New Music Monday – With John Martyn And Living In LA, I Am Breathing Solid Air

Wow… it has been a while since I have done this… I know, I know… Bad me.

And as Tati likes to point out, new music comes out on TUESDAYS… but… think of it this way.  You are a day ahead with Marc’s Muse.

Now, with that said, this is not always NEWLY RELEASED music… it can be a new discovery for me.  And while I am often ahead of the proverbial curve… I am sometimes behind the musical 8-ball…

That’s a few twisted clichés right there, folks.

For today, I am way behind… like 39 years behind… But hey, slow and steady wins the race, right.  Yes, another cliché!

John Martyn – Solid Air (1973)

So, John came about when I was searching Joe Bonamassa songs and albums and happened upon a tribute album called Johnny Boy Would Love This – A Tribute To John Martyn.  The players included Joe, Beck, David Gray, The Swell Season, Sonia Dada, Vashti Bunyan, Beth Orton, Morcheeba and Phil Collins… which promoted me to say “Holy shit!  How do I NOT know John Martyn.”  And thus the journey began.

First off, the man was knighted… Second, he had a long and varied career…

Wikipedia says:  “John Martyn, OBE (11 September 1948 – 29 January 2009) was a British singer-songwriter and guitarist. Over a 40 year career he released 21 studio albums, working with artists such as Eric Clapton and David Gilmour. He has been described by The Times as “an electrifying guitarist and singer whose music blurred the boundaries between folk, jazz, rock and blues”.

You will hear Nick Drake, Van Morrison and an intentionally slurred delivery which helped define his style.  His music and this album in particular, is stunning.  In fact, the title and title song are a tribute to his friend, Nick Drake.  If you are a regular reader, you know how much Nick’s music means to me… Powerful and beautiful stuff!  Sad and hopeful…

Wikipedia continues in talking about the record… “The album has continued to receive acclaim and is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die by Robert Dimery.  The album was rated as the 67th Greatest British Album Ever by the British music magazine Q, and was also included in their list of Best Chill-Out Albums Of All Time.

“Solid Air”, the title track, was dedicated to a friend of Martyn’s, Nick Drake. Drake died of an antidepressant overdose 18 months after the album was released. Martyn said of the track “It was done for a friend of mine, and it was done right with very clear motives, and I’m very pleased with it, for varying reasons. It has got a very simple message, but you’ll have to work that one out for yourself.”

Clearly I need to get a copy of that book and start listening… 1001 albums… That will keep me busy for a while!!!  In fact… hold on… Cool!  Just put it on hold at my local library!

So… thanks to the amazing Joe Bonamassa, and yes, you will be hearing about him soon, right here.  (Sorry it has taken me so long to get to him.)  I have discovered John Martyn, and now share that discovery with you.

Sadly it is after his death, but better late than never… his music is very much alive… and there is no use putting off tomorrow what you can listen to today.

Three more twisted clichés in a row… but remember, they are clichés because they are usually true and used often for good reason.  So boo yah!

Enjoy John Martyn and breathing in that solid air… well… in LA not so much… Choke, choke…


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