After Saturday's household chores are done, El Editor sometimes goes out into the world. Yesterday's first stop was Amoeba Records in Hollywood. He decides how much to spend before going into the music superstore and stick to that amount, no matter what. $50 was the limit. There were lots of great new releases and the overwhelming assortment of classic albums on vinyl and CD that he's missed, lost, sold or just never heard of.
He walked away with a deluxe 2-disk DVD of Wizard of Oz, a gift for granddaughter Jewel; Let It Be, a collection of Beatles' remakes by Roberta Flack; Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan, which is a compilation of covers of benefiting Amnesty International (80 tracks!); and More of Other Worlds, Other Sounds by Esquivel, the imaginative Mexican composer and multi-instrumentalist who recorded in the 60's.
The soundtrack to our ride back home was the Roberta Flack. The songs are eclectic and imaginative; some are done in her familiar style -- warm and embracing -- and others are funky and jazzy. Her voice is still rich and full, although it sounded like a couple vocals were auto-tuned. Nice if you like classic Beatles songs. One surprise was "Isn't It a Pity", not really a Beatles song but one recorded by George Harrison after he left the group.
That was coincidental, in a way, because his next stop was the Grammy Museum, currently featuring an exhibit on the musical legacy of the group's lead guitarist and singer and songwriter of some of the Beatles' most well-known and loved songs like "Here Comes the Sun" and "Something". You know, his second wife was a Mexican American named Olivia Arias from Hawthorne.
Also on exhibit was a "Trouble in Paradise: Music and Los Angeles, 1945 - 1975." The guest curator is Josh Kun, and he and the Grammy stuff have put together an incredible display of music, photos, clothes and artifacts from a singular era of musical history. Plan on spending three hours plus, listening to music from iconic musicians like The Doors, El Chicano, Buffalo Springfield, Don Tosti and more. Great photos by George Rodriguez, too!
Two floors down is "George Harrison: Living in the Material World", an overview of the Beatle who's contributions to rock are somewhat overshadowed.
After dinner at Roy's Hawaiian Fusion on 8th and Figueroa (thanks to a gift card), El Editor made his way back home to watch "Q'Viva: The Chosen." His wife was surprised that he actually wanted to watch something with Jennifer Lopez and Mark Anthony. The show, a kind of "Latino American Idol" and travelogue mash-up, was fairly entertaining. A bit too much of J.Lo and Mark A. and their personal drama, though. But the music, dancing and personal stories of entertainers from Panama, Argentina, Mexico, Chile and other countries was thoroughly engrossing. Where else could El Editor have seen tango, salsa, acrobatic quebradita, bomba, malambo (a gaucho style of dancing performed by men), capoeira, and fantastic singing?
And then there was Sunday...