Volume 173, sent Nov 29, 1999:
1. Bob Dylan
2. New Auction Siute Found
3. Winwood, PA
4. While There's a Candle Burning
5. quick, cheap remasters!
6. Michael J McEvoy - news update
7. RE: Times of the day
8. Laserdiscs for Sale
10. Volunteers needed, please
11. Rare WHO 12"/TOMMY CD
From: "Wagner, Jim"
Subject: Bob Dylan
Date sent: Mon, 8 Nov 1999 11:57:47 -0500
Bob Dylan is currently touring with Phil Lesh & Friends as the opening act. They recently
played in Pittsburgh (Friday, November 5th). Phil and Friends performed a fantastic
version of "Dear Mr. Fantasy." I not really a "Deadhead," more of a "Greyhead" (Touch of
Grey), but this song was fantastic. Bob was enjoyable, too!
Date sent: Thu, 11 Nov 1999 02:47:23 -0800 (PST)
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jay Siekierski)
Subject: New Auction Siute Found
Hello: Jay here. While searching the net, I found a new auction site in competition with
eBay. GOLDS AUCTIONS http://www.goldsauction.com it is set up the same as eBay, and no
CREDIT CARD is required to join. You get on INSTANTLY! Anyway, I listed some new MUSIC
items. Put BLUENIGEL in SELLERS SEARCH.
check it out.
GOLDS AUCTIONS http://www.goldsauction.com
From: Stephen Smith
Subject: Winwood, PA
Date sent: Fri, 12 Nov 1999 00:09:32 -0500
Thought you'd get a kick out of this 1910 postcard from eBay. The town
isn't in my atlas, but a quick search indicates that it does exist and
seems to be near Philadelphia. Go figure!
Hmmm, "The Not Our Steve Winwood List"?
- Australian race car driver Steve Winwood
- Actress Estelle Winwood
- Winwood, PA
- Winwood publishers
[The postcard Steve refers to has been uploaded to the web-site. From the main page, click
on Interviews & Links, then click on Other Winwoods, and then click on Winwood, PA. Anyone
have any more for me? --BG]
Date sent: Mon, 15 Nov 1999 08:15:58 -0500
Subject: While There's a Candle Burning
One of the coolest things about this newsletter is hearing Steve's music through other
fans' ears. From the last SP, Hisao obviously enjoys studying the music with a theorist's
eye, noting the chord changes and the correlation to other styles. I can't pretend I
understood *everything* you said there, Hisao (grin), but it sure was interesting to read!
Thank you for your insights.
There are so many different levels on which you can enjoy his music - just listen and
bounce your head to it in the car, or dance to it (not in the car, please!), study the
musical structure, ponder the meanings of the lyrics, wonder how they relate to your own
life or to Steve's, enjoy your own personal recollections the songs conjure up, or listen
to the sound of his voice, and let the mood of the music take you wherever. "And it takes
me.... and I go."
I thought it might be interesting for us to look at the songs themselves, and say what ever
part of it means something to you, what part touches you, or what you think it was meant to
say as written. (BTW, Berkin dearest, I KNOW that Steve doesn't write most of the lyrics,
as you are so fond of pointing out, LOL... but they are written for him, maybe even
sometimes about him, and he chooses to sing them, so I insist on believing that they have
some significance to him, whether he assisted in writing them or not!) :-)
For example,I was recently driving up the Palisades Interstate Parkway in New York, and the
driving there is treacherous at the moment, due to tons of construction. As I was so
distracted, I was barely paying any attention to the "Talking Back to the Night" tape
playing on the car stereo. But you know how sometimes you listen to a song for years,
maybe even sing along, not giving a thought to what the words mean, and then you suddenly
have this moment of clarity in which you think you finally know what the song is about? A
word or phrase jumps out at you, and the lightbulb goes on?
As I wove around the menacing orange cones, the words to "While There's A Candle" must've
crept into my subconscious. I had always just assumed the song was a conversation with an
old friend or lover, and the lines about the world being full of "players in the night"
were cautioning against unfaithful lovers. But then, since "Still in the Game" refers to
"players who can't leave their song", I thought, "OH, Will Jennings users the word
'players' to mean musicians!" How silly of me! And if that is true, the whole meaning of
the song changed for me.
Jennings has said that he wrote the lyrics to "While You See A Chance", at least in part,
to nudge Steve out of a slump. So with that in mind, listen to "While There's a Candle"
again. It now sounds, to me at least, like a musician talking to his fans, wondering where
they've gone to, and warning about soulless "new age" (new wave? perhaps) musicians who are
just in it for the money and the rock star glory. "They don't care if they touch you
(emotionally?)". But, as this musician promises, he'll be "reaching for your heart", and
if you will bear with him while he finds his "new page", he will show you that he "know[s]
how to play [his] part", and "still know[s] how to rock you, come and see". To me, the
candle burning is his muse, still burning within.
What did you all think this song is about? Does this sound remotely on
target to you? I'd love to hear some comments!
Date sent: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 22:37:03 -0600
From: Steven Robert Seim
Subject: quick, cheap remasters!
For those of us in the States, here's a good way to get the new Traffic remastered CDs. Go
to www.101cd.com on the Web -- it's a British music retailer. Under their Traffic
listings, select the 3 albums in the "Recent/Upcoming Releases" box, under "UK Releases."
(NOTE: Don't select the ones that say "remastered," as those are from the continent and
take longer. The UK CDs don't say "remastered," but do have the 10/25/99 release date.)
My CDs arrived in about one week (unlike 4 weeks with CD Europe) and the total cost was
only 24 Pounds (about $40).
[There's a link to 101cd from the web-site. From the main page, click on The Music, and
then on Buy the Music. 101cd is near the bottom right. --BG]
Date sent: Thu, 18 Nov 1999 15:19:52 EST
Subject: Michael J McEvoy - news update
My new website is now up and running thanks to the skills of the most excellent Tony
Campbell. Take a look at : www.rezzonator.com You’ll find lots of info on my past
recordings and see what I’ve been up to in Nashville. A new page will be added soon
showing my film and tv credits. So watch this space! You can also check out some of my
other work at www.allmusic.com - a great site if you’re into the musical equivalent of
trainspotting. If you just have to know who played on what, when and with whom, this is
the place for you!
November and December will be spent producing the hit pop/Christian band Polarboy with
Salvo (Paul Salveson). We send out congratulations to them for having the No.1 Christian
rock single this week on the internet radio tracking site www.jamsline.com/chartrock.htm
Video footage of our recording sessions will be available in December on the net at
I'll be playing keyboards and viola with Steve in his only UK date this year at the
Shepherds Bush Empire in London on December 6th 1999. The band is well and truly kicking
after our summer tour of US. Tickets are on sale now through www.ticketmaster.co.uk For
friends outside the UK, this show will be filmed for a television special.
MP3.com: This revolutionary idea will change the way we access music forever. You can find
a lot of very high quality, interesting music from all over the world... including mine!
Artists can upload their music onto the web and it can be downloaded for free onto your
computer. Just go to : http://www.mp3.com/MJMcEvoy to see my mp3 site and hear my
music. If you need help downloading files have a look at http://help.mp3.com/ help/
Earlier this month, my track 'Shifting Stones' reached No. 8 in the Jazz Fusion chart and
'Ocean of You' No. 18. My new release is a Smooth Jazz track titled 'Keep It On'
co-written by my brother Mark McEvoy - exclusive to mp3. I highly recommend a moment of
meditation on some of Mark’s beautiful photographs at www.zabe.demon.co.uk/
An 8 track version of my solo album 'Night Sea Journeys' is also available to buy on CD
from mp3 for only $8! Check out my favorite mp3 artist- a Russian guitarist called 'Igor
Smirnoff' under JAZZ.
Attention Tennessee gardeners! Listen up for the new theme music I wrote for Nashville's
PBS station, WDCN-TV8 for the popular weekly show 'Volunteer Gardener' - Thursdays 7:30pm
and Sundays 9:30am.And look out for the cosmic Barefoot Farmer and his tips on organic
gardening. Way to go!
From: Dawn email@example.com
Subject: RE: Times of the day
Date sent: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 14:05:22 -0500
Re: Tony's post, last SP, about whether anyone associates Steve's songs with certain times
of the day... I do. Some of them merely because the lyrics suggest a time of day, like
"Night Train", or "Don't You Know What the Night Can Do", or my personal insomnia song from
Traffic, "Evening Blue". And "While You See A Chance" is definitely morning music to me,
probably because of the line, "Stand up in a clear blue morning." Come to think of it,
day and night, light and dark, are very prevalent themes in his music.
Oh, and by the way, Tony, my good man? Can you take it easy on those of us with major eye
strain, and avoid writing in all-caps? Many thanks! :-)
From: "Hisao Chida"
Subject: Laserdiscs for Sale
Date sent: Wed, 24 Nov 1999 10:48:25 +0900
I have two laserdiscs that includes three performances by SW:
Keep On Running - Spencer Davis Group (b&w)
Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush - Traffic (b&w)
Evening Blue - Traffic (color)
Other performances are:
Hey Joe - Jimi Hendrix
Strange Blue - Cream, etc
Total: 33 tracks, 130 min.
If anyone is interested in obtaining them, please contact me!
Date sent: Sat, 27 Nov 1999 03:53:39 -0700
We still have some Winwood 50th Birthday lithographs available for holiday gift-giving!
Details are on the web-site (click on the big picture on the main page), or you could
always email me. We want to close out this project by the end of February, so act now! :-)
Date sent: Sat, 27 Nov 1999 04:27:21 -0700
Subject: Volunteers needed, please
As I mentioned 1 or 2 issues ago, I will be transferring SP to an automated list around
February 1. You can check it out at http://www.onelist.com/ Search on Winwood, and then
click on "smiling-phases".
Meanwhile, I'd like some volunteers who would like to help me test the thing out. You
would remain a member of this list, of course, just be on the OneList at the same time
while we play around with it. Any takers? Email me!
Date sent: Sun, 28 Nov 1999 17:18:37 -0800 (PST)
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jay Siekierski)
Subject: Rare WHO 12"/TOMMY CD
Title: TOMMY LSO & CHOIR OOP CD. THE WHO/STEVE WINWOOD (traffic)/RINGO
STARR (beatles) Auction ID: 1128B394572
Title of item: PETE TOWNSHEND/THE WHO EMINENCE FRONT 12"
End of Smiling Phases, volume 173