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A little party trick

Jon Lord: 9 June 1941 – 16 July 2012

Back in 2010 Exclusive Magazine did an interview with Jon Lord on the occasion of his release To Notice Such Things. They spoke about Romantic composers, Jimmy Hendrix, spirituality, English Literature, and party tricks. And a little about a couple of bands that Jon had been with.

Let’s kick things off by talking about your newest record. What is the significance to the title – ‘To Notice Such Things?’

The title comes from a poem by Thomas Hardy, the English poet and novelist. In the poem, he’s asking the question “What will people think about me when I’m gone?” And he’s talking about a love of the countryside, what he calls “The things that matter.” You know, the rising of the sun, the setting of the same, the birds, the animals, the way we react with nature, and so on.

And he wonders in the poem if they’ll say that he was a man who noticed such things. And my dear friend John Mortimer used to do a stage show in which he would talk about his life and read bits of prose and poetry that had taken his fancy over the years, and this was the poem with which he would finish. And that is the last line of the poem. He was a man who used to notice such things. And when I wrote this music to celebrate his life, and try to describe some of his life, this seemed like the right title.

Continue reading in the Exclusive Magazine.

Thanks to Yvonne Osthausen for the info.

4 Comments to “A little party trick”:

  1. 1
    ivica says:

    Jon Lord –

    The legend of black mustache and a man who rivaled Blackmore

    When someone mentioned to me now, Jon Lord, fell to me to me a bunch of his victories and two defeats.

    Suffered a first defeat when he’s “Concerto for Group and Orchestra” brought commercial success and his colleagues Ritchie said it’s what the classics are concerned. Let us now move in rock’n’roll. It was sweet defeat for us, brought us the most “pure” hard rock band of all time. Second defeat came in Monday, the 16th July 2012.

    As for me, yesterday passed the greatest pianist in the history of hard rock. I’m not saying it because of those ‘all the best of the dead’, it is nonsense to me, but because I mean it. Deep Purple has become well known for, among other things, by the fact that it is in their sound simply was far, far more than in any other synthesizer bands.

    Because he played the intro to “Child in Time”. And because of those solos in the song “Burn.” And because of the written and unwritten crowd contribution ‘silent savages’ for Hammond.

    Jon Lord is founder of Deep Purple and was one of the two permanent members until 2002. When he retired and left his place Don Airey. Recently, I asked a friend why he did not go into the house when they came to sports, he normally plays the keyboard, and he said because there was no more Lord. Today it really is no more.

    He has released some albums that are the cornerstone of each, but each and every form of hard rock that emerged after the seventies. He participated in the creation of perhaps the most recognizable songs of popular music, “Smoke on the Water,” sukreirao’s “In Rock”, “Made in Japan” and especially “Machine Head.” He held the band together until 1976. when after a concert in Liverpool, Lord and Paice view and concluded that this was it. And it was, but only eight years.

    After the 1984th Lord remained even 18 years in the band, which is also due to the ego Gillan and Blackmore still experiencing changes in the membership of virtually every fall. At the turn of the millennium, Lord, who was the oldest member of the band, he said he has a lot of work with the band. He went quite quietly and went solo in a lighter pace. Up until a year ago when he was diagnosed with cancer. Besides neprežaljenog Tommy Bolin, Lord is the only member of Deep Purple, which is alive today.

    With that mustache, who received a special charm after reunion 1984th, and long hair, which was later sijedjela, the image was simply a perfect representative for posthipijevsko time in which he with his band conquered the world in just a few years. Playing stood out, and it really, among fellow keyboardist. It is known that Glover and Paiceu task was simply to follow Blackmore and Lord who have tried every concert with each other excel. And what they were concerts …

    Deep Purple in the early seventies, he played about eight songs at the concert, which lasted as long as it does now. The songs they knew last for half an hour and each member got their five, ten, 15 minutes, an hour. It does not matter as long as it is played.

    His largest project within the band was definitely “Concerto” in which he worked almost exclusively alone, which is logical when one considers that Gillan and Glover had just come into the band, and Blackmore liked the harder rock. After that, Lord no longer so involved in composing songs such as for example the case with the famous “April”, it may be focused Glover, Blackmore and Gillan, Coverdale later, although most all the band members were subscribed as co-authors.

    He has participated in other projects, such as Whitesnake and, although nothing even close not so designated, which means Jon Lord of rock within a time in Deep Purple. The sound of the Hammond’s simply nowhere had the effect that the Lord had first eight years in Deep Purple. The band’s sound is often built around his keyboards, and some stocks, like the beginning of the “Child in Time”, remain to this day a great example of what I mean keyboards in hard rock.

    The band has gone through really too turbulent periods are usually marked by strife Gillan and Blackmore. The two men in the early days of the arrival of the band Gillan were roommates, and later began a relationship that simply disrupt the band. Now their older brother died and them move. Will win once the ego or can somehow be reconciled, to assemble, even off stage, and together escorting Lord mustache? You might think that for the team and there is no need. I think it has.

    Jon Lord can remain in the memories of all who have at least once heard a song of Deep Purple, and all those who love any kind of keyboards in the rock. “Might Just Take Your Life,” “Hard Lovin ‘Man,” “Anthem” and “Demon’s Eye” are some of the very well hidden gems Lords Songbook. Album “Purpendicular” is full of beautiful Lordovih shares.

    He was a man without whom, I believe, hard rock keyboards would not sound as it sounded over the past forty years. Plates, memories remain, the band is still there, and from the 16th July 2012. the beginning of the “Child in Time” evokes feelings a little harder.

    Dino Brumec Croatia

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    Wiktor says:

    Jon Lord says later on in the interview that he was in Whitesnake playing as a hired keyboard player but then “fortunately” WE got Purple back together again.” Just goes to show, in Jon Lords mind the “real” Deep Purple was the Mk 2 line up with Gillan, Glover, Blackmore and Paice. Coverdale was looking west for fortune and fame, Lord was looking for being together with the Purple boys again… G-d, I miss Jon Lord!

  3. 3
    Tommy H. says:

    A party trick he got famous for at least. I can’t think of another Hammond player who rocked his organ back and forth to the rhythm while playing it. Keith Emerson did some pretty crazy things to his Hammond L100 but the C3 is in another weight category. That’s only one of the many things that were special to Jon’s performances. I miss the guy, he was one of a kind!


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    LRT says:

    Nice to see the last two posts pertaining to the topic, at least. I’ve seen others rock their organ who claim they don’t know who Jon is, what’s their excuse. It might be after the fact, and result in being influenced by someone they don’t even know, but it is what it is. Now, why should I believe no one else did it on the same premise in the 60’s and 70s? Is someone here believing no one stood up at the piano before Jerry Lee Lewis. I know people who say he invented that, yet I know people who say Jon invented it. Hhhmmm, who came first? I have a pic of Lewis doing that in 1963, I haven’t seen one of Jon doing it before late 60s early 70s.

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