Carlos: Yes. Jazz is very evolved music. With all respect, it’s not greasy kid stuff. I’ve been saying it a long time: jazz is an ocean and then you have a lake and then you have a bathtub. Some people are in the bathtub; they’re afraid to go to the lake. I hang around a deep lake, I don’t necessarily go to the ocean with Charlie Parker and Coltrane. If you take the names in the genre, you’re dealing with frequency, and the frequency that Cindy and I listen to is the frequency of spiritual consciousness that moves the heart. … [Read more...] about Carlos Santana, Cindy Blackman Santana Cover John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’
“And all I do is check the screen/To see if you’re okay/You don’t answer when I phone/Guess you want to be left alone,” Britney sings. How many of us find ourselves in this very same position today? (Follow-up question: Did Britney invent “sliding into the DMs”?) Here we are, two decades later, still waiting for that response, even more so now that we are all hunkering down in separate locations. We can talk to our loved ones, as long as we’re six feet or more apart, but we can’t get any closer. Videos are being passed around on social media of kids visiting their sick grandparents outside windows, unable to hug them goodbye because of the COVID-19 pandemic. An email to your heart goes a long way, these days. … [Read more...] about Did Britney Spears See the Future With ‘E-Mail My Heart’?
I’ve heard rumors that you’ll do a hundred takes for one scene.It happens when actors are unprepared. You cannot act without knowing dialogue. If actors have to think about the words, they can’t work on the emotion. So you end up doing thirty takes of something. And still you can see the concentration in their eyes; they don’t know their lines. So you just shoot it and shoot it and hope you can get something out of it in pieces. Now, if the actor is a nice guy, he goes home, he says, “Stanley’s such a perfectionist, he does a hundred takes on every scene.” So my 30 takes become a hundred. And I get this reputation. If I did a hundred takes on every scene, I’d never finish a film. Lee Ermey, for instance, would spend every spare second with the dialogue coach, and he always knew his lines. I suppose Lee averaged eight or nine takes. He sometimes did it in three. Because he was prepared. … [Read more...] about Stanley Kubrick: The Rolling Stone Interview
The director excused himself and went looking for the facility. I reviewed my notes. Kubrick was born in the Bronx in 1928. He was an undistinguished student whose passions were tournament-level chess and photography. After graduation from Taft High School at the age of seventeen, he landed a prestigious job as a photographer for Look magazine, which he quit after four years in order to make his first film. Day of the Fight (1950) was a documentary about the middleweight boxer Walter Cartier. After a second documentary, Flying Padre (1951), Kubrick borrowed $10,000 from relatives to make Fear and Desire (1953), his first feature, an arty film that he now finds “embarrassing.” Kubrick, his first wife and two friends were the entire crew for the film. By necessity, Kubrick was director, cameraman, lighting engineer, makeup man, administrator, propman and unit chauffeur. Later in his career, he would take on some of these duties again, for reasons other than necessity. … [Read more...] about The Rolling Stone Interview: Stanley Kubrick in 1987
The box set includes Presley’s initial recordings for Sun Records, his early albums, compilations of his singles, all 17 of his film soundtracks and his many live albums. Each of the records features artwork resembling the original releases, including gatefold and die-cut sleeves, original inserts, stickers and other archival material as it appeared. It also includes a 300-page, hardcover book with liner notes by Elvis expert John Jackson and recording notes. … [Read more...] about Elvis Presley’s Albums to Comprise 60-Disc New Box Set