Watched the 'The Beatles GET BACK', a 3-part documentary on Disney+, and not only do you feel like you're in the room with them during their writing process but you witness the rollercoaster of band dynamics. A lot of those 'push & pull' moments will be familiar if you've ever been part of a creative group (of any kind) but this happens to be with one of the most influential bands in the world.
Critics have commented that it is too long (total runtime is nearly eight hours) and that it shows too many 'small moments' but those are the ones that really humanize them and the situations they're in... they don't get to the historical rooftop performance without them.
I definitely have a deeper understanding and appreciation for them and Billy Preston... warts and all. Warning: don't watch this if you're trying to quit smoking because I wouldn't be surprised if the tobacco industry funded this entire project.
Which one was more uncomfortable?
Here's Mal Evans with his tambourine from The Beatles GET BACK documentary... this takes place before the 'Instant Karma' video.
"I left Twitter because of Roblox. Or rather I made the decision when I was telling my 7 year old off because she was playing it too much and I realised I was standing holding my wife's phone (I don't own one) and looking at a comic-book creator randomly and angrily swearing at no-one in particular that they should wear a mask and a hashtag calling for the firing of a lady who reads the news on British TV for something I can't even remember. I actually paused and wondered what the Hell I was doing. I was living in The Matrix, getting angry or delighted by nothing in particular while dead-eyed Jack Dorsey sits back in his giant electric egg and feeds on our passions like they're M&Ms."
"Basically, I realised that I was completely wasting my time as much as my seven year old was as she built a house in Brook Haven, but as a man I should know better. So I logged off, handed the account over to our brilliant marketing team in LA (who run our Facebook and Instagram pages) and stepped back into the real world."
On this day, May 12th, 1994... I was in Day 3 of a 5-day run at Chubby's Country Palace Night Club in Heath, OH with a female vocalist, Biada. The band was a typical bass, drums, keys, guitar configuration and we were on the road constantly for two years before imploding in Anchorage... but that's another story.
FINALLY... my first theater show in over a year!! Here are some highlights from my recent trip to Arkansas with the fellas in Shawn Gerhard's Ultimate Garth Brooks Experience.
I've never had the pleasure of meeting Larnell Lewis but I've been a fan of his for quite some time. His latest Drumeo video features him hearing and playing Metallica's "Enter Sandman" having never done either before. Hats off to Drumeo for showing something that is rarely seen in a video... the drummer listening and absorbing an entire track right before having to play it. It's a situation that most musicians have found themselves in whether listening down to a demo in the studio or having someone adding a song before going on stage... it can be scary if you haven't worked on those muscles.
The other MVP of the Super Bowl is the crowd noise controlled by Head Sound Mixer at NFL Films, Vince Caputo. With less than capacity crowds, it was determined that there should be some audio sweetening while the game is being played. #DJfootball
The sound machine system consists of a laptop, audio interface, and controller that can replay different levels of crowd reactions... cheers, disappointment, and even boos.
Pre-COVID, the sound team had been building a sound library of crowd noises by recording in different stadiums. Now the crowd noise can be specific to the stadium that it was originally recorded in.