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Title: Mark Doyle's instrumental rendition of "Still I Dream Of It"
Post by: Don Malcolm on July 17, 2019, 02:59:14 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PN9vi1ruEI

A wonderful guitarist with a long resumé in rock, often compared with Jeff Beck when he first came up in the 70s, Mark Doyle has made a series of instrumental CDs over the past years that showcase his range as a guitarist and a wide-ranging fan of virtually all musical genres. Among the instrumental CDs are several in a series entitled GUITAR NOIR, all extremely enjoyable collections. His love of Brian Wilson is intense enough that he's placed several of BW's compositions that don't give off the stereotypical "noir vibe" into the song sequences, possibly as a reprieve from the darker sounds that are more associated with the genre. A highlight on his first GUITAR NOIR (from 1999) was a lovely version of "The Warmth of the Sun," and on GUITAR NOIR 2: IN DREAMS, he followed up with "Still I Dream Of It," a very beautiful, often crystalline take on a song whose killer melodies and chord changes aren't quite so breathtakingly prominent on Brian's original demo.

Hope you enjoy--be sure to check out more of Mark's other tracks available from these CDs on YouTube. I had the great pleasure of being in touch with Mark for a number of years and he's a nice a guy as he is a great musician--still rockin' at age 69. Would be fun to put him into the mix of that elusive BW "rock'n'roll album"...


Title: Re: Mark Doyle's instrumental rendition of \
Post by: The LEGENDARY OSD on July 17, 2019, 06:49:51 PM


Sorry, Don, but this, unfortunately, sounds nothing more than "muzak" and does not do anything to embellish or add Christmas lights to the existing original song.


Title: Re: Mark Doyle's instrumental rendition of \
Post by: MyDrKnowsItKeepsMeCalm on July 17, 2019, 07:36:32 PM
A different take on the song, OK by me! I dig it.



Title: Re: Mark Doyle's instrumental rendition of \
Post by: MrRobinsonsFather on July 18, 2019, 12:14:42 AM
Very nice


Title: Re: Mark Doyle's instrumental rendition of \
Post by: William Bowe on July 18, 2019, 03:45:34 AM


Sorry, Don, but this, unfortunately, sounds nothing more than "muzak" and does not do anything to embellish or add Christmas lights to the existing original song.

While I don't disagree with this, it's interesting to hear the song done in this style, as the average listener would presume they were listening to an interpretation of some great jazz standard -- which was indeed the musical level Brian was operating on here, long after he had supposedly dried up creatively. Unfortunately, the lyrics and singing on the demo and Adult Child versions are always going to be deal-breakers for the general audience.


Title: Re: Mark Doyle's instrumental rendition of \
Post by: rab2591 on July 18, 2019, 06:53:31 AM


Sorry, Don, but this, unfortunately, sounds nothing more than "muzak" and does not do anything to embellish or add Christmas lights to the existing original song.

While I don't disagree with this, it's interesting to hear the song done in this style, as the average listener would presume they were listening to an interpretation of some great jazz standard -- which was indeed the musical level Brian was operating on here, long after he had supposedly dried up creatively. Unfortunately, the lyrics and singing on the demo and Adult Child versions are always going to be deal-breakers for the general audience.

Yeah, the production is not really my cup of tea, but I really like that other people see the the beauty in such an under-the-radar song, enough to make a cover of it. I really dig the guitar playing though! I wish there was a version with a less-MIDI sounding keyboard and no percussion.

For those who like this kind of guitar music, check out the album Guitar Noir by the Aqua Velvets.