Posts Tagged ‘Chrisitne McVie’


mars 7, 2012

On the island Holbox (pronounced Holbosch), at the north coast of the Yucatan-peninsula in Mexico, I´ve gladly taking part of the annual february carnival. Mostly performed with drums and horns but ocationally also with a set of guitars and violins. The percussionists are in the instrumental centre, rising and sinking in frequency and controlling the dynamics. The vocal power and wonderful visual appearance comes from a great gathering of female singers in all ages who sings their hearts out on traditional upbeat tunes. Dressed in all kinds of colorful uniforms. Half the town gathers around the orchestra and the singers, spirits are high and spreads fast among the spectators. I´m very happy for this experience…

Now I’m in THE west, at the coastline of the state of California, the heartland of so much pop-culture that I love. To be specific I’m in Santa Cruz, the beautiful coastal town one and a half hours south of San Francisco. It’s a very familiar place for both surfers and skateboarders, the world famous surf-brand O’Neill and of course Santa Cruz Skateboard company originates from here. So also a very environment friendly and aware lifestyle. There’s really a fantastic mix of different kinds of people here, downtown you’ll se at least a couple of talented street-performers or buskers everyday (at least those few days I’ve been visiting). There’s all kinds of characters, a women who alone beautifully sang a capella, a homeless man with a guitar and soft voice and a folk-blues trio with stand up bas, guitar and mandolin. The mainstreet Pacific Avenue is vibrant even in the middle of a normal weekday, it seems to be room for everybody. To get more music you could go to one of the many clubs who serves live music in the evening, Pegi Young and her band is performing on monday and we’re going.

It must also be said that the town also has the worlds sixth oldest wooden roller-coaster down by the famous boardwalk overlooking the wonderful Monterrey bay (the same bay John Steinbeck has been overviewing in some of his novels, for example Cannery Row). I very much enjoy it here and being able to stay with dear friends at their wonderful home is of course a blessing for a visitor. Getting to know a town from the inside is truly a great thing. For a lover of american pale ale beer this is also of course a haven…

Even though new posts has been kept on the down low the last month, I hope you’re visiting at times reading and listening on some of the old stuff you might not have seen. Perhaps the short story about the brazilian psychedelia group Os Mutantes or the eclectic story about Christine McVie might be interesting. You decide what you want to do. The decision is completely yours. But please do.

Talk to you again sooner or later…

Någon slags biografi om Christine McVie

januari 12, 2012

Så fort de första bastonerna drar igång kastar sig folk upp och börjar dansa. Everywhere (Tango In The Night, 1987) verkar aldrig slå fel…

Christine Perfect var ursprungligen klassiskt skolad i piano, hennes moder var professionellt medium och fadern arbetade som konsertviolinist. Farfadern hade varit organist i den berömda gotiska kyrkan Westminster Abbey så musiken var alltså väldigt närvarande i familjen. Efter att som femtonåring kommit i kontakt med hennes storebrors Fats Domino-sångbok lämnade Perfect konstmusiken och gick istället helt in för rock’n’rollen, men tog förstås med sig sina musikteoretiska kunskaper på färden. Som tjugoåring studerade hon skulptur på konstskola i Birmingham samtidigt som hon sjöng och spelade i olika lokala bluesband. Musiken tog till slut överhanden helt i samband med att kompisen, gitarristen och sångaren (doldisen) Stan Webb, sparkade igång bluesbandet Chicken Shack och Perfect fått nys om att de behövde en pianist. Framgången lät inte vänta på sig då  hon och bandet spelade in singeln I’d Rather Go Blind som klättrade på brittiska topplistan. Perfect  beundrade på halvdistans likarna  i Fleetwood Mac, bandet som de delade skivbolag och musikscen med. Kanske i synnerhet deras basist John McVie (tillika Mac i bandnamnet) som hon blev tillsammans med. Efter att de blivit ett par hoppade hon av Chicken Shack 1969 och ett nytt kapitel tog fart.

Chicken Shack och Christine Perfects version av blueslåten I’d Rather Go Blind som klättrade upp på fjortonde plats på brittiska poplistan 1969.