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Michael Hedges-Hello, It's Me

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by elihu, Apr 19, 2021.

  1. elihu

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    Here's Michael doing a Todd Rundgren song. I remember him for his great, great guitar playing but had forgotten what a good singer he was. Wow!

     
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    I miss this guy. Had a chance to see him once and I didn’t take advantage.
     
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    I have two of his records, "Ariel Boundaries" and "Breakfast in the Fields", both of which demonstrate his brilliance on the guitar. I saw him in the mid 80's when he was playing music from both of those records. I did a google search on him a while back and was surprised to read that he sang as well. What ever the source of the article was, it also mentioned when he released one of his last recordings before being killed, it had vocals on it but didn't sell very well.
     
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    ok so someone recommend me a good introductory overview album of his, please
    I'm aware of him but never really immersed myself
    Thanks
     
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    The funny thing is, that when he finally released a vocal album, his first, "Watching My Life Go By", it was a record in the music industry, that an album with vocals on all tunes sold much less, than the artists instrumental album. Some weird kind of record. He's a huge influence on me. Although I barely play acoustic guitar anymore.
     
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    There are numerous collections, like "essential Michael Hedges" and so forth out there. A mix with his vocal albums are the best bet. Underrated as a singer...
     
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    This guy did covers as good as any I've ever heard.



     
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    RIP, and thanks, Michael.
     
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    Thanks, that's very cool. Amazing musician. We listened to a lot of Aerial Boundaries and Live on the Double Planet in college.
     
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    man, thanks for posting that video... so deeply sad. he is soooo young in that video... it is how I remember seeing him in Ft. Bragg back in the early 80's... man, soooooo talented and such a gentle soul...
     
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    A tremendous artist! He didn't really fit in neatly with any particular genre, and singed with Windham Hill. Like a lot of really great artists, due to being 'outside the box,' and on Windham Hill, he got put in the New Age box and suffered the same career path as many of his label mates.

    I've often pondered what would have happened if Hedges had lived long enough to meet up with Chris Thile. I think that would be a duo to see!
     
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    I dunno man, he was definitely a hippie, no question about it. A mendocino, dread lock, peace loving guy.... it might no be your thing....
     
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    i mean you might be right, i generally do find that whole transparent fake pose pretty annoying, but a good musico is a good musico
     
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    BT, you might try "Taproot" and "Breakfast in the Field". I like those a lot but YMMV. The man had a unique approach and style but still very melodic in nature. Michael Hedges was one of a kind, gone far too soon.
     
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    I would love it, if the estate behind him would collect the recording of his covers he did live, and put out an album of it. He did justice to most covers he played. We mostly know already his "All Along The Watchtower" but he did a great reindition of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" too, as well as that "Fine Young Cannibals" hit... heard that he did quite a few Neil Young things too. He's more a hippy/folkie to me than anything. Eclectic Folk music. But I heard he did live that typical transient lifestyle, typical of some Californian demographic. Not that much an addict but quite occasionally the herbal tea...:twisted:

    One posthumous CD of covers would be fitting. They would sure have a field day with copyrights, and paperwork.

    This link at the bottom "unreleased covers" :

    http://www.nomadland.com/Unreleased.htm
     
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    drugs suck.
    always have, always will
     
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    Aerial Boundaries.



     
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    That's kinda nice, reminds me quite a bit of this local guy, Tuck Pence, from my old stomping grounds up north
     
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    and . . .

     
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