VT Concert Night – Jim W. Dean Picks



Mixing up something new, with something old


         … by Jim W. Dean, VT Editor

Introducing Miss Ellie

I have been getting some email traffic asking me what happened to the weekend concerts and movies we use to do. Thanks for the reminder. I had said originally that we all needed a break now and then from the blood and guts of our daily fare here at VT.

To crank things back up I have a replay of some classic rock below, Bryan Adams doing Summer of ’69, and then The Who at Tanglewood in the Berkshires, Western Mass. in 1970 where I was in the audience.

When I began do these HD material was very rare, but within a year was easier to find. So I searched around for something new tonight.

Part of the fun of doing these is just the treasure hunt aspect of it, running into classic gems which are usually low quality video, and then the newer artists.

I have one of those in the lead tonight who I enjoyed finding immensely, only to learn she is like number two in Britain behind Adel, which told me I needed to get out more. The new find is Ellie Goulding.

She is definitely to die for, but has a great story, too.  A musical talent as a child, she did not take up the guitaruntil she was 14, and won her first music contest at 15.  Her first acting debut was playing the scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz. London talent scouts discovered her during college campus auditions and got a rope on her quickly, moving her into a London company flat pronto.

She has a unique voice and has been writing her own songs. If she can dodge the dirt bag guys and the drug dealers she has a long career ahead of her. After not having done one of these for a while, she was my reward for trying…and I hope yours

From Wikepedia, which is safe to use on non-Israeli material:

Ellie Goulding – the fresh young talent

Elena Jane “Ellie” Goulding (born 30 December 1986)[1] is an English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

In 2010, she became the second artist to both top the BBC‘s annual Sound of… poll and win the Critics’ Choice Award at the Brit Awards in the same year, following Adele‘s win of both in 2008. After signing to Polydor Records in 2009, she released her first EP in 2009, An Introduction to Ellie Goulding.

Goulding released her debut studio album, Lights, in 2010. The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and has sold over 850,000 copies in the UK.

Her cover of Elton John’s “Your Song” reached number two in the UK in December 2010, and on 29 April 2011 she performed the song at the wedding reception of Prince William and Kate Middleton at Buckingham Palace.

The album’s title track, “Lights”, was released in the US in March 2011, and reached its peak position of number one on the Billboard Pop Songs chart, number one on the Billboard On-Demand chart, and number two on the Billboard Hot 100 nearly a year and a half later during its thirty-third week charting, completing one of the longest ever climbs into the top two positions on the chart.

The single, which lasted over a year on the Billboard Hot 100, was also certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[2][3]


I would usually give you a best clip next, but with all the single ones, the color was messed up…darkened, which ruins them if you have seen the whole concert. So I am going to post the whole thing.  You will see it, some of you for the first time like I did. Speed through the commercial and you are in for a treat on the lead in cut. It’s fabulous, and you will know what I mean by treasure hunting.

I have included a time code track for the songs below it, which the YouTube poster was very nice to provide. We salute him or here for the group effort to spread new great talent around.

If you find yourself looking at her legs, don’t worry, you are not a perv. She runs five to six miles a day, something she started at 18. And when she is on tour she sets up group runs with her fans, a smart girl.

I have a 720p monitor and it looks great on the YouTube midsize screen. If you have 1920, enjoy that and send me a donation so I can get one. If this is your first time with her, pardon the expression, turn your speakers up. This is an intimate medium size club with the fans an arms length away. Enjoy the intimacy with your ears and eyes.

For a full concert like this, what I do when I am working is leave the window open and go back and forth if I don’t have a one hour time block to watch.  We are  major multitasking people here, but do enjoy a slower pace on the weekend as the incoming calls are less.

You can use the song track time code below to skip ahead. We understand about time constraints, which is why were are doing it, saving you the hunt time. This is really good. Watch it all. You deserve the break today.

[youtube gR2ny40RQ7A] – Ellie Goulding – Live at  Troubadour 2012

Full, official HD director’s cut of Ellie Goulding live at the Troubadour, Los Angeles on October 16 2012. Click here to buy Ellie’s new album ‘Halcyon’: http://www.smarturl.it/halcyon
00:00:05 Don’t say a word, 00:03:55 Halcyon, 00:07:38 Figure 8, 00:11:40 Salt skin, 00:16:32 My blood, 00:20:40 Joy, 00:25:15 Explosions, 00:30:04 Guns and horses, 00:35:52 I know you care, 00:39:40 Only you, 00:43:52 Under the sheets, 00:49:33 Anything couldhappen, 00:54:25 Lights, 00:58:05 Your song, 01:01:47 Starry eyed

Below is an older piece I ran in the early days of testing it out. Enjoy the trip down memory road, with the music and also the evolution with VeteransToday where we wanted to create a unique platform unlike anything else out there. I had never used WordPress before when I started. Gordon taught me. And he was patient, really patient!!

You will note some reflective comments below, sharing some of our various pasts. We do this for a reason. Most of you know what that is.  Thanks, Jim.


 American Music Heritage with Jim W. Dean


Bryan Adams…Summer of ’69


Bryan Adams – the real garage band talent

Dear Folks, It’s been horror week of Revolution, blood and guts, heroism and cowardice, and bad plate tectonics for the Japanese and their Tsunami and the terrible loss of life and property, and a possible nuclear tragedy thrown in for good measure.

Gordon and I got beat up by our liberal readers for not being passive about the impending slaughter of the Libyan freedom movement by the Gadaffi gang. I think folks have forgotten that the French save our bacon at Yorktown, although we did pay them back…twice.

This new music retrospective as been in a folder for a while, current news pushing back. But tonight, I am on my first beer, and it’s time to take a break and reflect on some American blessings which we all can share.

Gordon and I are early 60’s now as a number of our core group are. We came into our formative years with Elvis, the Kingston Trio, the Bryds, Monkeys, the Rolling Stones and of course the Beatles. Pink Floyd was on the way, Jimmy Hendrix, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, The Who, the list goes on and on.

I miss Woodstock, but the Angels smiled on me later. I saw The Who at Tanglewood, Mass. when they were the back up band for Jefferson Airplane. The following year the Who came back as the as the headliner, the last stop of their American tour. It had been a good year for them.

Arlo Guthrie

Alice’s Restaurant with Arlo Guthrie was a few miles from my house. And Officer Obie, the Stockbridge police chief was real. He had a son who went down to the jail and let all the dopers go, and then disappeared. A year later a hunter found a body that had fallen from having been hanging in a big tree for too long. It was the missing son.

There are many of us, of different persuasions, who share that music heritage. And Bryan Adams Summer of ’69 was chosen as our lead off concert for good reason. While we may have shared the music, not everybody shared life experiences.I was a sophomore in college trying to work my way through NC State.

I took a date once from UNC, Chapel Hill to an Italian restaurant where James Taylor was the piano player. My TKE fraternity had Three Dog Night as a party band once, and the Allman Brothers Band another time. No one would believe this years later. Richie Havens, the Beach Boys, the Dead, Emerson Lake and Palmer, the Moody Blues. the list goes on and on. It all seems like a dream now.

I have a lot of goodies in this series folder, some well known classics and some unknown gems that many of you have probably never heard of. Bryan Adam’s Summer of ’69 I thought would be the best lead off because it is a crossroads piece. He and Springsteen really nailed some classic rock ballads.

VT writers Gordon Duff, Bill Erkard and Eddie Harris had their Marine paths cross in Vietnam as members of 2nd squad, 2nd platoon, Alpha Co., BLT1/26. While I was playing all night poker to pay my school bills, Gordon was killing mortar squads with 1000 yard shots. They shared a rare combat action even by Vietnam standards…the bayonet charge”

“We then drew back down along the “safe” side of the berm, spread out and talked about how to deal with this. We knew we had one heavy weapon or more in front and maybe another to the right, maybe out 80 to 200 meters and were taking small arms fire from almost everywhere.

The answer? Harris took a fire team around to flank the guns, hit them from the left while we fixed bayonets, waited for Harris to get into place and went over the top, right out of World War I. This may have been America’s last bayonet charge, or at least I hope so.”

Gordon Duff’s 2nd squad – Vietnam – 1969

What binds a lot of us together is being survivors…of Nam, drug abuse, drunk driving, not getting caught doing things we should not have been doing, a life in the shadows, trusting the wrong people, or living other people’s lives.

Those were times when we could not see what all that was ahead, which was probably for the better. The music, the stuff we loved the best stayed with us, an oasis we could always return to in good times and bad.

So let’s crank up the first journey. Turn the volume up. If someone complains, tell ’em to screw off…that you are involved in American cultural enrichment…a kind that only America can claim to own. Make sure you select the 480p quality as we don’t have a lot of these.

There are a lot of audience shots, face closeups. Note that everybody knows the words, andare in the groove. They are not there for the band, but for Bryan Adams, the guy that started out with a cheap guitar, in his garage, the penultimate America story.

Hang in there through the running lead in…something different but a filming device to put you in his shoes, despite the dark. This is a compilation of world concert audiences who are stars in their own right. Directed by Andrew Catlin. Bryan Adams has a major web presence at www.bryanadams.com . Imaging that !!

Jim Dean…Heritage TV…Atlanta, child of the ’60’s…and grateful for it 🙂

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Last minute surprise folks. I actually found a Who video below at the July 7th, 1970 Tanglewood, Mass concert where I first saw them, 41 years ago. I had never even looked before. This looks like a VHS taping, but hey, I was there…and what a treat to find it. Here is Tommy….a live guitar solo from the “It’s a boy” overture with Pete Townsend.

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Jim W. Dean was an active editor on VT from 2010-2022.  He was involved in operations, development, and writing, plus an active schedule of TV and radio interviews.