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The Story Behind “Don’t Let Me Down” Chapter 7

April 11th, 2014 | 2 Comments

The Story Behind The Song
Chapter 7

Don’t Let Me Down

Another installment in the ongoing presentation of the musical works by:

Shane O’Brien

Author ©2006 Shane O’Brien
Album/CD  The Genuine One
℗2010 Jungle Music Productions

 

Special Advance Notice:

Look at the end of this post to find an unreleased advance listening to a brand new release from Shane O’BrienThe Posse

About the song

The Setting:

Imagine if you will, a 33 ft sailboat converted into a recording studio. The location became known as the Jungle which from 1999 to 2006, a total of 7 CDs were produced. This was a very unusual environment as far as the music recording industry standards goes…

Here is a highlighted example one nights recording session’s story to enjoy…

-I recall sitting on an upside down 5 Gal Paint bucket for a seat, and in front of me stood a make shift microphone stand. There were 2 microphones duct taped at they’re perfect heights for singing and guitar playing. A recall little extra tape was added for the vocal Mic, since I usually bumped into it so much during sessions.
-I did not own any Mic holders yet at that early stage… Everything was borrowed or bartered for.

-It was about 3 AM
-It was real quiet and settled outside
-the hatch door was pulled back all the way
-The only sound were the longees working graveyard
-the Halliard lines slamming on the mast on many of the surrounding sailboats
-also sensed the cawing from a particular Blue Heron as he swooshed by the Jungle
-my headphones were powered by an old Pioneer 175 watt receiver
-I remember this particular song idea coming to mind and the weirdness of just letting it develop without any do-overs other than a lead guitar track to augment that initial rhythm guitar groove
-Thank you to Kevin Whelan for loaning me his beloved Ovation Guitar. That following morning the resulting recording suddenly featured contrasting tones between a nylon stringed guitar and a steel stringed
guitar which both equally shine simultaneously during that short little
lead break before the final verse.
-By sun up everything was all said and done and I noticed my ears were
ringing big time, and you know, they still do today, every time I record…
-Wouldn’t cha know it huh…
Life was as cool then as it is today, I tell ya!
Just Like Regular…

Lyrics as Follows:

Don’t Let Me Down (4:47)
©2006 Shane B. O’Brien
℗2010 Jungle Music Productions

Hum, hum, hum, hum!
It’s after midnight, and I feel there’s a long way to go now
The hours grow long babe
And it’s a job to keep your love here, don’t you know

It’s killing me to wait baby
And it seems to me that there’s times that
You just don’t care no more
But still I won’t hesitate
I’ll go through the hurt and the pain, and the waiting game

But still, I can’t seem to call it a day now
I’m think about you here now, any ole way baby
I dream of you always around

But don’t let me down babe. Don’t let me down now
But don’t let me down little darlin’. Don’t let me down now

I leave the lights on
Can you see your way in my front door now?
There’s a warm lit candle, a warm lit flame in my front window
It’s got a warm soft glow
As warm as the sweet heat in my heart for you baby
And still I got my open arms
Thinking we can make a livin’, and lovin’ and a happy home yeah

But still, I can’t seem to call it a day now
I’m think about you here any Ole way baby
I dream of you always around.

But don’t let me down babe. Don’t let me down now
But don’t let me down little darlin’. Don’t let me down babe
Alright now, yeah

I leave the lights on babe
Can you see your way in my front door now?
There’s a warm lit candle
A warm lit flame in my front window yeah, yeah
It’s got a warm soft glow
As warm as the sweet heat in my heart for you baby
And still I got my open arms now
Hoppin’ we can make a livin’ and lovin’ and a happy home babe

But still I can’t seem to call it a day yeah
Thinking about you any Ole way baby
I dream of you always around

But don’t let me down babe, don’t let me down now
Don’t let me down little mama, little mama, little mama, little mama
Don’t let me down now

Hum, alright now, Hum, Hum, Hum
Don’t let me down babe
Don’t let me down yeah. Don’t let me down now
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“Don’t Let Me Down” Track No.7 of the CD “The Genuine One”
©2006 Shane O’Brien
℗2010 JMProductions/Jungle Music Productions

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A Dangerous Way [c]2005 Shane O’Brien video clip

March 31st, 2014 | No Comments

Video Clip from Shane O’Brien

A Dangerous Way [c]2005 Shane O’Brien video clip created January 2014 in the L A Harbor Community of San Pedro, California. I was treated to a new i Pad from a patron who had attended our New Years Eve show at Harold’s Place in San Pedro. I had never seen one before this gesture was made to me and really had not a clue about how it worked and what to do with it. After a week of messing around on my own with this i Pad, as well as using the Face Time feature for video calling back and forth with my newly found fan/friend, ideas were starting to emerge regarding a few possible uses.
So once I figured how to use the whole “Cloud” thing and loaded about a dozen of the CDs I’ve written and produced, I was really starting to enjoy this gift. Let me say right from the get go, here and now… Corky, thank you so much for this present you gave me. Wow, this is so cool. You had made my day when you graciously set me up with something I know, that you knew, I would use to the fullest. How very,very thoughtful of you. You are a real sweetheart.
I found myself using this thing to take video clips of the sights in town. The kind of places in which I enjoyed hanging out at over the span of 30 years, to simply look at nature’s behavior. This Video contains video captures taken during a rainy period of four days which generated white caps on the Pacific Ocean, trees in Point Fermin Park dancing to nature’s winds. A sunrise taken from the vantage point while sitting at a Pagoda across from Walker’s Cafe looking towards the east at Sunkin’ City. The Look of the ebb and tide of the surf at the shoreline off the bluffs are a major enjoyment to have included. In town shots include the Warner Grand Theater with all the neon marquee lighting flickering as they do at midnight. The first scene is from a hill top part of San Pedro that over looks L A’s Harbor Occupational Center including views of the Vincent Thomas Bridge also the 47  and Harbor 110 Freeways in the Back ground.
   The music is titled “A Dangerous Way”
From the CD “Unreleased/Unpublished Part A” ©2005 Shane O’Brien and O’Briens Edge
 

Bonus video Clip:

What follows is a timeline video of my Ironworker Brothers erecting a Memorial Hospital in the L A jurisdiction. A wonderful video creation to view.

 

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Local 433 Election Sticker 2009

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Remembering a legendary Musician Johnny Winter

July 18th, 2014 | No Comments

Johnny Winter

Remembering a legendary Musician Johnny Winter, and one of the best influences on me that I can say has been consistently
number 1 for as long as I can remember playing guitar. I love his attack, his stage presence and his voice. To me Mr. Winter was all of that and more… His association with Muddy Waters, his New York City trips in the late sixties and early seventies are in several books of which I have read some. Me personally, I have met Johnny Winter three times in our past. One of which my band opened his show in Hollywood. He had treated us with kindness and respect. We talked a bunch, had a few laughs together and even a couple Coronas too.

So today, I find myself thinking, man what a life he lived. I wonder if he was happy in the end, I mean did he accomplish all the great things he could dream up. I imagine so, I mean think of how many million lives he touch from the beginning to the day he past at 70 years old… I for one am grateful for him touching my life and teaching me things that I hope will always be a reflection of his good words shared with me.

In my eyes Johnny, you will always be “Still alive and well”

Next are two reports of his passing with reviews of this Legendary Artist

Johnny Winter and Rick Derringer

Johnny Winter and Rick Derringer

NPR report Johnny Winter

Rolling Stone Music Magazine

 

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Shane O’Brien booked in Detroit with son Jamie O’Brien

June 16th, 2014 | No Comments

Shane O’Brien booked in Detroit

Father and Son Jam at Thirsty's Pub and Grub, Dundee, Michigan

Father and Son Jam at Thirsty’s Pub and Grub, Dundee, Michigan

 

Special Guest appearance by Shane’s 24 year old son Jamie O’Brien playing guitar. The set is all original written music from Shane’s catalog of 26 CD’s and Albums created during the past 30 years. Jamie is a Michigan resident, his band, “The Strict” perform locally in Oakland County clubs and county festival events.

CD My World © 2006 Jamie O'Brien

CD Titled: My World © 2006 Jamie O’Brien

Jamie O’Brien

A Little Insight:
This is a first time ever Father and Son performance together opportunity for Shane and Jamie O’Brien. To say the least that Shane is very excited to be doing this show, is no exaggeration at all.
Here’s a little history of their musical lives and how the intersection of these two men on this night on this bandstand together is to say, nothing short of a wonderful miracle for Father and Son to experience together… Note also attending this show is Shane’s Father Brian O’Brien from Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Important because it has been two decades since Brian’s son has set foot in his Windsor home.

Date and Time of this coolest of cool, three generation gathering, for a Father and Son jam is actually pretty much a Miracle to have actually been worked out and scheduled. A huge thank you to host Mark Boone and his House Band of the “Thirsty’s Sunday Night Jams” at:
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Thirsty’s Pub and Grub
14225 S. Custer Rd
Dundee, Michigan 48131
Tel 734.529.2200

 

 

Shane O’Brien : A brief look back at his timeline, starting from 1980 up to 2014:
♥ 1980 Shane performs his final show with his band “Polaris Project at Danny’s Tavern in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The Riverside Drive Venue was to be the very last time Shane plays the Canadian circuit to this very day in 2014.

♥ 1978-1980 Shane’s longest running band with mediocre success was “The Craze“. This band  performed shows everywhere imaginable touring across Canada from Ontario to British Columbia. “The Craze” had performed shows in Vancouver, BC for six months before returning back to play four months of shows in Toronto. The Craze final performances were in London and Windsor, Ontario, all in all it was a three year deal. Shane was the lead singer/guitarist front man.

♥ In 1983 Shane move to Venice, California and began doing gigs as the “Shame, Shame, Shame Blues Band” as the house band for the Tahitian Bar in Inglewood, CA for the next year and a half. Also playing gigs at a club called “Key Largo” during some Thursday nights. The “Heat Brothers” played the weekends at that Torrance venue. Walter Trout was one of two guitarist in the Heat Brothers and that was a great place to see him blossom in his early days before he joined John Mayals Blues Breakers. There are photos of the Shame, Shame, Shame Blues Band playing as the house band for Sunday Jam Nights on the Redondo Beach Pier establishment called The Starboard Attitude in 1983 that are still kicking around, if someone looks hard enough…

♥ 1995 thru 1999 had the Shame, Shame, Shame Blues Band playing performances at local clubs in San Pedro, CA such as The Hi De Ho, George’s Between Rounds and later Spanky’s. The Shame,Shame, Shame Blues Band produced the first band CD, titled “From CYC to CD” © 1999 Shane O’Brien/Jungle Music Productions
That production contains three tracks of which one was a 1995 live recording from the Between Rounds era.

♥ 2000 Shane adopts a new name for his band: Shane O’Brien and O’Briens Edge. In that first year produces a 3 disc CD collection titled “Solid Gold Treasure Chest, disc 1, 2 and 3“. There are other Live recordings of the 1995 shows included in this collection. The majority of the set contains original acoustic versions of Shane’s written music that late showed up up as Band Blues Amplified selections on later produced CD’s.

♥ 2000 recording sessions became a very regular routine in Shane’s schedule, augmenting the band’s selection of performance materials for Shane O’Brien and O’Briens Edge gigs.

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♥ 2001 thru 2014 After Shane O’Brien and O’Briens Edge became the name of the band, CD creations was in full force, culminating to a catalog of 26 original CDs and DVDs.

♥ ♥ ♥ Since 2003 Harold’s Place in San Pedro,CA became Shane O’Brien’s musical home and Fan Base for much of this period of which a number of video clips have been uploaded YouTube, Fandalism and ReverbNation band web profiles.

♥ 2005 thru 2010 seven CD’s garnered recognition by a variety of music industry award shows such as: Nominations for Album of the year, Blues Group of the year, Guitarist of the year and Blues and Roots Group of the year within Music Awards Shows by 2005. 2006 1nd 2007 All Access Magazine Music Awards, 2006 and 2007 South Bay Music Awards and the 19th and 20th Los Angeles Musics Awards Shows of 2009 and 2010. Included performances at The Avalon, The knitting Factory, The Whiskey a Go Go, B B Kings Hollywood, The Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, The Walt Disney Concert Hall, Paladinos, The Troubadour, The Warner Grand Theater.

These attachments are a small representation of some of the Album covers in the Bands wide catalog of CDs created.

CD King Me Baby @2001 Shane O'Brien and O'Briens Edge

CD King Me Baby @2001 Shane O’Brien and O’Briens Edge

CD She Loves Me Not 2004 Shane O'Brien and O'Briens Edge

CD She Loves Me Not 2004 Shane O’Brien and O’Briens Edge

CD Share the Vision @2004 Shane O'Brien and O'Briens Edge

CD Share the Vision @2004 Shane O’Brien and O’Briens Edge

CD The Genuine One  @ 2009 Shane O'Brien and O'Briens Edge

CD The Genuine One
@ 2009
Shane O’Brien and O’Briens Edge

CD A Jungle Studio Acoustic Tradition 1983-2013 Shane O'Brien and O'Briens Edge

CD A Jungle Studio Acoustic Tradition 1983-2013
Shane O’Brien and O’Briens Edge

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