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Topic: Mick Jagger talks about Goddess in the Doorway Return to archive
09-28-01 11:02 PM
VoodooChileInWOnderl I found this in the new Mick Jagger site at Virgin Records, LOL, I entered yesterday and didn't see it, because it is located in the "BIO" folder, so I thought it was just another biography!

“These are all very personal songs,” Jagger says of the material for Goddess In The Doorway. “The thing about this album is that it kept to the original idea. Sometimes these things take on a life of their own, which can be great too, but this one stayed true in a lot of ways to the original concept.” And how would Jagger define that concept? “Very personal songs that could be sung directly to you,” he says. “If you wanted to, you could sing these songs in a kitchen more or less with an acoustic guitar. So the album would basically be like a guy with a guitar singing a tune. And if the song would stand it, we wanted to have some orchestration with it as well. But it’s about the songs and what they're saying.”

Jagger felt the need to record a new solo album as an outlet for the deeply felt songs that were flowing freely from him. “Yeah, I love the writing process,” he explains. “That is what is so much fun about making this record. I would just sit in my house in France in the little recording room and just write the songs and put them down and then lay down some beats on the computer and play the guitar. That feeling —or the actual guitar—would end up on the finished record. So the writing process is in the grooves so to speak.”

Yet because of the way we tend to view our biggest stars, some may be struck by how very human Jagger sounds here as he grapples artfully with a few of life’s more pressing issues—such as love and spirituality. “Of course, I have human feelings,” Jagger says with a laugh. “In this record there’s a mix of romantic songs and some songs that have some overlay of the spiritual side. Those seem to be the two things going on in this record really. But I hadn't thought about it too much until I stood back and looked at all the songs together.”

Taking as a whole, the inspired song cycle of Goddess In The Doorway manages to be both vitally contemporary and almost timeless, containing classic echoes from rock and soul history but in a context that remains decidedly relevant. To listen to the album is to be reminded that behind that globally famous name and face, there is still very much a man, a wildly talented singer-songwriter with real feelings, real pains and a real gem of a new album.

The songs on Goddess In The Doorway range from spirited 21st Century gospel (“Joy,” which features the vocals of Bono and finds our narrator driving a four wheel drive looking for Buddha) to seriously pounding modern rock (“God Gave Me Everything,” a collaboration with Lenny Kravitz), to the future global party tune “Hideaway” (produced by Wyclef Jean) to the yearning soul-pop of “Visions of Paradise,” an exquisite and deeply effecting collaboration with Rob Thomas.

Jagger produced numerous tracks and also collaborated closely with former Stones keyboardist Matt Clifford and Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith). Jagger is quick to point out that everyone who joined together in making the album brought something to the party, which was thrown at various studios around the world. “Definitely, it’s all very well doing a solo record but it’s fun to have a lot of collaborators,” explains Jagger. “I had a lot of good times making it. My family was always around. Matt Clifford was always around. And I worked really closely with Marti Frederiksen on the five tracks that I did with him. And Pete Townshend kept saying, ‘I want to play on this you know.’ Pete lives twenty yards away from me in England so one day I said, ‘Pete, can you come today.’

Bono was great, and I had a good time writing with other people, like “Visions of Paradise” with Rob Thomas. You get a different feeling when you write with someone else, in the end a different song comes up. And Joe Perry played on a couple of tracks and I think it all helped. A lot of this stuff is me on my own and so after a while you like to hear some other voices.”

So in the end, it turns out that Mick Jagger does work and play well with others. “Yeah I do, I enjoy playing with other people,” he says. “All the people on this record I knew well, apart maybe from Rob Thomas who I only knew in passing, but the rest I know really well, so it all felt like friends and family.”

It’s lovely for Jagger that the album was such a joy to make. But perhaps more importantly, listening to Goddess In The Doorway, we can all experience the genuine joy of hearing one of rock's most accomplished writer-performers digging deep and expressing himself at the height of his creative powers.

09-29-01 07:47 PM
Ned Kelly Bring It.
10-01-01 11:29 AM
moy This is from the Argentinean Magazine "El Clarín" and was translated and posted by Marcelo Sonaglioni

Just as I was able to inform the album would be called VISIONS OF
while ago, later confirmed as "GODDESS IN THE DOORWAY", as everybody
by now, last Saturday edition of Argentinian newspaper Clarmn featured
article where Mick gives a track-by-track description of the album,
that may
be of your interest (I translated a text which was originally published
Spanish language, so don't quote this as Mick's original words), as

"I met Rob Thomas while on tour and we came up with this idea it would
great to write a couple of songs together. This is one of many romantic

"I was in my small studio in France playing guitar and suddenly I came
with the song. It's basically a gospel tune. And Bono's part, well,
when one
has made so many records during so many years it's good to lend a hand
the young people! It worked pretty fine: I did the vocals and gave them
straight to him"

"It's simply based on lying on the beach on a starry night, watching
stars reflecting on the water"

"I wrote this song with Lenny Kravitz. He did all the harmonic parts
then we finished the choruses together. I said to him: 'Do you have any
ideas for the lyrics?', and he said 'Absolutely none'. So I hid myself
in a
corner of this kind of 'Clockwork Orange' house Lenny has in Miami and
the lyrics in ten minutes"

"It started as a Sam Cooke-styled song but, by the time we were
recording it
it turned into an Al Green tune. Wycleff Jean provided a very different
swing to it. Some Caribbean flavor, even when it's a soul song"

"This is the oldest track of the album. I wrote it sometime during the
Stones last tour. A sad song, and quite romantic as well"

"I went out dancing and, as I was driving back home, I had this
'groove' on
my head. Eventually it ended up being a very different thing. It's a
synthesis of the album: it started out as a disco/dance song, then it
up being something with a Central Asia taste"

"A reggae song that talks about somebody who spends too much time in a
like Los Angeles. I can tell about that experience"

"Almost a comedy song, made out of observations. Smooth"

"It all started out as a real rock tune. 'Under my Thumb' is nearly a
song compared with this one, which isn't about pistols, but a metaphor"

"It's about the ever-changing world and the impossibility of going
Almost a country song"

"I wrote this one while sitting in bed one afternoon. My two daughters
the backing vocals, and I must say they're quite good at that"
10-01-01 08:13 PM
VoodooChileInWOnderl The article in Spanish is here

Thanks to Marcelo, our partner in the The
Midnight Rambler Gets His Rocks Off
for the link and Marcelo (Stones Age) for the translation. When I received the link form Marcelo Q., I found that it was already translated by Marcelo S., ¡ Gracias a los dos !

Mick Jagger en su tinta

Goddess in the Doorway (Diosa en el umbral) sale el 15 de noviembre. Aquí, el mismo Jagger lo explica tema por tema.

PAPITO. Sus hijas hacen coros en un tema. También canta Bono. (Foto: AFP)

Através del sello Virgin, Mick Jagger, el stone más famoso, dio a conocer de puño y letra sus impresiones sobre Godess in the doorway, su nuevo álbum solista que sale el 15 de noviembre. Aquí, una por una las canciones según su autor.

Visions of Paradise: "Conocí a Rob Thomas durante una gira y se nos ocurrió que sería bueno escribir un par de canciones. Es una de las tantas canciones románticas".

Joy: "Estaba en mi pequeño estudio en Francia tocando la guitarra y me salió de un tirón. Es una canción gospel básicamente. Y la parte de Bono, bueno, cuando has hecho tantos discos durante tanto tiempo es bueno darle lugar a la gente joven. Funcionó muy bien: hice las voces y se las pasé a él".

Dancing in the starlight: "Está basada simplemente en estar en una playa en una noche estrellada y ver las estrellas reflejadas en el agua".

God gave me everything: "Esta es una canción que escribí con Lenny Kravitz. El hizo toda la estructura armónica y después completamos los estribillos entre los dos. Le dije: ¿Tenés una idea para la letra? y el me contestó absolutamente ninguna. Así que me fui a un rincón de esa casa tipo La Naranja Mecánica que tiene en Miami y escribí la letra en diez minutos."

Hideaway: "Esa canción empezó en el estilo de Sam Cooke pero al momento de grabarla terminó como Al Green. Wycleff Jean le dió un swing muy diferente. Cierto caracter caribeño aunque en el fondo sea una canción soul".

Don''t call me up: "Es la canción más antigua del disco. La escribí durante la última gira de los Rolling Stones. Una canción triste y romántica también".

Goddess in the doorway: "Salí a bailar y cuando volvía a mi casa seguía con un groove en la cabeza aunque terminó en cualquier otra cosa. Es una buena síntesis del disco: Empezó como un disco dance y terminó como algo con cierto gusto a Asia Central"

Lucky day: "Un reggae que habla sobre alguien que pasa demasiado tiempo en una ciudad como Los Angeles. Conozco esa experiencia".

Everybody gettin high: "Una canción casi de comedia, hecha de observaciones. Liviana".

Gun: "Empezó como un rock directo. Under my thumb es casi blanda comparada con esta. Que no es sobre pistolas sino una metáfora".

Too far gone: "Es sobre el constante cambio del mundo y la imposibilidad de volver atrás. Una canción casi country".

Brand new set of rules: "La escribí sentado en la cama una tarde. Mis dos hijas hacen los coros y debo decir que cantan muy afinado".
10-03-01 10:30 AM
Ned Kelly Thanks Amigo.

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