Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Let's Get the Led Out!

Let's Get the Led Out!  Led Zeppelin is our Featured Artist!


This week's featured artist is none other than the first, and maybe the greatest, heavy metal hard rock blues acoustic band in the world.  Formed in 1969 as a result of the split of the Yardbirds, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham began a run that left genre labelers in the dark.  With their eclectic styles of blues, hard rock, acoustic rock, folk and even country, these guys set the rock and roll world on it's ear.


Click here for some fun reading and great deals on all the Led Zeppelin catalog.


 Your friend in tunes,

Dj Bowen

Music for Sight

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Music really is love!  And there’s lot’s of love for y’all at http://www.musicforsight.org



Friday, October 16, 2009

Little Feat - Brought to you by Music for Sight

Little Feat – The Featured Artist for the Week of Rocktober 17 – 24, 2009


Dateline Los Angeles, 1969

Today, (in history that is), in L.A. singer and guitarist Lowell George from Hollywood,

California and Bill Payne, piano player and singer from Waco, Texas, joined forces

with Roy Estrada, from Santa Anna, California on bass guitar and Ritchie Hayward

from Clear Lake, Iowa on drums to form a new soon to be legendary band.  The four

young men and some friends were sitting around jamming and trying to come up with

a name for the new group.  Worn out from pacing round the room, Lowell George,, who

has recently been fired by Frank Zappa kicked back in a chair and propped his feet

up on the table.  “Check out those little feet” said someone in the room.  The rest,

as they say, is history.  It was no small feat that brought together George, Payne,

Estrada and Hayward.  The spelling of the singer’s

little feet was not in homage to the feat accomplished,  Rather, it was in homage

to The Beatles.


Dateline L.A. October 2009


Hard to believe it's been forty years since that first press release announcing the creation of Little Feat.  It is true Linda Lou.  And the band is still working hard.  Time loves a hero, also true, but time is slowly but surely taking it's toll.  With the recent diagnosis of a rather serious liver disease forcing Ritchie Hayward to take an unplanned sabbatical it seems that the mind making promises the body can't fill is becoming more than just a prelude to the old folks boogie.  Our prayers are with Ritchie for a full and speedy recovery.  And for Bill, Paul, Fred, Kenny, Gabe and Sam as they continue to give this old dreamer, and many of you too, sight through music.


Check out the official Little Feat web site and keep up on Ritchie's condition, the tour schedule and everything Little Feat! 



 Your friend in tunes,

Dj Bowen

Music for Sight

Call us on SKYPE! ID: musicforsight

Music really is love!  And there’s lot’s of love for y’all at http://www.musicforsight.org



Friday, October 9, 2009

Attention, dog and puppy lovers

Hello Friends of Music for Sight,


The Open House at Southeastern, Lucky’s alma mater, is only two weeks away.  You asked me for a reminder, and here it is!


Open House Saturday, October 24th!

Attention, dog and puppy lovers come to our next Open House!

Southeastern Guide Dogs will host its next Open House on Saturday, October 24th from

9 a.m. to noon at its beautiful, 23-acre campus in Palmetto. The event is free and

open to the public!

Open House visitors will enjoy a guided, walking tour of our Freedom Walk and our

puppy and dog training kennels and will have the opportunity to visit with our adorable

puppies. You will learn how guide dogs are trained and the valuable service they

provide. Get an opportunity to experience what it's like to walk blindfolded with

a trained dog.

Southeastern Guide Dogs is one of only 10 fully certified guide dog schools in the

country, and the only guide dog school in the Southeastern United States. The school

is just minutes off I-75 at 4210 77th Street East in Palmetto.

For more information, call 941.729.5665



 Your friend in tunes,

Dj Bowen

Music for Sight



Thursday, October 8, 2009

Guns and Roses is the Featured Artist for Rocktober 9 - 16, 2009

Guns and Roses is the Featured Artist for Rocktober 9 - 16, 2009


So that you won't think we are always doing the old folks boogie here at Music for Sight, I'm stepping aside this week and letting my youngest contributor, Ethan "Guitar Man" Bowen take over the featured artist spotlight and shine it where he will.


He has decided on Guns and Roses.  A raucous hard rock band from L.A. that critics liken to the early raucous rock and roll of the Rolling Stones.


Axl Rose and his band have been through some changes, and after a bit of time off, they have come back determined to re-establish themselves as one of America’s hard rock front runners.  with a new album called Chinese Democracy.


From their 1987 debut, Appetite for Destruction, through the 2008 release, the band has never been short on high energy rock...


Check out Ethan's coverage of Guns and Roses, listen to some bits from Appetite for Destruction and order the CD's you need to fill  out your Guns and Roses collection.


Your friend in tunes,

Dj Bowen

Music for Sight

Now taking requests on SKYPE! ID: musicforsight

Music really is love!  And there’s lot’s of love for y’all at http://www.musicforsight.org



Monday, October 5, 2009

The Piano Player and Performer Emerges

The Piano Player Emerges


A few years  later around 1954 Reggie began taking formal piano lessons.  In spite of the fact, or maybe because of the fact that the lessons were formal and his dad, a stern disciplinarian who enforced a constrictive home life, by 1956, when Reggie  heard those first Elvis Presley and Bill Haley records his mom brought home, knew that he wanted to play like that! Wild, free and unconstrained.  I think we call it rock and Roll, eh?   

They say by age 11 Reggie was dazzling the aunts and uncles, cousins, grandparents, friends and anyone nearby with his Jerry Lee Lewis like performances.  Imagine having a kid like that playing at the family holiday parties!


Reggie won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Arts and was, according to his instructors a model student who could listen to a recital of say a four page Handel composition just once, and then play it back from memory sounding like a recording in his flawless execution.  Years later, Reggie would say he was a bit of a rebel during those days, but his teachers don't remember it that way.  Ah, memories, like beauty, are so often as recalled, or seen by the beholder...


Reggie left school at 17, formed a band called The Corvettes and then a band known as Bluesology.  It was with Bluesology, who soon became the backup band for local legend Long John Baldry,  he recorded his first two singles, and, answering an ad in a local music rag after failing lead vocal auditions for King Crimson and Gentle Giant, met Bernie Taupin.


His dad, concerned by all this craziness, tried to steer young Reggie to a more conservative future, like, say, banking.  I’m not sure how the loss of another banker has hurt the financial world, but can you imagine a world without the music and magic of Elton John?  I can’t.


Reggie changed his name to Elton John in honor of the sax player in Bluesology whose name was Elton Dean, and Long John Baldry.

Elton John Releases His First U.S. Album, Empty Sky


Elton John began wearing the oversized glasses in emulation of another rebel, James Dean, and began dressing in wild stage getups to strike a visual impact.  Like the audio impact was not enough.


Then in 1969, Elton John, with several players from Bluesology and lyrics by Bernie Taupin, released his first U.S. album Empty Sky. 


Click  here for more on this week's featured artist Elton John.  Interesting facts and Elton, his music and his bands.  Along with a complete discography and mp3 downloads and some bits from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road for you to listen to!



Peace and love,

Dj Bowen


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