Category: Reviews

Beck Burger – Live @ Rockwood Music Hall

IF you want to hear a killer live performance for free by a musician you may or may not have heard of that can play keyboard like no joke, you gotta check out my man Beck Burger. I just went to his show this past Friday at Rockwood Music Hall.  Beck asked me to video tape the show, so I did using my iPhone, sitting by the Zoom H4 he set up.  Needless to say the band kicked ass and I saw tons of people rocking out to a night of vibe and groove.


Please listen to this live act and make sure you follow up with the guy and let him know how much you enjoyed listening to music for free. (You may comment on this post if you like, I’ll make sure he gets the good news)

I recommend checking out this track if you’re just kicking back and letting loose after a long weekend of work and/or enjoyment.

I know a video of some songs will be made available for viewing very soon, so stay tuned.

Peace and joy,



Elliott Smith and His Beatles Kick

I am a huge Elliott Smith fan.  I can’t say when I started getting into him, because I used to dislike his music when my friend would play it in the car for me.  I guess it wasn’t until I started recording my own music that I realized his had a real influence on me.  What’s more interesting is the profound influence of the Beatles in Elliott’s music.  As I continue to listen to both his songs and the songs of Lennon/McCartney and Harrison, do I begin to really take notes of how individual Beatles’ songs shape Elliott’s own songwriting.

Here are a few examples of obvious influences.  Listen to either the Beatles or Elliott first and see if you can spot how the two songs are similar:

First let’s check out a White Album influence.

Here is Sexy Sadie by the Beatles and Alameda by Elliott Smith:


Did you catch the influence?  Okay, let’s do another one:



Now for one early Beatles influence, listen to the guitar solo similarities:

It’s fun for me to try to track these types of things.  Please let me know if you can pair up any two songs I have missed. Comments?

George Harrison: Living in the Material World Review Part 1

I have to comment on Martin Scorsese’s documentary on George Harrison, entitled “Living in the Material World.”  I first heard of this doc while it was still in post-production by a filmmaker friend of mine who was loosely associated with the film studio.  Of course, being a big Beatle, George Harrison and Scorsese fan myself, I could not wait to see this film.

>>>half a year later…

I watch the film and I am completely moved by every aspect of this sincere and thought-provoking movie.  George Harrison was the soft spoken introspective of the four Beatles, and that definitely comes across in the film.  Being a two part documentary, Scorsese takes you on a life’s journey of one of the most influential groups and eras of music.

I am not writing to make a synopsis of the film because that would take way too long, and I got stuff to do today.  But what I will do is break down a scene from the movie


After the breakup of the Beatles, George Harrison continued his spiritual quest through his music, his devotion to God and collaborations with different groups of artists, one of them being Ravi Shankar.  As you may know, Ravi was one of Harrison’s musical and spiritual gurus, teaching him the sitar and Indian classical tradition.  George spent quality time in India searching for meaning and for God consciousness and was deeply impressed by Ravi Shankar.  While filming one of his own concerts, Harrison poses the following question to Shankar:

“What do you think we should be doing to make our lives better?”

Ravi’s answer:  “What we talk about peace and love, but it’s all – Words. Mouth.  But actually it’s very hard to do it.  I find it’s so much easier through musical notes, musically to reach the heart.  And I feel the communication.  And I wish it was possible to relate the same thing without music.  But I find it very hard. I’m seeing people trying their best by giving lectures and so many talks and things but it’s not really achieving much.  So you and I have more advantage.”

Ravi’s music was his direct connection to love, God and to the heart and soul.  George picked up on that frequency and also had a deep spiritual connection in his own writing.


I really love the song. “Long, long, long” written by Harrison for the Beatles’ White Album.  What makes this song, and so many of the Beatles’ songs so powerful is their sincerity.  True songwriting direct from the heart.  The lyrics  are so full of meaning and the happiness of a man who has finally found God.

I suggest if you have not seen “Living in the Material World” yet, to rent it and take the journey.  It’s really amazing.  I will be posting more analyses in posts to come.

For now, here is an interview clip with George Harrison.  Truth.

Enjoy your day. And please comment.