Steven Wilson Takes A Detour …

… or does he?

This little ditty from his next album was released this week …



… and the usual armchair critics are already weighing in – as I type, just shy of 70,000 views and already there are nearly 500 thumb downs … to give you a comparison – two other tracks off his next album.

  • Pariah – over 600,000 views with 208 thumb downs
  • Song of One – just shy of 300,000 views with 421 thumbs down

I think it is clear that the thumbs down are way out of proportion … but I have a theory.

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Fifty Years

A Lot Can Happen

I was delighted to guest on Randall Rospond’s Manao Radio Show yesterday. Fun as always. Thought I would share the interview with some of the songs we played from The Beatles Sergeant Pepper’s and Pink Floyd’s First Album – Piper At The Gates Of Dawn. I chose those two albums since Sergeant Pepper’s is inextricably linked with ’67 – and The Summer of Love – but you might have forgotten that 1967 was also the year when The Floyd released their first album. What you might not be so aware of is that both albums were recorded in Abbey Road – at round about the same time.

The Interview

 

 

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Spend Your Life Doing Something You Love

I was born in ’67
The year of Sgt. Pepper
And are you experienced

… no, not me. That would be Steven Wilson. Those lyrics are extracted from the track Time Flies, from the album The Incident.

It’s a great song, and I was reminded of those opening lyrics when I saw that The Beatles were releasing the 50th Anniversary of Sergeant Peppers. Fifty Years since ‘The Summer Of Love’. That means Wilson is fifty years old this year. I’ve written about him before in many places – not least of which on this very blog. This link takes you to the various posts – well worth a click around and through if you have a Wilson interest.

Meanwhile, on a very different blog, we recently got into a discussion of great musicians, bands, performers etc that you might feel should be more publically acknowledged. For me – Wilson is right at the top of my list. One of my friends asked for a ‘where do I start to get into him’ … he asked because SW is – to say the least … prolific.

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Joan Baez Rocks Maui

This article, written by Rick Chatenever, was first published on the Maui News. Read it in full here.

Wearing a black T-shirt with the label “Nasty Woman,” she sang her first song to the “Nasty Man” now occupying the White House. It was a blistering condemnation, echoing many revelations coming out of the so-called fake-news media — only hers rhymed. Her original composition was not a very good song, she joked with the audience, adding that any of us could come up with a better one after we got home that night.

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Jamie Gallo Rocks It

A little surprise popped into my inbox this morning from good Maui friend and musician – Jamie Gallo, writing  …

It’s Raining here on Maui and all I want to do is jump in puddles all day long !  Rain Washes, Awakens.

Through fear from within ourselves or fear from what others impose on us, we are set free to be all we are purposed to be.
Enjoy this song “AWAKENING” and spread ALOHA one song at a time.

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