Been a fan of Sonny Landreth since the first time I heard him playing on a record by Cajun band Beausoleil back in the late 1980’s. Then I bought some of his solo albums and also had the good fortune to catch him live in concert in 1992 or 1993 when he opened for Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes at a small club venue in Stockholm.
John Mellencamp – Paper in Fire (live at FarmAid 2010)
Saw this today on YouTube and decided to add the link to my blog because this was the first song John Mellencamp performed at the concert I attended in Stockholm back in January 1988. My first ever visit to a live concert by a foreign artist. Was a great evening which I will never forget.
1990 live performance at FarmAid
Official music video of Paper in Fire
John Mellencamp – Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First). Great video for a classic tune by Mellencamp. From one of his best albums in my opinion. I’ve been a huge fan since the mid-1980s and one of the best concerts I’ve ever seen was Mellencamps legendary 1988 show in Stockholm.
I have probably written posts about Mellencamp’s music before but I don’t care. Whenever I’m in the mood I post another…. Can’t get enough of the man’s music. Ever.
Paul Simon – The Boy in the Bubble. One of my favorite Paul Simon songs. Used to listen to the Central Park concert CD’s a lot while writing a thesis at the university some 11 years ago. Somehow listening to the songs from that concert helped me to find the flow of my writing so that I was sometimes seeing the finished page of text before my eyes while I was still typing it. Almost like there was no need to think at all. That has not happened since then and I have no idea why it did then but I know I had to meet a deadline and had lots of pages to type and that time was running out when suddenly everything fell into place and I just had to try to type it all as fast as I could move my fingers across the keys.
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band live in Paris 1985 – Because the Night. Another all time favorite Bruce song that I had to wait until the live box to get my hands on in a good quality version but it was worth waiting for. This version from Paris is pretty damn good too. Only one problem the drum sound that was used on this tour didn’t really fit the songs or the band’s style but I guess it was the decade of synthetic sounds in music.
No this is not the movie, this is a damn good song by John Mellencamp. I remember him playing it at his latest (probably last) concert in Sweden 1992. I was there and this song moved me a lot in the live version. The studio version is very moving too. Most of all I like Lisa Germano‘s violin. I think it was a brilliant idea to add her to the band. Changed the sound for the better of many songs both the new and the older ones that were performed.
John Mellencamp – Love and Happiness. One of my favorite Mellencamp songs. I still remember seeing this song performed live in concert in 1992 in Stockholm. Sadly probably that show was the last time Mellecamp will ever be on stage in Sweden. That show was great but the arena was far from sold out and I was sad to see so many empty seats. Only four years earlier the arena in Stockholm had been filled to the last seat when Mellencamp toured behind his The Lonesome Jubilee album. However John Mellencamp was great and the band was great and the show had some fine highlights. Especially a moving version of Jackie Brown .
I don’t think this needs a comment. The music speaks for itself…