The temperatures outdoors may be fluctuating, but inside the People's House (the Minnesota State Capitol), the thermometer only seems to on the upswing.
With this session of the Minnesota Legislature chugging down the road to the end, many people are entering the many doors of the People's House. Everyone wants to be heard regarding their issue and each day the volume increases.
Many organized groups and individuals attempt to reach the ears of the elected officials. In a surprise move at one rally, the crowd stopped chanting and had a moment of silence to get the attention of lawmakers.
Orbiting these Rotunda rallies, legislative chambers, offices and meeting rooms are the lobbyists, who utilize many electronic devices waiting for an opportunity to make their voices heard.
The inspiration for this Hartbeat comes from our friends across the big pond the Rolling Stones. It does not seem like the lads will be touring for their 50th anniversary this year, but one can always find inspiration in their large catalog of material. At Hartbeat World Headquarters we fed the turntable the album, "Aftermath." Buried in the tracks is the relatively obscure song, "I Am Waiting." This composition fits in perfectly with what people are doing at the Capitol. Well, really most of the songs on "Aftermath" relate to situations at the People's House, but we'll stick to one for now. The Hartbeat goes on...
"See it come along, and don't know where it's from"
We will put the weight right on the visuals for this edition of Hartbeat. Recently, I set up my video camera and tripod down at the crossroads of the House and Senate overlooking the Rotunda and captured some digital images (not exactly the same "Crossroads" of Robert Johnson and Eric Clapton, but you do feel some powerful forces there). I gave myself a deadline of ten minutes to see what transpired and the results are seen at the top of the blog. I also added a few from some other events this week.
What's Cooking on the Hartbeat Grill?
This weekend, I will be journeying with Hartbeat Co-Curator, Vivian Hart, Hartbeat Director of Research, Greg Lew and his bride, The Queen of All Media to Minneapolis to view a performance of "Million Dollar Quartet." It's a musical inspired by the true story of what happened at the Sun Record Company Memphis Recording Service on December 4th, 1956. Carl Perkins was in the studio to record some new material with his brothers and a drummer. Producer Sam Phillips wanted to broaden the sparse rockabilly instrumentation, so he brought in his latest musical find, a piano player named Jerry Lee Lewis. During the afternoon, former Sun artist, Elvis Presley, (now signed to RCA) dropped by as did Johnny Cash. They started jamming, and engineer Cowboy Jack Clement rolled the tape machine. In something of a rock and roll mystery, the tapes were lost for years but were eventually discovered and released in various forms staring in 1981. The music consisted of gospel, country and R&B, with some Christmas songs interspersed. The recording lacks some technical polish, but does capture a moment in the history of rock and roll. It will be very interesting how it translates to the stage. I will let you know in the next Hartbeat.
The Musical Notes
"Aftermath" was released in 1966 and as was common with English groups of the day, slightly different albums were released in Britain and the United States. "I Am Waiting" made it on both versions of "Aftermath." It is a significant recording by the lads since it is the first album to feature exclusively the writing of Mick Jagger/Keith Richards. The music was recorded entirely in the United States (in Hollywood) and is the first album the group released in true stereo.
Rolling Stone Brian Jones was very involved in experimenting with different musical instruments on the album including sitar, marimbas and an Appalachian dulcimer which he plays on "I Am Waiting." Notable singles from the album that enjoyed chart success were: "Paint It Black," "Mother's Little Helper" and "Lady Jane."
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