In this part 2 of 3 interviews with Mark Farner, he talks about the writing of two of Grand Funk Railroad’s biggest hits, I’m Your Captain and Footstompin’ Music. He talks about the inspiration behind both, one from a a prayer and one from being stoked about his new organ, a Hammond B3 that is.
I’m Your Captain/Closer to Home, one of the band’s signature hits, got extensive radio play even though it was 10 minutes long. Some stations played the 5 minute edited version, eliminating most of the orchestral fade out section.
Drummer Don Brewer is quoted as saying: “At the time, rock bands had experimented with orchestras, and we said, ‘Let’s put an orchestra on this thing, we’ll just play endlessly, and we’ll get Tommy Baker, our friend down in Cleveland, to write the score for it, and we’ll put an orchestra on it. It was a new thing for us, kind of new for the day – there hadn’t been too many bands using orchestras. When we recorded the song in Cleveland, we didn’t have the orchestra there, we didn’t know what the final outcome was going to be, we hadn’t even recorded the string arrangements, we just recorded the end of the song on and on and on over and over, knowing they were going to come in and put an orchestra on it later. When we finally heard the song about two weeks later, it just blew us all away. It was a religious experience.”
Farner’s depiction of a Viet Nam War veteran event relates a touching story and gives insight as to what a proud American, a caring person with a cause, he is. He leaves the meaning of the song up to you, the listener.
And as for Footstompin’ Music? That songs speaks for itself.
Madelyn Victoria’s debut single release, He Only Loves Me on the Dance Floor reached #1 on the national country AM/FM chart, New Music Weekly, making it one of the biggest debut singles of 2016. The self-penned song won an Akademia Award for Best Country Song in April 2016, earning her numerous other award nominations and a spot on the CMT.com Top 50 Most Popular Artists chart. The video for “He Only Loves Me” reached the Yallwire.com Top 5 Most Watched Videos chart, while her youtube cover of George Strait’s “Amarillo By Morning” received over 100,000 views in just 2 days, after being featured on Country Rebel’s website. Her cover of Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues matched that number, after being featured on the same site. But, for the young Texas native, nothing can compare to walking in the footsteps of her legendary idols. Her latest video release, the original I Can Be Your Senorita has already received over 10,000 views.
“I got my first real six-string
Bought it at the five-and-dime
Played it ’til my fingers bled
Was the summer of sixty-nine
Me and some guys from school
Had a band and we tried real hard
Jimmy quit, Jody got married
I should’ve known we’d never get far”…Summer of 69
What Bryan Adams wrote of, the memory of a “let’s start a group!” 1969 garage band, is a tale that rocks on to this day. For those that have been involved with a band start up, or shared in any dream with your friends before life had other ideas, know that it’s something special that you just never forget. And, know that resistance isn’t always a show stopper.
Liv Taylor, Matt Taylor and Mike Spano are lead vocalist/guitarist, drummer and lead guitarist respectively. They are all 19 years old, have day gigs and share in the courage to create something beyond the norm, perform it and make it better each day. The “lather, rinse, repeat” formula responsible for the success of the light bulb, the Beatles and preventing stinky dogs applies here. (And, never before have those elements been used in one sentence.)
Hats off to Liv, Matt and Mike for their first interview. Best wishes to their latest song Things I Wish You Said. Cheers to the first 6 months of Indifferent Matters, and to their future. If you don’t take a chance, you won’t have one.
Born in San Antonio, Texas, Jeremy Parsons grew up soaking in the sounds of Texas music in the dancehalls of the Lone Star State. Jeremy was always a fan of music, but it wasn’t until his later high school years that he discovered his knack for it. Driven by his passion, he taught himself to play the guitar and began to write and perform music.
Jeremy’s early influences include Hank Williams and George Strait. His spin on original writing combined with his unique voice award him a sound of his own.
Over the past decade, Jeremy has played all over the U.S. and in Europe, including numerous venues in Texas. Pulling from the example of Texas performance artists, Jeremy loves to interact with his audience. He captivates the crowd with his genuine personality, unique humor, and heart-felt love of his occupation.
Jeremy draws from his personal experiences to create songs that are keenly perceptive and meaningful. His current single, “Burn This House Down,” paints a poignant picture of heartbreak and acceptance that still remains relatable. This song will stick with you long after your first listen. The song is currently in the IndieWorld Country Top 40. The video is nominated for a Monkey Bread Tree Film Festival award, an IMDB-sanctioned film festival.
Swedish rock star Nina Söderquist has toured with Björn Skifs (Blue Swede, “Hooked on a Feeling” 1974) and Badrock, rocking arenas around the world. During her 25 years in the industry, Nina has lived and worked all over the world. She says she started as an entertainer at age 12 performing in a talent show but my nickel says she was born singing. Nina has worked with dance bands, soul, jazz, pop and cover bands, to finally landed in rock music.
Her big breakthrough came in autumn 2007 in London when she took a lead role as Lady of the Lake in Monty Python’s musical Spamalot. Her music speaks for itself and the below links will take you there.
Nina is a “field artist” as a captain in the Swedish Armed Forces. She has entertained troops from several countries internationally performing in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Liberia and Mali.
On September 22nd, 2017, Nina and friend Björn Skifs released the duet Goodbye, written by Nina. We were hoping to get the exact definition of “ooga chucka” from Nina but that may remain a mystery until lead vocalist Björn makes an appearance on the Better Each Day Podcast Radio Show.