Song of the Day – “A Day in the Life” – The Beatles

“Leap Day” only comes around once every four years. The Grammys decided to stage their 1968 awards on Leap Day, and the album of the year was Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. This song was the crowning glory of that influential album, pieced together from disparate pieces from John and Paul.

The playing is astounding here. Much has been made of the final chord, a production trick of George Martin’s. But the piano is incredible, and Ringo’s drumming is much like another song of the same time, “Strawberry Fields Forever”. I love how the drumming doesn’t propel the song forward, but almost pulls it back.

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Song of the Day – “Flying Home” – Charlie Christian

Guitars, if they were included in bands of the thirties at all, were considered a rhythm instrument. Chords played on the beat – that is, until Charlie Christian came along. Benny Goodman had the foresight to allow Charlie to get his own solo moments. Here he is with Goodman on clarinet, Lionel Hampton on the vibraphone and Fletcher Henderson on piano. A Hampton/Goodman tune from 1939.

Song of the Day – “Sincerely” – The Moonglows

The Moonglows were a highly influential doo-wop group of the fifties. This monster hit shows why everybody wanted to sound like them.

Disk jockey Alan Freed gave them their name; they were called the Crazy Sounds before that.

Song of the Day – “The Man from San Sebastian” – DeVotchKa

DeVotchKa makes music that is so wonderfully cinematic that the video is practically superfluous. Just closing your eyes while listening will conjure up an entire screenplay full of intrigue and danger.

Cool.

This is from their 2011 album, 100 Lovers.

Song of the Day – “Love Comes to Everyone” – George Harrison

It would have been George’s seventy-third birthday today.

One can only hope that he was right:

It’s so true it can happen to you all
There knock and it will open wide
And it only takes time
‘Til love comes to everyone

iPhoneography Apps – MaxCurve Part Two: unexpected curves!

In the first part of my series on MaxCurve, I showed how MaxCurve implements the most basic of curves: the RGB curve, which affects all the pixels within the image, changing the luminosity and contrast; and the separate Red, Green and Blue curves. Remember, these are the curves referred to when other apps like Leonardo, Enlight, Filterstorm and Laminar give you curves capability.

But MaxCurve steps beyond those standard curves, giving other adjustments the fine control that you can only achieve through a curve. As with the RGB curves, you can make much subtler changes than I show here. I am trying to make the changes obvious for these screenshots, but expect you to use them judiciously in the final toning steps in your workflow.

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Song of the Day – “New Music” Wednesday – “Down to My Last Bad Habit” – Vince Gill

I’m firmly of the belief that if you’re a talented musician, it doesn’t matter what genre you play in. That leads us to the soul stylings of one Vince Gill, with the title track from his latest release. Sure, the slide guitar ties it back to country, but Gill’s lead guitar is definitely smooth soul, all the way,