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  1. ok...so is there supposed to be an audio teaser somewhere?...
  2. My boss, who was a prodigy is a huge fan of the musicians in Toto....he decribes the individually as phenoms...and he is no slouch! What I find of their work is that they combine a heavy dose of technical prowess, but also stout shot of musicality...the combination is stellar!...
  3. Wow Eric!!!!!...Thanks for that!...I sure wish I could have been a fly on the wall during those sessions!
  4. Eric, You worked along with many musicians...(Davey J, Burton, Beach Boys, Nigel etc...) I suspect some did their tracks without you there...did you get a say on who played, who's take ended up on the mix, etc? Did you also have the arrangement for their part already scored out? How did the process work? Also, with which session musician did it "click" best? Bahoo
  5. before Cartman can chime in, I will suggest that Eric would like to changed "Bomp-om-do-doh-woah-mop-shoop" to "Bop-um-doo-doe-woe-mawp-shoe"....slight difference, but I think it would have made the song a top fiver...
  6. Great balls of fire!!!Thanks for answering these questions Eric... #3 - Wow, that's some heavy shit....It amazes me that you say you didn't have the self-confidence, but I also get that...we are our worse critics. I have often felt "inferior" or not "worthy" of playing with "talented musicians" in the past...only resently (as opposed to recently lol) have I been able to just let my work/heart speak for itself, and it has led me to playing with some major talents...it is indeed inspiring to do so and has made me grow musically in huge steps...it's like paying tennis with a good player...then playing with a great player...you either give up , or rise to the occasion and get jiggy with it...this part I really get now...but I would have assumed that with your gift ( that I consider exceptional), you would have felt that YOU were the great tennis player already...LOL #2 - How many young up-and-coming artist are given the reins at the get-go? Especially back in the early 70's ( closer to the 60's)..at least you were self-confident enough to have said "me"...I always hated the Berries record sound...a real mess...but the songs were so good that they did speak for themselves up and above the production. ( think of "Go Now" by the Moody Blues sung by Denny Laine (i think)...WORST production EVER!...but what a song!)...at least the Berries production wasn't THAT bad...I would love to hear the Berries properly produced (but back in the day)...I am surprised that you say you could have done a better job, considering you only eventually "produced" Change of Heart ( if I am not mistaken) during your label recording career...EC at 20 yrs old vs EC at 50...I am sure you learned a thing or two over the years...but at 20? Very interesting. #1 - Ouch Baby!......this one is stellar...and the fact that you admit to it is also stellar. I am speechless...actually, it makes me want to cry...really...oof... Eric, again thanks for being candid on this...as much as I have been a critic of some of your work...and a huge cheerleader for the great majority of your works, other than Brian Wilson , I don't think there is another composer that has been a greater inspiration to me on my musical journey through life...thank-you. Bahoo
  7. Eric, If you were to pick the top 3 musical things you could have done (whether through offers you turned down, or chances that you could have taken, or recording-wise etc) that looking back now, you wish you would have done...what would they be? Bahoo
  8. Marv: exactly...hungry eyes is far from my favorite, but eric's vocal is so intense, I wish I could hear it withut all the production surrounding it... bahoo
  9. Eric: It took me years to understaand that we are drawn toa song by the truth in the singer's voice...it is a difficult thing to acheive to males because as you said, we were tought that 'grown men don't cry"... I have to say that though there are many of your songs that I don not like, either becasue of the melody, arrangement, or production....but you have never failed at the vocal end of things, singing the crap out of it, and creating mood swings from tenderness, to joy to anger, pain, anxiety, tension ( you are a master at this one) , intrepidation, awe, sense of defeat, callousness, regret, excitement, arrogance..and many others... Tension (with a touch of frustrated eroticism): On The Beach ---- " Ooo...I wanna...Oooo I wanna....Oh I wannna!"....it's not so much the lyric alone, but the vocal rising in tension, basically the same lyric three times over...but each time it it sung with different accents and different color...THAT is the magic...and you do it better than almost anyone in the rock-pop world. Great thread... Bahoo
  10. Bahoo's new job! Selling Kawais and Rolands!!!
  11. I ain't touching this one with a 10 foot pole.... bahoo
  12. Hi PJ, Oh mu I have heard the song a gazillion times...its the video clip i have nevee seen... A
  13. I have never seen this...again, Eric's hair is the tops!....musically, I love the way Eric creates tension in the chord structure...it is so well crafted that it is almost imperceptible really...but those nuances are what makes the listener keep going back...with the beautiful melody floating on top... bahoo-yah!
  14. Crazy...I never saw this thread...good stuff in here...to answer the original question by Eric... Melody, melody, melody....later as my musicianship improved, I was thrown by the progressions and arrangements. Eric makes twists and turns that are unexpected, yet deliciously addictive to the ear and soul. Lyrically there are may other artists that have "blown me away" much more than any EC or Berries compositions, BUT the combination of lyrics webbed with melody is beautifully done in most of EC/Berries stuff. As a musician, there is always something to discover in each and every recording. I still think that Eric's music would be most effective stripped down to simple productions. Eric has one of the greatest rock and roll voices out there...every note has a meaning and it stabs you if you are prepared to listen with your heart. I am also very fond of Wally'S playing. He reminds me of Townsend, playing guitar like it was a piano...using inversions and phrasing that is very un-guitar-like. Listen to Dave's bass lines too, they are heavily McCartney influenced, but sweet indeed... I only wish that the recording were cleaner and less distorted....of course if I were to hear them with a different mix, or recorded properly at the source, I may not like it! Either way, I never get tired of most of the material. A
  15. one has been slowed down or sped up...I think the first one is a slower mix of the second one...first one sounds like it is dragging... bahoo P.S. one of my favorites...great vocals!
  16. Eric would be a great addition...he has enough Angel and enough Devilin him, plus add the music knowledge, from songwriting, arranging, stage produce, show biz flair, great hair, instant recognition factor for his work...AND he can spot talent a mile away...so it'S either Eric, or me! I would LOVE that job!...but I would be seriously hated!
  17. Eric, I have been asked recently by a producer-song-writer to do some song-writing with him....we spent 5 hours together yesterday and got a few interesting ideas down... do you stubbornly work your way through ideas (till you have a finished product) and actually finish what you started or do you trash ideas that do not seem to have enough potential? A
  18. ...started listening this morning....BRB Be right Bach.... bahoo
  19. Or "Get Bach"... or "Bach in the USSR"... ;-) thanks for the tip Eric....I will have to now..... Bahoo
  20. I can dig this indeed....often all I do is get immersed into the song without "listening for structure"... Darlene, using the term "magic" is quite accurate...there are some of us who want to know "how the magic did the trick" and others who "don't want to know" because the magic is lost....I tend to want to know how it's done because "doing" the trick is even better than watching it...so I have the need to figure them out. When I figure out "how Eric did it", I marvel at how something so musically complex can sound so intensely beautiful...great music is the perfect combination of the heart meeting the mind and communicating without distortion.... of any kind... Bahoo
  21. Eric, When I first started playing guitar and piano, I could hear patterns that were "standards" ...I always thought that the chorus on this one was simply "pianoman" all over again... A few days ago, I started to sing this song as I was doing some renovations, and when I was done, I sat at the piano and tried to play it...2 hours later I came up with the progression to the singing parts (haven't worked out the middle 8 solo part) Eric, absolutely awesome chord structure, the way you created a wonderful walk through the park of chords!!! Using bass notes other than the root ...even a "G" bass over an A7 ....not something you think would work...but it sure does! At least to my ears (as I do everything by ear) it seems quite unorthodox... Here is what I "think" the structure may be...there may be one or two not right, but the ones I am really not sure of are the two final chords of the chorus over "Nothing to Fear". It almost sounds like your melody notes are not in the chords...??? Verse: A - A/B - E/G# - A7/G - D/F# - Dm6/F - A/E (repeat, though last chord 2nd time round is - E) Chorus: A- D/G# - F#m - A/E - D - A/C# - Bm7 - E7 Bridge (There's a knock...is that a bridge?) This part is SPECTACULAR!...I was actually freaking hen I figured out the run here...Brian Wilson great! D - B/Eb - E - Fdim - F#m - F#m7 - B7/C# - Dm6/D - C#m - F#m - B7/Eb? - E7 Just brilliant, brilliant, brilliant... Bahoo-hah!
  22. HAHAHA...obviously you have been paying attention to Lori...I remember Dave Smalley (after the first Cleveland gig) saying that Lori was easy to watch from the stage, dancing up a storm...he could spot the talent too ;-)..... bahoo
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