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What's Your Favorite Song Of All Time?
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Mine is: "Is Your Love In Vain" by Bob Dylan "Street Legal" (1978).Continue

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Tim M. Otto commented on big boy's blog post 'Robert Gordon – I'm Coming Home (Album Review)'
"I should also mention that The Stray Cats probably walked away with an audience that certainly could have been Robert Gordon's had the timing and promotion been different. And we all would have been better off for it."
Jun 17
Tim M. Otto commented on big boy's blog post 'Robert Gordon – I'm Coming Home (Album Review)'
"Grant, Thanks for the write up on a great Artist I saw live back in the late 1970's sometime. He had been recording with Link Wray on guitar...but when I saw him there was Chris Spedding on guitar. I will never forget Robert's DA waving…"
Jun 17
Tim M. Otto commented on Jeff Burger's blog post '14 Facts About Leonard Cohen'
"Jeff,  I knew about half of these fun facts. Liked  the one about typing underwater. Thanks for the list and I prefer his early work(s)."
Jun 6
Tim M. Otto left a comment for Chris Charles
"Chris, Have you read my latest blog on the village?"
Apr 8
Tim M. Otto commented on Tim M. Otto's blog post 'Various Artists – Greenwich Village: Music That Defined A Generation (DVD Review)'
"Thanks Douglas...There used to be a Café Lena here in Portland where I did some performing & filmmaking back in the early 1990's. I'll look for the book."
Apr 8
Douglas Strobel commented on Tim M. Otto's blog post 'Various Artists – Greenwich Village: Music That Defined A Generation (DVD Review)'
"A great adjunct to this story is Caffe Lena: a new book about a woman (lena) and a place (the caffe) in Saratoga Springs NY...one of the first "out of town bookings that Dylan got....I got it from the library....don't miss it if you are…"
Apr 8
Mashka Kott commented on Tim M. Otto's blog post 'Various Artists – Greenwich Village: Music That Defined A Generation (DVD Review)'
"wowall the "Llewin Davis" backstages!"
Apr 7
Jeremy Gaunt (music JJMG) commented on Tim M. Otto's blog post 'Various Artists – Greenwich Village: Music That Defined A Generation (DVD Review)'
"Thanks for this. Can't wait to see it."
Apr 7
Stina commented on Tim M. Otto's blog post 'Various Artists – Greenwich Village: Music That Defined A Generation (DVD Review)'
"Sounds fantastic."
Apr 6
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Various Artists – Greenwich Village: Music That Defined A Generation (DVD Review)

Did you ever wonder where the pop star Carly Simon got her start? It turns out...she had a sister named Lucy and they both started in Greenwich Village together. I didn't know that until I saw this fantastic documentary directed by: Laura Archibald! I thought Carly had come out of L.A. along with James Taylor back in the early 1970's. It turns out, she had a whole different persona with her sister Lucy in The Village in the early 1960's. In other words...that's where she really got her…See More
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Various Artists – Greenwich Village: Music That Defined A Generation (DVD Review)

Did you ever wonder where the pop star Carly Simon got her start? It turns out...she had a sister named Lucy and they both started in Greenwich Village together. I didn't know that until I saw this fantastic documentary directed by: Laura Archibald! I thought Carly had come out of L.A. along with James Taylor back in the early 1970's. It turns out, she had a whole different persona with her sister Lucy in The Village in the early 1960's. In other words...that's where she really got her…See More
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Bob Dylan & The Band "Before The Waves 1974" Artist Review

In 1974, I was 14 years old and attending junior high at the Madrona  school in Edmonds, Washington. I was in the 9th grade. But, ironically, I was the only kid in my junior high who idolized Bob Dylan. 14 years old is a little young for such intellectual material and idolatry.This was also the year that Nixon resigned from the Watergate scandal so us young folks really needed our heroes bad. at least that was…See More
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Bob Dylan & The Band "Before The Waves 1974" Artist Review

In 1974, I was 14 years old and attending junior high at the Madrona  school in Edmonds, Washington. I was in the 9th grade. But, ironically, I was the only kid in my junior high who idolized Bob Dylan. 14 years old is a little young for such intellectual material and idolatry.This was also the year that Nixon resigned from the Watergate scandal so us young folks really needed our heroes bad. at least that was…See More
Mar 17
Tim M. Otto commented on Tim M. Otto's blog post 'One Song By Bob Dylan: "Is Your Love In Vain?" "Street Legal"'
"Yeah Glenn,  I think you either really dig this album...or you don't get it. Thanks."
Mar 14
Glenn Humphrey Swarbrick commented on Tim M. Otto's blog post 'One Song By Bob Dylan: "Is Your Love In Vain?" "Street Legal"'
"I too fell in love with Street Legal when it was released and I was living in Quebec City. I remember the review in Rolling Stone, attempting to analyze what Bob was looking for on the cover. It remains one of my favorite albums of all time today!"
Mar 13
Rick Schoff commented on Tim M. Otto's blog post 'One Song By Bob Dylan: "Is Your Love In Vain?" "Street Legal"'
"There IS some good stuff on 'Planet Waves,' but the album's sound isn't very good. Referring back to the original post: the 'Hard Rain' album from right around the same time as 'Blood on the Tracks' may be the…"
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Various Artists – Greenwich Village: Music That Defined A Generation (DVD Review)

Did you ever wonder where the pop star Carly Simon got her start? It turns out...she had a sister named Lucy and they both started in Greenwich Village together. I didn't know that until I saw this fantastic documentary directed by: Laura Archibald! I thought Carly had come out of L.A. along with James Taylor back in the early 1970's. It turns out, she had a whole different persona with her sister Lucy in The Village in the early 1960's. In other words...that's where she really got…

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Bob Dylan & The Band "Before The Waves 1974" Artist Review

In 1974, I was 14 years old and attending junior high at the Madrona  school in Edmonds, Washington. I was in the 9th grade. But, ironically, I was the only kid in my junior high who idolized Bob Dylan. 14 years old is a little young for such intellectual material and idolatry.

This was also the year that Nixon resigned from the Watergate scandal so us young folks really needed our heroes…

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Posted on March 17, 2014 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

One Song By Bob Dylan: "Is Your Love In Vain?" "Street Legal"

In 1978,  Bob Dylan was fed up with his ex wife Sarah and decided to write at least an album's worth of material about it. This is just about one song on the album.

The name of the song is: "Is Your Love In Vain?" and contains some of the most directly spiteful lyrics Dylan ever wrote. He does not pull one punch in this song...and that is why it is my favorite song. Maybe as a fellow songwriter, I could relate to the pain Dylan was going through? And despite his pose for this album as…

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Posted on March 6, 2014 at 11:00am — 12 Comments

Mickey Newbury: Musical Pioneer You've Never Heard Of

Sometime in the late 1960's, Mickey wrote: "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" for Kenny Rogers and The First Edition. although based out of Nashville with publisher Acuff/Rose, Mickey had crossed over into pop. Then,  in 1973, Mickey arranged and copyrighted "American Trillogy" for Elvis Presley which was beamed by sattelight  from Hawaii all over the world live when Elvis performed there. There was also a double album that went with the concert and it…

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Posted on January 10, 2014 at 7:30pm — 31 Comments

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At 2:22pm on February 12, 2014, Rio King said…

Tim, you are so right about the way Norman Petty got his sound.  Our band, The Techniques, recorded there in Dec '64 and it seemed like the sound he got was magical.  I was barely aware of how he was doing it, but it popped like no other sound we ever got after that: (other studios' recordings seemed so flat). Thanks for giving me insight into how he was doing it.

Anyway, that night, after the session, Norman asked me if I wanted to have my music "published". I said "Sure", not thinkeing there was going to be much in it for me. Who would want to buy the sheet music of a garage band instrumental?  Well, I was right about the lack of demand for sheet music, and we did quite well with our record sales and appearances, but I didn't know I was selling him my songs (a familiar theme of the era). 

While I'm not still waiting for vast royalty checks to come rolling in, I would like to get my songs back, just for nostalgia.  How did you get yours?  Do you know who owns the Petty catalog so I could inquire about it?

Also, re: Mickey Newbury.  Two of my favorites of his are "She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye", by Jerry Lee, and "Why You Been Gone So Long", by anyone.  Check out a nice, easy CD tribute to Mickey by Cowboy Johnson (great voice) out of another favorite studio I use down in Austin [plug], Moonhouse Studio. 

best, Rio

At 9:13pm on July 29, 2012, Dana Spiardi said…

Dear Tim - thanks for your nice words about my Bobbie Gentry piece!  "Ode to Billie Joe" was one of my favorite songs from childhood. It seemed so spooky to me, and I love spooky things. The violins in that song give it such a haunting feel.  Bobbie and Glen did record an album together in 1968. I saw Glen in Pittsburgh a few months back and he was AMAZING!  Made me cry!  Again, I appreciate your support.  Dana 

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At 11:29am on June 26, 2012, Bill Conrad said…

Tim- Thanks for staying in touch. I've send a Friend Request your way.  I always tell interested folk that my primary claim to fame during my dozen active years in the music biz is working with the bass players for both Buddys--Buddy Holly AND Buddy Knox. I worked for Jimmy Bowen and Waylon Jennings. No wonder I'm writing and talking about those two legends almost 40(!) years later.  By the way, both men wrote very good autobiographies.

 
 
 

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