There was a time in the not too distant past in which music aficionados discovered new music (and, more importantly, new artists) on MySpace (I know...how quaint). And, that's where I found the Scottish band Driveblind, a group fronted by a voice named Terry McDermott that burned white hot for moment and then disintegrated.
But, not before recording an album that shuffled forward the other day as I was driving from point A to point B. And, I reveled in the sound.
So, as is my wont, I went searching for whatever happened to that band...and that voice. Imagine my surprise to learn that Terry McDermott went on to be runner-up on Season 3 of The Voice, qualifying with "Baba O'Reilly" and finishing with "I Want to Know What Love Is."
I never made the connection. But, it's certainly there.
There was a sound in the '80s...the power chord, semi-ballad with a certain undeniable British vocal richness. While it existed as a division within the hair metal movement, it possessed an ethereal quality that the other hair bands lacked.
It was the world of Asia, GTR and Yes v2.0. Lots of treble. Lots of high choruses. A sheen, if you will.
The voice behind so much of that movement departed terra firma this week.
I first heard Susan Tedeschi on our local "progressive rock" radio station back around the turn of the century. I was transfixed by her rich snarl...which she could produce with both her voice and her guitar.
During the first decade of this millennium, she and husband Derek Trucks fronted their own projects...with Derek also spending time in the Allman Brothers Band. Indeed, that's how they met. Susan opened for the Allmans on their '99 tour...and the rest, as they say, is history.
But, in 2010, they formed the Tedeschi Trucks Band. And, their onstage and musical chemistry produced something even more magical.
You gotta love the first few lines of his online bio:
"So, what to make of this Rick Brantley? This seeker of the life-changing novel and the perfect pair of beat-to-hell boots; this connoisseur of the cool classic movie and the greasiest dive-bar cheeseburger, disciple of the museum’s masterpiece and the panhandler’s wiliest street-pitch? This guy who lives it, loves it, takes it all in and pours out something so tight and right you just gotta hear it again and again."
This year, we offer a cautionary song written in 1969 that is just as relevant today as it was then (and maybe more so). There are a couple live versions out there...but, despite the grainy video, we're going to go with a version recorded at Tulsa's iconic Cain's Ballroom in 1981.
A few years ago, we turned many of you onto the House of Heroes' version of the Christmas classic, "O Come, O Come Emmanuel." And, it remains our favorite version because of Tim Skipper's stunning vocal.
But on this final offering of the season, we offer this amazing version, recorded at Milestone Church in Keller TX. Yeah...a church that so understands the power of music to energize the flock.
I never quite understood. They were too formula; somewhat comic in their videos, when rock was supposed to be serious. Regardless of the hits, America just wasn't as enamored as England.
They released a Christmas single in 1973 that, because there weren't a lot of Christmas Rock songs, got it's fair share of airplay in America. It was voted number one Christmas song in Britain in 2007.
The video conjures up the best of what MTV was in the '80s (when they actually played music videos). Replete with stereotypical scenes of holiday drama and grandparents, it's just too much fun not to on this weekend before the big day.