m.leddy + vandykeparks   106

¡Spangled!
All-American song of the highest order.
music  VanDykeParks 
november 2019 by M.Leddy
VDP and “Southern Nights”
Allen Touissant: “While I was finishing the album Van Dyke Parks visited me in the studio. He was a wonderful guy, a genius of a guy. He said, ‘Well, consider that you were going to die in two weeks. If you knew that, what would you think you would like to have done?’
music  VanDykeParks 
november 2019 by M.Leddy
VDP’s “Tabu”
The Silver Lake Chorus has recorded an unreleased Van Dyke Parks song.
music  VanDykeParks 
may 2019 by M.Leddy
Sanford Sylvan (1953–2019)
Elaine knew him when she was a teenager, and heard him sing many times. The two of us heard him in a Boston Shakespeare Company production of Mother Courage, directed by Peter Sellars. It was our third date, January 24, 1984. Linda Hunt played Mother Courage. I’ll never forget it.
Boston  life  music  VanDykeParks 
february 2019 by M.Leddy
“The Immigrants”
Gaby Moreno and Van Dyke Parks’s recording of David Rudder’s “The Immigrants” has made Jon Pareles’s list of the best songs of 2018.
music  VanDykeParks 
december 2018 by M.Leddy
“The Immigrants”
A new recording from Gaby Moreno and Van Dyke Parks: “The Immigrants.”
music  VanDykeParks 
july 2018 by M.Leddy
VDP on TCM
Fans of Van Dyke Parks should know that Turner Classic Movies is airing The Swan.
film  VanDykeParks 
april 2018 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
The Honeymooners episode with VDP as Tommy Manicotti is back online.
Honeymooners  VanDykeParks 
january 2018 by M.Leddy
Being wrong about beauty
Elaine Scarry: “Those who remember making an error about beauty usually . . . recall the exact second when they first realized they had made an error.” With Pet Sounds as an example.
BeachBoys  beauty  BrianWilson  VanDykeParks 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
A song for the day
“I’m History,” words and music by Van Dyke Parks.
history  music  politics  VanDykeParks 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
VDP talks about Randy Newman
“There are a lot of insults on the way to a record album. I mean, there’s blood on the tracks.”
music  VanDykeParks 
june 2016 by M.Leddy
Steve Young (1942–2016)
He is the subject of Van Dyke Parks’s extraordinary song “The All Golden.”
music  VanDykeParks 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
VDP and Harry Shearer
A smart and funny conversation, with a virtual cast of dozens that includes Ry Cooder, Astrud Gilberto, Eartha Kitt, Randy Newnan, Brian Wilson, Howlin’ Wolf, and Paul Revere and the Raiders.
VanDykeParks 
august 2015 by M.Leddy
VDP’s next-to-last
“His friend Eric Idle, of Monty Python fame, introduced him to the packed house. ‘Van Dyke Parks,’ he said, ‘is not just a genius. He is a fucking genius.’”
music  VanDykeParks 
may 2015 by M.Leddy
VDP’s Lost Weekend
Van Dyke Parks’s last piano/vocal performances.
music  VanDykeParks 
may 2015 by M.Leddy
Fun, fun, fun
The greatest Downfall spoof of all time.
BeachBoys  Beatles  humor  VanDykeParks 
february 2015 by M.Leddy
VDP talks, plays, sings
I would say that Van Dyke is in fine fettle, but doing so would require that I first look up “fettle.”
music  VanDykeParks 
july 2014 by M.Leddy
VDP on songwriting in these times
“Forty years ago, co-writing a song with Ringo Starr would have provided me a house and a pool. Now, estimating 100,000 plays on Spotify, we guessed we’d split about $80. When I got home, on closer study, I found out we were way too optimistic.”
music  VanDykeParks 
june 2014 by M.Leddy
VDP on American Routes
“I’ve had enough, and I’m grateful, because enough to me is plenty to go on.”
music  VanDykeParks 
april 2014 by M.Leddy
A new Van Dyke Parks single
Van Dyke Parks has a new single out on the Bella Union label (also available from iTunes): “I’m History” b/w “Charm School.”
music  VanDykeParks 
december 2013 by M.Leddy
Van Dyke Parks on Bookworm
“I don’t draw any distinction between the stuff that has my name on the banner or something that I might do anonymously to help someone else in their album effort. It’s all the same to me.”
music  VanDykeParks 
october 2013 by M.Leddy
Van Dyke Parks on Twitter
Van Dyke Parks has taken to the airwaves.
VanDykeParks 
august 2013 by M.Leddy
VDP on NPR
Van Dyke Parks is everywhere.
music  VanDykeParks 
july 2013 by M.Leddy
VDP in TNYT
“I believe that anything worth its salt in the arts must create a wobble. We are not polestars.”
music  VanDykeParks 
july 2013 by M.Leddy
VDP on the right to fail
“You must reserve the right to fail if you’re going to get anything done. You must continue aggressively to reserve the right to fail.”
VanDykeParks 
july 2013 by M.Leddy
Van Dyke Parks in Chicago
“They tore the roof off the sucker, with grace and precision and heart.”
music  VanDykeParks 
september 2012 by M.Leddy
VDP, Letter from Berlin
In the Los Angeles Times, with art by Frank Holmes.
music  VanDykeParks 
september 2012 by M.Leddy
E=F♭
Here’s a theory of relativity I can understand. A doctored photograph of Einstein, courtesy of Van Dyke Parks.
music  VanDykeParks 
september 2012 by M.Leddy
VDP on Discover America
“Then all the Trinidadians in LA saw the goat peering out of the trunk of the car just before the barbecue. It was outside the box, and so is this record.”
music  VanDykeParks 
august 2012 by M.Leddy
VDP, “Letters from the Road”
Van Dyke Parks’s “Letters from the Road,” written during his recent European travels.
music  VanDykeParks 
july 2012 by M.Leddy
VDP on Song Cycle
A short film by Richard Parks.
film  music  VanDykeParks 
june 2012 by M.Leddy
More imaginary liner notes
My imaginary liner notes for the fifth and sixth 45s in Van Dyke Parks’s singles project are now available for your reading pleasure at Bananastan Records.
music  VanDykeParks 
april 2012 by M.Leddy
Van Dyke Parks in St. Louis
Van Dyke Parks played last night at the Luminary Center for the Arts in St. Louis with bassist Jim Cooper and percussionist Don Heffington. The three made beautiful music together.
music  VanDykeParks 
april 2012 by M.Leddy
VDP on starting out in the arts
“Baring your soul, so that someone else might feel exalted and able.”
music  VanDykeParks 
march 2012 by M.Leddy
VDP on time
Van Dyke Parks: “Time is our only common enemy.”
time  VanDykeParks 
february 2012 by M.Leddy
More imaginary liner notes for VDP
My imaginary liner notes for Van Dyke Parks’s latest singles are now available for your reading pleasure at Bananastan Records.
music  VanDykeParks 
january 2012 by M.Leddy
VDP fills out the Bullett questionnaire
“Contented, I know that I’m 20 feet from the spotlight, where I’m able to see the stars.”
music  VanDykeParks 
january 2012 by M.Leddy
Happy birthday, VDP
Van Dyke Parks turns sixty-nine today.
music  VanDykeParks 
january 2012 by M.Leddy
That (in)famous line
One line from “Cabin Essence,” words by Van Dyke Parks, music by Brian Wilson.
BrianWilson  music  poetry  VanDykeParks 
november 2011 by M.Leddy
The Parks mark
A review of Van Dyke Parks’s Arrangements, Volume 1.
music  VanDykeParks 
november 2011 by M.Leddy
VDP on “Wall Street” and Wall Street
Van Dyke Parks: “The Creed Is Greed, in a nation dominated by stone-age fundamentalism.”
culture  music  VanDykeParks 
october 2011 by M.Leddy
“My children were raised”
I am happy to learn that the verb “raised” in “Heroes and Villains” is okay by Bryan Garner.
BryanGarner  music  VanDykeParks  words 
october 2011 by M.Leddy
VDP: the four ages of an artist
A joke about the rise and fall of careers.
music  VanDykeParks 
september 2011 by M.Leddy
Bananastan and I
My imaginary liner notes for Van Dyke Parks’s new 45s are now appearing on the Bananastan website.
music  VanDykeParks 
august 2011 by M.Leddy
Van Dyke Parks, two singles
Imaginary liner notes for Van Dyke Parks’s new recordings.
music  VanDykeParks 
july 2011 by M.Leddy
A cappella Beach Boys covers
Robert Gotshall covers “Our Prayer,” “Gee,” and “Heroes and Villains.” Thirty-three voices, and just about perfect.
BeachBoys  BrianWilson  music  VanDykeParks 
may 2011 by M.Leddy
Bananastan Records
Van Dyke Parks’s label has a website.
music  VanDykeParks 
may 2011 by M.Leddy
Van Dyke Parks on Bananastan, cont’d.
Some more details about his forthcoming 7"-vinyl singles. And some observations about age and resilience.
age  music  VanDykeParks 
may 2011 by M.Leddy
Van Dyke Parks on Bananastan
“Not every record label has a logo designed by Art Spiegelman.”
art  music  VanDykeParks 
april 2011 by M.Leddy
Van Dyke Parks, “the epic opportunity”
“I have lived through McCarthyism, through riots with race at the core. I have seen dark times, but nothing to match the complacency, materialism, triviality, and Stone Age beliefs that dominate our current state of affairs. So I turn to the epic opportunity — the song form. Songs interest me that much.”
culture  music  VanDykeParks 
april 2011 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
More details on Van Dyke Parks’s forthcoming single releases.
music  VanDykeParks 
march 2011 by M.Leddy
A new Van Dyke Parks project
Five singles, each a collaboration with a visual artist
music  VanDykeParks 
march 2011 by M.Leddy
Van Dyke Parks at Daytrotter
“From Daytrotter, five performances by Van Dyke Parks with Clare and the Reasons, recorded in Asheville, North Carolina, October 2010.”
music  VanDykeParks 
february 2011 by M.Leddy
Another SMiLE?
“A new release of Beach Boys SMiLE material (with, I trust, excellent remastering) would be a welcome thing, but it’s not as if the music is finally coming out.”
BeachBoys  BrianWilson  VanDykeParks 
february 2011 by M.Leddy
Van Dyke Parks in Chicago (2)
VDP and Clare and the Reasons, a report from Chicago
music  VanDykeParks 
october 2010 by M.Leddy
Van Dyke Parks on touring
"There may be snow on the roof but a fire rages within."
music  VanDykeParks 
october 2010 by M.Leddy
Song Cycle and "That (In)famous Line"
Richard Henderson's book about Van Dyke Parks' Song Cycle
music  VanDykeParks 
august 2010 by M.Leddy
Van Dyke Parks in Barcelona
Playing what I'd say was the set of a lifetime
music  VanDykeParks 
june 2010 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
Od posts with new content: George Eliot, Van Dyke Parks, Francis Poulenc
fiction  music  VanDykeParks 
february 2010 by M.Leddy
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