Archive for April, 2015

The Wrecking Crew

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 23, 2015 by damngoodtunes

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In about 2008 I had the fortune of meeting film maker Denny Tedesco in Seattle’s EMP theater along with the Audio Engineering Society, with whom I was an invited guest. Denny was unveiling a film project that had already taken him a decade to bring to this point of near completion. With a few hundred other attendees we were treated to clips of behind the scenes in the music business like no other we had ever viewed before. The dozens of artists who appeared on the screen were responsible for thousands of music tracks on record and in the movies, though  many of them would go on to become icons such as Glen Campbell, Hal Blaine, Leon Russel and  Tommy Tedesco, the former Mr. Tedesco’s father.

After the short feature film was over we gathered in the lobby and met with Denny and a few others involved in the production. Tedesco and I exchanged business cards and I agreed to do some sort of write up about the movie when it was officially released. Not long after, Denny phoned me at Damn Good Tunes and invited me to be his guest at a Vancouver BC premiere, and also to the Hollywood opening. Believe it or not, I couldn’t make either one! I’ve kicked myself in the buttocks a few times over this, believe me! However, there would be an epic saga unfurling and for Denny Tedesco legal battles over the use of some of the music would put his personal life and health on hold for a number of years.

Fast Forward ! It’s 2015 and I’ve just watched The Wrecking Crew movie on Pay Per View with a select number of musicians, producers and friends:

This is the finest music documentary I have ever seen or heard in my life! Not only did it give me the ol’ goose bumps on the arms and a bit of a tear in my eye, but there wasn’t a single part, interview, clip or music piece that was incorrect or out of context. In short, this is a film that every budding musician, songwriter, producer or engineer should be required to watch. All high school and college music programs need to  show this to the students, not only from a historical perspective, as documentaries may lead, but to help musicians understand the kinetic energy, the unspoken communication amongst musicians which is the magic ” pixie dust ” that makes the music real and from the heart, even when reading a chart!

Come back soon for my part 2 opinion and review of ” The Wrecking Crew ”

Bruce J Maier

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When A Man Loves A Woman – Remembering Percy Sledge

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 14, 2015 by damngoodtunes

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Percy Sledge, one of the most timeless entertainers whose voice has filled the air-waves for nearly six decades has passed following health complications. Known mainly for the immortal hit ” When A Man Loves A Woman” Percy recalled later that he signed away the rights to the melody which seemed at the time when he was young and green – to be the right thing to do. However, he was constantly reminded that he cut his wife and children out of much prosperity from his ill-advised move. The first song to ever become a # 1 hit for Muscle Shoals Alabama recording studio, it would later become an iconic melody of love and pain, recorded by dozens and also re-made into a number one song again by American singer Michael Bolton. Sledge will be remembered as a gentle man with a big heart and beautiful smile. Always good to work with in the studio, a family man and a true man of faith.

Bruce J Maier – Publisher /damngoodtunes.com

Footnote comment for all aspiring artists, bands and songwriters; Make sure you have qualified advice before giving away the rights to your music.What happened to Percy Sledge, although he had a full and wonderful career might have been greater yet had he been able to enjoy the fruits of his labor and inspirations, thus providing more for his family’s future through the royalties earned from one of the biggest mega-monster songs in the history of Pop music.

Why Bother?

Posted in Uncategorized on April 7, 2015 by damngoodtunes

I know there are days when we all want to say screw it, just throw in the towel and be a grown-up. We get frustrated because it seems no one is interested in our music, or at least not enough listeners or dancers came to the club last night even though you publicized it well enough. So what’s the problem?
The answer is that the problem is you ( me ). It’s no one else’s fault things are going the way you want them to really. Maybe something you’re doing just isn’t working…maybe there’s another approach you should take or someone else’s advice you should be open to hear. But whatever it is you’ve got to just get up out of your childish self-pity and write or learn a new song. Get out and play, go into the studio and produce something new and fresh. If you’re in a band get them all motivated by example. Change you, and the fans will follow!