VOLUME 18, sent Jan 3, 1996

Topics in this issue:  (Kinda thin this time, due I'm sure to the holidays)

A Welcome to a Newbie
  1. vankirks@ctrvax.Vanderbilt.Edu (Shannon)

Re:  Reach for the Light
  2.  MATTGREY@aol.com  (Matt)

Traffic symbol
  3.  ahermann@oucsace.cs.ohiou.edu (Andrew)

Two more covers
  4. bobbieg@azstarnet.com (Bobbie)

Info about new albums
  5.  bobbieg@azstarnet.com (Bobbie)



Date sent:        Tue, 19 Dec 1995 13:48:50
From:             vankirks@ctrvax.Vanderbilt.Edu (Shannon Van Kirk)

Hi, Bob!
Just caught your message in the Steve Winwood digest, and wanted to add my
welcome to you.  I'm one of those creaky over-40 types who still manage to
boogie, especially when Steve's on stage--don't write us off yet, please!
(Especially since we were around when Steve started and have the original
records and the original information about his early years!  Be nice to us if you
want to be included in the will.)

Anyway,  one of the greatest things about the last couple of tours is that the
audience has been so mixed--I'm really glad you decided to take a chance on his
live shows.  It was worth it, wasn't it?  Especially since you get to hear that
great guitar playing on the live shows.

The biography was kind of light.  You'll learn more from the crowd here at the
Smiling Phases digest!  Stay tuned.

I think Steve's craftsmanship and composing have inspired more than one
person to take up music. Let us know how you're coming along.  Hint:  If you
want to buy Steve's sheet music, do it as soon as it is published.  The stuff goes
out of print immediately.

We're all trying to figure out what the new Winwood/Traffic project will be.  If
YOU hear anything, let the rest of us know!



From:             MATTGREY@aol.com
Date sent:        Tue, 19 Dec 1995 17:26:12

I had no idea my anti-"Reach for the Light" tirade  would incite such a fiery
response.  But no matter how you try to defend the song or why he choose to do
it- the song is bad or at the very best it's forgetable.  People are not going to
remember 1995 as the year Winwood came out with the "Balto" theme song.

To all of those who lament Winwood's fallen popularity, keep in mind that if he
just got over his fascination with the Adult Contemporary Genre he could be as
relevent as Neil Young and Eric Clapton are today.  Don't get me wrong, Steve
Winwood is and  always will be my favorite artist.  But he's a very frustrating
talent.  Armed with the ability to play the guitar on the scale of Eric Clapton
and the keyboards like Bruce Hornsby, Winwood gives us "Reach for the
Light...you might find a Star.?"  I want songs like "Arc of A Diver", or "Fall
from Grace" or "Midland Maniac".  Those were songs that touched you the first
time you heard them and still get to you today.  I'm a believer in Steve
Winwood and I'm just trying to be patient enough to wait for a work worthy of
his talent.  I'm sorry my wishes can not be appeased  by "Reach for the Light."


From:             Andrew 
Date sent:        Sun, 24 Dec 1995 13:40:25

when i bought that latest traffic disc, i noticed the prominently featured symbol
thang on the front.  it is kinda circular (not really, but you know what i mean,
im sure) and arrows are kinda pointing into each other...

so i looked on and in the smiling phases compilation and saw it was on every
one of their discs (records)...

does it have any significance at all, or is it just a  cool looking thang?  i
theorized it might represent the original four members coming together in a
collaborative effort, but its only a guess.  any insights??

thanks much, and i want to let you all know im only 20 and love steve and your

andrew j hermann


From:             "BobbieG." 
Date sent:        Wed, 3 Jan 1996 08:09:49

I was reading the alt.rock-n-roll.classic newsgroup, and someone
there mentioned 2 covers of 'Can't Find My Way Home' that I hadn't  heard of
before:  Yvonne Elliman and Blind Melon.  Can anyone confirm these?



From:             "BobbieG." 
Date sent:        Wed, 3 Jan 1996 08:13:48

This was stolen directly from the 'Current News' section of Scott's SW Home
Page.  (Thanks, Scott, woo-woo!  )

According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Page, Joe Walsh "is putting
material together in anticipation of a joint musical project with British rocker
Steve Winwood.  Walsh contributed a song and played guitar on Winwood's
1986 'Back in the High Life' album. The two met again recently at an Eagles
gig in Nashville and decided to try a new collaboration...The new music could
be used for a joint Walsh/Winwood release or be used on separate solo albums."

A single CD "Best of Traffic" is due for release in January, according to Music
Boulevard. A single-album "Best of Traffic" was released after the recording of
"Last Exit, but the new package will span the band's entire career, though
without the
comprehensiveness of the anthology "Smiling Phases."