There is music in the air this week with a wonderful selection of blues, rock, and holiday tunes available with new releases by Joe Bonamassa, Eric Clapton, Elvis Costello, U2 and nonstop holiday music on the radio. Eric Clapton’s new cd/dvd, Slowhand at 70-Live At The Royal Albert Hall, is being released this Friday and U2 Song + Experience Live in Paris will be airing on HBO Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. After finishing Patti Smith’s books, M Train and Just Kids, I was planning on reading The Crossing by Michael Connelly or Inside the Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York’s Legendary Chelsea Hotel by Sherill Tippins next, but after watching an interview about Elvis Costello’s new book, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, I have decided to put his book on the top of the reading list. Hopefully, Elvis Costello’s book will provide insight into a musician I am unfamiliar with and translate into a greater appreciation of his music. He also released a new double cd, Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album, and although I actually own more cds by his wife, the jazz musician Diana Krall, I am optimistic that I will have another musician to add to my music collection.
Joe Bonamassa’s recent cd/dvd release, Live at Radio City Music Hall, was fantastic with great energy, sound and songs during a concert that allowed Bonamassa to celebrate his dream come true of playing at Radio City Music Hall. The concert began with a wonderful acoustic performance by Bonamassa and The Huckleberries and then transitioned into a great blues performance with his electric band. On November 18-19 on the Palladia tv channel, highlights from six of his concerts, including Live at Radio City Music Hall, will be shown. Some of my favorite highlights of the concert were the performances of Still Water, Hidden Charms, Double Trouble, One Less Cross to Bear, Love Ain’t a Love Song and I Gave Up Everything For You ‘Cept the Blues.
It is hard to image that there is only seven more weeks until Christmas and eight more weeks in the NFL season and after the Denver Broncos 27-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts yesterday and the Colts leaving Peyton Manning three yards short of the all-time passing yards record, I thought a holiday favorite from Bruce Springsteen might improve my mood.