February 15, 2009

maybe the lateness of the hour makes me seem bluer than I am


“I wanted to sing… to say something that hasn’t been said.”
– Bill Withers

On a quiet Sunday night, few things sounds as good as the earnest soulfulness of Bill Withers. Tonight I’ve enjoyed hearing Withers talk about his late arrival into the music scene, his take-it-or-leave-it attitude towards fame, his quiet love of privacy, and his musical groundings — interspersed with so many of his songs that I haven’t heard in too long:

Bill Withers Podcast One (7 minutes)

This podcast via Legacy Podcasts; jet over and listen to Part 2 here. The Earbender Legacy Podcast Black History Month series salutes Bill Withers and other great African-American artists all month, with 28 pieces in 28 days.

Hope She’ll Be Happier – Bill Withers

I Can’t Write Left Handed (live at Carnegie Hall) – Bill Withers

[live track via the incomparable AD]

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  • I LOVE Bill Withers. I think lots of people know his individual songs but don’t know it’s all by the same guy. his ’81 grammy award show performance was one of my fave televised music performances ever.

    stephe — February 16, 2009 @ 7:15 am

  • Bill Withers Live at Carnegie Hall is one of the most brilliant live albums ever released. I never listen to it but what I’m not changed, moved, happy.

    I just discovered these Legacy Podcasts yesterday. I can tell I’m going to get completely lost in them.

    Linda T — February 16, 2009 @ 8:20 am

  • It is amazing that the same person gave the world “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Use Me”. If those were the only two songs he ever recorded he would be in my hall of fame.

    Kevin G. — February 16, 2009 @ 5:50 pm

  • Live at Carnegie Hall is one of my favorites…..wish I coulda been there. Grandma’s Hands…yeah.

    Dan — February 24, 2009 @ 2:01 pm

  • Love the podcasts. Great to bond w/ fellow fans. I’m begging Columbia to reissue/re-release/remaster “+Justments”. I like it as well as the 1st 2, though the live album is the best – my favorite album of all time. It’s like you’re there. Funny, I told the person whose opinion and depth of knowledge, albeit for a person about 15 years younger, was extensive – that this album changed my life. It made me happy that music could be that exhilarating and open and honest. Great from start to finish. Always wished I was there. And in a way, all listeners were.

    Ron D. — March 8, 2009 @ 9:37 pm

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Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
—Nick Hornby, Songbook
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