I KNOW THE WAY by William “Bill” Carbone

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I Know The Way by William "Bill" Carbone
I Know The Way by William “Bill” Carbone

Note: The studio’s name was Devonshire Studios, Stix Hooper did not play drums, there was a substitute at the last minute, lost records preclude having the information.

Recorded in 1972 at Devonshire Studios in Hollywood, California, my partners and I: Ron Brown, Bobby W Boyer, and William S Davidson put together an amazing ensemble of Los Angeles’ musical talent. Ron Brown did the lion’s share of the work—from the inside, he was a working, studio Fender-Bassman—sometimes working three, three-hour dates in a single day. Ron Brown also played (Fender bass) for Stevie Wonder’s Northern California gigs. He also is credited on many of Dinah Washington’s recordings. Ron hired first-rate keyboardist, Joe Sample of (Jazz) Crusaders fame, they worked many gigs together. Also from the Crusaders: Wilton Felder, Wayne Henderson, and possibly, Larry Carlton (uncertainty because of lost records.) *Al McKay, from The 103rd Street Watts Band (partly managed by disgraced comedian, Bill Cosby) to Earth, Wind & Fire, to The Al McKay All Stars; one of his songs was on Obama’s public, list of favorites. *FYI Ron Brown, Bobby Boyer and I did some recordings with Al McKay in the 60s. Also, the amazing, first-call, Los Angeles guitarist/musician, Dean Parks, was there playing my acoustic, Martin D-35 guitar. Dean has an unbelievable discography. Among the songs on which he played are: (the main, guitar part on) Michael Jackson’s BEAT IT, and—one of my favorite songs (the talk-box guitar part on) Steely Dan’s HAITIAN DIVORCE. Check out Dean’s discography. We hired the string-section from among the students at UCLA’s School of Music. Altogether there were around two-dozen players: rhythm section, strings, horns, keys etc. etc. etc. Glenn Pace was the principal engineer. FYI The great producer, Bones Howe, was there in an advisory position. We touched greatness once again in 1974 when I had the 2″ 16-track tape copied/transferred at Caribou Ranch Recording Studio in Nederland, Co. Kismit brought us to Caribou the same week that Elton John was recording his Caribou album, one of my kids snacked from EJs buffet-table.

I wanted to Show Off the song with different mixes. Originally the song was a vocal—I still have the vocal version. Here are two instrumental mixes, both on SoundCloud:

FYI The late, Chuck Edward Weiss, aired this song around 1974 when he had a program on Denver’s KFML radio. One of my earliest life dreams was ‘to listen to one of my songs on the radio—while driving down Colfax.’ Thanks Chuck! I was somewhere between Colorado Boulevard and Downtown Denver when I heard my song. What a thrill!

I STRONGLY suggest wearing Ear Phones to capture
all of the nuances of the music!

I Know The Way, Instrumental with Violins and Cellos Opening by William “Bill” Carbone
I Know The Way Spotlighting the 12-String Guitar and Electric Guitar by William “Bill” Carbone

How to see the once-in-a-lifetime ‘Christmas comet’ this week

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by: Tracy Bloom, Nexstar Media Wire

Posted: Dec 21, 2021 / 09:43 AM CST / Updated: Dec 21, 2021 / 09:43 AM CST
From Fox 2 Now

(KTLA) – This time last year, skygazers were treated to the “Christmas Star,” when Jupiter and Saturn aligned and appeared the closest together from Earth’s vantage point in nearly 800 years.

Flash forward to the week of Dec. 20, 2021, and a “Christmas comet” is streaking through the evening sky.

Comet Leonard, or C/2021 as it is officially known, is the brightest comet of 2021. The celestial object actually made its closest approach to Earth on Dec. 12, when it was about 21 million miles away from our planet.

However, stargazers can still catch this once-in-a-lifetime sighting this week as it passes through the solar system, according to Gregory Leonard, a senior research specialist at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. Leonard first discovered the comet earlier this year, and it’s named after him. Read more…

The Full Cold Moon will be 100% full December 18, 2021 at 11:37 PM EST

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Full Cold Moon
Full Cold Moon

Full Cold Moon information is from Almanac.Com

December’s Cold Moon reaches peak illumination on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at 11:37 P.M. EST. December’s full Moon is most commonly known as the Cold Moon—a Mohawk name that conveys the frigid conditions of this time of year, when cold weather truly begins to grip us.

Bundle Up for December’s Full Cold Moon!

December’s full Cold Moon rises on Saturday, December 18, 2021! And it’s a “Micromoon.” Learn more about what the Cold Moon and what makes it special (click the link below.)

When to See December’s Full Moon
December’s Cold Moon reaches peak illumination on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at 11:37 P.M. EST (click the link below.)

Start looking for the full Moon just before sunset as it begins to peek above the horizon. To find the exact time that it will appear in your area, consult our Moonrise Calculator (click the link below.)

More about the Full Cold Moon…


Full Cold Moon

Colorado Christmas, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band!

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My personal favorite holiday song for this time of the year: Colorado Christmas. And with the heavy snow in the high country, it is just SO PERFECT!

Colorado Christmas by Stevie Goodman
“Filmed in Austin, Texas, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 1997 TV special to commemorate the release of their first Christmas album (aptly titled “The Christmas Album”). Special guests were Aaron Neville, Kathy Mattea, Nanci Griffith, the Austin Children’s Choir, John McEuen and Vassar Clements.”

Click here for lyrics and a link to the song


Mississippi John Hurt / My Creole Belle

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From John Hurt:
“Like everyone else, I got this from Mississippi John Hurt, and for all any of us knew it was his composition. He sang it in that lovely, gentle voice, evoking a sort of charming Best of Mississippi John Hurt“old South” nostalgia, and I thought of it as kind of a companion piece to “Goodnight, Irene.” It was also one of his most basic guitar arrangements, in the key of C, and particularly easy for those of us who already had “Freight Train.” So I learned it early and kept playing it, despite the fact that the lyrics didn’t go very far.” read more…


John Prine and Iris DeMent – In Spite of Ourselves (Live From Sessions at West 54th)

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From From AmericanSongwiter.Com
“Before the turn of the millennium, it was unclear if the late John Prine would ever sing again. As he readied his 13th studio album, he was recovering from surgery and radiation to treat his throat cancer. To assist him in the project, the beloved singer-songwriting talent enlisted a cast of female vocalists to join him on a 16-track collection of duets, In Spite of Ourselves. Produced by Jim Rooney, the album reflects the formative country influence that shaped Prine’s career chronicling the human experience in a language we could all understand.”

“In Spite of Ourselves was the first thing I wrote that resembled work since my cancer. I had so much radiation in my throat area, I couldn’t sing. I could talk, but I didn’t have any power in my voice. I’d been kicking around the idea of a female duets record for a while, so I made a list of two or three women per song until I had a list of about 35,” Prine reflected about the record on the 20th anniversary in 2019. In the liner notes booklet, the artist shared, “I made a list of my favorite girl singers, and the first nine I called said ‘yes.’ I nearly fell over.”


MGM will sell iconic Las Vegas Mirage Hotel in $1 billion deal

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Bailey Schulz, USA TODAY
Tue, December 14, 2021, 3:36 PM·9 min read

MGM will sell iconic Las Vegas Mirage Hotel in $1 billion deal

Hard Rock Hotel
A rendering of the Las Vegas Strip with a Guitar-shaped hotel planned by Hard Rock International.

MGM Resorts International has agreed to sell the Las Vegas Strip’s first megaresort, the Mirage, to Hard Rock International for nearly $1.1 billion in cash.

Hard Rock International is set to acquire the operations of the Mirage, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, according to a Monday news release. Hard Rock said it plans to build a 1,000-room guitar-shaped hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, but chairman Jim Allen would not confirm whether that means the company would demolish the Mirage or add new construction.

“I don’t think we have definitive plans at this point,” Allen told USA TODAY Tuesday. “We’ll continue to work our designs, but certainly we’re committed at minimum to a 1,000-room guitar-shaped hotel and new low rise. … We’re just not commenting on the rest of the scope until we work through all those designs.” Read more…


The Supremes “Someday We’ll Be Together” My Extended Version!

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Someday We’ll Be Together” is a song written by Johnny Bristol, Jackey Beavers, and Harvey Fuqua. It was the last of twelve American number-one pop singles for Diana Ross & the Supremes on the Motown label. Although it was released as the final Supremes’ song featuring Diana Ross, who left the group for a solo career in January 1970, it was recorded as Ross’ first solo single and Supremes’ members Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong do not sing on the recording. Both appear on the B-side, “He’s My Sunny Boy”.

The single topped the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart for one week, in the final 1969 issue of Billboard magazine (dated December 27). It would be the last number one hit of the 1960s. – WIKI