Music DVDs and exercise

Having had the 'flu for a long time now, I've been missing exercise. Hope to get back to it soon.

I live in an area that's very hilly, and while the hills would probably be good for me eventually, it's sorta hard to get going. So the treadmill is the way to go, and for that one need some distraction: I find music DVDs the answer. Actually I really enjoy music DVDs rather than just CDs - the live performance and visuals make it that much more compelling. Some favourites are:

Fleetwood Mac's The Dance: Just the best of the lot for me. I was never a huge fan of FleetWood Mac when they were a supergroup, but they just got it all together for this reunion. Lindsey Buckingham was superb, the tension between him and Stevie was perfect, and it all just works. Worth watching even without a treadmill.

Anything from SlowHand works for me, but my current favourite is the Crossroads Guitar Festival, an extraordinary 2-DVD production with the finest guitar legends around, including Eric Clapton, BB King, Buddy Guy, Eric Johnson, James Taylor, Jimmie Vaughan, Joe Walsh, John Mayer, Robert Cray, Robert Randolph, Santana, ZZ Top, and lots more. Just mind-blowing!

Rockwiz is a musical quiz show from Melbourne that I watch religiously: excellent band and music, great vibe, fun all around. General idea is that 4 of the live audience is chosen to form two competitive teams, and they are complemented by two musicians, one for each team. The highlight of the show for me is the end, when the two guests perform a duet. SBS has released a DVD of these performances. Some are definitely odd couples, but most are just wonderful: some favourites are Tex Perkins and Deborah Conway - "Love Hurts", Jimmy Barnes and Mahalia Barnes - "Gonna Take Some Time", Chris Cheney and Chrissy Amphlett - "Stray Cat Blues", and lots more. But the absolute best is Angry Anderson and Sarah McLeod doing "Highway to Hell". Sarah is the ultimate Aussie rock chick (excellent guitarist!), and - as one of the band members said in the the introduction to the song - AC-DC definitely should have chosen Angry as Bon Scott's replacement. Just great!

Midnight Oil has had some great albums: the DVD I have been enjoying lately is Best of Both Worlds, particularly the "Oils on the Water" portion. Garrett doing his spooky, disjointed moves with a background of the sun setting over Sydney harbour and the Opera House - wow!

I could go on, but I have some Hands-On Labs for JavaOne to review: dooty calls.




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