June 06 in music history

Today: Steve Earle released Transcendental Blues in 2000 (read more) “…what truly makes this one of Earle’s best records is that he refuses to be pulled down by musical decisions. It’s as if he never faced a problem of whether or not to add this or that instrument, or to veer off in this or that direction. He simply had …

Today: Steve Earle released Transcendental Blues in 2000

“Everybody wants to be somebody’s something Ain’t nobody wants to be blue” Transcendental realism: “…is a concept stemming from the philosophy of Immanuel Kant that implies individuals have a perfect understanding of the limitations of their own minds.” (-wikipedia) Blues: “…refers to the “blue devils”, meaning melancholy and sadness…a depressed mood.” (-wikipedia) Transcendental Blues:  A philosophy that implies individuals have a perfect …

The Saddest Songs in History: Townes Van Zandt’s Marie

Townes Van Zandt’s Marie from his album, No Deeper Blue Marie is one of the most harrowing but touching songs ever written; if you’re not affected in some way by this tune upon hearing it, then you have no soul!  I’m kind of joking (but not much…) No other songwriter brings out emotions the way Townes do, and that’s why his songs stand the …

Today: Steve Earle released Train a Comin in 1995

“This ain’t no part of no unplugged nothin — God, I hate MTV” ~Steve Earle (Liner notes) I got to thinking,…if I don’t make this record now, I won’t get the chance to make it. .. I’m singing the best I’ve sung in years. Mainly [because of] no dope. Heroin relaxes your vocal cords, it lowers the top of your range …

Today: Van Morrison released the album Moondance in 1970 44 years ago

In Moondance, Morrison bursts forth in warm Technicolor. The Van Morrison that the public would come to know and recognize over the decades—Van the Man, the Belfast Cowboy, etc—essentially makes his first appearance on Moondance. ~Erik Hage   This is Van Morrison’s 6th Symphony; like Beethoven’s equivalent, it’s fixated on the power of nature, but rather than merely sitting in …