As a deejay and record collector, I love to go ‘digging’ pretty frequently and buy used records most of the time. It’s a meditative, spiritual exercise of sorts, to spend an hour (or often a few hours) getting my fingers dirty, sifting through and being mesmerized by binfuls and stacks of previously owned LPs. Even with the simplicity and speed of shopping online these days, I much prefer to run across a forgotten gem somewhere in a dusty old record store.
This one here, Peter Green’s ‘In The Skies’ LP from 1979, I first ran across at a former deejay’s house about ten years ago. I had heard of Peter Green and knew his history as the man who founded the original Fleetwood Mac in the late 1960s. In fact, the legendary group that we all know and love was originally named “Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac,” whose core members, along with Green, were Mick Fleetwood and John McVie (though he was not their first bassist). Green is also credited with writing the song Black Magic Woman, made famous by San Francisco Bay area band Santana, plus a few other artists who recorded excellent renditions. He was also a guitarist for John Mayall & The Blues Breakers. Having never encountered this LP in a record shop, I offered my friend $40 for it, knowing it was two or three times above what I could get it for online since it was a US pressing and not the original UK pressing. He was a friend after all. However, he didn’t want to part with it.
Nonetheless, here it is in my hands ten years later. Instead of the $40 dollars that I was willing to part with all those years ago, I saved $25, having found it at a small record shop in Tucson, AZ for $15. There I was, on the first day of what turned out to be an amazing road trip, just walking about to check out the local flavor, and boom!…found it. Sweet. The thing is, I could’ve bought the album online for probably less than $10, but there’s no way that package would have arrived with the same amount of satisfaction.
Anyway, below is a video of one of my favorite tunes from the LP. Peter Green takes the lead guitar duties on this one and it’s oh so soulful. The song is Fool No More. Light a candle or two (a la the Cameron Crowe film Almost Famous) and let this play through.
One of the best TED Talks that I’ve come across in a while. This is the blueprint for change…and a sterling example of why, as the shirt says and as the softer more nurturing and associative behaviors being championed here by Cleo Wade suggest, THE FUTURE IS FEMALE. Forget the saying “She’s Gotta Have It”, women already got it because they get it.
Did my weekly check-in at TED.com to see if there were any new talks to check out and found this lil’ nugget that I posted above. Though I’m nowhere near as obsessive about finding rare vinyl as are these hardcore collectors or even as are many friends in my community of LA deejays, I’ve been collecting music since I was about eight years old and definitely understand the passion and the lengths diggers will go to in their quests for ‘holy grail’ items. Spend a few minutes with this…it’s pretty cool and his anecdotal material on the importance and relevance of diggin’ is spot on.
After I stayed for a few more awesome deejay sets (big up MIKE STYLES and ARTI!) at Saturday’s ARTISM event, I headed out to THE BLUE WHALE jazz club in Little Tokyo for an event that I wasn’t sure that I’d be able to attend. I’m so glad that I did. Titled “Celebrating African Heritage”, I wasn’t sure what to expect, given that the impact of African culture throughout the world has been vast and glorious. Fronted by Brazilian guitarist Marcel Camargo, however, I quickly learned that the music would focus on music from Brazil, Martinique, the USA, and Africa, of course. Upon arrival, I noticed that 1) the performance area was set up in a circular ‘roda’ fashion, with the musicians facing the center of the circle and the audience seated all around them 360 degrees, and 2) that there seemed to be a particular preponderance of percussion instruments. As the musicians gathered in the circle, the roster boasted a handful of LA’s heaviest percussion firepower: Leo Costa, Gibi dos Santos, Alberto Lopez, Andre de Santanna and Kahlil Cummings. The video below is :25 clip of the beginning of the show. My apologies for not capturing Brazililan vocalist Thalma de Freitas, who was positioned directly across from Marcel Camargo and hidden from my vantage point as I panned across. It was an amazing night and I’m hopeful that Marcel and Dexter Story (musical director) will get the group together again soon!