Please Be with Me: A Song for My Father, Duane Allman by Galadrielle AllmanMy father is killed in the first paragraph of every article ever written about him. His life story backward, always beginning at the end, in the road, his motorcycle down, his body broken. People linger over the wreckage as if it says something meaningful about his life.
Galadrielle was two years old when her father died and this is her effort to discover the man who was her father. Can you ever really connect with someone youve never met and never will meet? Using research, discussions with family members and those who worked/played with her father she pieces together his early life and career. Not always a good guy, Allman was relentlessly driven to improve as a musician and in the process improved those who played alongside him. For me, its hard to top those first 3 or 4 Allman Brothers records- rock, country and jazz fused together for a powerful sound.
Usually I enjoy listening to the audiobook when read by the author and while I enjoyed parts of her narration it was uneven at times. At points in the story it was if she was reciting a list of facts without much emotion and since she wouldnt have remembered those times it is understandable but not all that moving. There are some moments when she really connects to her own emotions and in those moments the book really soars.
Why does everyone always want to count the days we spent together? Havent you ever been in love? Dont you know how important every moment is? How infinite time feels?
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It makes perfect sense, considering that was always Betts' principal legacy within the group. The Allman Brothers Band likely would have stuck much more closely to Duane and Gregg Allman 's penchant for blues and jazz if not for Betts, their endlessly inventive, compulsively scrappy foil. Influenced by the Deep South sounds of banjo and fiddle, he was raised in the same musical climate — but had an entirely different point of view. That provided the final needed ingredient to help the Allman Brothers Band establish a new genre that would become known as Southern Rock. The group's intricate blending of styles was to be sadly short lived. Duane Allman's untimely death opened the door for a bigger leadership role for Betts, and a more definitive shift toward country-inflected sounds. He started a solo career not long afterward, digging ever more deeply into these bedrock influences, but continued with the Allmans until a final split in
But in the case of Gregg Allman, no one ever raised the question. Add in the impact of fame, celebrity, chemical temptations and divorces, especially with dealing with a relatively shy person like Allman, and he more than earned his right to sing the blues. The first Allman vocal on the first Allmans album starts out perfectly, with a throaty roar. One of the earliest songs he showed to his bandmates and written when Gregg was in L. Sounding wise beyond his years he was only 22 , Allman alternates between toughness and tenderness in the same song.
Maybe more than any of their peers, The Allman Brothers Band were a group defined by eras, personalities and tragedies.
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After the Allman Brothers started to make some noise with their albums, Duane continued to record with other artists, most notably with Eric Clapton in Derek and the Dominos , until his death in This list of the Top 10 Duane Allman Studio Sessions doesn't include any of his work with the Allman Brothers, but it does include some of the best and most soulful guitar solos you'll ever hear on record. Hammond was the son of the record-company heavy who helped launch the careers of everyone from Billie Holiday to Bob Dylan to Aretha Franklin to Bruce Springsteen. Like his father, he loved rural acoustic blues music and built a cult career paying tribute to his heroes. He also attracted some famous fans, including Jimi Hendrix , Clapton and Allman, who played on a couple of Hammond's albums. This bluesy shuffle from marks one of Allman's first gigs as a session musician. His singing slide is unmistakable.