Seems somewhat sequitir to mention Ms. Carole Colman here: the first "out" transsexual in pop music (not a bad bass player either).I remember when the connection between the words 'tranny' and 'music' meant the portable radio on which you listened to it.
They weren't a bad band ! Actually, Kid Creole had been together since the late 70's, and I think Wayne transitioned to Jayne in around '78 (?)....so Carole and Wayne were contemporaries....Before that there was Wayne County, wouldn't post any videos, frighten the horses.
He was still calling himself Wayne when I saw them in 78, as for bad I've seen worse.They weren't a bad band ! Actually, Kid Creole had been together since the late 70's, and I think Wayne transitioned to Jayne in around '78 (?)....so Carole and Wayne were contemporaries....
I think you summarised it perfectly.I think you can reach perfection in art. It isn't in the execution, though, but in the fulfilment of the artist's "mission", which is to communicate something to one or more listeners. You can perfectly execute music and yet have it say little except how hard you worked practicing and how much facility you gained. On the other hand, a sloppy blues lick at the beginning of a song can communicate perfectly what you meant to say.
On the subject of Glen Campbell and in the spirit of sharing!A session was set up and Glen Campbell came in with his guitar. He chatted with the engineer and producer for a few minutes while setting up his gear. They ran the track and he played a solo over it. Nailed it in one take. I'm not a fan of country and the song wasn't challenging in the sense that some jazz tunes can be. Campbell's performance was so musical, I was blown away. Structure, note choice, facility, not showy, just in the right places, all these qualities and more made me think he could have done 20 different takes and they'd have been as good. I thought then that it was as close to perfection as is humanly possible. In tech we speak of "five nines" (99.999%). I'd rate Campbell at five nines. There may be an example of him somewhere that is less that excellent, but I'd bet 99.999% of his work fulfilled the promise of reaching an unbiased audience on multiple levels.
I love this. One of those gems where the lyrics, music, players and singer are all top notch. It feels so off the cuff and natural, like they were sitting around a camp fire.On the subject of Glen Campbell and in the spirit of sharing!
There are a few music clips on Youtube that I like to revisit from time to time. I usually do so late on a Friday night with a glass of something and headphones on! One of them is this clip of Glen Campbell. Actually, in the past it was a slightly shorter clip of the same performance, which isn't very good quality. But having just searched for the clip to post here, I came across this much better quality clip.
It's well worth 4 minutes of your morning, even if you've seen it countless times..The Guitar break is so seemingly casual and the atmosphere in the contrived TV environment so genial. My Guitar skills don't go much beyond camp fire strumming, but I can appreciate the technicality and accomplishment. This little off the cuff performance of a short Country tune is pretty close to Perfection, if you ask an Amateur like me!
Skip to 1:50 if you want to go straight to the song..