How Come They Don’t Tash Sultana

How Come They Don’t Tash Sultana

How Come They Don't Tash Sultana

One of the comments I hear most often while volunteering at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is "How come they don't make music like that anymore?"

"That" being music like the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, or some other dead band or musician of the 1960s.

I have two answers to that question. On a deeper level, we first experience music at a time and place in our lives that connects those musicians to us in a unique way. Since we can never experience that music again in the same way, it holds a landmark place in our personal history and life view.

As I say, that's the deeper level answer.

On a simpler level, the answer is that "They" do still make music like that, if we are willing to set aside those personal landmarks for a moment."

How Come They Don’t Tash Sultana

Tiny Desk Concerts

How Come They Don't Tash Sultana

 

NPR's Tiny Desk series is a gold mine of new music. Host Bob Boilen describes the show as one with "intimate video performances, recorded live at the desk of All Songs Considered...."

All Songs Considered is the key phrase. If we are searching for golden music, we must be willing to put in the time to pan through a lot of grit, get uncomfortable, and have patience.

Gold there is, though, in them there sound clouds.

Tiny Desk featured Sultana on April 7, 2017. I was simply surfing the show's many offerings, but I stayed with her a bit to watch her build the song "Jungle."

Here is the link to Sultana's mesmerizing 25 minute 37 second Tiny Desk performance 

It wasn't the first time that I've seen a single  musician use modern electronics to build sounds into a song. For some, such construction is cheating. The sounds are not "real." Songs need several musicians, not one. To me, that thinking is weak since any electric music is manipulated sound. And acoustic musicians use all kinds of techniques to change acoustics.

Five days one million

In 2016, Sultana posted this video of herself performing/creating "Jungle" in her living room. It fools you because it looks like there is far too much music to come from just one person. 

One cute part of the video is when her mom sticks her head around the hallway corner at 2:23. 

In its first five days on YouTube, the video had one million views!

Bandcamp.com

Vein of gold

How Come They Don't Tash Sultana

Tash Sultana associates with the musicians' site Bandcamp.com.  We don't listen to music on the radio anymore. We stream music and Bandcamp is a streaming site. 

Its difference is that it is also a platform for artist promotion,  particularly independent artists.  Artists can post their music for free and we can listen for free. 

The idea is that if you like what you hear you can buy the music.  The idea apparently works since the site recently posted the following: "Fans have paid artists $211 million using Bandcamp, and $5.3 million in the last 30 days alone."

Bandcamp describes Sultana as "...a roots reggae/folk inspired singer/songwriter from Melbourne, Victoria. Since having her hands wrapped around a guitar at the mere age of three, the self taught artist was only destined to expand over the coming years."

For me, it answers the question...

How Come They Don’t?

How Come They Don't Tash Sultana

They do. Patience. Open our ears and hear. Open our eyes and look. Reach out our hands and feel.

Janis and Jimi built on the foundation of others before them and created their own beautiful interpretations .  Tash is doing the same and it is great.

Oh yea. By the way. Tash was born in on June 18, 1995. You do the math.

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April 15 Music et al

April 15 Music et al

Rolling Stones

Aftermath

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April 15, 1966: UK release of the Rolling Stones album Aftermath. 

From Wikipedia: Aftermath, released...by Decca Records, is the fourth British studio album by the Rolling Stones. It was...the group's sixth American album. The album is considered an artistic breakthrough for the band: it is the first to consist entirely of Mick Jagger–Keith Richards compositions, while Brian Jones played a variety of instruments not usually associated with their music, including sitar, Appalachian dulcimer, marimbas and Japanese koto, as well as guitar, harmonica and keyboards, though much of the music is still rooted in Chicago electric blues. It was the first Rolling Stones album to be recorded entirely in the US, at the RCA Studios in California, and their first album released in true stereo. It is also one of the earliest rock albums to eclipse the 50-minute mark, and contains one of the earliest rock songs to eclipse the 10-minute mark ("Goin' Home"). 

As was often the case, the track listing for the US and UK releases differed. The US release had:
Side One:

  1. Paint It Black
  2. Stupid Girl
  3. Lady Jane
  4. Under My Thumb
  5. Doncha’ Bother Me
  6. Think

Side Two:

  1. Flight 505
  2. High and Dry
  3. It’s Not Easy
  4. I Am Waiting
  5. Goin’ Home
Something Stupid
April 15 – May 12, 1967: “Something Stupid” by Frank and Nancy Sinatra #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It became the first father-daughter song to hit No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart.

April 15 Music et al

Beatles

Let It Be
April 15, 1971: Let It Be movie received an Oscar for “Best Film Music-Oriented Film Score.”  (see June 6)

From The Beatles dot com:
The documentary film "Let It Be" gives an unparalleled insight into the Beatles getting back to basics at Twickenham and at their own recording studios in Savile Row. It spans two weeks of recording of what was to be their final album, Let It Be.

Highlight of the film is their legendary gig on the roof of the Apple Building. The sound of their music attracts hundreds of people in the streets below. The crowd spills over into the streets, blocks traffic, frustrates the police. Windows in nearby buildings pop open as other people strain for sight and sound of their favourite performers. Even rooftops serve as precarious perches for Beatles' fans.

Let It Be was produced by Neil Aspinall and directed by Michael Lindsey-Hogg. It includes tracks such as Don't Let Me Down, Maxwell's Silver Hammer, Two Of Us, I've Got A Feeling, Oh Darling, One After 909, Across The Universe, Dig A Pony, I Me Mine, For You Blue, Besame Mucho, Dig It, Get Back and Let It Be.

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April 15 Peace Love Activism

April 15 Peace Love Activism

ADA

School for the deaf
April 15, 1817: the first American school for the deaf was opened in Hartford, CT. (see “in 1907”)

US Labor History

American Federation of Teachers

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April 15, 1916: teacher unionists gather at the City Club on Plymouth Court in Chicago to form a new national union: the American Federation of Teachers. (see Apr 16)
Technological  & Cultural Milestones
Insulin

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April 15, 1923:  insulin became available for general. It was first discovered in 1922. (see March 16, 1926)
McDonald’s

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April 15, 1955: Ray Kroc opened the first McDonald’s -- in Des Plaines, IL. Kroc began his career by selling milk shake machines. Among his first customers were the McDonald brothers from southern California. After selling them several machines and watching the efficiency of their drive-in restaurant, Kroc bought the rights to market the brothers’ good fortune and hired them to work for him. (July 12, 1960)

BLACK HISTORY

Jackie Robinson
April 15, 1947: Jackie Robinson became the first African-American in the major leagues when he played his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers. The common date for major league baseball’s beginning is April 22, 1876, thus it had been 71 years that major league baseball was segregated. (see May 3, 1948) (follow link above for much more)
March to Montgomery
April 15, 1965: all charges against Gary Rowe were dropped and he was identified as a paid undercover FBI informant who would testify for the prosecution. [It will later be revealed that Rowe had participated in the beatings of Freedom Riders in Birmingham in 1961 and was suspected of involvement in the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.]

INDEPENDENCE DAY

Israel

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April 15, 1948 (technically between April 15 and May 15 depending on the Hebrew calendar): Israel independent from British Mandate for Palestine. (see September 9)

Cold War

Fidel Castro
April 15, 1959: Fidel Castro visited the US for the first time since the overthrow of Batista. The trip got off to an inauspicious start when it became clear that President. Eisenhower had no intention of meeting with Castro. Instead, Eisenhower went to the golf course to avoid any chance meeting with Castro. (see July 24)
Mariel boatlift

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April 15, 1980, a mass exodus of Cubans to the United States known as the Mariel boatlift begins.

Vietnam

DRAFT CARD BURNING
April 15, 1967: protests to Vietnam policy were held in New York and San Francisco. In New York, police estimated that 100,000 to 125,000 people listened to speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr., Floyd McKissick, Stokely Carmichael and Dr. Benjamin Spock. Prior to the march, nearly 200 draft cards were burned by youths in Central Park. (Vietnam, see Apr 24; DCB, see October 9, 1967)
Spring Mobilization

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April 15, 1968: start of Spring Mobilization against the Vietnam war. (see April 22)
1st Infantry Division

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April 15, 1970: as part of the third phase of U.S. troop withdrawals announced by President Nixon, the 1st Infantry Division left Vietnam. Its soldiers won 11 Medals of Honor, 67 Distinguished Service Crosses, and 905 Silver Stars for bravery. The division suffered 20,770 soldiers killed or wounded in action, slightly more than the 20,659 casualties the division suffered in World War II. (see April 29)

April 15 Music et al

Aftermath
April 15, 1966: the Rolling Stones release Aftermath.

Something Stupid
April 15 – May 12, 1967: “Something Stupid” by Frank and Nancy Sinatra #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It became the first father-daughter song to hit No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart.

Let It Be
April 15, 1971: Let It Be movie received an Oscar for “Best Film Music-Oriented Film Score.”  (see June 6)

April 15 Peace Love Activism

Symbionese Liberation Army

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April 15, 1974: Patty Hearst and four members of the S.L.A. were caught on camera holding up the bank at gunpoint. The bank robbers get away with $10,000. (see April 24)

SOUTH AFRICA/APARTHEID

April 15, 1985: South Africa ended its ban on interracial marriages. (July 20)

Student Activism

April 15, 1989: Chinese students begin demonstrating for a democratic government.

Stop and Frisk Policy

April 15, 2008: The Center for Constitutional Rights amended its initial complaint to seek class-action status in Floyd v. City of New York. A few days later they seek stop-and-frisk data going back to 1998. (see May 30)

TERRORISM

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April 15, 2013: two bombs go off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three spectators and wounding more than 260 other people in attendance. (see Nov 21)

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