GENTLE GIANT : FUNNY WAYS / THREE FRIENDS (RAY SHULMAN R.I.P.)

Χτες βράδυ έμαθα ότι πέθανε [30/3] σε ηλικία 74 χρόνων μετά από μακροχρόνια ασθένεια ο Ray Shulman, μπασίστας, βιολιστής, τρομπετίστας, κιθαρίστας, ιδρυτικό μέλος των Gentle Giant και βασικός [μαζί με τον οργανίστα Kerry Minnear] συνθέτης τους.
Οι
Gentle Giant ήταν πάντα ένα από τα αγαπημένα μου γκρουπ της progressive περιόδου.
Με τη διάλυσή τους [1980] ο
Ray θα αξιοποιούσε τη γνώση του της μουσικής και της [μουσικής] τεχνολογίας, διακρινόμενος ως παραγωγός ενός ευρέως φάσματος καλλιτεχνών : AR Kane, The Sugarcubes, The Sundays, The Trash Can Sinatras etc.
Ακούμε στη μνήμη του δυο κομμάτια από ισάριθμα άλμπουμ των
Gentle Giant.

I found out last night that
Ray Shulman, bassist, violinist, trumpeter, guitarist, founding member and basic composer of Gentle Giant [along with keyboardist Kerry Minnear] passed away [30/3] aged 74, after a long illness.
Gentle Giant was always one of my favorite bands from the progressive era.
After their dismissal [1980]
Ray would utilize his musical knowledge, as well as that of [music] technology, distinguishing himself as a producer of a wide range of artists : AR Kane, The Sugarcubes, The Sundays, The Trash Can Sinatras etc.
We hear two tracks from two of
Gentle Giant’s albums.

Για περισσότερη μουσική τους στο blog / For more of their music on the blog : 1, 2, 3, 4

I’m sorry to have been so much of a bore
But in my own funny way I find I learn much more.
I realize what you think from your eyes,
But in your own funny way I find I learn much more.
My ways are strange
They’ll never change
They stay, strange ways
I’m sorry to have been so close from the start,
But for all that I cared we could be miles apart.
I understood that you never would
Understand a way of life that I never could.
My ways are strange
They’ll never change
They stay, strange ways
Go your own way or wait for me
Go your own way or wait for me
Go your own way or wait for me
Go your own way or wait for me
And so you see what happened to me
Since the time when I judged my life in nights and days
I realized that my life was lies
So you see what I mean with all my funny ways.
I’m sorry to have been so much of a bore
But in my own funny way I find I learn much more
Funny ways, Funny ways, Funny ways, Funny ways.

Once three friends
Sweet in sadness
Now part of their past.
In the end
Full of gladness
Went from class to class.

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2 Comments

  1. Resa April 5, 2023 at 9:07 pm

    RIP Ray. You made fab music, and left it here for posterity. Thank you!

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    1. Oannes April 9, 2023 at 8:06 am

      I love these guys. Gentle Giant was one of the very few bands Frank Zappa had praised for their musicality!

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