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    by Published on 11-18-2016 10:01 AM
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    In August of 1967, my friend Billy came back from London with two albums, which he gave to me, and almost fifty years later, I am still impacted by those albums.


    It seems that during my junior high and high school years, among my friends’ parents I was thought of as something of a bad influence. Yes, I earned some of that… but some of it wasn’t my fault! Then, continuing the tradition after high school, which for me was 1964, my room became something of a hippie redoubt where the nascent neighborhood stoners convened. My parents were away for weeks at a time, which would be when all that convening occurred. I had the cool pad with the stereo set up… just so, and thanks to the absence of parents, we played it loud. I’d moved into a large, finished attic, painted the walls electric blue, used two piled-up mattresses for my bed on one side of the room, and two more for a couch on the other side, both covered similarly. Then I went to one of the “GOING OUT OF BUSINESS!” places in Times Square and got a 9 X 12 oriental rug for $79.99 and used British flags for curtains. Let’s call it proto-hippie décor. ...
    by Published on 11-15-2016 10:06 AM
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    Just a real short post today. If you haven't heard about the new PBS series called Soundbreaking, you must check it out. Here are some paragraphs from PBS about the series. In addition, I've embedded the first video into this post. I hope members of the CA Community from locations that don't receive PBS can watch this series. It's very cool.

    Note: If you're a supporting member of PBS, you can actually watch the other episodes before they air.

    "The eight-part series explores the art of music recording, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the birth of brand new sounds. Featuring more than 160 original interviews with some of the most celebrated recording artists of all time, Soundbreaking explores the nexus of cutting-edge technology and human artistry that has created the soundtrack of our lives."

    Episode 1: Soundbreaking begins where a recording does — at the intersection of inspiration and execution. Profiling some of the most accomplished and revered producers in the recording industry, “The Recording Artist” offers a study in contrasting styles and approaches.
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    by Published on 10-28-2016 03:09 PM
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    This morning I visited Prince's Paisley Park compound for the first time. The fact that this was my first visit is a shame. I've lived in Minneapolis all my life and for as long as I can remember, Prince was always around. He would throw late-night parties at Paisley Park, inviting his fans and sometimes even the public, assuming one could get there before the place reached capacity. People I know would go to the parties and once in a while Prince would feel the urge to entertain everyone with a private concert or even a little medley of rare tracks. I took all of this for granted. I never felt the need to go to one of these special events. I always told myself there would be another time and I felt like the supply of Prince and his music was never ending. Prince even stood behind me at a Sheryl Crow concert several years ago. Again, it seemed like he was always around and always releasing music. I don't doubt there are many of us in Minneapolis who thought the same thing prior to April 21, 2016 when Prince passed away from an accidental overdose of fentanyl. Suddenly our endless tap of creative genius was turned off and the chance of going to Paisley Park to see him was less than zero. ...
    by Published on 10-26-2016 10:38 AM
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    The first RAW: Roon Audio Workshop at The Audio Salon in Santa Monica, CA took place over the weekend. Host Maier Shadi along with John Quick from dCS, Richard Liddell from Audio Alchemy and Constellation Audio, and Rob Darling from Roon were on hand to talk about all things Roon. Prior to the event Rob and I discussed our presentations and length of time each of us would speak. Once we got rolling with great audience questions, all bets were off. The attendees of the event all came prepared with questions, concerns, comments, and even one portable Roon system for hands-on education. Some people were using basic Roon systems with a Mac connected via USB to a DAC, while others had multiple RoonReady / RoonBridge endpoints and even multiple Roon systems, including one in an automobile. I'm pretty sure I was more impressed by the people who attended the event than they were impressed with anything I had to say. ...
    by Published on 09-20-2016 11:20 AM
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    Songs get written, songs get recorded, songs get heard, songs get rerecorded and then heard again. Okay, so no one learned anything new from that, but you’ll enjoy some of the songs we’re covering today. Covering! Ha! That was mighty clever, as you’ll soon agree.


    When someone records a song, that’s a recording. But when someone else hears that recording and then plays it or records it, that’s a cover. Sometimes a cover recording is more famous than the original, and some of the songs you like might be covers and you might like the original better than the version you know. We’re going to visit three covers and you can decide which you like better. It’s not a contest, there are no prizes, it’s all for fun. There are scads of covers, and you could suggest your own, but we only have time for three, so with no reference whatsoever as to why I chose these three, here they are. Regular readers will know that I love the Stones, so let’s go there: ...
    by Published on 08-25-2016 08:31 PM
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    Editor's Note: I've written and re-written several introductions to this article over the past 30 minutes, but none of them do this article justice. An introduction isn't necessary, but I believe it's important, to get the point across that this article contains difficult subject matter and how those in the artistic community dealt with a terrible part of our history in the US. If this article doesn't make you feel for the people involved, doesn't make you want to listen to the "song of the century," doesn't make you want to listen to more of the great music of the time, then I can't relate to you. I thank Gilbert for writing about this song, the surrounding circumstances, and including insightful information. If you're familiar with song and the situation, this remains an interesting read and should spark you to do some listening this evening. - CC


    In 1999, as the Twentieth Century was winding down, Time magazine sent its editors and correspondents out on an epic assignment: define, analyze and curate the Twentieth Century. It was to be the story of the century (no pun intended). Time wanted to present whatever had happened, what preceded it, what succeeded it, and what it meant. All categories were to be considered and evaluated, and as this column is about music, we’ll look at how they rated the music of that volatile, passing century.

    They considered beauty and impact, and out of every piece of music written and recorded in the past hundred years, their selection as the most significant song of the century was “Strange Fruit,” by Billie Holiday. While I know there are excellent reasons for their selection, I asked several friends what they knew about the song, and that’s why I feel that not enough people know it. And, as you would surmise, the song has quite a story behind it. So it is both historic and it has a history. Let’s look and listen: ...

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