18 February 2014

"Knockin' on Heaven's Door": Eric Clapton's Reggae Cover (1975)

Composed by Bob Dylan for the soundtrack of Sam Penkinpah's 1973 western drama Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Knockin' on Heaven's Door has gone on to become a folk rock classic. As the Wikipedia contributors note, "[t]he song describes the collapse of a deputy sheriff, dying from a bullet wound; he tells his wife 'Ma, take this badge off me; I can't use it anymore.'" Here's my favorite cover, a reggae influenced version by Eric Clapton from 1975, released as a single and on later compilations.

13 February 2014

"Sleepless in Seattle" (1993): The Perfect Valentine's Day Movie

I just saw this romantic comedy for the first time last night. Today, with a little help from some online research, I realized this 1993 film -- co-written and directed by the late, great Nora Ephron -- would make the perfect Valentine's Day film. Based in part on the classic Cary Grant / Deborah Kerr romance An Affair to Remember (1957), here's a contemporary film romantics of all ages can enjoy.

Happy Valentine's Day!

08 February 2014

Bonnie Riatt & Aretha Franklin: "Since You've Been Gone" (live)

In 1993, at the Nederlander Theatre in New York City, Aretha Franklin did an AIDS benefit featuring some gifted talents of the era, including Smokey Robinson, Bonnie Raitt, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Gloria Estephan and P. M. Dawn. Each spoke of how thrilled they were to perform with Ms. Franklin. When Bonnie stepped up, the two Rhythm and Blues greats combined to give us a unique, moving duet performance. That said, save some attention for Bonnie's soulful slide guitar.