Volume 145, sent December 17, 1998: 1. The Birthday Lithograph and Charity 2. SW lithograph 3. (1) OTR Mystery Words / (2) Opinions on CDs 4. Session Work - Writz 5. RE: Charity 6. Steve Winwood's VH1 Top 10 Videos 7. Holiday gifts 8. While you see a chance --------------------------------------------- 1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1 From: "Eddie"
Subject: The Birthday Lithograph and Charity Date sent: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 22:53:06 -0000 With reference to comments made in SP144, in particular Dawns note re Charity. Firstly I too would like to congratulate Soren and Bobbie for a great piece of work, not only in it's creation but the pulling together of all aspects of it's production and plans for distribution. Well done and yes, I'll definitely be having one too. But I would also like to second Dawns comments regarding the potential choice of charity to donate the proceeds to. Like Dawn I have also shared in the experience of knowing someone who has had this awful disease. As a man I couldn't even begin to guess how a woman must feel to know that she has such a disease together with the realisation of the treatment of it. The Linda MacCartney connection with Traffic is very appropriate in providing a link. But ultimately the choice of charity is Steves and Eugenia's and I'm sure that whatever they pick, it will be a most worthy cause. I read recently that men can also experience this disease and it seems these days there are so many reported cases about this or newspaper/magazine articles about it too. So, a very worthy cause and Brava to Dawn for the suggestion. Eddie 2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2 From: email@example.com Subject: SW lithograph Date sent: Tue, 17 Nov 1998 09:30:42 +0100 Thanks to everybody for their kind words about the birthday lithograph. I am sorry it has taken so long, but working with graphic artists is not the easiest thing in the world. Their notion of dealines is very different from how the rest of us see it. Steve and his manager, Mick Newton, have been very supportive all the way, and I am sure that they will choose a charity with care. I will put the suggestion of the breast cancer foundation to them, but will leave it to Steve and Eugenia to make the final decision. We are working hard to get the prints signed and distributed well in advance of Christmas. Thanks again for your support. best wishes Soren [At this point, mail being what it is at this time of year, it does not look like we will have the lithos out in time for Christmas gift- giving. :-( But we still have plenty of lithos available, so if you want one, please email me if you live in North America and Soren (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you live anywhere else. --BG] 3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3 Date sent: Tue, 17 Nov 1998 09:56:24 -0500 From: "Trafficologist" (Ted G) Subject: (1) OTR Mystery Words / (2) Opinions on CDs (1) OTR Mystery Words In response to my comments about the mysterious "Swans, swans" on ON THE ROAD, Scott Tribble wrote: > I think they're shouting "Spark, Spark" to get the band to play > "Low Spark". I thought this was a bit of a stretch until I actually listened to the album again. Sure enough, plain as day, I heard (with a German accent, of course) "Sparks, Sparks, Low Sparks"! Good catch, Scott! I consider this a mystery solved!! How come the rest of us never figured this out? (Also, Peter Nuttall seems to be right on with his interpretation of SW's strange lyrical revision on the live "Freedom Rider": "See children gathering in the street/While hoping that they*ll lose something*.) (2) Opinions on CDs On another matter entirely... Apparently there are people out there who don't really care for CDs, but I'm not sure why. I seem to remember somebody (in SP?) even calling them an "abomination" or something like that. Obviously, CD prices are a factor (especially given the variety of good used LPs I can find for under $4). Also, I have yet to be able to locate ANY out-of-print CD I have sought out. But I suspect that some people's anti-CD feelings go deeper than this. Doe anyone have any CD-related thoughts they'd care to share? I'd like to hear them -- you may know something I don't. Thanks. Ted G. 4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4 From: Stephen Smith Subject: Session Work - Writz Date sent: Mon, 30 Nov 1998 16:27:58 -0500 The self-titled Writz (1979) album is among the most elusive of all titles purported to include Steve as a session musician, and information on the group has been nearly non-existent until now. I've recently been fortunate to come across both the record and a wealth of information about who the band was, where they came from, and where they went! English actor Julian Carr was kind enough to provide the background and resolve specific issues. Writz emerged as part of the British new wave scene. The original group (Fish Co.) had a Christian approach which carried through subsequent projects but was thoroughly disguised by this time. There were connections between members of Writz and After The Fire, who later had a major hit with their cover of Falco's "Der Kommissar", and U2. Both the Writz album and the one single, "Night Nurse", were released by The Electric Record Company, a subsidiary of Pye Records. Unfortunately, Pye folded shortly after release of this album, which at least partly explains its obscurity. Terry Hounsome's book Rock Record, 3rd edition, lists the group's members for this album plus Steve Winwood on guitar, keyboard and vocals. The album's lyric sheet reflects essentially the same credits except that Winwood is not mentioned at all. In response to my inquiry, a former Writz member indicated no knowledge of involvement by Steve on the album. While this seems to indicate that Winwood was not on the record, I've found in the past that it's useful to understand the origin of such an error from an otherwise reliable source before writing it off. An excellent example is Rock Record's credit for Steve on Jim Capaldi's The Contender but not on Daughter Of The Night, where the reality is exactly opposite. These two records were slightly different releases of the same basic album, so the mistake is easy to understand in hindsight. Let's hope something similar surfaces for Writz. Meanwhile, I've moved the Writz entry from "Known Sessions" to "Rumored Sessions" (renamed from "Wannabe Sessions") on the Collaboration & Session Work pages. Lots more information is posted there: http://www.dol.net/~smith/Winwood/deswan2.htm#Writz Steve 5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5 From: Winwoodie@aol.com Date sent: Wed, 2 Dec 1998 03:23:58 EST Subject: RE: Charity Here's an answer to Dawn's question in SP # 144 about any one charity that SW is associated with. It would be hard to associate SW with only one charity since he has donated to so many. Just off the top of my head I remember both VH1 concerts last year were done for charity. "The All Star Garage Band" was done for the City of Hope. "VH1 Honors" was done for VH1's Save the Music program. The song he did on "A Very Special Christmas # 3" was done for the Special Olympics. In 1995 he wrote out a few lines from "While You See A Chance" & autographed it & donated it to the KLSX Classic Rock Art Show & Auction which benefited the American Foundation for AIDS research & The Elton John AIDS Foundation. Those are just a few of many more over the years. So any one charity - no. SW's very giving of his talent & seems to be quite an equal opportunity philanthropist. I agree with you, Dawn, that giving to the proceeds from the litho to the Breast Cancer Foundation would be the politically correct thing to do since he knew Linda McCartney. Chances are he has already donated something to them that we may never know about. Craig Loudon 6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6 From: "Eddie" Subject: Steve Winwood's VH1 Top 10 Videos Date sent: Thu, 3 Dec 1998 06:22:36 -0000 Seen here in England today on an occassional series shown on VH1 known as 10 of the Best, Steve's Top 10 videos. Some of you may have seen this before. The TV programme lasts for approximately 1 hour including commercials and features artists talking about their favorite video performaces in between each selection that they make and their reasons for doing so. In the main Steve was saying that he likes low budget videos which include preferably a live performance by the artist and most of his selections seem to fit that. His choices are:- Jimi Hendrix Crosstown Traffic Robert Palmer Addicted to Love Free Allright Now Sam Cooke What a Wonderful World Peter Gabriel Sledgehammer Rolling Stones Waiting on a Friend (Prodiced by Jimmy Miller) War Cisco Kid Sheryl Crow All I Wanna Do Seal Kiss from a Rose Aretha Franklin Respect Not only is his own music so tasteful, but his choice in others tasty too. Nice one, Steve! Eddie 7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7 Date sent: Wed, 9 Dec 1998 19:08:46 -0400 From: Greg Smith Subject: Holiday gifts Greetings!! I hope all is well at the Steve Winwood [Smiling Phases] mailing list! I am writing to pass on a great holdiay gift for your readers! For a limited time, all first-time buyers at Music Boulevard that visit the site via the URL below will receive $10 off their order or a FREE CD!! http://ads06.focalink.com/SmartBanner/page/15006.1 Have a great holiday season! Greg Smith 8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8 Date sent: Fri, 11 Dec 1998 20:41:52 -0800 From: mrpussy Subject: While you see a chance Did ABC ever use the riff from "While you see a chance" to precede a commercial break on their morning magazine shows? In 1980 I had only afternoon classes at school so I watched a lot of morning TV. I hope someone does an in-depth analysis of "Paper sun". Listening to it this morning, for some reason I was reminded of Monica Lewinsky. Mike ---------------------- End of Volume 145, Smiling Phases