This is my favorite of The Who's non-Tommy songs. I like all the different things going on here musically (particularly interesting when listening with headphones).
MTV's page about The Who tells why they smashed guitars:
...completely by accident, at a gig at the Railway Hotel, Townshend smashed
his first guitar. It happened by accident, because of a temporary stage
extension that the band had built, which was higher than the stage
itself, and caused him to accidentally hit the ceiling with his
instrument -- frustrated by his damaging of the instrument, and the
crowd's reaction, he struck it again, and again, and soon it was in
pieces, and it was only by using a 12-string Rickenbacker that he'd
recently gotten that Townshend was able to finish the show. The
following week, he discovered that people had heard about this, and had
come to the Railway Hotel to see him smash his guitar. He eventually
obliged with encouragement from Keith Moon, who attacked his drum kit --
and while Lambert and Stamp were at first appalled, Townshend smashed
another guitar to pieces a little bit later with Lambert's
encouragement, as part of his publicity campaign (and it worked, despite
the fact that the journalist for whose benefit he committed the
destruction never actually saw it). In reality, he didn't smash guitars
at every show in those days, and what he was doing, in terms of
generating feedback, sufficed in most audience's minds -- smashing the
guitar, when it did take place, only punctuated the feedback...
One of the few places you can still regularly hear classical music is in figure skating so, besides the beauty of the skating, I've also really enjoyed the music during the Olympic figure skating. In the Exhibition Gala last night, South Korean, gold medal champion Kim Yu-Na skated to the lovely Meditation from the opera, Thais (1894), by the French composer, Jules Massenet. Massenet's operas were very popular in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Here's a performance by Sarah Chang, violinist, with Placido Domingo conducting the Berlin Philharmonic:
It wasn't one of my favorite songs in the 70's, but it's a pleasant way to pass a few minutes. The Native American rock band, Redbone, had a hit single with this song in 1974 (from their album, Wovoka). According to the Wikipedia:
...the name Redbone itself is a joking reference to a Cajun term for a mixed-race person ("half-breed"), the band's members being of mixed blood ancestry.The band referenced Cajun and New Orleans culture many times in their lyrics and performing style. ...According to [co-founder] Patrick Vasquez, it was Jimi Hendrix who talked the musicians into forming an all-Native American rock group
and so they signed as the band "Redbone" to Epic Records in 1969...
Redbone played primarily rock music with R&B, Cajun, Jazz, tribal, and Latin roots.
Here's their 1976 performance from The Midnight Special:
My daughter was listening to Chase This Light this weekend. Always Be is my favorite song of the ones I heard. Every time it came on, I said that I hadn't posted on Musiclectic lately, and I should definitely post this. By the last time or two, my older son grinned at me at the sound of the opening chords.
The music video is fun (I also enjoy its accurate portrayal of field trip reactions). I've always wondered about the band's name, but never bothered to look it up. It doesn't refer to the name of the lead singer, Jim Adkins. Instead, as Last.fm writes:
Tom Linton’s [co-vocalist/guitarist] younger siblings, Ed
and Jimmy, fought constantly when they were younger. Jimmy, who was
stronger and heavier, would usually win. On one instance, Ed, as
revenge, drew a picture with crayons of Jimmy shoving the entire world
into his gaping mouth with the caption, “Jimmy eat world.”