Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Musical Collaborations: Or Sharing The Wealth Of Talent

Clay Blogged! The excitement is building for Clay’s sophomore album and I cannot wait. I want to be a Clay Aiken fan for years and years and years. Longevity – that’s one wish I have for Clay. I want a great solo career as well as the opportunity for wonderful collaborations. After Clay sang with Heather Headley at her benefit concert for "Broadway Cares" Equity Fights AIDS back in 2004, he went into the audience to watch the rest of the performers. People who were there have described Clay as looking like a sponge, soaking up the creativity and performance skills of those who have been in the business longer and who have an ability to touch an audience.

Watch Clay and Heather and you can see the more experienced artist sharing the stage with the newcomer and her honest performance energy combines with Clay’s enthusiasm to create a wonderful moment.

As I think about my desire to see Clay share the stage with others, to work with the best, to learn from the best – I reviewed some other wonderful collaborations. This clip of a very young Eric Clapton in 1970 first singing with the rest of Derek and the Dominoes and then singing and playing guitar with legends Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash is simply awesome. It’s a long clip combining the two songs – but worth it!

In 1969, just a few short years prior to his death, Bobby Darin did a marvelous duet of If I Were A Carpenter with a very young Stevie Wonder. I wish the video were better – but there’s no denying their amazing talent and their shared admiration for each other.

Sometimes it’s simply two incredible pros like Van Morrison and Ray Charles lighting up the stage with their talents.

Charity events like Live Aid always give performers an opportunity to work together and this performance combines the fabulously talented Tina Turner, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Elton John and Mark Knopfler singing Tearin’ Us Apart. Watching their enjoyment of one another is absolutely infectious.

I’ll end this blog with another duet I adored. I remember hearing it for the first time at Meadowbrook, NH – how surprised we were to see Clay covering an Aretha/Michael hit – and the minute the music started – my husband turned to me and said “Clay’s getting funky” – oh, yes he is – and I loved watching him sing this with Angela Fisher. Here’s I Knew You Were Waiting from Raleigh NaT.

I cannot wait to see the opportunities that come Clay’s way over the next few years and the fabulous artists he gets to work with. What a great ride it’s going to be.

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Idle-wandering said...

Eric Clapton with Derek and the Dominos, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins. Holy cow! How do you find these old videos? Thanks so much for sharing that amazing collaboration.

Anonymous said...

Very cool! I'm sorry to see that some of the videos are no longer available.

Just a small note as well..I can't see the video, but know that Clay's duet in Raleigh was with Angela Fischer...not Angela Bishop.

Thanks for the interesting blog!


Anonymous said...

Enjoyed it - Thanks :)

The ConCLAYve-Nan said...

Yikes - can't believe I typed Angela Bishop! I went to high school with her. Of course, I meant Fisher. And that video is up even though I'm having trouble with the Clay/Heather video uploading.

borat said...

i just saw this video with Kelly Clarkson in it. I guess that it’s about Dave Stewart’s (from the Eurythmics) first group in the 70s that never released their album back then, and now there’s a big VH1 special on them tonight @ 6.

anyone else heard about this?

The ConCLAYve-Nan said...

I think that's a promo piece for a VH1 special. Didn't notice Kelly was in that trailer - thanks for point her out - I glanced at it and noticed Mick Jagger and Elton John. It's looks kind of like Spinal Tap - I think, sort of a "mockumentary", I think. They're certainly trying to create buzz about this group.

~ YSRN ~ said...

Wow, are really good at the music documentaries. I'm so enjoying them! Who knew all this good stuff was out there?! You know, I remember while watching AI there was one specific point I stopped comparing the idols to each other and started comparing them to "real" singers. I knew at that moment that a few of them really deserved to be in the top few!

This is probably gonna sound stupid, but every once in a while I have to make sure Clay is good and that I'm not just biased cuz he's so cute! Hee. Watching him sing in a blog like this with other singers really goes to show, I'm not completely nuts!

That Derek and the Dominoes video is classic!

Psst. Your technorati tag says Dominick and the Dominoes.

The ConCLAYve-Nan said...

Thanks YSRN -- boy where was my mind? First I call Angela by some name of someone I knew in HS. Then I put Dominick instead of Derek . . . no excuse there - I don't even know a Dominick. Must be all those drugs resurfacing in my system from my nostalia trip!