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Bsbloom Customs - Update: 8/1/20 Open Invitation

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Posted July 11, 2020 - 09:33 AM

Per request, for this week:




In 1999, Santana went off in a new direction, aiming at a wider audience, aiming for more pop, and less jazz.  They released Supernatural, which was mostly collaboration works with other artists.  The album was a massive success, with six major singles smashing the charts.  Almost every track "featured" somebody famous.  The first single released was Smooth, featuring Rob Thomas, from Matchbox Twenty. 


Smooth, by the way, is one of two Santana song charts put out by Harmonix.  Great, great chart.  If you don't have it, buy it!  The other Harmonix song is Black Magic Woman.  If you don't have that, SKIP IT!  That one is a travesty - they took the most iconic Santana song, chopped it off at the half-way point, released just that, and said "let it be enough."  It isn't.  That butchery still pisses me off.


Put Your Lights On was another hit single, written by Everlast, a dark tune, composed after he had a heart attack, with lyrics like:


Hey now all you children
Leave your lights on
You better leave your lights on
Because there's a monster
Living under my bed
Whispering in my ear

Judging from this week, and last, I seem to be stuck on monsters.  Oh well.


The drum chart is by AJFOne23. 


Video Preview:  https://www.youtube....h?v=KCBS5EtszYI


Download:  http://customscreato...-on-feat-r26881

#502 bsbloom

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Posted July 18, 2020 - 08:44 AM

A classic Santana cover this week:




This song was a Beatles hit, written by George Harrison.  Santana covered this on their Guitar Heaven double album, from 2010.  The song features stunning vocals, by India Arie, moving backing by the incomparable Yo Yo Ma on cello (which I charted to keys), and Carlos on two guitars, acoustic for the first half, then driving electric.  A beautiful rendition.  Enjoy.


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#503 bsbloom

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Posted July 25, 2020 - 08:46 AM

For this week:




This is a very old love ballad, and no one seems to know who wrote the song.  The song was first recorded by Bo Carter and Papa Charlie McCoy, in 1928.  Later, it would become a rock staple, with versions recorded by  Big Joe Turner (1956), Bill Haley (1959), Ray Peterson (1960), Dean Martin (1963), and Bob Dylan (1963). 


To me, Steppenwolf and love ballads ... they don't exactly go together.  Of, if they are going to make a love ballad, it will sound more like Sookie, Sookie, not Corina, Corina.  I think they knew this didn't fit their image, and they never released a studio version of Corina. 


Still, I think it is a great song, and I am happy to include it in my Steppenwolf list.  Plus, I can never resist a love ballad.










See you next Saturday.

#504 bsbloom

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Posted August 1, 2020 - 09:06 AM

Back to Santana.  My last two offerings were Put Your Lights On and While My Guitar Gently Weeps, both from the modern Santana, when the group moved from jazz and Latin to more popular, chart-friendly songs.  This shift really dates back to 1978, and the Inner Secrets album.  I am going to pull charts from that album for the next few weeks. 


First up: 




Many of the songs on Inner Secrets were covers of famous pieces, but Open Invitation was a Santana original, written by several members of the group.  The tune is also much more pop-friendly than previous Santana hits.  Well, pop until near the end when Carlos unleashes a killer solo.


Download:  http://customscreato...vitation-r27087


Preview:  https://www.youtube....h?v=jn-UZwtLfH4

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