Arnold Faber’s Opus #4: Are You Really A Friend Of Mine? (To Al Kooper)

For me, it started with the Blues Project. I loved that group as a whole; I didn’t really single out Al Kooper. It really wasn’t until his Blood Sweat & Tears that I really got into him. He is so integrated with the music history that I have ingested since I was a kid; the stories like his organ line on Dylan‘s Like A Rolling Stone, his connection to Joni Mitchell, it just goes on. It his however his diversity, scope and musicianship that is so appealing. The raw musicianship of Super Session, his very diverse You Never Know Who Your Friends Are, mixed in with all the film/television scores and production credits and musical liaisons… well, what’s not to love!

Al Kooper Now

Al Kooper Now

My love affair with the blues is totally because of him. His influence on my influences has, and still does, infect me to this day…

Al Kooper Then

Al Kooper Then

*Whatever makes these artists tick, has so rubbed off, so influenced me AND ultimately shaped my music-mind. Most people have a “bucket list”. I have a very personal, artistic AND emotional “bucket list” of artists I would very much like to collaborate/perform with. These musical renderings are very intimate, “aural bio-pics” of these artists.

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Arnold Faber’s Opus #3: My Heart Is An Island (To Ray Davies)

I feel like I have known Ray Davies my whole life. When I saw the Kinks do You Really Got Me in those english hunting jackets and aristocratic, frilled shirts, I became a lifer. What a diverse tunesmith!

 

Ray Davies Now

Ray Davies Now

 

Ray Davies Then

Ray Davies Then

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the afore mentioned through Well Respected Man, LolaArthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)… right through to Waterloo Sunset. This man runs deep; he has been through an awful lot and for me is basically the poster child for being abused by the recording industry at the time. So many of that “rock royalty” were basically “raped and pillaged” to a point of almost live or die. So young, so successful without having a clue… if he in fact wears any cynicism or rough attitude, it’s no wonder.

Here’s to you R.D..

 

 

 *Whatever makes these artists tick, has so rubbed off, so influenced me AND ultimately shaped my music-mind. Most people have a “bucket list”. I have a very personal, artistic AND emotional “bucket list” of artists I would very much like to collaborate/perform with. These musical renderings are very intimate, “aural bio-pics” of these artists.

Arnold Faber’s Opus #2: If Only The Sun Shone At Night (To Brian Wilson)

They say that there is no such thing as an ex-surfer; just someone who doesn’t surf anymore. I don’t surf anymore but I still get that wonderful sentiment when I even think of Brian Wilson. Coming from Toronto, Canada, there wasn’t much chance that I would surf both coasts but, I did, because of him.  I know he really didn’t surf but, his *word/music blend simply created a compelling ocean “warm & fuzzy”; this has remained with me to this day. Emotional milestones include (mind the time-warp gaps) Surfin’, Surfer Girl, All Summer Long, Wendy, Heroes & Villains, Good Vibrations, God Only Knows, Surf’s Up, Sail On Sailor… I gotta stop; he taught me how to visualize in colours.

 

Brian Wilson Now

Brian Wilson Now

 

*I never really listened to the words, just sort of absorbed them; it was and is to this day about the the composition, instruments involved, scoring and arrangement…

Brian Wilson Then

Brian Wilson Then

*Let’s just say he has this age of innocence thing that never really quit even if his bubble was burst way to soon.

 

 

 

*Whatever makes these artists tick, has so rubbed off, so influenced me AND ultimately shaped my music-mind. Most people have a “bucket list”. I have a very personal, artistic AND emotional “bucket list” of artists I would very much like to collaborate/perform with. These musical renderings are very intimate, “aural bio-pics” of these artists.

Arnold Faber’s Opus #1: Life Is An Overture (To Peter Townshend)

So many artistic personalities; so much need to create. I CAN definitely relate…

I have inhaled everything composed/performed by Peter Dennis Blandford “Pete” Townshend (born 19 May 1945) since I saw The Who on the tv show Shindig in 1965. From I Can’t Explain to Squeeze Box; A Quick One While He’s Away to Tommy; Quadrophenia through his solo work… I dedicate this musical rendering to him.

 

 

Peter Townshend Now...

Peter Townshend Now…

 

 

 

Pete Townshend Then...

Pete Townshend Then…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Whatever makes these artists tick, has so rubbed off, so influenced me AND ultimately shaped my music-mind. Most people have a “bucket list”. I have a very personal, artistic AND emotional “bucket list” of artists I would very much like to collaborate/perform with. These musical renderings are very intimate, “aural bio-pics” of these artists.