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Everything posted by blackhawkpat

  1. I hope you get the chance to go. I’ve heard Ron Dante (Archies) will be singing with the Turtles! I’d love to see that
  2. I’ve been fortunate enough to see Elton live five different times and I’m hoping for at least one more if we ever get the opportunity to go to see concerts again
  3. I think it’s interesting that Burton Cummings, the lead singer/keyboardist and driving force of the great band the Guess Who (another group that definitely should have been in there years ago) does not allow posts on his nor The Guess Who Facebook page regarding the band not being in the Hall. He just says while he appreciates the efforts and frustrations of the fans, it’s just not worth talking about to him because if they were going to be in, they should’ve been put in many years ago. I think the fans take it harder than the bandmembers do.
  4. Check out his album “The Artist”, chock full o’ Lennon/McCartney vibes
  5. I met Mark Hudson at a Beatlefest many years ago and we struck up a long conversation later and he told me how much he admired Eric and then he began singing “go all the way”. He told me if I ever had any contact with Eric to tell him he said hello and he would love to work with him. I passed the info along to Eric.
  6. I love all the hits of The Doors so I can’t even fathom including them on this list and I don’t have a problem with KISS, but the rest of the list? Pretty, pretty close in agreement. A late edit, I don’t hate Green Day either. I have a new respect for Billy Joe since he covered “that’s rock ‘n’ roll”
  7. Happy birthday James! Hope you had a great day
  8. We all know how much Jimmy Ienner was involved in Eric’s career, but I’m wondering if his brother had an impact as well? My daughter showed me on Mariah Carey‘s latest record she gives credit to Don and then teases us with a comment that says thank you for not making me “lose control“. Does anyone know if there’s a connection with Don, Mariah, and Eric? Seems like there’s an inside joke somewhere.
  9. 1. Sorry seems to be the hardest word 2. funeral for a friend 3. your song 4. Daniel 5. Empty garden 6. goodbye yellow brick road 7. Someone saved my life tonight 8. don’t let the sun go down on me 9. Benny and the Jets 10. Rocket man
  10. This is my favorite song on the album. Wish Dave would do more writing like this.
  11. Brilliant album. So sad he never did a follow up
  12. It’s been years and I still listen to this record at least once a week if not more. I have it on both CD and vinyl. Just today, in fact, I was talking with a raspberries fan who was somehow unaware of this record and turned him on to it and he is about to buy it!
  13. I would be so “in” if Eric decided to do a virtual concert from home as a pay-per-view!
  14. Wow, "When you hear "If You Change Your Mind," you just hear a songwriter's calculated craftsmanship " Eric's vocal is completely from the heart and magnificent. Gets me every time, 10.000 listens later. Clearly this guy has never tried to play IYCYM on the guitar or piano because the chords early follow a common progression, but have some incredible changes later on. Nothing about this song is calculated. A masterpiece that should have been a massive AM single.
  15. I saw Eric blow The Sweet off the stage at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on this tour. Afterwards, Chicago Tribune reporter Aaron Gold predicted superstardom for Eric.
  16. I saw Eric every time he played Chicago as a soloist and he always did GATW
  17. I was at this show. Always great to see Wally or any of the boys live!
  18. Yeah, but I play them every day in Chicago. With all the invasive listening my iPhone and Alexa does to me, you'd think that would show up somewhere.
  19. Larry, thanks for posting the Stewart song. I know you have been a long time fan of his and always supported his music. Really good song that I was unfamiliar with, but that doesn't surprise me as I will get into below. Yes, you are correct when you asked "don't you still have the urge to get lyrics on paper and notes in place". I think every musician that has even written even one song still gets the urge. I know I do. While I don't sit down every day to write a song, melodies flow through my head (along with all the voices lol), phrases rhyme that I might write down a fragment of in my phone, so I am betting the same thing happens to Eric and every other writer. But, I can't impress enough on everyone the frustration in this day and age of songwriting. There's a famous story from Ringo Starr who said (paraphrasing here) "I wrote a song with Van Dyke Parks and it had a million downloads. We earned $250.00 to share between the two of us. If we had done this in the 60's and it was a million sales, it would have meant a house with a pool in Beverly Hills for each of us." This is why artists like Billy Joel and Roger Daltrey refuse to record new music and openly admit it. They are bitter, and rightly so, about giving it away. That doesn't mean they don't appreciate their fans, they do, but why should they have to go to a record label and get screwed or put it out themselves and lose money because no one is buying records and everyone is streaming now? So, if those guys are not making money, what chance does someone like myself have? It's really quite depressing. People don't understand the time it takes to make an album, the money it takes, the nonsense you have to deal with from fellow musicians to get it done, etc. My CD sales for my most recent album are miserable, but yet my streams, downloads, and various free music sites (YouTube, Soundlcoud, Reverb Nation, etc) are pretty good.) The residuals you get in the mail are laughable, so it makes you bitter, (people won't pay a dollar for a song to support you, but will pay five dollars for an iced coffee) but if you want your music out there, it's what you have to do. It's not how much can you make, but more how little will you lose? I mentioned in my above post how people write you and they say "send me a free CD", so not only am I out the cost, but now I have to pay postage to get it to someone, too? I am thrilled that friends and fans stream my songs, I see all the reports, but again I say "so, you won't support me by paying a buck for a single, but you have no problem adding it to your phone for free?" Eric had even remarked when he was on Facebook that he is not interested in putting out a self promoted record and I don't blame him. Now companies are encouraging artists to not even make a CD, to have downloads on a plug in device or iTunes only and even iTunes is going away because they want you to stream through Apple Music. There is so much great music out there now, like your Stewart tune, but none of it gets played on the radio unless it is hip hop or country. This most recent record of mine pleasantly got a little radio play on some small Midwest stations, but I get way more exposure in Europe than I get in America. They seem to appreciate artists more. Without having a political discussion (PLEASE NO) Eric's new found celebrity on twitter makes me sad because 3/4 of these people don't even know he is a musician and that is unfathomable to me. It's just a sad state of affairs out there right now for songwriters. Can't wait until tomorrow because I might get another ten dollar streaming check!
  20. So, here's the thing......when you write music, you put yourself out there. Some people are going to like it, some people are going to resent it, some people are going to hate it, and some people won't even give it a listen. So when someone puts it down, over and over, no matter how great it might be, you can either keep plugging away or go into a cocoon. Eric lead the greatest power pop band of all time, two versions of it, and yet more people didn't "get it" than did. First record has a huge radio hit that we still listen to almost fifty years later, maybe the most perfect 45 of all time, but there are some hard feelings about writing credits between band members. DWSG should have been another smash, but somehow wasn't. Record includes the incredible ICR, which has no chance to be on AM Radio, but should have been the first song of the band pushed on FM. So there is already frustration setting in. Second record IWBWY, Let's Pretend, hits, but nothing else. How is "If You Change Your Mind" not released as an AM single? How are "Drivin' Around" and "Nobody Knows" not massive pop hits? Well, they are getting crucified for the white suits ("locked in image prison" if you will). Are they teen idols or are they rockers? Third album, greatness across the board from all three writers, but no more suits, direction is clearly changing. Eric makes the "itinerant farmers" remark in a national magazine, so obviously lots of unhappiness."Locomotion" idea stolen by Todd Rundgren for record company brothers Grand Funk, who have massive hit with it. Get a spot on Mike Douglas and they do "GATW" from three years ago, awesome, but why not all new tunes?" Dave replaced afterwards, Jim quits. New members on fourth record, Rolling Stone says great things, but tour has some disasters, no sales, fights in the parking lot. It's all blowing up. So, four great records and still very little success, especially monetarily. Who wouldn't be demoralized? BUT>>>>>> Eric moves on to solo career. Fresh start and side one songs 1-4 might be the greatest consecutive four songs on any album (yeah, I said it) but still NO SALES! How is this possible? I saw him three times on this tour and Chicago Tribune columnist Aaron Gold called him "about to be the biggest star in music by the end of this year" after his third Chicago show when he blew The Sweet off the stage. BUT>>>>>>> it doesn't happen. So, Eric moves out of his comfort zone (Ienner gone, great studio players and guests like Burton Cummings, Nigel Olsson, Carl Wilson, etc) fights with Gus Dudgeon delays second record release, losing tons of career momentum off the radio hits of first album. Terrific record and yet it is on cutout bins months later. Third solo with some very un-Eric sounding disco tunes that sound desperate to fit the times, then he burns industry at the end with, "I'm starting to be what they want me to be and i wonder sometimes, what's becoming of me?" People are saying they want more from him, but my God, the man just makes great music after after great music and doesn't get the respect he deserves. So, after a few more great records with no success (Please tell me how "it Hurts Too Much" was not on every radio station in the country?) he disappears until Dirty Dancing, then the greatest American pop songwriter of our generation gets told they want someone else to write his songs????? Where would YOU draw the line? He's been screwed in a band, as a soloist, and now just as a singer, too! 1996 finds riches for him via Celine Dion. Twenty five years too late. Do you blame him for being bitter? Would I like to have ten more Raspberries albums and ten more solo records? OF COURSE, but I feel fortunate we got what we did considering the way he was treated by this industry. He occasionally teases us on Twitter or for awhile on Facebook with talk of him writing, but let him decide when the time is right. I refuse to believe the well is dry, but he has "no motivation to get out of bed" at this point because the only attention he gets is as a Twitter guy. (The other day some one wrote to him, "first I find out you are a musician and now I hear you were in the Raspberries" WHAT????? Where ya been? The man has some loyal fans, I will back him until the day I die, but he has had an unappreciated career as a musician for the most part Why should he come out with new music when people are just going to download it an steal it and have him lose money? Why should the Raspberries have done new songs in 2007 when critics would have ripped them saying the same songs they didn't appreciate in the seventies are now classics and new stuff wouldn't live up to it? People need to appreciate what we have from musicians and support them. I can tell you on a personal note, I get people that write me and say "hey send me your CD. Then, they expect me to buy theirs. It's laughable. You don't go into a restaurant and expect a free meal from the cook, so why should a musician give away his music? Thanks for what you have given us, Eric, and I know what's coming next!
  21. Not gonna lie, I have always liked Shaun's version of "Hey Deanie". He was a very underrated artist because of the teen thing he was locked into, though I didn't care for his version of TRNR. I saw Eric on the "Boats" tour back in the day and I remember he did "That's Rock n Roll" but they did a very bluesy slowed down version of it and Eric prefaced it by saying something like "someone else had a big hit with this song I wrote, so we are going to try and do a very different version of it now." I once asked Eric about it and he said he didn't remember changing it up, but if he did, it was probably because he didn't want people to think HE was doing the cover. Wonder if anyone has a bootleg from that tour. Would love to hear it.
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