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  1. I know in the song, you chronicle the raspberries Eric. I was wondering about the guitar chords down the stretch near the end of the tune.Now by no means do I have a musicians ear, but I think I hear some chords similar but not exact to Go all the Way.I just always think of Go all the Way at that moment in the song.I was always curious about it. If so its a nice tribute touch to the song.
  2. I have two: 1) I had my whole band whack me in the face with (4)pies at the end of a song...I never saw it coming! 2) I was asked to come up on stage to sing and play bass on Road House Blues (Doors)....this is a song you cannot screw-up...every musician who has ever played regularly can play this in their sleep... I was handed a 5 string bass....I had never played one....the song is in the Key of E...A 5-string bass adds a bottom (lower thicker string)....that is tuned in D.....I played THAT extra string in stead of the E, which is now the 2nd string on the 5-string bass.... I played EVERY "E" as a "D"///and every other note wrong too....didnt even know it till the guitar player was laughing so hard he had to run over and tell me....we were at the end of the song by this time... However in my defense, miraculously I sang it in the right key...
  3. Eric...Do you like Broadway Show Tunes? What about all you EC.com Rockers out there? Even in my Broadway tastes...Tony would say I'm livin' in a time warp. But dig these lyrics in "On The Street Where You Live" from "My Fair Lady" by Lerner and Loewe..truly poetic IMHO! TRIVIA ALERT!..Actually singing for Audrey Hepburn in the movie is Marni Nixon...mom of "Oh What A Lonely Boy" &"Thank You For Bein' A Friend"'s Andrew Gold. https://youtu.be/0udu4KYv1zI
  4. ...the true inspiration behind the lyrics of "all by myself"?? might have been asked before,but this song rings true to me at this stage in my life..is it you/..or someone you knew?? lol,chris
  5. Eric,What and when was the last song you wrote and published. It still amazes me that throughout the reunion that a new song never started fire. I just can't imagine the four of you guys in a room rehearsing with no sparks for a new tune. By sheer accident I would have bet on it happening. I would guess Vegas even had odds on it! During a break you start dancing on the piano keys, Wally backs it up with a guitar riff, Dave starts pounding a bass line, Jim jumps in with his foot to the pedal.. Then I start thinking about after the reunion and everything that happened. I would think that somewhere in there there had to be an inspiration for a song or two? With the lyrical and musical talent within you I would think that when you piss it comes out a freakin' melody! I maybe know two cords and I've got songs dancing in my head all day long. Just don't have the talent to finish anything. Why the long absence on the next song?
  6. Interview with Natalie Wood on James Dean. Sorry if you've already seen it. I haven't seen this interview. She had a lovely very sweet voice indeed!
  7. Eric you played there more than once, you wrote a song about it, and you live there.. what's your take on the the "inductees". I have to admit, the inductee list since 86 is pretty deserving, with exceptions, but judging by the list that isn't in, I think the Raspberries and/or EC solo are screwed. Parliment-Funkedelik and Grand Master Flash are in. The HOF likes influntial artists and it's funy that there are artist/bands already in that cite the 'berries as an influence (you know the usual suspects). Here's some of the crime sheet I'm talking about, and by the way, I'm not a fan of all of these bands but they are either great or I admit influential. Theatre rock Didn't Alice Cooper and Kiss have a little something to do with this? Progressive rock Rush and Yes set the table Symphony/orchestra rock Weren't Moody Blues and Chicago, and even ELO kinda there in the beginning after Left Banke? Arena rock/power ballads Didn't Styx, Journey, and REO have a little something to do with that movement? Singer/songwriter? You leave Carole King and Neil Diamond without a ticket to your barbecue? Then you have people like Heart, Steve Miller, Hall and Oates, and Bon Jovi that were hit factories, what do you do with them? None of the above are in, but Grandmasterflash is. Eric should be in simply of ABM which became the new ballad standard after Yesterday. Just venting...
  8. ira

    Cartoons!

    Eric...I asked my two boys...18 and 24 to take me to "Toy Story 3" today at 11:00 a.m. before going out to lunch for Father's Day. Eric-we're about the same age...and grew up on many of the same things. I've ALWAYS loved certain cartoons. The Warner Brothers' stuff..Bugs..Daffy..Foghorn...Yosemite Sam..Tweety and Sylvester...and today I really like Family Guy. And some of this Pixar stuff is OUTRAGEOUS!!! IMHO! Are you a fan of any cartoons?
  9. I've always wondered which band members contribute to the "writing" of a song within a band setting. After Eric's recent comments suggesting he is "hands on" when it comes to writing and arranging, I wonder it specifically about Raspberries songs. Take "If You Change Your Mind" as an example. I assume Eric composed this song by himself on a guitar (piano?), creating the basic chord structure and the lyrics. Now, the guitar work on the verses of this song is phenomenally creative. Does Eric bring the song to practice, and Wally creates these guitar parts? Did Eric create these guitar parts, or co-create them with Wally? I imagine the answers to these questions in general depend on how much control the songwriter wants over the finished product. We've all seen the segment from the "Let it Be" movie where George gets fed up with Paul micromanaging his playing. So, "Who Writes What" in an Eric Carmen Raspberries song?
  10. Eric: I'm the first to back you up that an upstart band from Cleveland doesn't have any power to tell the label that signed the Beach Boys and Beatles, what the singles would be. Having said that, they did grab by far the two best choices for singles off of Fresh, but privately did it ever cross your mind at the time that If You Change Your Mind and Nobody Knows were pretty radio friendly too and they easily could have grabbed at least a third single? Just curious.
  11. Now that you have some time, E.C., do you have the background of the best cover of your song since Reno/Wilson, when Cetera and the "Wings" chick put you back on the charts for a moment with the great "IWTFT"? How did Cetera hear the demo? Did you talk to him about the vision of the recording, and their killer harmony?
  12. I would humbly suggest that when you decide it's a "go" you should give your old friend Steve Lukather a call! It would be pretty cool to see him ripping it up with you on stage, and he's a pretty darn good singer too! Tim
  13. I've been kind of out of the loop as of late and was wondering if someone could update me as to what happened or what is happening with my favorite musical artist of all time? I'll generally sign on and search for postings from Eric, specifically and it looks like they all but disappeared about 2 months ago. I hope all had a great holiday....here's wishing that all have a great New Year.
  14. I was doing my morning exercise last week,(which I do to music for motivation)and I usually listen to 98.5 or 104.9 here in Cleveland, but nothing I liked was on, so I tuned in 106.5 and thought I heard your voice discussing a new cd release slated for this February.Glad to hear you're doing well and back recording.I haven't been on the board for a while,busy with our new grand daughter and our other son's wedding plans.
  15. Eric......Was up at the Mayfield Guitar Center today....played with a Butterscotch Blonde Telecaster...loved it,bought it....Is yours American or Mexican? And why play a telecaster for the Raspberrie gigs???
  16. Eric Ipod related question: old, new, Raspberies, Solo material... what are you listening to?
  17. Eric, I know you've noted the similarities between yours and Macca's voices, but I was putting together some Ikea furniture listening to Abbey Road, and Oh! Darling came on. Now, I've heard this song a million times, but from the first Oh! on this listen, it just screamed "ERIC CARMEN". I think more than any other Beatles song. Did you ever belt this one out for a show?
  18. Eric, have you ever performed this song?
  19. I never bought any before Because i did not know just how educational and informative they really are Do you have an opinion Eric about them ? Thanks
  20. Eric, Do you have a top 10 list of your favorite Covers of songs that you Wrote... Raspberries or Solo.
  21. From Winter Dreams to I was born to Love you I never knew why it was changed Eric At first i thought they were different LPs But then realized they were one and the same Why the change ? And thanks
  22. On Great Expectations Eric the tap dancers blended in so well to the melody What inspired the idea to have them be part of the song ? And thanks
  23. Hi Eric - thank you for coming home last night!! Yep, I was not here but heard about it. As usual, your posts are insightful and informative. I have read one of the books you have written about and found it (The Greatest Story Ever Sold)to be worth while. Since the article you posted mentioned another book, I will read that book too. Will you come back again, soon? Are you shy? Some say you are..(when i want to know something I go to the source.) Also, I thank you not just for myself but for all of the ladies on the board!!
  24. Brian

    Where Are You?

    Missing in action....Eric Carmen.
  25. It is simply amazing how many succesful rock and roll/musicians were born in 1949. I have a theory that I feel is absolutely no coincidence.. the answer is at the bottom of this post, but the clue is 2.9.64 These 1949 births reads like a Who's Who of Rock, much longer than I even suspected.. Eric Carmen Billy Joel Bruce Springsteen Rick Springfield Steve Perry Paul Rodgers Simon Kirke Gene Simmons Lindsey Buckingham Mark Knopfler John Oates Robert Palmer Lionel Ritchie Ric Ocasek Nick Lowe Eddie Money Robin/Maurice Gibb Roger Taylor 2/3 of ZZ Rick Wakeman David Foster What do they all have in common? My guess is that virtually everyone on this list, as impressionable and aspiring 14/15 year olds, were watching Ed Sullivan on February 9, 1964. Eric, do you concur with my analysis of this "coincidence"? Seattle Steve (this is only 1949, add a couple years to this range it gets scarier, the world will never again see that degree of musical influence by anyone, ever again.. imho)
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