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jkallman
Posted: Jan 14, 2018 18:05
 

This is one of my favorite songs he does.  I was fortunate to watch him for free at the New Varsity Theater while growing up in Palo Alto.
dkgillett
(Canada)
Posted: Oct 17, 2017 9:12
 

 Kokoloco53 wrote:
Just wished Michael Hedges could keep on playing, here on earth.

 
If you liked MH, you might like Willy Porter.
CeluiquiCherche
Posted: Oct 03, 2017 3:21
 

Je vous conseille à tous le double CD sur les dix premières années de Windham Hill Records (Windham Hill: The First Ten Years).
I would advise all of you to have a double CD on the first ten years of Windham Hill Records (Windham Hill: The First Ten Years).
Kokoloco53
(Southeastern Arizona)
Posted: Feb 14, 2017 16:32
 

Just wished Michael Hedges could keep on playing, here on earth.
zedstation
Posted: Dec 31, 2016 13:39
 

Yes, same thought every time.

linz_bobinz wrote:
I keep expecting Joni Mitchell to start singing.

 


BKardon
(Louisville, CO)
Posted: Nov 14, 2016 15:43
 

Still bummed I never got to see him play live.
jocelynsart
(Toronto, Canada)
Posted: Nov 06, 2016 11:57
 

I always for some reason, think this is Bruce Coburn
Hannio
(Austin, TX)
Posted: Oct 31, 2016 6:04
 

Rickover's dream was a nuclear navy.  Different Rickover, maybe.
RC_in_Bezerkeley
(People's Republic of Berkeley)
Posted: Oct 14, 2016 13:26
 

 nook wrote:
Most of us tend to filter through our experiences.  Seeing the title of this song kicked in the old dusty submariner filter.  I could almost smell the sea rushing over the deck as the boat transited on the surface at night in the balmy tropics.  Strange juxtaposition, calm and peace, a sense of all was right in the world, experienced from the deck of a nuclear submarine transiting equatorial waters, underway to or from the front lines of whatever the current hot spot was.....

 
Few things like a night transit on the surface.  The peace up in the sail was a nice respite from maneuvering.  Envied the JO's who got to enjoy that on a regular basis. 
Ahnyer_Keester
(Lancaster, CA)
Posted: Aug 29, 2016 12:09
 

 nook wrote:
Most of us tend to filter through our experiences.  Seeing the title of this song kicked in the old dusty submariner filter.  I could almost smell the sea rushing over the deck as the boat transited on the surface at night in the balmy tropics.  Strange juxtaposition, calm and peace, a sense of all was right in the world, experienced from the deck of a nuclear submarine transiting equatorial waters, underway to or from the front lines of whatever the current hot spot was.....
 
What a beautiful study in contrasts. The peace of a weapon of war sailing the seas. The thought set to this music was so fitting.

Thanks for sharing that.  
nook
(gone)
Posted: Aug 04, 2016 7:45
 

Most of us tend to filter through our experiences.  Seeing the title of this song kicked in the old dusty submariner filter.  I could almost smell the sea rushing over the deck as the boat transited on the surface at night in the balmy tropics.  Strange juxtaposition, calm and peace, a sense of all was right in the world, experienced from the deck of a nuclear submarine transiting equatorial waters, underway to or from the front lines of whatever the current hot spot was.....
CHuLoYo
(Galicia, Spain)
Posted: Apr 30, 2016 14:04
 

Automatic 10
ashmj000
(wilmington, nc)
Posted: Mar 06, 2016 9:08
 

 oldsaxon wrote:

He or she may have just been a friend. Why make a thing about politics out of it when the man was an artist that gave his music to a guy that did cable television?  We sometimes look too hard at things. Relax and enjoy it.

 
I too had the same reaction when I saw the name Rickover but it certainly wasn't politically motivated. "Uncle Hymie" and Naval Nuclear Power School had such an impact on me that nowadays anything I encounter that is somewhat related to that period of my life conjures several deep running emotions. Outside of parenthood it was hands down the most intense experience I could ever survive and live to tell about.
OceanBlue
(71%)
Posted: Jan 26, 2016 7:48
 

 markw wrote:

The song is Spare Change. It wasn't played backwards. It was played forward and then each note (after the intro) was physically cut from the tape and spliced backwards (I believe by turning it upside down) to get that effect. The notes still played in the original sequence, but started with the decay and ended with the striking or hammering of the string. There are some overdubs of both normal and edited guitar mixed in. True genius.

He did this with his engineer and it took an inordinate amount of time and dedication to accomplish, but it was clearly worth it. I wish I could remember the whole story of how they did this. It's one of my favorite tracks ever. Bill should really add the Aerial Boundaries version of Spare Change to the rotation so people can hear how truly astounding it is.
 
That is unbelievable. I just listened to the track after reading your comment, and am in utter awe. It is achingly beautiful, and a masterpiece of art. What a stand-out artist.
skimsey
(Downtown Seattle)
Posted: Jan 26, 2016 7:39
 

 fitzworld wrote:
Saw Michael Hedges at the Bottom Line in New York City back in 1997 (two weeks before he died) and sat in the front row. It was easily one of the most extraordinary, magical experiences of my life. Hedges was completely engulfed by the music and the moment and we felt carried away by his magic. I don't know if he was a genius or a prodigy or just an ordinary person who cared passionately about making music, but we were mesmerized by his trance and will always cherish that night. Can't help wondering what else Michael Hedges would have done if his life hadn't been snuffed out way to early!
 
Great post.  Happy for you!
fitmartin
(mountains,rivers, and forests southeastern British Columbia)
Posted: Jan 03, 2016 6:40
 

Great guitarist,  RIP!

{#Hearteyes}
hayduke2
(Southampton, NY)
Posted: Nov 24, 2015 12:43
 

wow   10
k-man
(SCruz, CA)
Posted: Jul 30, 2015 15:11
 

Dear Michael, dear me...
Some of the most amazing musical performances I ever had the pleasure to witness. 
I have a guitar, or two, but I could never imagine making six strings do the things Michael got his six to do. What the heck, I ponied up and bought his song book, just for kicks. I wanted to see how somebody would translate what Michael does with his hands to lines on a page. Pretty funny, if you ask me. 
sici
(CT)
Posted: Jun 14, 2015 14:09
 

He wasn't making politics out of it. He's genuinely curious, as I am, who the "Rickover" might be. BTW oldsaxon, some people enjoy looking harder at things to understand the inspirations that lie behind a nice piece of music. So live and let live.

oldsaxon wrote:

He or she may have just been a friend. Why make a thing about politics out of it when the man was an artist that gave his music to a guy that did cable television?  We sometimes look too hard at things. Relax and enjoy it.

 


fitzworld
(The Big A)
Posted: Mar 26, 2015 11:49
 

Saw Michael Hedges at the Bottom Line in New York City back in 1997 (two weeks before he died) and sat in the front row. It was easily one of the most extraordinary, magical experiences of my life. Hedges was completely engulfed by the music and the moment and we felt carried away by his magic. I don't know if he was a genius or a prodigy or just an ordinary person who cared passionately about making music, but we were mesmerized by his trance and will always cherish that night. Can't help wondering what else Michael Hedges would have done if his life hadn't been snuffed out way to early!

stunix
(You have to rate the bad ones to make the good ones you rated count.)
Posted: Mar 26, 2015 11:20
 

This guy started the trend of percussive guitar and harp guitar, some fantastic playing, inspired people like Eric Roach and therefore Newton Falkner and Ben Lapps.     RIP Michael Hedges.
DJ_BellsEye
Posted: Mar 17, 2015 23:35
 

Just woke up at 6:30am here in Burkina Faso, West Africa, turned on RP, and this perfect instrumental came on to greet the day.  Reminds me of the Windham Hill stuff I used to listen to in college, or open mic at the Daily Grind in Bloomington, IN back in 1983... Merci.
oldsaxon
(Wales via Vancouver, BC.)
Posted: Jan 22, 2015 12:11
 

 BBoyes wrote:
Who is Rickover? The one who comes first to mind is the father of the US nuclear Navy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyman_G._Rickover

 
He or she may have just been a friend. Why make a thing about politics out of it when the man was an artist that gave his music to a guy that did cable television?  We sometimes look too hard at things. Relax and enjoy it.
mediamarv
(Greenville, SC)
Posted: Jul 10, 2014 12:20
 

 NeilBlanchard wrote:

Agreed!  Sadly, your verb tense is incorrect - he could play!

 
I really felt his loss. Have all his vinyl LPs. Used one of his songs as the theme for my cable tv series, "Nature Walks" in Marin County ans San Francisco. He gave me permission and never asked for anything other than a copy of one of the shows. Great person and musician.


kimschoice
(Bosstown)
Posted: Jun 17, 2014 12:36
 

I forgot about Michael Hedges and my Windham Hill period.  Thanks for the rememberance.  I'm downloading now.  
 
NeilBlanchard
(Greater Boston area, Massachusetts Eaarth)
Posted: Jun 17, 2014 12:33
 

 Peter_Bradshaw wrote:
{#Bananajam}....... "Outstanding"  this boy can sure play
 
Agreed!  Sadly, your verb tense is incorrect - he could play!
stevendejong
Posted: Apr 07, 2014 10:04
 

 linz_bobinz wrote:
I keep expecting Joni Mitchell to start singing.

 
Came here to say exactly that... :)

Fortunately, she's not at home in this song. 
Peter_Bradshaw
(Salisbury)
Posted: Mar 15, 2014 9:09
 

{#Bananajam}....... "Outstanding"  this boy can sure play
paradisepig
(Inverness-Scotland)
Posted: Feb 03, 2014 0:12
 

Me Likey {#Daisy}{#Bounce}{#Daisy}
BBoyes
(Utah: Gateway to Nevada)
Posted: Sep 29, 2013 13:27
 

Who is Rickover? The one who comes first to mind is the father of the US nuclear Navy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyman_G._Rickover
gatorade
(Peninsuland)
Posted: Jun 03, 2013 18:57
 

One of John's best imo and always makes me happy. Bonus.. it was in one of my favorite movies too, Benny and Joon. {#Heartkiss}
dig
Posted: Jun 03, 2013 18:47
 

 linz_bobinz wrote:
I keep expecting Joni Mitchell to start singing.

 
Now that's funny.  Nothing less than a 9 for Hedges.
bokey
Posted: Mar 01, 2013 9:05
 

I rated this a 7?I blame some substance or anger issue. >9
cc_rider
(Austin Texas. Y'all.)
Posted: Nov 27, 2012 8:17
 

 linz_bobinz wrote:
I keep expecting Joni Mitchell to start singing.
  Pat Metheny was her guitarist for a long time, and his sound is a bit similar to this, I agree. I like both, a lot. Nice.


Pedro1874
(Newton-le-Willows, England)
Posted: Nov 27, 2012 8:17
 

Pure Magic {#Notworthy}
hidey
(NZ)
Posted: Nov 19, 2012 0:09
 

Splendid, splendid!  A peerless and visionary musician, lost far, far too early... {#Notworthy}
cShaggy
(..in the general vicinity..)
Posted: Oct 26, 2012 23:37
 

..okay, i'm now totally chillaxed..ahhhhh..
linz_bobinz
(the city of the newly wed & the nearly dead)
Posted: Oct 26, 2012 23:36
 

I keep expecting Joni Mitchell to start singing.
fitzworld
(The Big A)
Posted: Aug 16, 2012 14:41
 

I heard just the first couple of chords and before I knew the song I thought, "That's Michael Hedges." Hedges' guitar strokes were always very powerful and resonate and for whatever reason I have never heard anyone play the guitar like he did. He was very special and is sorely missed.

My wife and I saw him perform at the Bottom Line (now defunct) in New York City about a month before he was killed in that freak car accident in California, and we were blown away. We've both seen a lot of concerts through the years but that one sticks with us like few others. We sat in the front row and watched him do his thing and it was mesmerizing. It wasn't just his playing but the way he moved his body in sync with the music and his determination to connect his sound with the audience. Hedges was operating on a different plane that ordinary people, and that experience will stick with me for the rest of my life!
4merdj
(donde el viento se devuelve)
Posted: Jul 24, 2012 13:59
 

Yes, this definitely sounds like a Windham Hill performance ...
dave3ld
(What a great station!)
Posted: Jun 14, 2012 13:19
 

Michael can best five guys playing guitar. Seeing him live (or a live recording) is the best way to appreciate his artistry and mastery of traditional and unique (I'm thinking Harp Guitar) instruments. I don't think you "get it" until you realize many (most?) songs are one take on a single instrument.
 
Bobert_ParkCity
(Park City Utah)
Posted: Mar 19, 2012 21:23
 

Would be cool to follow this w Bill Frisell - an electric magician. His version of Hard Rain from EastWest would make a great segue.
markw
(Norman, Oklahoma, USA)
Posted: Feb 08, 2012 16:53
 

 snowcat wrote:

Agree...one of the greatest acoustic guitar players ever.  And an amazing recording engineer; one of the songs on Aerial Boundaries has an entire guitar track played backwards.
 
The song is Spare Change. It wasn't played backwards. It was played forward and then each note (after the intro) was physically cut from the tape and spliced backwards (I believe by turning it upside down) to get that effect. The notes still played in the original sequence, but started with the decay and ended with the striking or hammering of the string. There are some overdubs of both normal and edited guitar mixed in. True genius.

He did this with his engineer and it took an inordinate amount of time and dedication to accomplish, but it was clearly worth it. I wish I could remember the whole story of how they did this. It's one of my favorite tracks ever. Bill should really add the Aerial Boundaries version of Spare Change to the rotation so people can hear how truly astounding it is.

markw
(Norman, Oklahoma, USA)
Posted: Feb 08, 2012 16:13
 

 Sjaaks wrote:
Now this i love! Beautiful complex arrangements yet taking it slowly, instead of rushing it at 200bpm like so many guitarists do.

 
Michael had a degree in music composition. I think that's a significant part of why he sounds so advanced compared to others. More than just technique. It really shows on the first two albums, especially Aerial Boundaries. He was definitely cut from a different cloth. Grew up in the prairie town of Enid, Oklahoma, not far from me. Things are different out here. I think it's the dust from the red dirt, stirred by the occasional tornado. Woody, Charlie Christian, Jimmy Webb, Leon Russel, Flaming Lips... so many carry it with them, wherever the wind blows them.

SunnyT
Posted: Jan 07, 2012 20:58
 

I'm so grateful that I got to see Michael Hedges live at Rivina in Chicago.  Amazing artist.
WonderLizard
(2,755.46 mi. due east of Paradise)
Posted: Dec 15, 2011 16:09
 

 CaptTofu wrote:
My Dad worked for Adm. Rickover, having gone into the nuke sub Navy after graduating from Annapolis. Rickover was one tough guy to work for, though he himself went to the Naval Academy against all odds when the had perforated pages in the yearbook for the Jewish members, Rickover having been one of the few Jews at the time.

If not for Rickover, we wouldn't have a nuke sub fleet.

Great song, my dad was quite interested when I told him.
 
I read the following about Rickover somewhere. If he was considering an officer for his command, he would have the candidate over for lunch. Salad was always served first. Of course it was the first test. He observed whether or not the candidate salted and peppered his salad before tasting it.

k-man
Posted: Dec 15, 2011 16:08
 

I have a guitar with six strings.
It doesn't do that.
Ho man, we miss you Michael. 
misterbearbaby
(Marina del Rey, California)
Posted: Dec 15, 2011 16:04
 

Playing so beautiful it brings tears to my eyes. Michael, you were gone too soon.

Thanks, RP.

Sjaaks
(Horst, Netherlands)
Posted: Dec 07, 2011 1:44
 

Now this i love! Beautiful complex arrangements yet taking it slowly, instead of rushing it at 200bpm like so many guitarists do.

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Posted: Dec 31, 1969 16:00