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The Winter of 2012?

January 31, 2012


Today and tomorrow the local temperature will start to climb almost 20 degrees Fahrenheit above normal

Today and tomorrow the local temperature will start to climb almost 20 degrees Fahrenheit above normal. Since the end of fall, where ever I've been, the average temperature has been well above normal.

Last year at this time it was a Winter Wonderland in my area, but most of this year's winter I can drive with the top down. Maybe the warmest summer of my life will be The Winter of 2012?


This is what it was like in Bremen, Germany near the start of Winter - it looks like summer outside


Last year at this time, in Central Park, it was a Winter Wonderland


Last year at this time, this was my backyard at Le Crib


Last year at this time, this was Compo Beach in Westport, CT


Most of this year's winter, I can drive with the top down


This is what it was like on a day of record warmth a couple months ago


NO FAIR! 2 weeks ago, this is what it was like - but I was in Turks and Caicos, and it's supposed to be warm


Maybe the warmest summer of my life will be The Winter of 2012?


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12-String Guitars

January 30, 2012


Me and Katie Couric at a charity gig

I have a few guitars that I love but sometimes fly a little under the radar because they are not on many records. I do play them a lot on live gigs. I've played charity concerts for many years and that's usually where I get to play a lot of 12 String Guitars.


A Rickenbacker 12 String Signed by Sting, Lenny Kravitz and more after I played it on a Beatles tribute


I've played this Fender Electric XII on a number of live gigs


On many live gigs I've played this Gibson Songwriter Deluxe 12 String Acoustic


I played this Rickenbacker 620 -12 string guitar at Katie Couric's charity


I played this Rickenbacker 330 - 12 with Mickey Dolenz at a charity


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We Are Family Style

January 29, 2012
Many people wrote me that yesterday's post had a lot of content. I'm not sure that everybody could get through all of it in one day. For the folks who did I've added a few new items, for those who didn't you can still do so today. A little More We Are Family Style. ~NR

 

January 28, 2012


Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmie Vaughan giving up We Are Family Style

Life is a series of ups and downs. A little over a year ago I had a very low point when I was attacked by aggressive prostate cancer.

In 1990, I worked on a project that, like life, was filled with many ups and downs. It was called Family Style by the Vaughan Brothers. It was the only studio album by Stevie Ray and his brother Jimmie.

Most of the album was a series of highs - but the low was the lowest of all possible lows, the death of Stevie Ray Vaughan.

This project not only brought the two brothers closer, our entire crew had a unique kinship and a certain We Are Family Style.


The Vaughan Brothers in the studio right before Stevie's death. He's playing my factory Gold Plated Strat at the end of the clip.
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The Vaughan Bros during Family Style at Ardent Studio in Memphis' control room


Stevie taking a pool break during the recording of Family Style


Al Berry, Jimmie and me listening back to Al's bass track


Rich Hilton and Michael Vasquez in a fun moment


Jimmie and me in an artist producer moment


Stevie, me and Jimmie having an artists producer moment


Vaughan Brothers "Family Style"

NEW PICS ADDED JANUARY 29, 2012


Jimmie, legendary bluesman Booker T. Laury (who didn't believe I was the producer until I gave him a handful a new 100 dollar bills) and Stevie


A We Are Family Style Photo with blues legend Booker T. Laury


Stevie Ray, who was always the jokester, and bassist Al Berry


As I was saying - Stevie the jokester


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This Is Cool

January 27, 2012


When I left for work I knew to expect the unexpected

When I left for work I knew to expect the unexpected. I don't often talk about my record label and my distribution company because it's very specific and generally, lay people wouldn't find it interesting.

Today is a little different because in Electronic Gaming Monthly, I have half of the 12 Most Anticipated Games for 2012's soundtracks. This Is Cool.


Electronic Gaming Monthly 12 for 2012 issue


I have Darksiders 2


I have Hitman Absolution


I Have Borderlands 2


I have Halo 4


I don't think that lay people would be interested in Red Faction in Red Vinyl


I don't think lay people would be interested in Halo Combat Evolved on Vinyl


As with everything in my life, I'm taking this to the next level because This is Cool


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Let's Just Take a Look

January 26, 2012


Sheila, me, and Gold Epiphone 295 in Le Crib

Last night after spending the day filming with French super-star Sheila, I went to the Grammy Nominee's party. I saw lots of great artists and lots of friends both old and new.

Just before I was leaving my studio to go to the party, I found a treasure trove of pictures from Stevie Ray Vaughan's last project Family Style. It was his one and only album with his brother Jimmie Vaughan.

It's an album that I produced and will never get over the sorrow of losing Stevie during this project. I can't tell you how much I love these two great musicians and people.

Over the next few months I'll share the pictures and many stories about Family Style - but for now Let's Just Take a Look.


Sheila & Me in the kitchen at Le Crib


Sheila & Me at Le Crib filming on a sunny day


Me at Grammy Nominees party


Me & New York Chapter Vice President Nicki Richards


Me & Jimmy Jam


Stevie Ray Vaughan - The breakfast of champions


The core band of the Vaughan Brothers Family Style project


Part of the Vaughan Brothers guitar arsenal


More parts of the Vaughan Brothers' guitar arsenal


Jimmie Vaughan playing guitar on Family Style


Stevie Ray Vaughan & Jimmie Vaughan playing on Family Style


Renee & Stevie gaming


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Sheila is Here!

January 25, 2012


Today I'll be participating in a film about French superstar Sheila

Today I will be participating in a film about the French super star Sheila. She will be at Le Crib Studio filming most of the day.

I've owned this little place for about thirty years and many interesting people have come here. Diana Ross has been here, as well as Blondie's Debbie Harry and Chris Stein. Irene Cara, Gene Simmons, Simon Le Bon, Mark, Samantha, and Charlotte Ronson, Madonna Ciccone, Paolo Nutini, Ashford and Simpson, Luther Vandross and many others.

When the CHIC Organization wrote music for the Sheila album "King Of The World," much of it was composed in this studio. Now, after thirty-two years, Sheila Is Here!


Chic - London Forum, Nov 2011, Spacer by tricketts

 


Sheila and B. Devotion "King of the World" (HOVER OVER THE DOTS!)

 


(HOVER OVER THE DOTS!)


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Dragons in My Life

January 24, 2012


One of the many Dragons in My Life on a vase in front of a Mapplethorpe of me

Yesterday was the beginning of the Chinese New Year. This year is the Year of the Dragon. I was born in a Dragon year. Symbolically, the Dragon is considered the luckiest year in the Chinese zodiac.

When I was younger, I studied many types of Kung Fu systems. One of my temples participated in the annual Dragon Dance as part of the Chinese New Year celebration.

There are many Dragons in my life. I have never consciously thought about it, somehow I've just have been drawn to them. Here are some of the many Dragons in My Life.


One of the Many Dragons in My Life on a lampshade in my living room


One of the many Dragons in My Life on a Chinese console in my living room


One of the Many Dragons in My Life in the office of the president of Drexel University


Doing morning Kung Fu exercise in Turks and Caicos a few days ago


Dragon Dance in New York


A tight shot of me doing my morning exercise yesterday - I was doing what I remember of the Dragon Dance


One of Many Dragons in My Life Wood and Metal Carving in my dining room


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Body Double

January 23, 2012


Here I'm performing live with my 1959/60 Stratocaster nicknamed The Hitmaker

"The Hitmaker" is the nickname of my 1959/60 Fender Stratocaster guitar. It's the workhorse of my stable. I've calculated that it's performed on more than two billion dollars worth of music.

However, there is another guitar hero in my herd. It's my plexiglass Guitarman and it usually stands-in for The Hitmaker in videos and TV appearances. It doesn't get the credit it deserves because it's a great sounding instrument, but its main role is to play The Hitmaker's Body Double.


My current stable of guitars


My plexiglass Guitarman Strat

Hover over the image and click on the dots

Performing LIVE where the Guitarman is the Body Double


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My Kind of Day

January 22, 2012


Yesterday started with the first significant snowfall of the season. Here's my front yard

Yesterday started with the first significant snowfall of the season here. I took the Range Rover and headed for New York City, where I'd had a full day planned.

I sometimes auction off my rare guitars to benefit my charity, the We Are Family Foundation. Today I let a one-of-a-kind mega superstar signed guitar go.

This guitar was my backup guitar that I used to play the Save The Rainforest Concert 2010. It's signed by Sting, Lady Gaga, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Mary J. Blige, Debbie Harry and many others. After a quick photo session with the guitar's winners, I went to see the musical, "The Book Of Mormon."

I got tapped on my shoulder and to my surprise, it was my dear friend and original CHIC Organization road manager, Stuart Griffen. He was there with actor Taylor Negron.

Then I went to see my dear friend Rosie Perez, David Hyde Pierce and cast, in a terrific play called "Close Up Space." It was My Kind of Day.


I took the Range Rover and headed for New York City


The winners of my mega-autographed backup guitar, featuring Sting, Lady Gaga, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Mary J. Blige, Debbie Harry and many others


I did a quick photo session with my guitar and got one last play before I let it go


This number from The Book Of Mormon really had me laughing out loud


CHIC Organization keyboardist Raymond Jones (RIP) and road manager Stuart Griffen


Taylor Negron poster


Rosie Perez


David Hyde Pierce


The cast of Close Up Space


Playing guitar in my living room is my idea of My Kind of Day


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Singing and Dancing My A$$ Off! 2

January 21, 2012


I was singing "Magic Of The Blue" and a few other songs by Blue Magic

A couple days ago, I left Le Crib Studio to go to Drexel University. I was singing "Magic Of The Blue" and a few other songs by Blue Magic. It made sense because Drexel is in the city of Philadelphia, where the group Blue Magic is from. Little did I know that by the end of the day I'd experience something that I was not prepared for. In fact, I didn't even know it existed. It was the analog tape archive of the legendary Sigma Sound Studio which is now housed at the university.

Music is such a big part of my life, that I spend a large portion of the day singing, humming, whistling, or just hearing songs in my head. This action is usually prompted by something that I encounter.

During a tour of the Drexel campus I was taken to the tape archive. When I saw the massive amount of familiar song recordings - I was overjoyed and just started singing and Dancing My A$$ Off.


The main entrance to Drexel University


Assistant Dean Louisa Hanshew and me in the tape archive at Drexel


Blue Magic had me Singing and Dancing My A$$ Off


Grace Jones and Atlantic Starr had me Singing and Dancing My A$$ Off


The Delfonics and The Stylistics had me Singing and Dancing My A$$ Off


Gloria Gaynor had me Singing and Dancing My A$$ Off


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