‘World Start Turning’

The song list for Rick Springfield’s upcoming “Orchestrating My Life” CD includes many songs that you would expect:

  • Don’t Talk to Strangers
  • Love Somebody
  • I’ve Done Everything for You
  • Affair of the Heart
  • Human Touch
  • Celebrate Youth
  • State of the Heart
  • Jessie’s Girl (of course)

Then there’s a concert favorite (especially for fans with variations of that name, I’m sure): Kristina

Then there’s the two dedicated to his parents: “My Father’s Chair” and the new “Irreplaceable.”

One song that I was surprised didn’t make the cut – simply because it’s one of my favorites and he’s played it before at symphony shows (which sounded beautiful) was “Souls,” off of “Living in Oz.”

The one song that I wasn’t expecting was “World Start Turning.”

Up until summer 1987 – when I graduated high school, moved out of my parents’ home and moved to California – my bedroom walls were covered with Rick Springfield posters. My Rick Springfield obsession started at age 12 and from junior high through high school, I went through a Duran Duran stage, a Beatles stage and a ska stage, but the RS posters remained through all those stages. After moving out, the posters came down and I didn’t see them again until about three years ago. (See the posters in the “Where it all began” post.)

Rock of Life

When the RS album “Rock of Life” came out in 1988, I was living in Southern California, taking some college classes and working. RS was no longer on my radar and to this day I haven’t owned this album (probably something I should remedy at some point, I know.)

Although I knew the song “Rock of Life” because I picked up a Greatest Hits CD after CDs were introduced, I didn’t hear any of the other songs until recently so they are not in my nostalgic memory bank.

Those past few paragraphs are a long way of saying that I wasn’t that familiar with the “Rock of Life” album or “World Start Turning.” (Or “Hold on to your Dream,” which I wrote a “Totally random post” about.)

Anyway, a recent, really awesome, concert review, “Rick Springfield reminds us he’s a rock star,” mentions that the March 19 concert in Airway Heights, Wash., included the “first-ever live performance of “World Start Turning.”

The review said:

Not only did the song kill, but Springfield appeared to break down in tears at the end, saying “That song brought up a lot of shit for me,” before taking a slug from a glass of wine.

So of course I had to check out the lyrics.

Like many of his songs, it’s autobiographical and the lyrics are pretty heavy. (In fact, the current Wikipedia entry for “Rock of Life” says it’s “considered to be the darkest Springfield album of his career.” Obviously that became outdated once “The Snake King” was released.)

We were taught if man believes in
What he wants in America
It’s only a matter of time, just a matter of seasons
But I walk through the houses of dreams that died
I see the ones still trapped there the ones that tried
But spent the rest of their lives wondering why
And searching for reasons (and they never wake up)

-World Start Turning lyrics

After reading his autobiography and learning about the depression he experienced at that time (and still today), fans will notice how autobiographical this is as we now have some insight on what he was experiencing in his life at the time the record came out.

“Rocket Science” fans might find this line from “World Start Turning” familiar:

“I’ve been standing on the beach crying to the raging sea.”

From “The Best Damn Thing”:

I was crying on the beach by the raging sea
Just a small town broken-down refugee
Holier than thou, I caused the damage done
You’re the best damn thing and I’m the lucky one

His sharing so much of himself in his songs is one reason why so many of his fans feel a personal connection with him. I’m pretty sure I know more about his life than I do about 99 percent of the people I know in real life. (I may even know more details about his life than I remember about mine.)

In other RS, news we got to hear a little sample of the new album on social media:

Whoo-hoo! Can’t wait to hear the symphony version of all these songs!

The general release date of “Orchestrating My Life” is April 26, but visit the official RS site for details on how to get it earlier.)

RS rock review

(Read the full review here.)

Update on April 4: rickspringfield.us site posted this video on YouTube from the dress rehearsal. Yay!! Such a great video!

 

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Leading up to ‘Orchestrating My Life’

TheThe Rick Springfield website and social media pages will soon need to be updated to reflect his NEW new album, “Orchestrating My Life.” “The Snake King” is so 2018 because RS has been busy recording this next one with not only his touring band, but a 60-piece orchestra.

He’s invited his fans to attend a dress rehearsal on March 29, where 200 lucky fans will get to see RS perform with the award-winning 60-member Santa Monica High School Symphony Orchestra. (The experience is priceless, but if you have to put a price on it, it’s $250.)

The following night, March 30, is the world premiere of his newest new album, a concert at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills that will feature at least 13 RS compositions, including all of his biggest hits and “Irreplaceable,” a brand new song in honor of his mom.

But wait, there’s more

August Day Recordings, a record label that was founded in 2007 in London, set up a U.S. office in New York last year and according to its website, Rick Springfield is now one of several artists they work with, in addition to Wang Chung and A Flock of Seagulls, among others.

Rick Springfield

One of my favorite RS photos.

Not only do they use one of my very favorite photos of RS on their website, it looks like they set up a new website for him that is for now focused on his newest new CD: rickspringfield.org.

On this site is information about a limited edition special box set that includes four CDS, a signed postcard and two bonus CDs.

  • The main “Orchestrating My Life” CD
  • Instrumental versions of the songs
  • An Orchestra-only version (Not sure how that is different than the instrumental version, maybe the other one also includes his band?)
  • A CD where RS talks about the story behind each song (just like on the 45-record from the fan club with the little messages scratched in the middle circle!)
  • Bonus CDs are for the first 200 orders and are samplers of “Irreplaceable” and “Kristina,” according to the site.

NOTE: AT THE WRITING OF THIS BLOG, IT LOOKS LIKE THE BOX SET IS ALREADY SOLD OUT. Apparently they underestimated the demand. (Update the next morning: now it looks like you can order more and this is now mentioned on rickspringfield.com)

The site lists the “Orchestrating My Life” track list:

Kristina
I’ve Done Everything For You
Don’t Talk to Strangers
Jessie’s Girl
Affair of the Heart
Love Somebody
Human Touch
Celebrate Youth
World Start Turning
State of the Heart
Irreplaceable
My Father’s Chair
We also get to see the cover of the new CD (which features one of my newest favorite pics of RS, as of today):

RS OML

‘Orchestrating My Life’

My favorite rock star (and possibly yours, too, if you’re reading this…) was on a radio show tonight where he casually mentioned that his new album is called “Orchestrating My Life” and it will be out in about two months. He said there’s a new song on it and “a bunch of the big hits on there orchestrated and re-recorded.” They sound like the original, he said, but then they added the orchestra.

First of all, I love the title and its double meaning. It’s the perfect name. Plus, I can’t wait to hear his songs with the orchestra and I’m excited for a new song!

There are some videos of the Rick Springfield interview with Peter Tilden on the 790ABC Facebook page, where he briefly talks about this new album and a variety of other things. It was a fun interview to watch and I appreciate the fact that we got to see the radio interview – thank you, technology.

Listen carefully to the beginning of the third video (sorry, I tried to embed it here, but it didn’t work. It’s the one that’s 3:57 long. I also shared it on this blog’s FB page). Could it be the NEW SONG? I’ve listened it about 15 times and don’t recognize it, searched the lyrics on Google and couldn’t find them and Shazam-ed it and got “No Result” so I’m thinking it might be. (If I’m wrong, let me know, as if it was the NEW SONG you’d think one of them would say “Here’s the NEW SONG from the NEW ALBUM, right?) Inquiring minds want to know. I want to know!

(Do you catch that reference? One more thing imprinted in my mind from the ’80s.)

More music featuring Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield has not only been guest starring on TV shows, he’s also been a featured artist on other performers’ albums.

Here he is with Australian singer, Cleo Alexandra, 22, whose new EP was just produced by Keith Olsen (a producer of RS’s “Working Class Dog” album). The first video had kind of a creepy stalker vibe to it that distracted from the song, but you can appreciate the song much more in the studio version (below).

It could be that the stalker vibe was intentional, as it starts out with a view from the outside of a house and then shows RS’s head in a baseball hat and sunglasses floating on the screen as if he’s lurking behind the curtains. If that’s the case, then the video succeeded in its mission.

Cleo Alexandra has a beautiful, sultry voice in this different take of Men at Work’s “Who Can it Be Now,” plus it’s really cool to see RS recording his part of the song in his studio.

The other collaboration is with Jimmy Martin, a rock artist and producer from Luxembourg. He features Rick Springfield (who he called his mentor in a recent Facebook post) in a duet of RS’s 1984 hit “Love Somebody” on Martin’s “The Duets” album, which was released in November 2018 (though the song was recorded a few years ago). The RS appearance in this video is concert footage, which of course is always fun to see.

Since I started writing songs, I’ve had a dream of writing and recording a song with RS, so the fact that he’s working with these artists shows that he’s open to this sort of thing (and allows me to continue fantasizing about the possibility…). 😉

Visiting Graceland

Although my last post was about how I’m reaching a milestone age this year – as is my favorite rock star – I was reminded today that age is only a number and it often doesn’t affect our thinking or actions (or even our reasoning, in some cases).

For instance, RS has said in interviews that he loves toys and although he’s said that lately he’s been selling some of his Star Wars toys, he probably has some items in his toy collection that he still treasures. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but when I was younger, I would have never imagined that somebody in their 60s would still enjoy toys.

But now I know that there are some things that you still like because you like them and it doesn’t matter what you age you are. For instance, how I can still have a crush on a rock star in my 40s.

So with that in mind, it may explain my reaction to seeing today’s picture of RS in front of Graceland.

Why was I so excited to see this photo? Because not only was it cool to see RS so happy, but I stood in that same exact spot before! Yes, about one year, nine months, two weeks and two days earlier, I stood in that same spot when I visited Graceland. I don’t have a picture of me in that spot because I was just in line behind other people, but I just looked at my photos from that visit and I do have a picture of the spot where RS would once stand (and where Elvis once walked many years ago):

graceland outside (2)

It’s kind of like that time he stood in the same spot in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia three years, two months, one week and six days after I did. It’s just a little reminder that although I only get to see him in concert once every year or so, we are still inhabiting the same earth.

Not only that, but when I visited Graceland, I was inspired to stand in a similar pose at the entrance:

graceland sign

Should random things like this still bring joy to my world? Shouldn’t I be more mature than this by now and not be imagining connections that don’t exist? Possibly. But it sure is more fun to allow these little bursts of joy to exist when the opportunities arise!

So far I’ve only found one video of RS at Graceland to share so I’ll post it here to mark the occasion. (I’ll add more later if I see other videos posted.)

Update on Jan. 22.

Here’s a video of RS covering “Jailhouse Rock” the night before the Graceland show. So nice that fans share these great videos!

Update on Jan. 27:

Awesome video of RS playing “Jailhouse Rock” at Graceland. So cool!

2018 recap: Snake King, back to the 80s (twice) & a close call

This time last year, Rick Springfield fans were anxiously awaiting the release of “The Snake King” and had only heard “Little Demon” and “Santa is an Anagram.” At that point, we were oblivious to the darkness that filled the songs on the album or the darkness that had returned to his life during that past year.

It was heartbreaking to hear that he had experienced such intense depression so recently but he openly talked about it in interviews, which most likely helped others who experience similar feelings. He even received an award from Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services for talking about his depression and how he deals with it.

Between this revelation and the darkness expressed in “The Snake King,” the RS year started off pretty intense, but here is a look at the whole year.

Here’s a RS recap of 2018:

Music: “The Snake King” took a much darker turn from the upbeat country-twinged  “Rocket Science” and the blues-rock tone fit the new CD’s content perfectly. I think it is a brilliant CD, although there are a couple of songs I still skip over because they are just too dark for me. I’m also still super impressed that he wrote the majority of the album in only a few days. The music and the lyrics are so good and cemented my belief about how talented he is. This year, his Australian band Zoot also released a retrospective album titled “Archaeology,” which marks the band’s 50th anniversary.

 

Touring: I guess RS enjoyed the experience of the Rock Meets Classic shows in Europe last year, where he performed his songs with a symphony orchestra, because he’s added a few symphony shows to his touring schedule, which include full-band shows and Stripped Down solo acoustic shows. In fact, he’s even working on a CD of his hits performed with a symphony orchestra that’s supposed to be out in March 2019. I’ve watched some videos from the symphony shows and the songs sounded beautiful. His performance of the songs about his parents accompanied by a full orchestra was extremely powerful and I also really enjoyed the symphony version of the song “Souls.”

A symphony concert marking the debut of the new CD is scheduled for March 30 in Beverly Hills. I’m hoping there will be a live stream of that, as there was with “The Snake King” release party at The Grammy Museum earlier this year.

Videos: Two “Snake King” videos were released this past year: “Land of the Blind” and “The Voodoo House,” the latter that was fittingly filmed in New Orleans.

Back to the ’80s: RS was the captain of the 2018 ’80s cruise and many people posted videos throughout the cruise, which were really fun to watch. RS also traveled back to 80-something when he did a guest appearance on “The Goldbergs.”

 

Acting roles: In addition to his appearance on “The Goldbergs,” (which he filmed the day after I saw him in concert, a fact I’ll likely always remember), he played an “aging rock star” in the YouTube Originals show “Sideswiped.” The latest news is that he’s growing his gray hair out for a movie role (leading him to wear a cowboy hat during recent shows), but so far there’s not any other information about what this movie is. There also hasn’t been any update on the film “Traces” that he filmed in 2015. Although this isn’t really an acting role, he was also a judge on The Hallmark Channel’s first American Rescue Dog Show.

A close call: “The Snake King” would have fit the mood to serve as a soundtrack to what happened in California at the end of this year – massive fires that killed people and destroyed thousands of homes. Soon after the fires were extinguished, the same areas were threatened by mudslides after heavy rains. One of the fires in Southern California came frighteningly close to RS’s home and his home survived due to the kindness and bravery of his neighbors. A house two doors down was completely destroyed.

My RS year: I’m happy to say that I did make it to a RS show this year (my 13th) and although I ended up going myself this time, I still totally enjoyed the show, especially since I didn’t make it to any shows last year. It was cool to hear two “The Snake King” songs live – “Little Demon” and “The Voodoo House.”

As for this blog, there were 11,809 views by 7,561 visitors in 2018 and 56 posts (including this one) as of the afternoon of Dec. 31, 2018. I appreciate that those at the comprehensive RS fan site Rick Springfield and US added a link to this blog on its site and I hope people have enjoyed my RS ramblings. As of this afternoon (to be precise, at 3 p.m.), the blog has had 38,122 views by 22,464 visitors since its inception in August 2014 and this is the 369th post. (Since WordPress stats provide this information, I’ll also mention that up until this post, this blog has had 134,942 words. Why would someone need to know that? I don’t know.)

The most viewed post in 2018 was “Yes, that was Rick Springfield on ‘American Horror Story: Cult’,” which was actually a post from October 2017. The 2018 post that had the most views was “A devastating time for California.”

Looking forward to 2019: From recent interviews, we’ve learned about the symphony CD and RS has hinted that he’s working on some new songs as well. Plus, there’s that movie that he may soon be filming and possibly another novel on the way. Also, some lucky fans will also be joining him on his next fan trip in November.

Onward to 2019! Happy New Year!

First fires, then mudslides

You’d think that with all the technology out there these days, that we’d somehow have more control of the natural elements, but sadly, we humans are just as vulnerable as ever when it comes to Mother Nature.

I remember last year when Houston was flooding and Los Angeles was on fire, it seemed like some cosmic joke that one area needed rain so badly and the other had way too much. There’s a similar scenario happening in California now. Fires raged for two weeks, destroying thousands of homes, displacing thousands of people and killing nearly 90 people (and possibly more). Now that the fires are finally contained, the rain shows up. Not a refreshing rain that clears up the air, but A LOT of rain, causing people in certain areas (including Malibu, where Rick Springfield lives) to have to evacuate due to mudslides because so much vegetation was destroyed during the fires earlier in the month.

It’s such a mess. These flooding evacuations are in both places affected by the fires, in Northern California and Southern California. I can’t even imagine what all these people are going through. There was an article about the people who lost their homes in the Camp Fire who were living in a Walmart parking lot because they liked those conditions better than the shelters. And now they have to leave the parking lot because of the rain. How does one even recover from all of this?

Fortunately there are a lot of generous people out there and these tragedies have led to to good people helping others. (Unfortunately there are also scams out there, because there are not so good people taking advantage of tragedy.)

Check out this One Love Malibu Festival concert to raise funds, organized by the Malibu Foundation:

It’s great to see all these artists, including my favorite rock star before he goes out on tour for a few Stripped Down shows a few days later, come together to raise funds for those affected by the fires. According to an article about the show, “100 percent of the proceeds from the event will go to The Malibu Foundation and One Love Malibu relief efforts. The funds will go to those who are uninsured or living paycheck to paycheck with limited resources, to help with animal refuge and care, to rebuild and regenerate Malibu and support proper Wildfire Prevention and Land Stewardship initiatives.”

(Interesting note: According to the article, the venue where the festival will be held was called One Gun Ranch and the name was changed to One Love Ranch for the event.)

What a great lineup! (I wonder if Katy Perry knows that RS sometimes sings “Roar” at his concerts – would be fun to hear a duet of that!)

The tickets for the music festival are already sold out (even the $35,000 packages), which hopefully means that lots of people will receive the support they need. Hopefully those affected will get to attend the concert for free, too, and feel the healing power of music, if only to bring some light into their life for a few hours to help them deal with their new reality.

If you’re able to help, click here for the donation page for the Malibu Foundation.

Malibu One Love Festival.jpg

 

Before ‘Jessie’s Girl,’ there was Zoot

Years before many of us ’80s kids started plastering Rick Springfield posters all over our walls, Mr. Springfield was already a star back in Australia. You may not have been familiar with his band Zoot because, if you’re around my age, you were just being introduced to solid foods around that time and weren’t following the Australian music scene.

But he was the guitarist in the popular Australian band from 1969 to 1971. (According to his autobiography, “Late, Late at Night,” this was when he bought his Gibson SG guitar, which he wrote “Jessie’s Girl” on and later played in the “Ricki & The Flash” movie with Meryl Streep.)

Why am I writing about Zoot today? Because this tweet popped up in my news feed today:

Although I’m not very familiar with Zoot, I have watched some videos of them in the past, such as their version of The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby.”

And “Hey, Pinky,” which was written by RS:

When the band broke up in 1971, everyone went on to successful careers: Beeb Birtles was a founding member of Little River Band, Darryl Cotton was a successful Australian entertainer for many years (both in music and acting, as well as a TV host) and Rick Brewer was a drummer for many bands. Oh, and that guitarist Rick Springfield, well, you may be familiar with some of his work over the past 50 years.

The band reunited for a Rick Springfield fan cruise in 2011, which I bet was amazing for everyone who was a part of it. Sadly, Darryl Cotton died the following year from liver cancer.

So the fact that this new CD, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the band, is being released on Nov. 23 is a super cool thing. It’s a great name, too: “ZOOT Archaeology.”

An article on rockclub40.com explains a little more about the 24-song retrospective.

The ZOOT members have dug deeply into their archives for ARCHAEOLOGY, which features the first song the band recorded, a cover of The Move’s ‘I Can Hear The Grass Grow’, as well as the band’s EMI debut, ‘You’d Better Get Goin’’. The album also includes the hits ‘Monty and Me’ (produced by Molly and featuring a whistling Johnny Farnham), ‘One Times, Two Times, Three Times, Four’, plus their classic hard rock cover of The Beatles’ ‘Eleanor Rigby’, a Top 5 hit and Go-Set’s Best Australian Single of 1971. …

ZOOT ARCHAEOLOGY also features live covers of The Beatles’ ‘I’m Only Sleeping’ and Neil Diamond’s ‘Shilo’, plus rare photos of the band, and liner notes written by Beeb and Rick.

EMI will also reissue ZOOT LIVE – THE REUNION, the CD and DVD documenting what was the band’s last performance, 40 years after they initially broke up.

ZOOT LIVE was recorded in 2011, on the Rick Springfield and Friends Cruise in the Caribbean. The re-formation was so successful that the band started planning an Australian tour; what would have been their first Australian shows in 40 years. But soon after, singer Darryl Cotton was diagnosed with liver cancer. He died in 2012.

ZOOT ARCHAEOLOGY is dedicated to Darryl.

After Darryl died, Rick discovered that both he and Darryl had recorded separate versions of ‘Life In A Northern Town’. “Sitting in the studio listening to Darryl’s solo vocal gave us all goosebumps,” Rick says. Combining the two versions, he then asked Beeb to sing the third verse. “Fifty-four years after I met Darryl, we have a new ZOOT song,” Beeb smiles. “Thanks to Rick, I got to sing one more time with my best friend.”

Isn’t that beautiful? And so is the song:

 

I can’t wait to hear more!

Zoot

“Zoot Archaeology”

1. One Times, Two Times, Three Times, Four
2. Monty And Me
3. Flying
4. Hey, Mr. Songwriter
5. You’d Better Get Goin’
6. Sailing
7. Yes, I’m Glad
8. About Time
9. Sha La La
10. She’s Alright
11. Feelings
12. Little Roland Lost
13. Shake Your Feathers
14. Hey Pinky
15. Strange Things
16. Eleanor Rigby
17. Turn Your Head
18. The Freak
19. Evil Child
20. I’m Only Sleeping Recorded Live 1970
21. Shilo Recorded Live 1970
22. Life In A Northern Town
23. I Can Hear The Grass Grow
24. Eleanor Rigby Live

Another new album on the way!

There was an exciting announcement this week:

Another new album! I’m so incredibly astonished about the amount of music that my favorite rock star puts out! Since this is a “symphonic album of hits & new songs,” there will be some familiar tunes on this new album (hopefully “Souls” will be one of them – it sounded so beautiful in the clips I saw from his recent symphony concerts). But also some new songs! Whoo-hoo!

If any reporters come across this blog when preparing for an interview to run before the next Rick Springfield show in your town, please ask him about this!

RS orchestra

He explained in one fascinating interview how the process worked with the symphony. Unfortunately, I can’t find where that interview was. If I remember correctly, somebody annotated the music for his songs (is that the right word?) then the talented symphony musicians were able to play it with very little rehearsal. But what about the new songs? Did he still write them the same way he usually does, going  through the same process with the annotator (is that the right word?) or did he have the symphony instrumentation in mind when he wrote it? What are the new songs about? Are they more “Rocket Science” (which he has called his happiest album ever) or “The Snake King” (the opposite of “Rocket Science”)? We’d like some details, please.

A brief recap of the last few albums – all since I started this blog in August 2014:   acoustic (“Stripped Down”), country-influenced (“Rocket Science”) and blues-influenced (“The Snake King.”) And now one with a symphony orchestra. See why I’m so impressed (and why Rick Springfield fans are so incredibly lucky)?

 

Comic Book Heroes-45 years ago

After I learned that today is the 45th anniversary of the release of Rick Springfield’s “Comic Book Heroes,” I grabbed my CBH CD as I headed out the door to listen to it on the way to work.

It’s been awhile since I listened to it and I belted out the “Na, na, na, na na”s as I sped down the freeway.

CBH

Check out this cool video of the promo for this album, a cute 24-year-old Rick Springfield with his Australian accent:

The song he’s singing in this video is my favorite from the album. I’ve always especially loved the line “And if I get to be a star, or maybe nowhere near that far…” because by the time I heard it (I was 4 when it came out, so it was several years later), he was already a star and I loved that he got to be where he wanted to be.

Now I kind of see that song as a love song to his wife, although he didn’t know her at the time (she was about 12 at the time – he wouldn’t initially meet her until a few years later – although he did say once – maybe in “Late, Late at Night”? – that she did have a small poster of him on her wall when she was younger, which is so adorable). But she has stuck by him through all his ups and downs and obviously believes in him.

I wonder what RS would say about this video – would he still have decided to wear that shirt if he knew it would live on forever on YouTube?

Seriously though, what a great album. So fun to sing along to and I even remembered most of the words. And that accent…

The party ended when I picked the kids up from school though. “What are you listening to, Mom?!” They’ve developed their own musical tastes by now (not like a few years ago when they would just listen to whatever I put on). Their tone changed when I told them who it was and listened a little more intently, but only to one more song before requesting something else.

After knowing who it was, my 10-year-old said he could sometimes tell it is RS’s voice, although he noted that the music sounds so different from other RS songs.

The other songs that move me from this CD are:

“The Photograph” – such a sad song, even today it made me a little teary-eyed – and “Born Out of Time” – because in my young teenage mind, that’s how I felt about RS because of the 20-year age difference. If only…

So weird that in this video he’s 25 years younger than I am now.