Van Dyke Parks...

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  1. urizen

    urizen Gold Supporting Member

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    I know some of you grew up with his work/influence and were aware of him (some/many may have heard it/him w/out knowing---and Beach Boys/Brian Wilson fans should be especially thankful to him), so I thought I'd bring up the fact that the L.A. Times had an article about him and his impending swan song this past Tuesday (5/12) w/ a brief interview (he "sounds" a bit like an urbane Tennessee Williams therein). You might find it interesting.
     
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    Thanx for that. It was discourteous of me not to do it in the initial post. As far as a synopsis of his overall career/contributions, Wiki's page on him is pretty useful (and concise)---I didn't realize which of the newer bands (as well as Phil Ochs, Frank Zappa, Haruomi Hosono, The Byrds, Tim Buckley, Little Feat, Loudon Wainwright III, Rufus Wainwright, U2, Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, Ry Cooder, David Lindley, Joanna Newsom, Grizzly Bear, Inara George, Silverchair, Kimbra, Skrillex and Ringo Starr) he was working with 'til I saw Wiki's material .
     
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    Great singer/songwriter/pianist along w/ Nilsson and Newman.
     
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    "Orange Crate art was a place to start"

    Love his music.
     
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    Van Dyke Parks + Briam Wilson = sublime brilliance

     
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    I am a very big fan. VDP really is a stellar pianist on top of being such a great composer/arranger. He has such a deep understanding of music, and his sense of humor and humanity elevate his to the level of a giant.

    By the way, when my daughter was very young, we used to watch a video of The Tale Of The Frog Prince, starring Robin Williams and Teri Garr, directed by Eric Idle. Van Dyke Parks is also in it and he plays the musician. He was hilarious. Here is his scene:

    https://youtu.be/mCn2Q5zsDJY?t=5m15s
     
  7. urizen

    urizen Gold Supporting Member

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    Thanx for that (and for reminding me how cute and ...um--- "pokable" young Teri Garr was:beer).
     
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  9. urizen

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    Always amazing--- and unmoored from anything anybody else was doing at that time... and it reminds me why Crosby wanted him in the Byrds*






    *Imagine if he'd worked on that 1st solo album with these goods--- would've been as good as, if not better than, what Jack Nitzsche did for Neil:



     
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    "Uuuufff!":roll
     
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    I had a most hilarious phone conversation once with Mr. Parks. I swear I needed a translator but I enjoyed it thoroughly. The project didn't happen we spoke about but it was cool nonetheless. Nice guy.
     
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    I really enjoyed the interview with him on the Sodajerker podcast. He was really a delightful person and very humble and nice.
     
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    Thanx for that, the song was a great lagniappe to the article/interview (or maybe vice-versa) ---intriguing voice, lines, timing and orchestration!
     
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    I once watched a Lifetime Network movie with my Mother because I saw he composed the music at the beginning credits.
     
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    Exhibit A] I once watched a Lifetime Network movie with my Mother... makes you a good son;

    Exhibit B] ....because I saw he composed the music at the beginning credits. makes you a cool cat w/ a real muso's sensibility.
     
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    Any relationship to Dean Parks?
    They kinda favor each other, and both are musical badasses!

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    A brilliant lyricist.
     
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    I emailed' him bout 10 yrs ago w some specific song question, and sincerely thanked his contributions.
    Short, to the point.

    He emailed back a very gracious/personal response. Got it framed somewhere, need to hang on the wall!


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