I just caught an episode last night(I think it was #3) mostly on the Hillbilly Shakespeare, Hank Williams, amazing, I heard quite a few things I’d never heard about before, very interesting. I will try and watch the whole thing.
I saw the first one. It was quite good. I learned a lot. That’s why I like watching Ken Burns series. They’re not perfect, but they’re pretty well made overall.
I should keep a notepad nearby when I watch those things, I think I heard a couple details they mentioned last night that didn’t sound quite right to me. But something just dawned on me last night I don’t think I have ever noticed before, when the narrator is talking it’s factual information, when the talking heads are on, that’s interpretation and or analysis, ie opinion.
PFC has hit a lot of homers, doing what they do. This one may be their best yet.
For my birthday…
This has been over-cooked, and the original raw video was better before they let a “producer” get hold of it. Eva was the genius of herself and needed no help.
A hundred big names have covered this, but she OWNS it.
I love Eva, I’m sad she’s gone. Happy Birthday!!
Bonne anniversaire, Monsieur Cuillère
Jaco worked on this song for 9 years.
I’m sure I posted this in the past, and given a sufficient interval of time will probably post it again.
Read Fagen’s remembrance of Becker in full below:
Walter Becker was my friend, my writing partner and my bandmate since we met as students at Bard College in 1967. We started writing nutty little tunes on an upright piano in a small sitting room in the lobby of Ward Manor, a mouldering old mansion on the Hudson River that the college used as a dorm.
We liked a lot of the same things: jazz (from the twenties through the mid-sixties), W.C. Fields, the Marx Brothers, science fiction, Nabokov, Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Berger, and Robert Altman films come to mind. Also soul music and Chicago blues.
Walter had a very rough childhood - I’ll spare you the details. Luckily, he was smart as a whip, an excellent guitarist and a great songwriter. He was cynical about human nature, including his own, and hysterically funny. Like a lot of kids from fractured families, he had the knack of creative mimicry, reading people’s hidden psychology and transforming what he saw into bubbly, incisive art. He used to write letters (never meant to be sent) in my wife Libby’s singular voice that made the three of us collapse with laughter.
His habits got the best of him by the end of the seventies, and we lost touch for a while. In the eighties, when I was putting together the NY Rock and Soul Review with Libby, we hooked up again, revived the Steely Dan concept and developed another terrific band.
I intend to keep the music we created together alive as long as I can with the Steely Dan band.
September 3 2017
This was 8 years ago, and I just now heard it. I sorta feel that nothing from Van’s 1970 album should ever be covered, but the last 2 minutes of this changed my mind completely.
That young lady gots some skills!
OK, so Kinga doesn’t have Mohini’s right hand, but I think she is cute af
And her music feels more attainable for a n00b like moi
Not knocking her a bit. Actually like her tonal choices better than Mohini’s for that matter.
@Wabbit … this looks like an encore call. Talk about getting your money’s worth.
You’ll have to click thru to YT.
Holey smokes, I thought that they stole that from my musings from when I was 4 and wasn’t yet taking lessons. But it’s a real thing and she plays it faster than other recordings I found. It looks nigh on impossible to pull off, but one of the YTs I found follows with the piano music and she pretty much nails it.
Color me astounded