Sets For Sundays – Episode #21 – Jimi Hendrix Live At Royal Albert Hall 1969

Its been a good and productive week. Its Sunday 10.30 pm and I’m relaxing. Its been a smooth and silent Sunday even though there were some guests over for lunch. My guitar and piano classes have been going on as well and I’m slowly improving, although I do need to put more time into practicing, much more than what I’m doing now, to get to the level I want to be at. Its a long-drawn process I guess, so you can’t really expect results in a short space of time like a month.

Anyway, I dug up this video and posted it today. Its Jimi Hendrix performing live at Royal Albert Hall in 1969 and it has some of my favourite songs of his. Especially since there are so few of Jimi’s live performances(in videos) on the internet that aren’t compilations of various random shots of him playing the guitar. They’re not single videos of an entire concert basically. They’re just random clips.

The record company that owns Jimi’s song and video rights keep taking down the videos of his music that people put up. They themselves are doing quite a shabby job, only posting the audio files of his music and no videos of his concerts, so it’s really a pain.

I tried uploading the song ‘Hey Baby(new rising sun)’, because I couldn’t find a proper HQ audio version of it online, like the one I had, but the label blocked it worldwide. So when I stumbled on this video today, I decided to play it safe and upload it on Facebook instead of YouTube.

I usually make it a habit of saving the best videos, albums and live performances that I find, to add to my personal collection and to pass on in the future to my children and so on you know. To tell them, this is what I listened to in my teens and when I was  20-something-years-old etc. Also you never know when these videos might get deleted or removed from the internet for whatever reason so its better to save them.

So this set is about 40 minutes long and its bloody brilliant. Jimi Hendrix was undoubtedly a genius. The best thing about this one is that apart from a few clips of him travelling and speaking, most of it has him performing live at Royal Albert Hall back in ’69.

Wait till you hear ‘Hear My Train Coming’ – its mind blowing!

Its not the whole thing so I’ve split it up into two parts.

The first part is the first 40 minutes in video and the rest is a playlist of the remaining songs he performed that night in audio format only. That’s all I could find but I hope you like it.

Coincidentally, it happened on 24th February in 1969. So we’re just 4 days short of the same day this took place exactly 48 years ago! How sweet is that!

Here you go – Enjoy 🙂

Part – I

Part – II

Rock out this weekend!

Peace and Life

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A Little Progress After 4 Weeks With Instruments

Hello folks,

Like I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’ve been practicing with my guitar and keyboard whenever I feel like it basically. So here are all the small bits and pieces of songs that I’ve learnt all in one place. I really don’t know how good or bad this is, but it’s nothing great.
I’ve got miles to go before I can be serious about this but I guess this is alright for now. NOTE – There are a lot of mistakes in these so please don’t expect something brilliant or anything 😉

It’s been just 4 weeks since I bought the instruments and started classes. Also don’t mind the singing, I’m not really good at it and I don’t have any formal singing training but I’m thinking about classes for it somewhere down the line, once I get a little proficient with the instruments. So anyway here are the results in descending order. Hear these with speakers or headphones preferably.

Alice In Chains – Brother

Alice In Chains – Brother. Play with speakers/headphones for better effect. The singing could get better and the strumming quicker and flawless as well but this is one AIC song I like a lot. I sang some of my favorite lyrics from it. I can play it better now but too lazy to make another vid. It's the first AIC song I've learnt. There's actually a slide from 3 to 5 and back to 2 but I can't do that fast yet, so I improvised. Also this is only the intro, the whole thing is kinda easy but maybe later. Cantrell is one of the guitarists I admire a lot, so it feels good to play AIC. #music #guitar #cover #AliceInChains #AIC #RIPLayneStaley #guitarist #beginner #Ashton #D20BK #strings #week4 #keepgoing #keepimproving #keepitconstructive

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Radiohead – Give Up The Ghost

Happy Tuesday! Ok so I have zero singing training but I have an okish voice, I guess. The earlier version of Give Up The Ghost I posted was too crude and I was just learning it. Anyway i decided to sing along while playing for a change. It's not at all great or anything but I think I might just start some proper singing training as well maybe 6-8 months down the line when im better with the instruments. The aim is to be a one man army so I don't have to depend on anybody else but yea let's see. I hope its not too bad. Lotsa lil mistakes everywhere but im just getting started so yea anyway, enjoy your week. Cheers! 😉 #week4 #music #radiohead #giveuptheghost #guitar #beginner #guitarplaying #withvocals #1minsample #keepgoing #cheers

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Blink 182 – Adam’s Song

Radiohead – All I Need

Radiohead – Everything In It’s Right Place

Radiohead – Daydreaming

A Perfect Circle – 3 Libras (This was after two weeks and sounds really bad lol :P)

Also I made my first original strumming composition after a week – it sounds Ok I guess.

That’s about it. My guitar teacher says I’ve surely come a long way from the beginning and that he likes my passion for music while my piano teacher says I’m a quick learner.

It’s going on and I’m enjoying myself, that’s probably the best thing.

Take care everybody!

Do what you love, give it your all and do the best you can.

Peace 🙂

Random Musings On The Creative Process

It’s 6 a.m. 12th February 2017, I’m awake. Wide awake.  I feel like writing. There is a Van Gough ‘The Starry Night’ like cool, thin and smooth blanket of air floating around my room, mixed with the smoke from my Marlboro Lights cigarette that is slowly drifting towards the window. It’s like the central cross-section of the painting, with the wave-shaped, cloud or whatever he meant it to be.

Here is what I’m talking about gn

It’s more or less an apt description for the inherent sporadic bursts of inspiration, banality and peace that fluctuate through my mind, which is very much like a cloud inside me when I’m writing, thinking, meditating, listening to music, staring at the ceiling or out of the window, or just being, you know, breathing and shit.

My acoustic guitar – The Ashton D-20 BK Dreadnaught (Magdalena) – that I bought last month, is next to me as I stare at this TV screen connected by an HDMI cable to my laptop typing these words out. In front of me is my Keyboard – The Yamaha PSR E353(Jenny) – like another world of creation, waiting and beckoning me to sit and play – I will.

My speakers are on, I’m listening to the tunes hit my ear drum and send positive auditory signals into my brain and my body, life is good at the moment. I’m rather excited to get this music journey going, finally. The classes are going great, my tutors are impressed that I’m picking up things quickly which is quite surprising (more for me than them very honestly).

Anyway I just wanted to get that introduction out of the way, it wasn’t the best- but that’s not what I’m good at! I wasn’t really taught to write, I studied engineering not creative writing, English literature or journalism.

Writing sort of comes slightly naturally to me, probably because I was good at it back in school( I topped my school in English in the grade X exams) before I went off to junior college and college and never made use of my writing skills, until recently. After some much needed introspection and self-discovery, that was the culmination of the events that led upto it.

** In case you’re wondering – how or what, I did to realise this, I just kept asking myself after all the failures in jobs, business, college etc. What is important to me? What do I really want to do in life? What am I naturally good at? and so on, and the answers came and things fell into place ** – The universe is strange that way.

Coming back, after all the books I’ve read throughout my life I’ve sort of realised that most writers are just ‘describing the f**k out’ of stuff in their books. So that introduction you just read was me, ‘describing the f**k out’ of my room and the moment. It wasn’t great, but hey I tried.

I guess that’s why I prefer poetry, it makes you think, it takes lesser effort to read, plus you don’t have to go through chapters of just descriptions of stuff, sceneries, people and whatever. While I admire that, it’s extremely cliche and time-consuming according to me. Poetry is those 3 chapters of J.R.R Tolkein’s books in two sentences. It hits you hard and point blank. And at least for me, given my inclinations to physics as a child, I find a lot of beauty in breaking things down and simplifying them, much like theoretical physicists do.

Again this is just my perspective, which I’m entitled to. What you think may differ and that’s okay, isn’t it? To each his own.

Why am I being so critical about brilliant writers, you may ask ? Because herein lies the problem -norms, rules, standards etc. That’s the problem, we’re conditioned to these rules and they’re everywhere, so to digest something new is an unknown.

“If there is a rule – break it” to quote Hans Zimmer(whose Masterclass I’m eagerly awaiting after signing up).

People need to break out of conventional ways of doing things – everything that they are taught, imbibe, learn etc.

Why?

– In order to hone into what their true identity or style is.

In any creative process – that’s perhaps paramount, because that’s you. That is your identity. Don’t try to ape and imitate, or follow methods of others. Be original and unique, people may like it or won’t – that’s besides the point, as long as you’re staying true to your own identity in your work, you will find satisfaction and the rest is open to interpretation for the world.

Everybody isn’t going to like you or what you do or say. Everyone has their own likes, dislikes, fancies, whims and minds basically. You can’t please everybody. The faster you realise and come to terms with this, the better it is for you.

Always remember rule number one:

What else do we truly have that is ours other than our own unique identity? The 3% of our genetic make-up that separates us from everybody else. And further, what else can we do other than make the most of our true unique self’s identity, through outlets of our choice?

There needs to be some destruction in order to create something.

When I say destruction – It could be anything, right from the very rules, norms and structures of what you are taught; right up to personal, emotional, life kicking the shit out of you and you learning the hard way, kind of destruction.

If its the latter, find constructive outlets. I repeat find constructive outlets for that. You probably need a release that is constructive and that doesn’t harm you. I’ve learnt this the hard way. Trust me, just find something you love and do it when you feel life’s kicking the shit out of you, or else you’ll take a heavy beating.

In the end – we’re all creative in some way or the other. We’re all creating something of our own, however significant or insignificant it may be to the world.

We’re all artists, we just don’t know what our art is yet.

To quote this writer I follow on Instagram, “There is art in the hurt and euphoria in the art” Follow her on instagram – nazaneenwrites

And Elon Musk recently tweeted this:

What he’s doing is creative too. Creating ground-breaking technology for the advancement of the human race – that’s his art.

If it’s writing…

If there is a cliche in your head, don’t use it. When it comes to the creative process you’ve got to – Un-learn, re-create, re-invent, expand, go beyond, find yourself, follow instincts and use a unique perspective – to make something that resounds with you and that you  love completely firstly,  and of course is unique and is your identity. The world appreciating it will follow, if you’ve done the best you can.

Of course you need the basics of everything, but after that its what you make of it, its your thing. Do your thing.

If it’s a business – innovate, think ahead using some foresight, don’t do the same shit. If it’s a job – pitch your ideas to your bosses. If it’s mowing the lawn – take a chair out and sip a beer while doing it. You know, make it different, worthwhile and exciting. That’s the point of life isn’t it.

There are enough people doing the same shit, the same way, everywhere anyway. To use the cliche that I despise, ‘think outside the box’, or maybe ‘define your own box’ 😉

If its music…

Why do something easy ? Why do something mainstream? Why be limited to a genre? Why not create your own?

It has to come from you, from within, your head and your soul – that’s where the real music or any ground-breaking idea or art is made.

Sets For Sundays – Episode #20 -No BS, Just Enjoy This!

It’s been a good week.

I’ve been having classes, I’ve been practicing and writing as well. The book is going to take more time though.

Here is the set for this weekend – It’s a beaut.

It’s called ‘A Legend And His Guitar’

Read the description in the video.

Enjoy !

Have a great week!

☮️

🙂

An Interesting Week – In Links (Tool, Frank Lampard Retiring, Big Data & Trump, Football, Some Jokes & More Practice)

Hey folks,

I’ve found a bit of time right now to share some stuff from the week.

It’s about 3 a.m. Friday 3rd February, right now and I’m looking forward to a football game, more practice and classes and of course relaxing this weekend. It’s quite awesome that my daily work involves writing about football, I really enjoy it.

If you don’t like or watch football, skip till the Tool the part, but I suggest you don’t 😉

The Games I Saw and Covered This Week

My favourite club, Chelsea, played old Champion’s League rivals Liverpool at their stadium Anfield this week and we drew the game 1-1. We could’ve won actually but our main striker Diego Costa’s penalty was saved by the Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet (Why didn’t he just smash the ball into the roof of the net!?) 😥

Anyway, it was a good result away from home and David Luiz’s free-kick was a beauty! Him and N’Golo Kante were our best players by far.

This was my verdict.

And yes, This!

In case you want to read up on one of my articles, here is my two cents on Manchester City’s 4-0 win over West Ham last night. Damn that Man City front five were something else!

Ivanovic leaves and Lampard retires

An era at Stamford Bridge came to an end this week. Branislav Ivanovic – a defender for Chelsea for the last nine seasons left the club – and the icon, THE midfielder and legend Frank Lampard, finally hung up his boots, retiring from football at the age of 38.

Words can’t express how much watching Frank Lampard inspired me growing up. I tried to play like him every single time I walked on the football pitch, him and of course Zinedine Zidane were my biggest inspirations while growing up, watching and playing football.

Here is the the tweet when the news came through, I was a bit heart-broken really. He was Mr.Chelsea and my idol at the club, especially since I played central midfield most of my life.

And here is the video Chelsea Football Club made for him – it’s class!

A lot of players and clubs paid tribute to Frank Lampard – here are best.

@franklampard has today announced his retirement from football. The GREATEST player in the history of our great football club @chelseafc It was an absolute pleasure playing with you mate and seeing first hand the dedication and hard work you put in, on and off the pitch, the best trainer by a million miles every single day, inspiring me and everyone at the club. I miss you next to me in the dressing room and miss you grabbing a bag of balls after training when everyone went inside. You stayed out working on your finishing, 20 goals a year wasn't good enough for you, every year you wanted 25,30 goals I love that about you ⚽️👊🏻 I will miss you getting 4 cones and doing sprints after training 🏃🏻💨 setting the example for the kids in the academy. All the great memories together winning trophy after trophy year after year I will never forget 🏆 you have won everything and should be extremely proud. It's been my pleasure and honour to play and experience all those great moments with you. 648 appearances ( we nearly caught Peter Bonetti and Ron Harris 😜) 211 goals ⚽️ unbelievable achievement 👊🏻 A gentleman both on and off the pitch, leader in the dressing room and if I could choose one person next to me in the trenches it would be you. A great dad to your two beautiful girls and I'm proud to call you my mate Good Luck for the future, whatever you choose to do will be a huge success Love Ya Lampsy 💙 LEGEND HERO INSPIRATION + THE BEST EVER

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I played with @franklampard No more words needed…

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The Barcelona tweet just made me really happy. They were our biggest rivals in the Champion’s League.

I also remember watching this goal so clearly and almost crying with Frank after he scored this against Liverpool in the Champion’s League semi-final in 2008. It was just 4 days after he lost his mother. His face said everything – it was emotion I had never seen him show this way, ever before.

I could go on about Lampard but I think one stat and statement suffices.

Frank Lampard scored double digits (10+ goals) in 10 successive seasons for Chelsea, from midfield and is the club’s all time highest goalscorer with 211 goals – being a midfielder!

As I posted on facebook “Intelligent movement, hard work, determination and goals personified.”

What a proper ledge! #ThankYouFrankLampard #SuperFrank #CFCNumber8

Also Chelsea Football Club are you listening?

We lost that Champion’s League final in Moscow(after we beat Liverpool in the semis) to Manchester United. But there would be redemption…

Let’s not forget Branislav Ivanovic.

This game and THIS goal in the Champion’s League round of 16 against Napoli made him a hero. We were 3-1 down to the Italian side after the game in Naples and were going to go out when Inler scored but we came back and won 4-1 at Stamford Bridge to go through 5-4 on aggregate – Ivanovic scored the winner. I honestly went bat-shit crazy when this  went in!

Watch the highlights from this game!

Also coming back to redemption, Chelsea won the Champion’s League trophy that season in 2011/12 after beating Bayern Munich in the final in Munich itself…. It wouldn’t have happened if Ivanovic didn’t score that deciding goal against Napoli.

#ThankYouIvanovic

TOOL 

So this was a pretty awesome discovery this week. The YouTube channel ‘ToolArchive’ made this brilliant compilation video of all of Tool’s music – that they’ve teased fans with up until now – that could end up on their highly anticipated album this year or next year, whenever they release it.

Here is that video. That initial riff though, it’s something unreal ! Adam Jones is brilliant!

I can’t wait for this album! #Tool2017/18 #cannotwait

Donald Trump and Big Data

Okay, Big Data is properly scary – I knew it more or less, but this article further validated my fears. The accuracy with which our behaviour and our personality can be predicted, determined, classified and used against us for anything – just by our online usage – is shocking. It’s a nightmare very honestly. This article should open your mind.

It’s safe to say Donald Trump has broken the internet and Television – more than any Kardashian could have ever dreamed of doing. Honestly, I’d rather not delve into politics (especially American) and my opinions etc. I just like to stay informed and know what is going on.

This one is surely worth a read! If you’re going to read something this week, let it be this!

Jokes

You’ve got to keep laughing in life, I feel. Laugh a lot you know – at yourself, at others, at a lot of things. It’s great. These were some jokes and videos I laughed at this week.

This twitter and facebook account is hilarious if you’re from Bombay.

My friends chipped in as well – this was for a friend who’s coming back from the US and let’s just say, ‘Have a good trip… ‘ 😉

Ozzy Man Reviews is another brilliant Australian facebook page and youtube channel.
These were the ones I saw this week.

Yeah and I crack a few here and there as well.

Also the Robot is back! Peter Crouch with 100 goals!

‘Salt Bae’ has also broken the internet this year. He posted this on instagram, yes I follow Salt Bae. Haha 😛

2017 Oscar adayi sensin dedi#saltbae #saltlife #salt @leonardodicaprio

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Practice

And as for the instruments, I’ve been practicing. I need to keep doing my chromatics and chords that I’ve learnt on the guitar, but mainly and more importantly chromatics, to get used to it and also the patterns on the keyboard I’ve been taught so far  I learnt another song by A Perfect Circle. Here it is.

Some pictures from the week

Here are a few shots this week.

And then I looked the beast in the eyes… #mumbai #Bombay #photography

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And a personal one…

And to end is a couple of quotes from the week.

Progressive introspection. He/she who looks within, awakens #quote

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EDIT : One last addition, a video that I just saw which was brilliant!!! Take a look.

Have a great weekend and month!

Peace 😉

Cheers!