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Helen G

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  1. On 1/7/2022 at 3:19 AM, Kirk said:

    I've always liked the way Eric melds the end of the sax solo- with the violin part in the chorus- same note, different instrument. Genius!

    His instrumentations (orchestrations) are always stellar! As someone with instrumentalist and piano background, it's one of the things I most appreciate about his music!ย โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‘

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  2. 4 minutes ago, Rhonda B said:

    Helen, after seeing the interview he did where he called himself a disgusting romantic, I thought, I'm so disgusting it's embarrassing. So comforting knowing I hooked up with so many other disgusting Romantics here.๐Ÿ˜‰

    Right on, Rhonda! ๐Ÿ‘โค๏ธย I'm definitely an "old soul" and romantic music through the centuries has always had an allure to me. What we all seem to appreciate about Eric's music is his ability to write, craft, shape and perform a song that evokes those romantic feelings we humans crave.

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  3. Very late to the game in terms of finding this thread and commenting......

    I feel blessed to have found this on iTunes and downloaded it for portability's sake (for starters)! I"ve had an iPhone for a few years now (flip phones before that?! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), but was too busy spinning a lot of plates in recent years to do much downloading etc. So when I went to the iTunes store during Covid downtime to do a search for Raspberries, I was thrilled to find this recording available!!!!

    But..... there is actually something wrong with the iTunes system, I believe, because the tracks, as purchased, for "Makin' It Easy (Live)" and "Ticket to Ride (Live)" both play (drum roll....) "Ticket to Ride (Live)!!! I don't really know where to actually voice my complaint? Is there an iTunes Support system? (I admit to being an iTunes downloading novice.)ย 

  4. My $.02 on the Agora track - it sure seems like someone threw a DAT recorder on the mixing board, capturing all the mics cleanly. Maybe Roots66 was the soundboard tech? ๐Ÿ˜‰ย 

    Lemon Go Lightly - I remember the product being on the market, but, as a natural redhead (not a carrot-y red, though) I was never inclined to use products made for blondes. ๐Ÿ™‚ย My husband wrote music for jingles in the Chicago market and sang on many. He called them "Take the money and run!" gigs - i.e. not exactly music "opus" level but definitely profitable for the overall bottom line. In fact, one time, his barbershop quartet was doing a gig near to a studio run by the tenor singer's good buddy, who was desperate to finish out (get this.....) a dog food commercial and needed some quick vocals, so the studio guy begged them to drop in and help out. Since the ad went big nationally, my husband and his buddies got something like $5000 each for singing a few notes on a DOG FOOD commercial! Yeah, like I said..... "Take the money and run!"ย ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿคฃ๐ŸŽค๐Ÿ’ฒ

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  5. Kirk - No it's not .... sorry. I had responded only to the comment James made which I saw in the latest activity page. My apologies for not having read up through the whole thread prior to posting. If I could figure out how to delete my post with the clip, I would do so. This forum is .... different than many others I've been on over the years (some of which I've even had to post via HTML formatting - ye gods! ;-)) . I promise to pay much closer attention to the formatting on threads prior to commenting.

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  6. Regarding #19 โ€” Love Is All That Matters - that one seems to be VERY popular in terms of "covers" by people using it for a wedding (reception) song, etc. There are TONS of YouTube videos of "covers", karaoke, or other "renditions". I've seen no less than 100 of them?! ๐Ÿ˜‰ย I characterize it as the "most earworm-y song" composed by Eric Carmen. It's the melody you can't get out of your head once it's in it!ย ๐Ÿคฃ


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  7. Rhonda - my words about finding this site would pretty much be an exact repeat of yours! Lifelong appreciation of music via the blessing of being the youngest child in a very musical household: Dad was a pro on keyboards and brass, Mom played clarinet & piano and insisted that all 4 of us kids take piano lessons; Dad had 400+ albums of the greats of several music genres from the 1940's on; and we kids were encouraged to enjoy listening to music if we weren't at school, or practicing our band instruments or piano in the home or at childrens choir practice. ๐Ÿ˜‰ย Thus, we heard or experienced tons of great songs and engaged in conversations about the composers of those songs. So when I had the blessing of time during the Covid lockdown due to my own musical ensemble rehearsals and performances being cancelled, I began to revisit in a bit of a deep dive as time permitted and re-appreciate the Eric Carmen body of songs he's composed since the age of 12! Much thanks to all who've made me feel welcome here over the last several weeks! I'm grateful to have found this really intelligent community of "my people"!ย 

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  8. Good writeup! I need to get my hands on the "Winter Dreams" recording - still trying to fully flesh out my collection of Raspberries and E.C. recordings. I'm really enjoying the Pop Art Live recording that I downloaded to my iPhone via iTunes! It truly is the best recording of a live concert out there! Love the various spoken comments and chatter - makes me jealous of those who were blessed to be there in person for the concert! ๐Ÿ˜‰ย 

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  9. LC asked.... "1) Anyone ever find out more information about where this piano ended up? "

    If we had the Steinway-assigned serial number from the auction sale (I can't see that info in the auction photos) OR if Eric ever made note of it from when it was in his possession, it might be possible to trace it through subsequent or more recent sales.


    My favorite line from "Groundhog Day" is from the scene where Phil is playing piano MUCH better than when he first started lessons....

    Piano Teacher:
    Not bad... Mr. Connors, you say this is your first lesson?

    Yes, but my father was a piano *mover*, so...

  10. Replying to MJ's comment about the shoes.......

    To appreciate Wally's worn-out soles, it's important to understand that *most musicians* have 2 different kinds of shoes - gig shoes for stage and the rest are ones that get worn out because they're too darn busy rehearsing and performing to go shopping for shoes!

    I know .... I'm married to one (well, I'm a musician myself to be honest - ha!), and he was wearing his dress up musician gig shoes to the huge backyard BBQ party held in mid July in the Chicago area only because he thought that he needed to "dress up" since it was a party. I knew who he was before I actually met him and started speaking with him at that party (he's now a Hall of Famer in the Barbershop Harmony Society; Lifetime Achievement in 2014!). So when I spotted him and those shoes he inappropriately chose for that backyard BBQ in the hot summer months, I just sort of laughed out loud to myself.

    "Musicians! You can spot them a mile away if you know what the clues are!"

  11. Once again, I find myself looking at the date these guys were booked into playing this site. Having lived almost my entire life in the "snowbelt" upper Illinois with countless trips into WI (until our move to NE FL in 2018), I would suggest that Appleton WI in late Dec. is a perfect set-up for a snowstorm? I always wonder how the band made it from point A to point B before the days of smart phone apps with weather/radar conditions, mapping etc. It's a wonder they didn't end up snow-marooned in some place like Gary IN, known for its lake effect snow, while coming west from Cleveland/NE Ohio! (It was also during this year that my husband was in a popular barbershop a cappella quartet that was booked to do a show in Painted Post NY (not all that far from Corning, Buffalo, Syracuse etc). Somehow they made it through a blinding snowstorm, only to get to the gig site to find out that the locals had called off the show due to the (gulp!) blizzard).ย ๐Ÿ˜‰โ„๏ธ

  12. I agree - pretty stunning that no one answered that correctly, especially given the recent prevalence of this song being used as the Expedia jingle (very heavily ad campaign during the Tokyo Summer Olympics). Yet another reason why I should attempt the Jeopardy! audition. I've been meaning to do so for years. My weakest category (and it's almost always in there) is Mythology, on which I'll have to cram the Gods & Goddesses' names into my head. ๐Ÿ˜‰ย 


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  13. James - first some "back story" ........ My husband is nearly the same "vintage" as Eric ๐Ÿ˜‰ and was, for the most part, a really decent self-taught "chords" guy having taught himself piano keyboard surrepticiously borrowing his older sisters' piano lessons books then also getting skilled on chords in 5th & 6th grade on the ukelele by his Italian uncle (Jay's grandparents immigrated to Cleveland in the 1910's escaping the post-earthquake poverty in Sicily, and Jay's dad Joe and siblings grew up in the Little Italy neighborhood of Cleveland! Jay's dad became a national champion gymnast and eventually got hired to be the first Chicago suburban high school boys gymnastics coach, so that's where Jay and his 3 older sisters were raised! [That's the short story!]).

    Jay delved into folk music, playing a stand-up bass he constructed in his parents' living room, starting in jr. high with a locally popular folk music trio that got hired around town for gigs (early 1960's) - yep - jr. high kids getting gigs! ๐Ÿ˜‰ย He also took up guitar and was great at that as well, taking lessons from a Chet Atkins' protege. He discovered barbershop music in high school and went "all in" in that direction, allthewhile pursuing a music teaching degree at Boston U. (with teachers such as John Oliver and Leonard Bernstein at the Tanglewood Institute). The Music Composition degree came later at the well-known Big 10 school Northwestern Univ. close to "home" (northern Chicago burbs).

    50+ years later, after achieving 1st place gold medals as a barbershop quartet champion AND chorus director (which is a rareified distinction in that genre), my husband's nick name is "The Chord Lord" and he's not only a Hall of Famer but was also recognized with the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award with the Barbershop Harmony Society. The reason I say all that is because Justin Miller was the Music Dir. of the Westminster Chorus for many many years, andย ย Justin's dad John Miller not only was in jr. high and New Trier High School choirs with my husband but was also the bass singer in their quartet - Grandma's Boys (1979 champs).

    So ..... (back to the actual explanation about this YouTube footage...) , this commission for this choral work came from Justin right at a time when my husband had just had open heart bypass surgery, so Jay was "laid up" from his regular dayjob of computer programming (that's a whole other storyย ย ๐Ÿ˜‰ย . When Justin sent him the text of the James Agee poem which served as the lyrics for this work, Jay laid out this composition for double mens chorus in about TWO DAYS! (I was blessed to hear it all unfold because of the FINALE music notation program playback over & over again (hahaha)!

    Similar to what Eric has said, "writing the music is the easy part" if you have the lyrics to work with in the first place. And that's what happened here with this a cappella choral music composition set to pre-existing lyrics (yes, our small-ish music publishing company works with the James Agee Estate to share all copyrights 50/50% - I'm technically the Copyrights/Licensing Mgr. for GSB Medal Music ๐Ÿ™‚ย ).

    Westminster Chorus has laid down several recordings, but the "Still Crazy After All These Years" recording with the "Sure On This Shining Night" track is where it's most recently included. Interestingly, Westminster also performed another of Jay's choral arrangements ("Early American Uptempo Medley") at the World Choir Games where they were given both divisional winners and overall grand champion. That track is included on the other recording ("It Only Takes a Moment"). Since all our non-profit, all-volunteer-singer barbershop choruses worldwide have effectively had to halt rehearsals and performances during the pandemic, I'm sure the Westminster Chorus would be very grateful for your purchase of their recording(s)! (It looks like these recordings are also available for download on iTunes, where I'm grateful to have found most all of Eric Carmen's recordings & paid for the downloads in recent weeks! ๐Ÿ˜‰




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  14. My husband Jay is a music theory genius with a Masters in Music Composition (he's a choral music composer & former HS music educator) so I had him watch this "most elegant key change in all of pop music" YouTube footage. The scary thing is that he understood it completely. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I understand the theory enough to get the common tone(s) between the prior chords to the ones at the key change. ๐Ÿ˜‰ย (Sharing the footage of my husband's 8-part "double choir" composition that was commissioned by the award-winning Westminster Chorus (CA) - this was a "spontaneous" performance when they were on tour in Europe. The formal performance with the singers wearing matching suits ๐Ÿ˜‰ came later and was not videotaped. -ย ย 


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