Coloring Club Plus — 11/27/19

Nov 27

I started watching a really good 2019 (82-minute) documentary last night, called, “Echo in the Canyon: the birth of the California sound.” Jakob Dylan (Bob’s son) is at the helm as he travels, sings, and interviews individuals who were part of the musical mecca and alchemical stew that was Laurel Canyon at the time of The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, John Sebastian, Beach Boys, Mamas and the Papas. Also in the mix were those who influenced, and were influenced by, them at the time like Eric Clapton and The Beatles. There are an amazing number of musical icons being interviewed in this documentary. There are also many clips of the original artists performing back in the day.

I have to hand it to Jakob, as he takes it a step farther. He gathers young musicians together and records and performs some of the old songs from those times, both in the studio and live. It’s a fun mish-mash of it all.

One person who is glaringly absent from the documentary (maybe she will show up later?) is Joni Mitchell. She isn’t mentioned, no clips, nothing. I wonder if she refused to participate or allow herself to be in it? I would like to find out and will update if I do.

That said, The Lady of Laurel Canyon, Miss Joni Mitchell, will be my musician of choice for today’s song, with none other than Ladies of the Canyon. I posted on this song back in February, for Song Lyric Sunday and so will just link to it here

Bonus videos are of Dotty playing and my new little pet, Sunflower.

 

 

15 Comments Add yours

  1. simplywendi says:

    yes! it’s an awesome documentary.

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  2. Laurel Canyon was also home for Stephen Stills, Peter Tork, Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Stephen Stills is one they interviewed in this. There is a map they show of people who had homes there. Did see Peter Tork on there. They haven’t mentioned JJ or Grateful Dead yet, and they are also big omissions if they don’t.

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  3. Sorry my bad, the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin lived in Larkspur.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Where the H is Larkspur, Jim?

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      1. Larkspur is a suburb of San Francisco, California. It is in in Marin County, 3 miles south of San Rafael. Huey Lewis got his start there. John Lee Hooker and Bonnie Raitt also played there a lot.

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  4. hanspostcard says:

    I enjoyed the documentary and the Jakob Dylan and others covering the old classic songs, I have heard some who were critical of their covers- I thought they were fine.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I enjoyed them also. They weren’t clones of the originals, but that’s ok.

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      1. hanspostcard says:

        I thought Jakob Dylan did a great job on the entire doc.. it was better than I was expecting.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          I agree. I also have to admit that his flat affect freaked me out a bit. Another thing: I like David Crosby more after having watched it. That thing he said towards the end was profound.

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          1. hanspostcard says:

            Crosby an interesting guy that’s for sure.

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  5. badfinger20 says:

    I would like to see that. I read a book… Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock-and-Roll’s Legendary Neighborhood…and it was good. I love hearing about the time it was full of sound and talent.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      One of the places we can visit in the time machine someday 🙂

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      1. badfinger20 says:

        Right after Hamburg or the Cavern

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