Five On Friday - San Francisco Sound

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Friday, September 09, 2011

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Travis lays out some guidelines for this meme and they go like this:

1. Grab the banner, make your post title Five on Friday, and be sure to link back here.

2. Go to to make your play list of five songs. Choose a particular theme to share with us. You can simply post the play list, or you can add a little summary about what you are sharing.

3. No tags, but feel free to invite your friends to play along if they need a post topic on a Friday.

So, the San Francisco is defined as rock music performed live and recorded by San Francisco-based rock groups of the mid 1960s to early 1970s. It was associated with the counterculture community in San Francisco during these years.

A louder, more prominent role for the electric bass – typically with a melodic or semi-melodic approach, and using a plush, pervasive tone — was another feature.

This questing bass quality has been wryly characterized as a "roving" (rather than the conventional "stay-at-home") style, and was pioneered by such jazz bassists as Charles Mingus, Scott LaFaro, and Steve Swallow.

A musician who was a leading example of this, Phil Lesh (bassist with the Grateful Dead), developed his style on the foundation of having studied classical, brass-band, jazz, and modernist music on the violin and later the trumpet.

If you know me, you know this music is a part of my DNA, even though I have never lived in San Francisco.

Today, five bands that played a large part in this historic time for music. Of course the two 'founders' of the genre, Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. It's A Beautiful Day and Quicksilver Messenger Service were two bands that did not make as much noise as the previous two but were very influential and popular during the period. Finally, if it is San Francisco, then it HAS to include one of my top 3 bands...Hot Tuna.

Have A Grand Weekend...


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4 Of Your Sparks

  1. DrillerAA09 Says:
  2. It just doesn't get much better than Jefferson Airplane for the San Francisco sound.

  3. Travis Cody Says:
  4. It's interesting that you mention a key characteristic of the SF sound as being played live. When I was growing up, that became one of my extreme prejudices about music. If a band can't perform it live and make it sound as good or better than the record, then that music has to work harder to get my attention.

  5. Unknown Says:
  6. Being from San Francisco and having lived through the era when this music was created I must say that I feel like one of the luckiest people on earth.
    And thank you for not playing Big Brother & the Holding Company...I've about had it with them.
    Saw Beautiful Day recently......still magic!

  7. Linda Says:
  8. I've got to agree with Driller, Jefferson Airplane is to me THE definite SF sound!


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