Enter the mind of Bruce Lee

BTLPICCOVERI’ve contributed to an article – Enter the mind of Bruce Lee – just published on the CNN website…

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37 Responses to Enter the mind of Bruce Lee

  1. Adam Kent-Isaac says:

    OK, I passionately despise this song, and its band, and I have done so ever since it came out in 1996. I particularly hate the dumb lyrics. I also hate the chorus. (I guess it could also qualify as a repeating bridge, since the “Meet Virginia” lyrical hook could also qualify as the chorus. In any case – the part that begins with “well she wants to be the Queen” [see what I meant about the lyrics?])

    You know what though, I have to give it credit for one thing: a great bass part. Almost, barely, waxes Lesh at times. I also like the end of the guitar solo and how it interplays with the bass.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3Qvb7q9Nm0

  2. BorisBrain says:

    Also thought you might enjoy this recent podcast interview with yer old mate, in which he shares an affectionate anecdote or two about the old days…

    http://www.thedrummersjournal.com/blog/podcast-interview-with-pete-thomas

    Grooves,

    BB

  3. BorisBrain says:

    Hey Bruce, hope all is well

    This is ‘nowt to do with Bruce Lee – just a general enquiry. I confess to not knowing your level of continued involvement in the music biz these days, but having read RN and your various blog posts, it seems apparent that with your vast experience you are as connected as anyone else in the industry, if not more so. I’m thinking of all the studios, producers, labels, manufacturers, musicians, promoters, accountants, pluggers, journalists, graphic artists, video producers, media types and probably a ton more that you’ve had dealings with over the years.

    You’re clearly someone who’s been able to successfully navigate all of that, so have you ever dabbled with the idea of going into artiste management, and becoming your own Jake R/Dave R or some such other svengali? We still need saving from the Simon Cowells of this world…

    Groove on,

    BB

    • Bruce says:

      Thank you for your entirely undeserved accolade. I can answer your question most succinctly.You may be disappointed, I apologize for that, but I can unequivocally state that as regards considering the prospect of artiste management. There is a short answer to that. “No.”.

  4. Adam Kent-Isaac says:

    One thing I’ve always felt about music is that I’m more of a fan of individual songs than of bands. While I certainly do have favorite bands, I think it’s really equally important to appreciate one-hit wonders that other people might write off as “disposable” – especially when it comes to building up a real ‘education’ in pop music. Sometimes one song by a band that nobody really gives a shit about, can make as much of a musical statement as some bands’ whole discographies.

    Certainly my feeling on this is influenced by how much I listened to the radio growing up. For instance, “Kiss Me” by “Sixpence None the Richer”, which came out in 1997 when I was 11.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8N-qO3sPMjc

    This song was really my introduction to the “dreamy” quality of the Major Seventh chord. Add in the singer’s sultry voice and the fact that I had just reached the age where I began to fall madly in love with a succession of my female classmates, and this song really did it for me.

    It wasn’t until recently, when I gave it a critical listen, that I realized: this song absolutely OWNS the major – major seventh – dominant seventh chord sequence. Is there any other pop song that just takes that exceedingly simple progression and OWNS it? If there is, I haven’t heard it.

    • Bruce says:

      Have you heard the same band’s cover of “There She Goes Again” by the English pop band the La’s? It’s not a love song as such but about heroin addiction. A lot of your countrymen think the band was called the LA’s — like the city — but la’ is lazy Liverpool slang for “lad”. In the case of the band name, La’s it’s not a misplaced apostrophe, in a plural but to denote the missing letter “D”.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMfXeuv4kZE

      • Adam Kent-Isaac says:

        Yeah, that cover actually got some substantial radio time. I heard Sixpence’s cover before I ever heard the original. Funny that it’s about heroin, because Sixpence is a Christian group from Texas that was definitely aiming for a very clean image. But, judging by their sound and their choice of influences, they seem to have been aiming for some kind of American version of the female-fronted ‘jangle pop’ British groups like the Sundays and the Cranberries (yeah, the latter are Irish.) It’s a very British sound. The La’s version is reminiscent of the Byrds.

        Around the very same time, the Sundays’ “Summertime” got a great deal of play in the US. I remember it well. It has a little floaty psychedelica on top of the jangling pop.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z778slDEsds

      • Bruce says:

        All good stuff.

    • Bruce says:

      No real surprises there, apart from all guitars were DI-ed. The question is, how much call is there for bass parts that sound like James Jamerson these days — or would you simply end up just doing tuition videos to show people how to sound like James Jamerson?

    • Bruce says:

      Thanks, Boris. I’m already aware of this utterly worthless piece of shit crowd-funded movie. Fortunately, I’m just about to bring out a timely book which explores Bruce Lee’s art and teaching in far greater depth than has ever been done before. Watch this space… (And stay groovy).

  5. Mike Miller says:

    You may have seen this. It’s been making the rounds. T-Bone speaks:

    http://nodepression.com/article/music-confounds-machines

  6. Adam Kent-Isaac says:

    The drummer in this exquisite video reminds (if only sartorially) more than a bit of one P— T—–.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6QfHwEfh-Y
    Two other thoughts:
    1. The section from :27 to :35 seems tailor-made for a 90s night-time TV show’s opening music.
    2. Is there any other genre of music that is SO immediately dated by its production and sound?

  7. Mike Miller says:

    Is it a companion to or an update of “Fighting Spirit”?

    • Bruce says:

      Actually I would say it is a companion volume. Here are the opening paragraphs…

      “BRUCE LEE ONCE did two simple drawings of himself to illustrate the two sides of his life and work. In the first, he pictured himself as a square-jawed action hero, looking as he would at the height of his fame as the world’s supreme martial arts movie star and most-recognized face on the planet. In the second, he pictured himself as a Taoist sage — a wise teacher.

      My biography Fighting Spirit tells the story of the ‘first’ Bruce Lee — his rise to stardom and his great achievements as a trailblazing martial artist.

      In Beyond the Limits I use Bruce Lee’s own words to prove beyond any doubt that he wasn’t simply teaching a fighting method while promoting his worldly ambitions. Through his martial art, and its deep philosophical underpinnings, he was actually revealing a revolutionary means of self-transformation.”

  8. Mike Miller says:

    Do you have a title for the upcoming book?

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