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Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

🦋 Kinks

Ellen and I got our tickets today to see Ray Davies! He'll be playing at the end of the month in Montclair. Well I'm excited: The Kinks are a band I've always liked when I listen to their music, although I'm not very familiar with the span of their œuvre, I know a lot of their songs and love when they come on the radio -- as Ellen was saying earlier, the trouble with The Kinks is all their songs are just so catchy, you can't stop singing them when you hear one.

I don't really know anything about Davies as a solo act, I understand he plays a lot of the old Kinks tracks and some new music as well. Everything I've been reading online over the past few years suggests it's going to be a great show.

And what great timing! Holly of The Song In My Head Today has picked November as the month of The Kinks; every day she is posting reflections on a song of theirs, one song per album, in chronological order. So far:

  1. Stop Your Sobbing, from The Kinks.
  2. Nothin' in the World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'Bout That Girl, from Kinda Kinks.
  3. Where Have All the Good Times Gone, from The Kink Kontroversy.
  4. Too Much on My Mind, from Face to Face.

posted evening of November 4th, 2009: 2 responses
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Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

🦋 Audience Participation

So Ray Davies has (as Holly has been demonstrating all month) a huge catalog -- he made wonderful use of it tonight when Ellen and I saw him playing at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, playing his greatest hits ("Lola", "You Really Got Me"), my personal favorites ("Come Dancing", "Waterloo Sunset"), songs I knew vaguely ("Low Budget", "Where Have All the Good Times Gone"), songs I had heard of ("Demon Alcohol"), and songs I had never heard of ("Cowboys in Vietnam"); and even one song he claimed himself to have forgotten having written -- "Moments", which he said he was playing because a Finnish journalist who was interviewing him requested it, and he had to look it up on YouTube to figure out what song the journalist was talking about.

A great, great show, and what I think will stick with me about it is the degree of participation from the audience -- from me and the people sitting around me and everyone in the theater. On every song, however well I knew or did not know it, I was bopping my head, stomping my feet, snapping my fingers, clapping my hands, bellowing out responses to Davies' calls. He played for two hours and my attention -- and the attention, it seemed to me, of the audience as a whole -- never flagged. I hope somebody posts a set list online, I'd like to remember all the songs he played.

posted evening of November 24th, 2009: 2 responses

Friday, November 27th, 2009

🦋 Hi Kinks fans!

Hey look, I got linked from! They linked some other reviews of the Wellmont show too:

  • No Expiration -- a blog about timeless music. No set list, but many of the songs Ray played are named.
  • Ken Schlager's review in New Jersey Monthly.
  • Jonny Diamond's (kind of callow) review in L Magazine.
  • ...Looks like Jon Mandle of Crooked Timber was there as well.
Thanks for stopping by -- if you'd like to read some of what I've written about listening to music, check out my archives...

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Saturday, August 27th, 2011

🦋 Waiting for the hurricane to hit New York City

Many thanks to Holly Hughes for introducing me to The Kinks' song "Lost and Found" -- I had never heard it before today, and boy is it a beautiful song. So John came over this afternoon and of course we had to try and work out a cover version of it... It is as John says "a little too perfect" for today.

How did we do? Well... I am by no means any Ray Davies. But I think what we came up with after a couple of takes is starting to sound pretty good. See what you think:

Notes: I need to sing it a step lower I think, or something. It was very happy-making, successfully to modulate to a new key at the end of the song though -- I don't think we've ever actually done that before.

posted evening of August 27th, 2011: 1 response
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