Happy New Year from Chuck and the irocku Team.
Let us know what you want us to work on for the New Year. We’re considering a new Gospel Rock Essentials series. And perhaps some more blues tunes, maybe “Stormy Monday” and “Statesboro Blues” or possibly The Rolling Stones’ ballad “Wild Horses”. Are there any particular songs, styles or techniques you’d like to tackle this year?
Our current lesson is “Living in a Dream” by Sea Level.
Here’s a video of Sea Level live at the Capitol Theatre in 1977. This is the only live Sea Level video that we have been able to turn up.
Here’s the setlist:
• Tidal Wave
• Rain In Spain
• Shake A Leg
• Scarborough Fair
• Hot ‘Lanta
• Grand Larceny
• Country Fool
• Statesboro Blues (incomplete)
• Encore Break
• I’m Ready
“Living in a Dream” wasn’t on the band’s 1977 setlist as it was released a year later on their third album “On the Edge”. If you are ever fortunate enough to see Chuck live with his good friend and long time collaborator, Randall Bramblett, there’s a good chance you’ll get to hear a live performance of this masterpiece. For the rest of us we’ll have to rely on the original recording and a couple of blurry audience shot concert videos that you can find on youtube or on the sidebar of our lesson page. A few years back irocku hosted a workshop with music teachers from the NYC Department of Education. Chuck selected to teach “Alberta” and “Living in a Dream”. The masterclasses for both are included in our irocku lessons. It’s simply magical to watch Chuck’s hands float up and down the keyboard. As he talks about in the video, Chuck interprets the lyrics of the songs with his fingers. He doesn’t think in scales he thinks in terms of musical emotions. Although secretly he MIGHT admit that he knows a scale or two! Have fun with this one.
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Happy New Year.
Chuck, Howard, and the irocku team
Learn how to play rock and blues piano from one of rock’s greatest. Chuck Leavell, legendary keyboardist for The Rolling Stones, The Allman Bros, Eric Clapton, John Mayer, and more.