Monday, March 15, 2010

You and Me and Leslie..

I was supposed to do my income taxes today. Supposed to.. so you know the ending. Instead, since Julie went shopping this afternoon, I spent most of the time listening to a bunch of music on CD's and DVD's. A much better use of time, if you ask me!

Here's the playlist:

San Lorenzo - Pat Metheny Group. This is one of my all-time favorite songs from one of my favorite albums. This first track I would describe as the soundtrack for the best vacation you've ever had. It is simply an incredible composition.

Last tracks on Abbey Road, from, You Never Give Me Your Money, to the end of the album - The Beatles. This is such a great progression of songs. If you ever forget why the Beatles were so revered, just listen to this.

Thunder Road and Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen. The volume was turned up fairly high on the preceding tracks but went higher for these two. The Boss was so amazing back in the 70's. This stuff is better than anything in the rock and roll arena that anyone came out with in the following three decades.

Mother and Child Reunion, Duncan, Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard, Something So Right, and American Tune - Paul Simon. I played these albums a LOT back in the 70's but can't remember the last time I listened to any of these except for hearing one or two on the radio. It was just nice to hear and appreciate them again.

Dialogue Part I and II, Saturday in the Park, and Goodbye - Chicago. Before they got goofy, they used to be really good. This fifth album was a departure in style from what came before but it is still one fine album. Dialogue really rocks; Saturday in the Park is the perfect weekend celebratory tune.

I Feel the Earth Move, So Far Away, It's Too Late, and Home Again - Carole King (on SACD). It's a little early to play this one because for me it is a summertime album. Takes me back to 1971, one fun summer. This is one of the best albums ever recorded. I am so happy that Carole is still going strong after all these years, too!

Pines of Rome, Rhapsody In Blue, and Piano Concerto No. 2, Allegro, Opus 102 - from Fantasia 2000 (on DVD). I wanted to have some video accompaniment to the music and you can't go wrong with this disc.

Spiral, and If - Hiromi Uehara (Live in Concert DVD). This is an odd DVD because it is recorded in regular stereo. And the recording level is on the low side so you have to really turn up the volume. Those quirks aside, if you want to see/hear one fantastic piano player, watch and listen to this. She is amazing. The bassist and drummer are incredible, too, but the spotlight is on Hiromi. Her fingers fly so fast over the keyboard that you soon stop paying attention to her big hair, haha..

There's simply too much to listen to and not enough time! I was thinking maybe I should have one of those music servers that people use so I can pick and choose what tracks to play instead of getting up and down to change discs.


donna said...

"You and me endlessly." Silly, boy.

Rickie Miyake said...

That's an urban myth that he is saying "endlessly." He is really saying "you and me and Leslie." I checked it on Snopes, haha..

donna said...

Wow, all this time... I thought it was endlessly...Thanks!

Rickie Miyake said...

Well actually it is "endlessly." But when you tell people it was verified on Snopes, they just assume it is true even though no one bothers to verify if you really verified it or not.

That said, "you and me and Leslie" is like one of those cult things.. just like "excuse me while I kiss this guy." Or "you don't need a pinhead just to hang around.." lol..

Elisabeth L. Uyeda said...

I was infatuated with the drummer, Dino Danelli.

Rickie Miyake said...

From Jackson Browne's "Rosie" -

"The more I watched her watch them play,
The less I thought of to say,
And when they walked off stage the drummer swept that girl away.."

Yeah, if only, haha..