Corby's Orbit

Corby's Orbit
Listening in All the High Places illustration by John Kricfalusi

Thursday, December 31, 2015

A Live Giveaway - Corby's Orbit CD Handout

Whereupon the 15th year of the new millennium passes, carrying disasters, epiphanies, heartaches and handshakes away in its slipstream... but leaving behind a wealth of music at the sluice gate.
Corby's Orbit has had a lot of opportune tunage slide by over the last year and I've already named my favourites here >>>

Since you all have, evidently,strong critical mindsets and appreciably forceful opinions, I am seeking personal opinions about your favourite ten releases of 2015. (Jon Brooks , Catherine McLellan and Amelia Curran are ALL 2014 releases, just btw).

In return, one of your lists, chosen for degree of equanimity / obsession will receive ten of my favourite recent releases in the mail. We are talking the following: 

Skratch Bastid & The Afiaria String Quartet   Spin Cycle  (unprecedented interactive hip-hop / classical blending) 

Cecile McLorin Salvant    For One To Love (genius singing and arranging from the next Grammy winner in the Jazz Vocal category) 
Anne Lindsay  Soloworks (impeccable and fascinating personal best statement from the outstanding violinist) 

The Kentucky Headhunters feat. Johnnie Johnson   Meet Me In Bluesland (The rocking southerners absorb and magnify the verve of the piano player who partnered with the classic work of Chuck Berry)  

Rich Brown & The Abeng      Abeng ( Toronto's greatest  jazz rhythm section advances a statement of strength and unity with a set of original and daring compositions)

Retrocity   Mixtape ( Cream of the crop amongst Toronto singers join forces to re-imagine a perfect selection of eighties hits with the highest standards of musicality)  

Shemekiah Copeland     Outskirts Of Love (Blues princess returns to the Alligator label ready to rule with high gloss electric blues and clever songwriting)  

Joel Plaskett    The Park Avenue Sobriety Test (A showcase for the whimsy and critical depth of the Maritimes' greatest rocker)  

Myriam Alter    Cross / Ways (Multi-disciplinary composer has assembled a crew of savvy experts to bring her modern classics to life)  

Jack Marks     Wicked Moon (Real story-telling folk songs with all the conversational intimacy of your last text)

Just reply in the comments section of this post >>>  Deets to be arranged privately.

Have a major New Year everyone.


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Paprika (2006) ?????

Three scientists at the Foundation for Psychiatric Research fail to secure a device they've invented, the D.C. Mini, which allows people to record and watch their dreams. A thief uses the device to enter people's minds, when awake, and distract them with their own dreams and those of others. Chaos ensues. The trio - Chiba, Tokita, and Shima - assisted by a police inspector and by a sprite named Paprika must try to identify the thief as they ward off the thief's attacks on their own psyches. Dreams, reality, and the movies merge, while characters question the limits of science and the wisdom of Big Brother. Music is colossally salubrious.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

The Loved and Lost 2015 Part Three

Buddy Emmons: “It seemed that Buddy had a supernatural ability to play things so effortlessly and seamlessly on this really difficult instrument,” said Steve Fishell, the Grammy-winning producer and steel player who captained the 2013 album The Big E; A Salute To Steel Guitarist Buddy Emmons. “He could float between fiery single-note solos into cascading chordal movements and weave these into these beautiful solos and backup parts.” His sweeping, lyrical flourishes elevated such stylistically disparate classics as Ray Price’s “Night Life” and Judy Collins’ “Someday Soon". Emmons toured and recorded with Judy Collins, Gram ParsonsRay Charles, the Carpenters, Nancy Sinatra, John Phillips, John Sebastian, Ernest Tubb’s Texas Troubadours, Price’s Cherokee Cowboys and with various bands headed by Roger Miller, the Everly Brothers, Ray Pennington and others. (Reportage from CMT).   

Lemmy British music journalist Mark Beech tweeted that Lemmy had told him: “I will be killed by death. I might be killed by too much booze, women or music, but it’s not a bad way to die.”

Cory Wells                                                           Wash away my troubles, wash away my pain
With the rain in Shambala
Wash away my sorrow, wash away my shame
With the rain in Shambala

Ah, ooh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Everyone is helpful, everyone is kind
On the road to Shambala
Everyone is lucky, everyone is so kind
On the road to Shambala

Ron Hynes: Not just a prime representative of the honey flow of Newfoundland lyricism, but the creator of an inestimable contribution to the world-renowned Canadian Songbook. Populist, both tender and shrewd, revealer of the dark crannies into which love tucks itself away, his spirit was suffused with both steely irony and sparkling sentiment. His heart could be an open book or a cryptic arcane riddle. His death was in the same order of irrevocable heartbreak that his lyrics portrayed so bravely. Jesus wept.

Bob Johnston "None of 'em ever messed with the sound, except Paul Simon, a little bit. But everybody else, it was what I did. I was better than everybody else. And everybody else, you compare my work. Blonde on Blonde was voted the best album in rock history. And you compare all the work with what I did and compare the other people's records. I sold a billion fuckin' albums, worldwide."

Allen Toussaint "Those things that are most dear cannot be drowned - the grooves and the second line, the way you feel inside when you hear Professor Longhair. / Music is everything to me short of breathing. Music also has a role to lift you up - not to be escapist but to take you out of misery."

Phil Woods “Jazz will never perish.
It’s forever music." 

Rico Rodriguez "The trombonist Rico Rodriguez played on myriad recordings in Jamaica and the UK, including the original version of Dandy Livingstone's 1967 infectious rock steady classic "A Message To You, Rudy" and its 1979 Top Ten remake by the ska revival band the Specials. Their epochal No 1 single "Ghost Town" would not have sounded half as haunting without his distinctive contribution. "The band was like a revolution," he reflected. "I really enjoyed playing with them. I like to do different music every night, but I have never been a trendy style of musician who leaves the roots for money or whatever," he said. "I do a lot of research. You need ideas, new inspiration. Music is an exploratory thing. I can't stop that." Pierre Perrone

Jean Ritchie "There exists a mountain of circumstantial evidence that consciousness survives bodily death. This is the kind of evidence that would stand up in a court of law. Some people believe that science needs better tools to quantify what consciousness is. Perhaps when we discover what consciousness is we will be on the road to providing absolute scientific evidence that there is life after death."

The Loved And Lost 2015 - Part Two

Tut Taylor    "During my career I've picked with a lot of folks, to name a few.... Norman Blake, John Hartford, Sam Bush, Curtis Burch, Butch Robins, Tom McKinney, Rual Yarbrough, Randy Wood, Jim Johnson, The Bluegrass Five, The Season Travelers, Leon Russel, The Aereo-plane Band, Vassar Clements, Porter Wagoner, Ron and Don Norman, Hughie Wylie, J.N. and Onie Baxter and many others over the years.   I played mandolin with Roy Acuff and the Smoky Mtn. Boys on the last night of the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium. I almost forgot to mention Roy Clark, Grandpa Jones, Charlie Collins, Scott Stoneman, Glen Campbell, Clarence and Roland White, Bill Monroe, Bennie Martin and Don Reno. If I do not mention any of my other friends please forgive me. Pickin has been a great part of my life, not financially rewarding but a lot of fun."

Luigi Creatore, a songwriter and record producer who teamed with his cousin Hugo Peretti to create hits for Little Peggy March,  producing the No. 1 single “I Will Follow Him", Sam Cooke, who had success with Creatore-Peretti productions like “Chain Gang,” “Twistin’ the Night Away and “Wonderful World”, a number of hits on Roulette for the singer Jimmie Rodgers, including “Honeycomb,” which reached No. 1 in 1957, two songs that were hits for Elvis Presley in 1961: “Wild in the Country,” from the movie of the same name, and “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” from the movie “Blue Hawaii,” and The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” an adaptation of the Zulu song “Wimoweh” that was a No. 1 hit for the Tokens. 

Ronnie Gilbert

"We still had the feeling that if we could sing loud enough and strong enough and hopefully enough, it would make a difference."

Chris Squire "We have now lost, who, for me, are the two greatest bass players classic rock has ever known. John Entwistle and now Chris. There can hardly be a bass player worth his salt who hasn’t been influenced by one or both of these great players. Chris took the art of making a bass guitar into a lead instrument to another stratosphere and coupled with his showmanship and concern for every single note he played, made him something special." ~ Rick Wakeman

Buddy Buie                                                       J.R. Cobb, Rodney Justo, Robert Nix, Richie Supa, Mylon LeFevre, Joe South, Buddy Buie, Philip 'Flip' Seldes, Barry Bailey, Jon Hipps, William Dean Daughtry and Howard 'Sleepy' Emerson

"Life on the street is a jungle
A struggle to keep up the pace
I just can't beat that old dog eat dog
The rats keep winnin' the rat race
I'm not gonna let it bother me tonight   /  The world is in an uproar and I see no end in sight   /    But I won't let it bother me tonight  /  I'm not gonna let it bother me tonight  / Tomorrow I might go as far as suicide   /    But I won't let it bother me tonight" ~ Atlanta Rhythm Section                    

Theodore Bikel 

"I prefer to make common cause with those whose weapons are guitars, banjos, fiddles and words.Theodore Bikel

Monday, December 21, 2015

The Loved And Lost 2015 ~ Part One

 "Ornette Coleman ignored the boundaries between high art and folk music, between modernism and tradition; he recognized that the most human impulse is to explore and search for beauty. It is to all of our benefit that his own search was so fruitful." BY THE NEW YORKER

 "The blues was bleeding the same blood as me." Illustration by Ken Meyer Jr.

 "He, he buys you diamonds, bright sparkling diamonds / But believe me, hear what I say / He can buy you the world but he'll never love the way / I love you."
He sang not only Stand By Me but also Save The Last Dance - two of the greatest recorded vocal performances in history.

 "I was a little boy singing sad songs, about 9 or 10 years old in the woods. I listened to my voice coming back to me. It was as high as you could go. I dreamed of being famous as a singer when I was on those cotton fields. I wanted to see the world and meet people."

I don't tell you what to say, I don't tell you what to do, So just let me be myself, That's all I ask of you / I'm young and I love to be young, I'm free and I love to be free
To live my life the way I want, To say and do whatever I please."

Clark Terry "Imitate, assimilate, and innovate." 


Don Covay 

"One of these mornings
The chain is gonna break
But up until the day
I'm gonna take all I can take."

 John Renbourn:  ‘I started out trying to play like Big Bill Broonzy’, Renbourn once said, and the Broonzy influence can be heard distictly on his first, eponymous, album.  But, listening to that album, there were already signs of Renbourn’s guitar-picking brilliance –  and of the diversity of his interests, with his arrangement of John Donne’s Elizabethan poem, ‘Go and catch a falling star’, later performed by Pentangle: 
Teach me to hear mermaids singing,
Or to keep off envy’s stinging, 
And find 
What wind 
Serves to advance an honest mind.

                                                                                                Illustration by James Gurney

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Playlist for December 18 - Final Show of 2015

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby

( Brought To You by Saturnalia Claus, Yule Benders and Advent Ages )

5-7 p.m. Fridays online and at .  

Canadians in Asterisk’d RED. 

5:00 Flutation Devices

B.O.B. feat. Morgan Freeman ~ Bombs Away ~ Strange Clouds

* Paul Horn ~ God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen ~ The Peace Album

* Fortunate Ones ~ There Will Be A Light ~ The Bliss ~@ Jane Mallett Theatre Saturday for An East Coast Christmas

* Jennifer Castle ~ Sparta ~ Pink City ~@ The Horseshoe Monday, 22 December

5:20 Glimmersticks

* CATL ~ Church On Time ~ With The Lord
For Cowards You Will Find No Place

The Rolling Stones ~ Casino Boogie ~ Exile On Main Street ~ Performed live @ The Silver Dollar tonight (Keith Richards' birthday today)

The Staple Singers ~ The Virgin Mary Had One Son ~ A Gospel Christmas Card

Shemekiah Copeland ~ Lord Help The Poor And Needy ~ Outskirts Of Love 

Rhinoceros ~ Belbuekus ~ Rhinoceros

5:40 What Doesn't Kill You Only Makes You A Songwriter

* James Bruce Moore ~ Sigh Unto The Universe / Lovin' ~ Soul's Journey Home NEW DISK

* Lynn Miles ~ Party Too Late ~ Downpour ~@ Isabel Bader Theatre tonight

* Rose Cousins ~ I Were The Bird ~ The Send Off

* Ron Hynes ~ The Final Breath ~ Face To The Gale

6:00 Peripheral Missions 

* The Human Rights ~ Lion Heart ~ Exclusive Pre-Release ~ Crowd Funding Project # Reggae For Refugees

* Los Poetas ~ Silencios / Te Estan Buscando Remix ~ The Remix EP NEW DISK

* King Achilla Orru ~ Lokembe Jive ~ Sacred Gift

Sugar Minnott ~ Nah Follow No Fashion~ Powerhouse Selector's Choice

6:20 Echoing Sentiments

* Broadsway ~ Julie It's Cold Outside ~ The Most Wonderful Time...Maybe 

@ Roy Thomson Hall for 25th Annual MCC Toronto Christmas Wednesday, 24 December 10:30PM

Frank Sinatra (Born on December 12, 1915)~ Homesick That's All ~ Christmas Through The Years

* Anne Walker ~ Sticky Buns ~ Down The Horseshoe Valley Road NEW DISK

Emerson Lake & Palmer ~ I Believe In Father Christmas

Lee Ritenour / Dave Grusin feat. Renée Fleming ~ River Songs ( The Water is Wide) ~ Two Worlds / including a recitation of Tanya Davis's Love As Well As Gifts

Emerson Lake & Palmer ~ Fanfare For The Common Man ~ Works

* Ron Hynes ~ The Common Man ~ Face To The Gale

Lee Ritenour / Dave Grusin ~ Lagrima ~ Two Worlds - with Toronto Music Listings

World Saxophone Quartet ~ Africa ~ Metamorphosis

Dean Martin ~ The Christmas Blues ~ L.A. Confidential Sdtrk

"Love As Well As Gifts" (Thank-you to the Fortunate Ones)

by Tanya Davis

What if angels were just people having generous days
and the realms of glory were all the world's corners from which they came
and the night was silent 'cause no one was crying out in loneliness or pain?
What if coming home for christmas meant you never had to run again
and no bombs dropped and there really were good kings
and all ye faithful came together while having faith in different things.

What if the most wonderful day of the year
was 'cause peace on earth was finally here
no matter what or where we sing
This is my resilient daydream
I call it: joy to the world
I have it all year long
while I make my way through the world

I am not that strong
I crumble often from the truth
like the fact that guns and bombs are still lawful things we use
and there's too much yet there's not enough food
and still the void we're aching with – the pain, the love, the wound

Meanwhile empty tables
meanwhile we sing carols preaching morals that we're scared of
we are wary more of strangers, giving gifts while building walls
It's a host of contradictions and Christmas won't fix it
I crave connection as I close off to it.

Can you see me?
Do you hear what I hear, it's the sadness of humanity
it's the basic human joy
it's the bonds thereof, it's the bombs of lost love
once we all have love enough – o holy night
And by the sun's returning shine I trust we will
in the meantime let us align our hearts with our goodwill
open arms for strangers seeking refuge in our midst
while welcoming our neighbours with love as well as gifts.