The Universal Language
Please allow me to be a little cheat here and limit my words as I endeavor to share a few musical gems I stumbled upon while prowling on the pages of the ultimate video site and watching musical performances. A great source of enjoyment for me are the rare collaborations of great artists. A luxury reserved only for the really big acts, these jam sessions never fail to entertain fans. I envy these superstars their privilege to just show up in another superstar's show or recording and jam to their heart's desire. I also love that when they do this, its usually for a noble cause. So they get to do something they really love, they also get to share the stage with other stars like them who they probably admire and they're making a difference of some sort in the lives of others. I'm pretty sure this is a great rush for them, but even more so for their spectators. Let's get this show on the road then...
No one can think musical collaboration without thinking Queen and David Bowie. This has to be the biggest of all of them. The song has spanned generations and has been remade over and over by different artists. But the original is still the best version. I get goosebumps when I hear this song because of the intensity of the rendition of both Eddie Mercury and David Bowie. It sounds so much like they really want to get their message across and you just can't help but pay attention.
Sexiest guitar players of all time
Dylan and Clapton together. I fell in love with Eric Clapton not so much for his music as for his really sexy guitar playing stance. To him its all about the music, when he performs he's just playing on his spot, not to much theatrics, just someone wrapped up in his craft. This is what makes him so hot to watch. This is the same cool stance maintained by Bob Dylan in his performances plus the knitted eyebrows. Its like he's saying "to hell with all of you I'm here to play my music and that's that..."
Watch the moves...
This is the finale of Lilith Fair 1997. On stage are Sarah McLachlan, the Indigo Girls, Jewel, Meredith Brooks and others in a display of girl power. What better song to pick than Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi...
My personal favorites... stipe and vedder
Another finale to a concert for a cause. These are my kings, together on stage. There's been other collaborations of these two artists, but I really love this one because its mostly Michael Stipe
End of the World
I remember being a teenager when Live Aid was aired on television. This is one of the performances that really grabbed me. Live Aid was the most ambitious concert ever and it still is the best one to date. I read somewhere that there's no sound checks or run throughs for the artists, well talent is talent and if you've got its you can take it with you anytime, anywhere. Doing a Jacksons and Jagger original, State of Shock, the crowd went wild with this steaming hot number from an American lady and an English gentleman, pun intended.
another idea for a video compilation...
Covers! This would be a tougher one because the music industry of late lives on covers. Refurbishing old hits and making more money out of it. Some of the remakes are just tired but then there are the really good ones. Like the band Live's cover of Johnny Cash's "I Walk the Line," which became American Idol contender Chris Daughtry's idea for his best performance on the show. Here's a rare find, the studio version of the cover along with a short talk from Ed Kowalczyck. All I can say is that Johnny Cash really knows how to sing his way to a woman's heart. This ends my prolonged distraction with collaborations... Thank you all for stopping by...