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  1. Hey Eric, This is WWAAayyyyyyyy late, But . . . I thought about you on your birthday So . . . I hope the beginning of your sixty-sixth year on planet Earth was !S*p*E*c*T*a*C*u*L*a*R! {leastwise, happy } ! ! ! In a MANNER of speaking: "Happy New !YOUR! Year" ~Kathy [i am just glad to be able to get back on the site. Months of computer malfunctions and life getting in the way things. . .]
  2. <http://www.reshareworthy.com/amazing-quartet-blew-audience-away/#gfMD4RvHQvazL10b.01> Great performance!! They bring their musicianship, and their humor too, for their audience. (More examples of their talent on YouTube) "Their performance is another reason why we need arts education, folks", so says Sister Rose Pacatte. Read more: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/sisterrosemovies/2014/04/salut-salon-sensational-string-quartet
  3. It is very nice to know that a 19 year old Eric Carmen was stunnable = ] !! Thanks for the insight. ~K
  4. You know, most of the multitude of "bad" names are ascribed to women (historically). The names for men usually imply that their mother, another woman, was in some way responsible for their bad behavior (S.O.B., bastard, etc.)!! I know everyone, including me, jokes about being "politically correct". But it will have it's place in history, I hope. Maybe in 30 years (or a hundred), all negative names will truly be unisex (and all other types of equality applied as well) !
  5. I am actually less concerned about the particular song "All Through The Night", than I am about the direction that this thread took. The posts that seemed to show little to no concern from so many people, about putting young women into a category they casually called "tramps" and other such names. I very much appreciate you M.E., James, Eric, himself, and all those that seemed to see such a strange course the thread was taking. That is why I thought I should not respond, because I take this attitude very seriously. And really, my decision to post was NOT much about this song itself! I was really responding to the attitude. And I don't need discuss it anymore, unless someone else does post in another forum. The first pages of this topic were great!!
  6. I hesitate to write this, though I shouldn't. This is an issue for a different topic. But it got started here, so here it is. This is a response to the others who so easily objectified a certain "type" of young women. I feel very strongly about this, and it is obvious to me that there are others here that do as well. Yes, there are plenty of songs from succeeding generations that have despicably graphic lyrics (not simply risque), that are far worse. I don't like those at either. I have to admit, I never heard this song before YouTube. I'm not saying the words are TERRIBLE. I do not think they are pretty or inviting. True . . . if you do not listen to the words from ATTN the music is jumping and would be great to dance to. But, I do try to listen to the lyrics. So do others. Whose fault is it if the groupie girls go up for a quickie with someone from the band? Actually it is NOT a cut and dried question. I've said in my profile bio that I was a mental health counselor. I once worked with a young woman who had been one of those girls. I won't name the band, though I have never forgotten. It was the late '70s. The band was huge. She was very pretty and was taken in to their party by one of the roadies after the concert. The band members were there too. She "made it" in the bathroom with the guy who brought her there. After that, another guy came in, figured it was fine because she was just some slut groupie, right?? She MUST have known, right?? She must have asked for it, because she was THERE. But she did NOT want the next guy. He took her anyway. She was essentially, serially, gang raped after that. Some were IN the band. She was in the hotel suite's bathroom and couldn't get out. So, WAS that her fault?? She was 17. She was treated the way those men WANTED to treat her because she was there. They thought it was allowed. I doubt anyone even noticed how she "acted". She probably acted scared and hurt since she was crying. Did not ANY of those guys have a choice in their OWN bad behavior?!? She never valued herself again after that night. Of course she did not report it, because who would have called it rape back then? By the time I knew her, she was the loveliest, sweetest, saddest, most lost person in the world. She overdosed 6 mos after I met her. She had wanted to 12 yrs before. Did she have other problems? Most certainly, but who doesn't? Had she deserved what happened to her? Not in my book. Do songs glorifying wild party sex even matter, or leave an impression, or encourage reckless harmful behavior? Maybe not. But what if they do? ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ p.s. If Eric or Bernie consider this post inappropriate, they will remove it.
  7. Hi Eric, I have always loved family history. Mine, other peoples too. Love to look at old photos to see family resemblances in the current generations. Thank you for sharing such an interesting part of yours. You spoke about who in your family you looked like. On your video from "Where Are They Now" there is an adorable bit of you with your very young son. At that age he certainly looked like you! He had those great big droopy brown eyes. Just like the photo of "Ricky and the Tooth" from one of your vinyl albums. Such adorable little boys, both!! ~Kathy
  8. Okay, so probably others of you here, have seen this . . . It was actually done in 2009. But someone on my FaceBook just posted it and it is the first time I have ever seen this video and heard the story. Musician Jarbas Agnelli from Brazil, saw a newspaper photograph of birds on an electric wire. He decided to see if there was a tune in the exact position of the "birds on the wires". After creating the piece, he sent the music to the photographer of the news picture, Paulo Pinto. The whole thing ended up as an interview in the newspaper. And THEN (da, da, da-duh). . . It ended up as the Winner of the YouTube Play Guggenheim Biennial Festival. It is so amazing!! <http://youtu.be/LoM4ZZJ2UrM> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Later, in 2010, Victor Nunes turned the photo backwards and found a different song. STILL and AGAIN really amazing. <http://youtu.be/HDibDPSvpe0> On this YouTube video, Agnelli, himself, posted his thoughts in his native Brazilian/Portuguese. It translates as: "You crossed the street, entered the house of the neighbor and looked at the wires on the other side. Very good. I Loved it." !?!How creative is all this!?! Just had to post it here. ~Kathy
  9. I am very happy to see Eric's post. It is mostly sad that Wally couldn't allow for that same understanding of groups. Either way back when, or even now. I am with Cayennegirl; ~Kathy
  10. Yes, I read the magazine's promo paragraph too. I thought the same as you did about not buying. I wish I knew the sound of the article though. So, I go back to the question of "why" Brian Greene found this 'old news' interview worth doing to begin with, and also, why publish such a long article. Greene has been in the journalism game for a long time (he is 64), not to mention his own primary interest in musicians. Greene already knew of the issues that Wally Bryson claimed against Eric Carmen.Those things have been out there for years. He knew what he was looking for before that interview ever took place. He writes articles for lots of magazines. He is associated with "Shindig", but he also freelances. It seems that he is usually going for a "different angle" in the other articles I found. I wonder if he had any personal reason (other than sales) to do this kind of article shortly before the new Eric Carmen CD release. For example, did he already know Bryson? Was he a fan of the "Raspberries" to the exclusion of Eric Carmen's solo work? Maybe he just likes to be contrary and "stir the pot". One thing is certain, he did know what he was doing. He pushed the right key and Wally Bryson spewed forth. Maybe Legacy has a point about sending a letter to the editor of Shindig Magazine. Some of their work is solid journalism, and they have a credibility with their readers. I really liked the way E.C. detailed in his edited post, what "writer credit" is. What a person has to do to be given that, vs. what constitutes a band or sessions guitarist "doing their job". Also, his clarity in describing how "a song is comprised of the melody, the chords and the lyrics", and his examples of such. The examples are great! The difference about a song coming in "finished" or in need of something that would get copyright. That much, that part, and that professional musician's understanding (without Bryson's emotional content) could make the article look like a travesty on Greene's part too. Brian Greene should have thought this through. ~Kathy
  11. Jealousies hurt everyone involved, don't they. I'm surprised that a publication would go to the trouble of printing all of it. It sounds like they are after some sensationalism to shock and appall people, perhaps to get readers. I don't know. I don't know them. It has become my experience that if you do want to try to set things straight (for all to see), then you act as Scott did. You take the higher road. Then Bryson will be the one to look just as you have said; bitter, nasty and jealous. But you said it here, on your own site, where you can say anything you want!! People out here know YOU. They know your body of work. Other musicians that applaud your work (Springsteen, Joel, Ringo Starr, etc., etc.) also know your musicianship. They know who wrote the songs and the intros. They know your voice. They know what you have always been capable of singing. They are not alone in that understanding. Bands have histories of disagreements and misunderstandings. It is true that only other musicians in other bands will truly appreciate the hurt, and therefore anger that you have from something like this. But people will respond to YOU. Who you are, and what you have done. They will not need to hear a play by play of how you work. Most of us would only really understand a bare few of the intricacies involved anyway. People that listen to Bryson, do not know you and your work. Truth to tell, they likely barely know the name of Wally Bryson. Your work will stand out because you are . . . well . . . you. You're . . . Eric Carmen. That's good enough for us.
  12. "It Hurts Too Much" has such a great, strong beat. More than that, the lyrics fit to each beat of the music. But still, it isn't enough. After that Carmen sings with the exact/! emphasis/! on each/! word/! with each/! hard/! beat/!... He really knows how to enunciate every sound with such precision. Using his harder 'rock' voice he MAKES this song sound like it REALLY does hurt too much!!! WoW
  13. It was a very good article with some great photos. I hit the "like" button for the article, and it posted to my 'fb' page!! I got a few "likes" on it already, so there are others out there that will be looking for this news and album. I am Very much looking forward to the CD = ] !!!
  14. April 8, 2007 L'Enfant Plaza Metro Station, Washinton D.C. Gene Weingarten won the Pulitzer Prize for his article on this experiment the following year of 2008. I know it is from almost 7 years ago, but I just learned of it today. It is a wonderful lesson in the importance of paying attention to listening, and to music; teaching our kids about music, about the arts, all the arts. This article from the online site of the Post includes four little videos of the experiment. There are some longer videos of some of Bell's playing on YouTube, though not of the entire 45 minutes. <http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/04/AR2007040401721.html> Joshua Bell on YouTube playing Vivaldi's "Four Seasons - Summer" <http://youtu.be/laGT9IB2bFo>
  15. Apparently, I cannot edit a misspell on my previous remark after this many hours. So, I beg the pardon of all for misspelling "Joni", as in Joni Mitchell. Don't know what caused that aberration. I knew it didn't look right though.
  16. That is exactly it!! Eric's phrasing and nuances in each word... Not to mention his vocal ability and quality throughout. Would have loved it better = ] !!!
  17. I am from Utah and was living there when the song hit the airwaves. They played it though. I was in college and everyone loved it, except everyone's parents. One thing I always thought, and still do, was that it was really and truly the music that grabbed our attention first. That melody still goes straight through me. I actually think that you could have put any lyrics to it and it would have been a hit. By 1974, I was a DJ and still giving it airplay. As such, I got to read more about Eric Carmen in BillBoard Magazine (which the common folk did not have access to). In learning of Carmen's prodigious understanding of music, I thought to myself, "Yup, I knew I was right about the music being REALLY well written." Regarding the lyrics, however, while listening to songs only on the radio, it was hard to catch certain words and phrases. Hearing it with the advantage of video on YouTube, I REALLY heard ALL the words. The lyrics were very cleverly put together. The first phrase of a story teller/singer saying, "I never knew how complete love could be / Till she kissed me and said,..." The fact that he is not the one begging girls to "go all the way" puts an entirely different spin on the meaning. It is a story of how love changed this person. That theme is more fully explained by the third verse, "Before her love I was cruel and mean, / I had a hole in the place where my heart should have been. / But now I've changed,..." So, all the parents that thought this was a terrible message should have sat down and really listened to the real story. Very well done. . . ALL THE WAY!!! [btw, do the young people still recognize the phrase "go all the way"?? Wasn't it mostly my generation??]
  18. I certainly would not describe Flower's voice as "other-worldly". It sounds a bit like he is trying to cover up a weak type voice. That is not necessarily bad. Joanie Mitchell had a thin voice, but it suited her songs. Eric Carmen's voice was stronger and more nuanced throughout. On the studio recording, as well as on videos from different TV performances and the concerts. Thanks for the note Cayennegirl!! Nice to be here.
  19. I asked this same question (also very "late to the party") at the IMdB site on the discussion boards. How the person who posted one answer knew this, I do not know. However, they said that Tim Burton who did the film, was friends with The Killers. Apparently he wanted to throw something their way. I listened to several other things that The Killers did, to get a sense of them. Their own sound is very different than the Raspberries. I think their "cover" of Go All The Way, sounds far more like an attempt to copy, than a real "cover". In reading some of Carmen's interviews from over the years, he talked about doing a "cover" of someone else's song. Not a quote here, but he basically said that he would only do a cover if he could make the song his own. i.e., Since he (and so many other artists) admired the Beatles, doing a song of theirs would be hard because everyone loved the originals. The inclination would be to do it note for note, sound for sound. I really admire that viewpoint. Therefore, it really begs the question of why Burton would not have used the original recording done by the Raspberries. That said, I thought that the song "Go All The Way" was a perfect fit for the end of the movie. Interesting twist of interpretation. The original recording would have made it that much better!
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