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My musical education expanded mightily because of this amazing group. I was 9 years old, but "I Wanna Hold Your Hand", "She Loves You", and "I Saw Her Standing There" were revelations to me. That musical magic came from four young men without any studio magic. I was too young to realize that at the time, I just knew this was some kind of special sound I had never heard before. It was just the beginning, as I was to grow up in the most musically innovative and productive time that was simply unimaginable. It was a flowing discovery of artistry that helped define the roadway of my life.




THE BEATLES BEST PERFORMANCE EVER
(duration 27:28)



I never really appreciated Ringo's contribution to the Fab Four's music, but a young girl opened my old eyes to that just now.




What makes Ringo a Great Drummer - Tribute by Sina
(duration 15:00)

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Simon and Garfunkel was another musical tour de force that captured my attention as a young teenager. My father was part owner of a radio station near Kansas City, Missouri (KBIL), and for years he received demo albums in the mail. When I heard Simon and Garfunkel, I recognized that musical magic of the Beatles, but now from only two people, and with a refined and sophisticated presence. "Lisa Brown" (my title) was one song I was stuck on as a youngster, and I just came across it on YouTube, and strangely found myself, now an old man, trying to remember where I had heard it before, and who the talented artist was. And then, buried deep in my memory, I could see myself loading my father's Akai reel-to-reel with the "Simon and Garfunkel" tape I had recorded on my own on his professional turntable from the demo album that had come in. I never knew anything about the artists, but I knew amazing music the moment it hit me. My unbiased ears were a very severe judge, and I knew in less than one listening which music would endure, which would fade away, and which would never amount to anything. How I could know with such certainty at such a young age was a mystery, but my choices have withstood the test of a lifetime, as this one, by an unknown band to me, demonstrates.




The Bangles - Hazy Shade of Winter (Video Version)
(duration 2:46)



And the version that I knew so long ago:




Simon & Garfunkel - A Hazy Shade Of Winter
(duration 2:17)

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In the autumn of my life, from deep in the hidden recesses of my memory, a tune floats up from my subconscious, and I catch myself almost silently whistling the haunting melody. Where did I hear that so long ago? Who made this song? Wasn't it Moody Blues? What was the title? I don't know, as I never paid any attention to song titles. So I do an Internet search, as I seem to remember the lyrics of "you're not here". And I find it straight away.

Beautiful.




Moody Blues / Forever Autumn
(duration 4:34)


I was 22. It was summer. I was living alone in a room in an old, empty apartment house in Besancon, France. I worked five days a week stocking shelves in a big supermarket called SUMA, which is a commute across town that I make on a fun little mobylette (gas powered scooter). I had left behind in Chambery the love of my life at the end of Spring to come here to work, and I was missing her so painfully, very much akin to being ill. There was a record player in my room, with a few albums to play. One I recognized was Moody Blues. That was the one I played all summer long, to soothe my pain. It was this song, Forever Autumn, that I probably played the most. It was almost an anthem for me. I was also healing from nearly breaking the heels of both feet, after jumping into a swimming pool with legs locked straight, thinking I was jumping into the deep end, as I only saw heads visible above the choppy water. Turned out it was the shallow end, with everyone on bent knees or prone, and the jolt of my heels hitting the concrete bottom ended the end-of-semester party for me immediately. I walked on the balls of my feet for much of the summer, never saying anything about my injury to anyone so that I could keep my job. Those were the best of times, and those were the worst of times. And as a result, the music was burned into me almost like a cattle brand, as I longed for my lost love and my lost gait. But so much time has passed, memories fade, scars heal and are overwritten with deeper ones, until finally you almost think you have become "Comfortably Numb".

But the music reminds you how it was both bitter and sweet — bittersweet.

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Dimash Kudaibergen still has it. His singing is as close to perfection as I have ever heard. This kind of talent is a true gift of the universe — to us all.





Show: The Voice from Kazakhstan (Dimash Kudaibergen) | DLD 22
(duration 21:17)
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