Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Suite of The Courtship of The Mr. Eddie's Father

The Suite of The Courtship of The Mr. Eddie's Father < folder link !

"Nilsson: The Life of a Singer-Songwriter" by Alyn Shipton certainly filled-in many parts of the picture of our Nilsson Knowledge !! .  . in areas big and small.

 And learning a lot more about one brief period in particular made me put down the book
and jump online to see more, but it's some stuff I see no record anywhere of anyone having collected and presented !

 The unique "songlets" that Harry and George Tipton recorded for the 1st nine or so episodes of "The Courtship Eddie's Father".

 Scene-specific musical moments lasting a few seconds to a minute or so.
And there's as many with Harry singing scene commentary like "careful with the coffee for your Dad" as there are scoring variations on "Best Friend" or "Little Cowboy" that are so completely Tiptonesque !!

 The wonderful thing about Harry ( is Harry's a wonderful thing ! ) . . . 
and how there's so many distinct career phases to suit yer' moods !!
But sometimes there's nothing like that "golden" period when Nilsson and Tipton worked together, and one month after the "Harry" album came out in August of `69, "The Courtship Eddie's Father" premiered as a series. One could assume the sessions for both projects alternated to some degree.

Series producer James Komack had a concept, and to directly quote Shipton's glorious biography:

 "Komack's highly original idea for the music was to have Nilsson sing occasional interludes, in the same way he had handled the closing credits on "Skidoo'".
He could move the story along, comment on the action, or simply set a scene"

 I doubt ( and would love to be proved wrong ) that the original master tapes for these sessions are likely to surface ( having remained, no doubt, in the hands of the original TV network ) and provide us with clean takes separate from any episode dialogue and sound effects . .  but I'm okay with that.

 It ends up forming a slightly surreal context as spoken bits from scenes, and characters we weren't introduced to, weave in & out.

 I've also kept in mind, while assembling these, that some of the shortest bits of Nilsson singing a songlet, essentially new to us, fly by in as little as 5 or 6 seconds !
So the approach became more "dreamlike", and many of our new faves here return 2 or 3 times, like mini-movements in an impressionistic suite.

  As I said above, the series premiered Sept. of `69, a month after "Harry" had been released . .  so we can imagine that spring & summer of that year saw Nilsson and Tipton alternating their attentions for both projects. Perhaps the seeds of "The Point !" were already planted as well ?
 The overall "point" here is that I had already read that Nilsson's active contributions had been for "the first 9 episodes or so", and as I worked my way along thru episodes 8, 9 and 10, I found this was true. The Nilss-lines were beginning to peter out !!
A wonderful new variation from Harry on the phrase "best friend" still occurred in ep. 9 "Gentleman Friend", but as I checked ep. 10 "Any Friend of Dad's" just to make sure Harry had indeed left the building, I momentarily thought "wait, here's some new vocals still !!" . . . but it only took a moment to realize "hey, that only sounds like Harry ! . . . Tipton has gotten someone doing Nilssonesque harmonies here !"
So a few examples of that continuing "tribute" are included ( Eddie answers the door-bell thru "are you all grown-up ?" ), but we wrap this collection w/ the Moonshine Bandit himself in a Recap Suite !

   If I stuck to my plan, and shared these with the FaceBook SchmaceBook Group after "The Popeye Demos", then I've employed the same wonderous effect within GarageBand that I did with Schmopeye . . . the Stereo Simulator !!
  I am continually thrilled with how it seemingly "knows" to, say . .  place an oboe slightly left, light percussion panned a bit right, and a nice subtle spread on a centered-vocal !  

 You may also guess correctly that I was not privy to the session-sheets, so if these little gems were given full proper titles, I would not know !
So they've been named rather simply and clearly . .  and it's pretty cool too !

Friday, January 6, 2017

Mash-Up Showcase #12 -- AtoZ

My deep dear buddy Konrad Useo

has posted the volume of his >Mashup Showcase< what he dedicated to me ( shucks )

-- This was actually posted here Jan of 2015, but simply adding the cover-art bumped it to the top-spot, and all the way to the present ?? --

Mashup Showcase #12 -- AtoZ

Groovy Time w\ DJ Useo -=- Mashup Showcase #12 > AtoZ

The Best of The Newest of AtoZ's Previously Unreleased Latest Classics

       I am so damn pleased and proud of these snappy-tracks.
There's a lot of life in them: sometimes confident in their silliness, and sometimes just plain powerful and uplifting.

 Or bunches of both !

    I was even everso bold as to take FaceBook's suggestions on relatable Friends and keep running with it, and after it . . . 
a widening of my potential audience.
    So open-widen audio-ence !

  Unreleased Latest Classics" < full-contents folder

   But, I must be honest -- -- the whole time I've also been hoping that by increasing the number of like-minded folks I share this Comp with, the better the chance that a few will actually listen and, who knows, actually make real life comments. Oh BOY !
(( self-promotion is awkward, man . .  prostitootin' your own horn       like this ))

   I think we all know how it is in these modern daze . .  everyday our lives get fuller of apps beeping at us / news overwhelming us / and all our own fun ideas piling-up !
These days you're lucky if someone clicks "Like", and that may only mean they saw that you shared something  . .  who has time to actually check into it ?!?

   And if anyone gets "into" AtoZ's comp of early 2017 enough for the richer experience, there's the Mega-Mix Single-Track Full-Flow >> "The Best of The Newest of AtoZ's Previously Unreleased Latest Classics - Mega-Mix Single-Track Flow.mp3"

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

"The Days I Met Harry Nilsson" - - - in four escalating installments !


  I get to present 4 different encounters, and I can even lay them out here in escalating order . .  from "minor" to major . .  you'll see !

4 - During the summers of `75 and `76, I was living in Greenwich Village.
   It was at some point during that second summer that my brothers Jeff & Jim came in to spend a day with me.
They must've caught nearly the last bus home that night for I recall it was already dark and they was still with me as we were wandering up the bustling central "tourist-trap" that was West 8th Street, between 6th Ave and Macdougal St. . . . and just a block north from a corner of Washington Square Park.

  And why do I vividly remember that we were just comin' up on Electric Lady Studios ? . . .  because that was the point that Jeff or Jim said "Hey, that was Harry Nilsson !"
I turned in time to see a profile in the back of cab that was beginning to pull away. A face that, till then, I had only seen on album covers !

 I also recall that I knew right then that if I'd seen him 2 seconds earlier, I would've called out "It's the Moonshine Bandit !!!"
"...That's the Way It Is" had, of course, been recently released and "Moonshine Bandit" was at the top of my "Heart's Fave List" . .
   ( still right up there, too ! )

  It just hit me while tapping this out . . .  who was Harry visiting in that famous studio ? . . .  wait ! . . .  was John putting finishing touches on "Walls and Bridges" ?!
Nah, . . . that was the year before and at different studios like Record Plant.
 Well, whatever had him there at that moment, I'd probably just had my closest encounter and it was a near miss.
Would I ever see another chance at such a convergence, or was I to be satisfied with merely a "brush-by' ?

I suppose it would'a been "Easier For Me" to just "Turn Out The Light" and go "Home"
 . .  and you know that's "Something True".

( Harry !! . . .  "Don't Leave Me" !! )

3- We're going to skip ahead chronologically to 1987 or so.

 I'd already been delivering auto-parts for a year and 1/2 . . . all around Rockland County N.Y. . . .   from Suffern in the west and east to Nyack.
A town Nilsson was known to have a home in, right in that same time-frame, and was no doubt frequenting the local businesses !

  So . . .  I'm headin' down Route 303 towards the Nyack area, comin' up on an auto-body shop on my right. Out comes a wee sporty lookin' car lookin' to make a right and be in front of me. I certainly don't remember him cutting me off dramatically, yet I was close enough to see a familiar face ( I have now convinced my memory that he was driving a convertible  ! ) . .  and in the middle of the day this time too !

Twas Harry again !! . .  "Daylight Had Caught Him" !
  It would now seem that my sightings are sharing a theme around the "...That's the Way It Is" album, but that ends here.
I never bumped into him at a "Zombie Jamboree", and I never saw him literally "Sail Away". But now, at least, I've had more than "Just One Look" !

 As I followed along behind his car that afternoon, I knew this encounter had reached it's zenith.
What ? . . .  was I going to pull up alongside him and look deranged as I yelled at his window something like "Hey Nilsson !, you kind'a cut me off back there
 . .  what'sa matter Harry ? . . .  "Are You Sleeping" ?!?!"

 If this had been the 2nd encounter, it would've been frustrating to have another brief brush, but I'm telling these in order of "significant connection", so now we jump back to 1982 :

2- The next 2 . .  the "Top 2" . . both occurred at Beatlefests in the early 80's.
And I had to stop and figure out which BeatleFest came first.

Twas the Fest of `82, held at a "back-up" site in Port Chester, NY.
There was some reason they couldn't book their regular Meadowlands Hilton, so this was a first.

  At this point, Harry's Anti-Handgun campaign featured a kissing-booth. Selling kisses for a buck each.
"With a Bullet" was soon to be recorded, and the offer to record a song for a $500 donation would go to "Judy" at this Fest.

  I, and brothers Thom and Jim attended . .  with Jim both taking a few snaps and recording highlights on his fancy schmancy Sony Walkman !
( yeah, that's right  . . . Sony Schmony )

 This particular encounter with the Nilssman was actually documented 4 different ways ! :

1- In written recollection -- just like the other times reported here.

2- In those couple snaps Jim took, with me getting a lovely hetero Nilsspeck on my cheek, and brother Thom exchanging a mighty handshake with our Harry hero.

3- Thru the cassette I'd thrown together of a range of his "stuff" and left the title-space for him to sign. 
( and of which he gosh-darn did ! )

(( and a quick note on that cassette-card, shown here:
   Not to focus attention, but my handwriting is so odd !! 
   I was no doubt writing on an album cover balanced upon my
   knee, but I must've been slow and deliberate about it . .
   . .  overly conscious that Harry would be seeing it.
   It changes "style" every 3 letters !!
   and my present Photoshop fiddling to clean-it-up has prob'ly 
   only enhanced the stilted weirdness ! ))

4- And !! . . thru the audio Jim recorded, we hear the 3 of us working our way towards him on the line at the booth, and meeting him.
  At first, you hear him from a few feet back, talking about songbooks with an anxious fan . . . rather quickly, after I uninformedly tell Jim that the money is for a kiss . . . "Kiss Me, Harry !" . . . I believe Thom first gets his handshake, followed by me nervously explaining to the Famous Spaceman that the tape's "all you, I just left the title open . . scribble anything", when he asks me my darn-fool name.
  I guess about then is when I got my photo-documented cheek-peck.

 You'll hear the agreeable Harry being told by ladies with cameras to "look up", and then "smile" . . . you'll hear Harry make change !!

He then meets Jim ( who was no doubt still holding his camera )

 In the even more exciting Part 2, Harry sings "a coup'la lines" ! . .  . WPLJ DJ Jimmy Fink suggest doing a couple lines !! . .  Harry fulfills a quick request for "I'd Rather Be Dead", and Jim informs him why he's back on the line for a 2nd time !

 And the last 1/2 minute segment features me seeing off Thom and Jim.
I was staying overnight in a room upstairs with my friend Tony, you see . .  and the brothers were embarking on the 26 mile ride back home.
It was as they stood in the doorway of departure that a Beatley singalong broke-out just behind us, appropriately declaring "there's nothing for me, so I will disappear".
The delighted "cackling at the uncanny" is mine.

(( In order to share this "You Are Here Cuz We Was There" audio,
   I've obviously slapped-together a video where We Meet Nilsson.
  We see the 4 pics Jim snapped: Thom's handshake,

  my Nilss-peck, plus . . . 
  and just about every decent pic I could find online !
  Mostly towards the end, I increasingly work in pics from the next Fest,

  where Harry's red vinyl offering has appeared.

But ! . . Jim didn't end-up in any of the The Fest pics . . . cuz he was taking them !!
So when we hear him going thru Harry's line a second time, I've opened on him in a pic that Thom must've taken back in Park Ridge . .  as we prepared to head to The Fest.
We're emulating that infamous shot from "Magical Mystery Tour" . . . Jim's doing John, I'm as if Paul. Pal Tony is replicating George's subtle "flip-the-bird" gesture . .  and we dragged non-attending brother Jeff outside real quick to Ringo it up ! ))

1- It's onto the following Fest ( of March 83 ? ) where "With a Bullet" was being played on a continual loop. We were back at BeatleFest's normal home in the New Jersey Meadowlands Hilton.

  I stood in line for the chance to shake Harry's hand & make a contribution to his anti-handgun campaign.
"Bullet" was full-blast blasting as I leaned in and found myself bellowing at Harry that "I'm actually a DJ at a station in north-east Jersey and I play stuff from your entire career span". ( true story ! )

  This was deeply satisfying in & of itself . . . letting Harry know that someone out there in the media was as likely to be playing "Old Bones" or "Pretty Soon There'll Be Nothing Left . . " as they were to play "Without Her" or "Without You" ! . . ..
 Or . . . you know . . . some other well-known "One".

  But he turned to someone in his "posse" for a quick look and then went about writing something down on a small triangular scrap of paper . .  which he then handed to me.

It said "701"

 I stood there with stupefaction adding itself to the surreal state one goes into while bellowing at your idols.
 I look at Harry wondering if this was the deli-line number he'd call out when he was ready to slice me some olive-loaf, and a friend next to me had to say "That's his room number".
"oh . . .  I . . .  OH !!!"

  Harry either thought I was implying a requested interview, or perhaps he himself was proposing such a fine idea !

  I may have bowed several times like a wind-up idiot as I stumbled away and proceeded to spend an hour or two floating around the Fest wondering if this was something I was ready to do justice.
Did anyone have a recorder ? Would I take notes furiously ?!
Would we hit it off to the point where I awoke 3 days later to find Ringo asking me not to sleep on his towels like that ?

  The inevitable reality here is that once I saw that he'd closed up the "Bullet-Booth" for awhile and was away, I bravely ventured up to Room 701 only to find a "Do Not Disturb" sign hung on the door.

Well . . . I couldn't just "Ambush" him now, could I ?
That certainly wouldn't be my "Best Move" . . .
He'd prob'ly just tell me to go "Jump Into The Fire" !
And that would be so heart breaking . . . why, "I'd Rather Be Dead" !

( I can just imagine him saying "now who the hell is knockin'
  "At My Front Door" ?? . . . what ?, I "Gotta Get Up" when I'm
    in the "Bath" ??!" )

  So that's how that ended, but it takes nothing from the coolness of his reaction there at the booth. I still have the hand-written room-number of course. . . . as seen above !

  A wonderful exchange, and 4 or 5 years later Harry would challenge me to a friendly informal game of chicken on Route 303 !

 I have these "Close Encounters of The Four Kinds" to treasure forever  . . .  every bit of music and all the fan-stuff that continues to come out and make it all seem new & renewed again  . .  . and the ever deepening community of fellow Harry-Heads to share with.

Hooray I Say !

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Sinister Season -- in a Moony Mood

As we sense the creepy critters crawling, and the end of October coming, it's nigh onto high-time for some more darn spook-a-tunes.

(( and the light blue title below -- that's the download Link, folks.
    sometimes you'll get a Mediafire captcha, 
    but they're harmless butt-pains, unlike this comp))

';'                                                                                    ';'

                  Halloween - 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Did I Wait Too Late to Get Bloggy With It ? -- (( intended Blog background ))

    I, like countless others no doubt, had consider creating a blog for myself for quite awhile.
I'd been on the fence about being on the verge of it fer' years already ! Then it took an increasingly urgent series of events and the need for a linkable post where I could html in a Paypal Donate Button to push me off that fence . . . you see ?

   Well . . .  here you can see Post #1.

I just wish I'd done it while Blogs still looked like my super-pal DJ Useo's.
Hey ! . .  maybe they still do ? . . .  but I sure couldn't get it that way.

Setting up the Blog in general was a succession of snaps ! ---- easy !
Trying to get a custom-background to fit completely and be fully visible ? --- Ha !
Hours of Googling advice from all over the Web-World resulted in quite a few differently sized versions Photoshopped and sitting in the folder.

Here's the full intended image, if this even works !!

A Public Drive to Stay Alive -- An AtoZ Telethon

Even as "life" continues chipping away chunks of me,
my guardian angels have rarely failed to astound me as they save me from deep and actual harm to my personal physical body type self !
And now maybe you'se guys could be Honorary Guardians and help me restore of few of those chipped away chunks :  

                          (( There is a 'Donate Button' at the bottom, in case  

                                              I lose ya' before then ! ))

1- Dec. 10th - 2013
     Cab hits black-ice on bridge pavement . . . slams into 
     tractor-trailer on right, then guard-rail on left. Cab totaled, yet
     my head goes thru no windows.

2- late Jan. - 2014
     Escalating issues on late 2006 iMac finally go full-on fritzo.
     ( detailed below )
     Substitute of 2002 laptop running off Seagate external w/ USB
     is a replacement like a skateboard is a replacement for 747.
     Honestly !, even something as simple as my browser often 
     must be force-quit 5 or 6 times before briefly functioning.
     How wounded must I be before crying out for "Help !" ??

3- Feb. 17th - 2014
     On the night I'm carrying all the weekend's cab-money to leave
     my partner his 50%, I am robbed.
     I had the ballsy brains to let some of the "wad" drop to the floor
     while handing it to Knifey-Boy, but they still got over $300.
     Then ? . .  while leaving, he reached forward and grabbed my 160
     gb iPod and my iPod touch like a guy dipping into the mints
     while leaving the restaurant !

  At the time of my Mac's collapse, my dear buddy DJ Useo informed me he was going to spearhead an appeal for donations, and I'm not the first member of any creative community he's done this for !
He's continually told me I'm creatively unique n' vital n' stuff, and that it's better if I'm able to continue in these ways . . .  apparently, he means it !
(( not sure if there's any truth to it  . . . ))

A few handy examples of my wacky packed crap ? :

If you think, perhaps, that a continuing flow of audio & video pieces like these items above, for example, are worth continuing . . . and for that matter, my life is worth continuing . . you might maybe toss a small amount of funds at my 1st ever "Public Drive to Keep Alive".

Firstly, by "keep alive", I mean 2 rather related things: 

1 - That my late 2006 iMac is . . . well, . . a late 2006 !!
Its been slowly but steadily freezing completely at ran-dumb times, requiring a hard off / restart.
Online diagnosis sure seems to point to the graphics card going wonky, but the whole 2006-ness of it all doesn't suggest that total self-healing has ever been in it's bag of digital tricks.
( some short-term healing, always . . . overall regeneration ? . . prob'ly not )

Edit : 24 hours after 1st writing this Pitiful Appeal, new symptoms reared-up and I could now not restart beyond a start-up Apple w/ green jagged lines, into an eternal blue-screen.
The next day revealed that safe-mode can indeed access "My Baby's Brain" here, but audio, amongst other things, is completely disabled.
Hoo Boy -- the fun never starts !

Other snazzy crap it does isn't likely to get younger neither !!

My business w/ my partner-buddy, Reliable Rides, continues to grow and prosper . . . but keeping up with all those weekly / monthly life costs is one thing, Snapping up a new Mac if mine goes blooey is still a few levels beyond me.

I alluded to if "my life is worth continuing" because, currently, I live in a screened-off section of my brother Jim's living room.
The chair I'm writing this from, and was working up all other spiffy stuff as well, rolls outside the screen so I can murphy down an air mattress at those prone times.
Outside of these items : Mac, chair, mattress . . that's my world right now.
No T.V. . . no room to set-up jigsaw puzzles or coveted collections of ancient artifacts . . nuthin'.
So if my Mac became a dark mirror before I reached-out pleadingly, I would spend 2 or more nights-off a week staring at a wall 3 1/2 feet away !
This is essentially close enough to pound my head into repeatedly by about the 6th hour of bleak unconnected nothingness !!

Save a life with creative purpose and goofy plans . . . save some cool stuff I might just do !
Save my sanity from clamity !!


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