Hey, I just found this amazing mp3 converter—and it’s free. http://www.nch.com.au/switch/index.html
It used to be that I could only convert mp3 files in Logic and get better sound at very low bit rates. I had to try something new because Logic’s new 64-bit configuration does not allow a conversion to mp3—you have to be in 32-bit mode, which bites when I forget to change it back.
Definitely the big news is the ridiculous outcome of the election in Iran. Check out “The Song Remains The Same” by Led Zeppelin. It’s sufficiently angry-sounding.
The other piece of music that comes to mind today is “Downtown Train” by Tom Waits. Tom’s version is by far the most interesting, maybe since he wrote it. It’s that feeling I get when I think of the boroughs of NYC and the subway series and cloudy, pensive days. Go Yankees!
“The Soft Weed Factor” by Soft Machine in Honor of Hugh Hopper, composer/bassist. To me they’re a prog-rock version of Weather Report. It may be an acquired taste for some but the real music lovers out here will appreciate their creativity. You know who you are.
Ok, here’s another twofer! Today’s entry is all about Albany’s power struggle; it’s a good time to talk about power and relationships. “Power of One” by Daniel Lanois — a genius — and I think his album “Shine” is exceptional. The other selection is me being funny, I guess, since Golisano and Smith aren’t talking any more. “Why Do Lovers Break Each Others Hearts” by Bob B. Soxx And The Blue Jeans from 1962.
Let’s celebrate Broadway with one of my all-time favorite shows — Jesus Christ Superstar. A word of caution — however — the ONLY satisfactory recording is by the original London cast. Sadly, it’s not on iTunes but I found it for you here but please be careful and make sure it’s the recording from 1970 with Murray Head as Judas: I now direct your attention to the “Overture” which is amazing. There are — of course other tracks that really rock. The whole thing is a very organic recording, even a bit “loose” at times. It all comes together to form something really groundbreaking in Broadway. You really have to have this album; it’s really the only one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musicals that I think is consistent and compelling all the way through.
Ok folks, here’s a triplet for today since I haven’t done one in 3 days. It’s sort of fitting too, since evil comes in 3’s, doesn’t it? I say that because today’s triple evil song score is directed towards Wells Fargo Bank. You can check out the news on them and you’ll see what I mean.
Devil in Disguise by J.J. Cale
Friend of the Devil by Grateful Dead
Evil by Earth Wind & Fire
Check out more by JJ Cale. The others are more well-known but I think JJ Cale’s popularity may have been a little overshadowed by Eric Clapton.
“Why Can’t We Be Friends?” by WAR, sending positive vibes in honor of Obama’s Middle East trip. I like that the title of the song and the band still create some weird tension.
“Son of Mr. Green Genes” by Frank Zappa, Hot Rats 1969: not necessarily for Kim Jong-Un — or about, for that matter — just for fun. Who doesn’t love Zappa?
“Nowhere Again” by The Secret Machines for Air France Flight 447