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  1. ...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
  2. 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!
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. 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?
  6. Eric, I was listening to "Someday" on the "Change of Heart" album the other day and it reminded me that there is a bit in that song that has always intrigued me. Towards the end of the song at the end of the line "...man she'll crawl back to...." before the "Meeeeeeeee" comes in, it sounds like all the strings on the piano are being hand-cranked up to when the drums start again, rather like turning up the tuning pegs on a guitar. Was this a studio "effect" or if not, how did you achieve it? Thanks Gary
  7. 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?
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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???
  12. Eric Ipod related question: old, new, Raspberies, Solo material... what are you listening to?
  13. Eric, have you ever performed this song?
  14. 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?
  15. 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
  16. I always thought an artist chose what song they wanted to cover for putting on their album Now i am not sure with all the record company interference that goes on i hope Eric can give us the story
  17. Eric I know you mentioned Boats against the current as the finest composition you wrote as a solo artist How bout a Raspberries tune what do you feel is the finest you ever written? PEACE Brian
  18. Eric, Do you have a top 10 list of your favorite Covers of songs that you Wrote... Raspberries or Solo.
  19. 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
  20. 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!!
  21. 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
  22. Brian

    Where Are You?

    Missing in action....Eric Carmen.
  23. Not being a musician...I may not describe this phenomenon accurately...But on the few occasions I attempt to listen to Adult Contemporary Radio in 2008...(and I consider myself adult and contemporary)...I wanna puke as I hear this overblown Mariah Carey-ish American Idol-ish "Hero"-ish/Daniel Powter-ish/Celine Dionne-ish/ synthesized CRAP! I feel like Joni Mitchell...who I don't love...said it best when she wrote..."Don't it always seem to go...that you don't know what you got till it's gone". On the other hand...just today I was listening to Rhino's "The History of The British Invasion Volume 6...and on this one CD alone...I thrilled to "Sha-La-La-La-Lee" and "My Mind's Eye" by The Small Faces. "Baby Now That I've Found You" by the Foundations, "Concrete and Clay" by the Unit 4 + 2, "Here Comes My Baby" by the Tremeloes, and "Groovy Kind of Love" by the Mindbenders. Eric....What the Hell happened to good ol' Rock-Pop?-Ira.
  24. 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)
  25. Hello Eric: I was wondering if by any chance you'll be touring in the near future. As I posted in my intro to everyone, I'd LOVE to hear "Make Me Lose Control" live one day, if possible, as whenever they play the CD at work with that song on it I sing and dance to it and crack everyone up--LOL!
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