive’s been put around
I will still be rocking when the sun goes down
I’m gonna keep on rocking till the sun goes down
I can see Chuck Berry and the Rolling Stones
I’m a rock ‘n roller and it’s in my bones
Music in the podium gets me moving round
I will still be rocking when the sun goes down
I’m gonna keep on rocking till the sun goes down
I’m gonna keep on rocking till the sun goes down
I’m gonna keep on rocking till the sun goes down

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie MM Music Challenge #199 – Love Like A Man.

Love Like A Man – Challenge #199

In 1973, American gospel singer Mylon LeFevre and Alvin Lee released the album On the Road to Freedom, which featured George Harrison, Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Mick Fleetwood, and Ron Wood so it was essentially a supergroup, but this album was not well received even though some critics have said this contains some of Alvin’s best work. All the songs were written by LeFevre and Lee except ‘So Sad (No Love of His Own)’ which was written by George Harrison and ‘Let ‘Em Say What They Will’ which was written by Ron Wood. In 2012, Alvin Lee released another solo album titled Still On the Road to Freedom, which was not strictly a blues album, as it combined rock, rockabilly and folk music and all of the songs were written by Alvin Lee. Lee died in Spain at the age of 68 on March 6th of 2013. He died from unforeseen complications following a routine surgical procedure to correct an atrial arrhythmia.

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Alvin Lee the frontman for Ten Years After wrote this song and it was released on their fourth studio album Cricklewood Green, which came out in 1970.  This was their only UK Singles’ chart hit, where it reached #10, but only going to #98 in the US.  Alvin Lee was known for his rapid-fire guitar speed which earned him the title of being “The Fastest Guitarist in the West”.  Alvin was considered to be a precursor to shred-style playing which developed in the 1980s.  To shred a guitar, musicians have to push themselves to their physical playing limits to perform at faster tempos, or be able to execute ideas in a seamless and smooth manner.  This level of performance requires an enormous amount of patient and dedicated practice, as building your finger dexterity, speed, and hand-eye coordination to perform quickly, cleanly, and accurately takes a lot of time and a lot…

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