Just Give Me Something Worth Voting For!

I’m not American, but watch the video below for my views on the US Presidential Election. Or any election, for that matter! Feel free to share the poster… and vote well! ~ DC

DC Cardwell covers Nick Lowe

I’ve entered another contest. This time all you have to do is go to my new video on YouTube and click LIKE. It’s me covering Nick Lowe‘s venerable classic “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding?” and it’s a contest run by his record company, the ultra-cool Yep Roc Records. It’s called the Yep Roc 15 Minutes Of Fame contest, or YR15MINUTESOFFAME for short.

There’s a nice prize, a trip to their 15th year anniversary concert series in North Carolina. But the main thing is the exposure.

So if you want to help me win, please LIKE my video!

And if you want to help even more, share it on your Facebook, Twitter, etc.


~ DC

[Postscript: The three videos with the most votes went into the final and, sadly, I came 4th!]

DC’s been busy… new videos, benefit album, gigs etc!

Hi, DC here,It’s been a busy time for me!First of all, I’d like to invite you to help with raising money for the innocent victims of the war in Libya. I was asked to contribute a track to the MUSIC FOR LIBYA album, which is available HERE for only $9.99. All of the proceeds will got to purchasing food to send into Libya. More details at the site.

Secondly, if you’re in Melbourne, I’m playing at a benefit for the Christchurch earthquake on Saturday night (9th April 2011). It’s in Bayswater at Truth, Liberation & Concern, 265 Canterbury Rd, Bayswater (Melbourne). There are some other excellent artists on the bill.

[EDIT: here are some highlights of this gig, featuring me along with Adrian Austin, Marjorie Cardwell and our son Samuel.

Thirdly, I had a great gig at the Chandelier Room with Victor Stranges and the band and you can see a 15 min. video of that here:

Fourthly, many people voted in my Facebook poll, “What Song Would You Like Me To Cover?” and the top votes were for:

1. HARVEST MOON: 48 votes
2. BLACKBIRD: 37 votes
3. WATERLOO SUNSET: 32 votes

I already have a version of Blackbird on YouTube so I recorded myself singing Harvest Moon and Waterloo Sunset and posted them on my YouTube “Covers“.

Harvest Moon – Neil Young cover by DC Cardwell
Waterloo Sunset – Kinks Kover by DC Cardwell
Blackbird – Beatles cover by DC Cardwell

Musical Feel!

If you’re interested in nuances of sound and feel in music you might enjoy this video by Evelyn Glennie. I did!

~ DC

Larry Norman Is No Longer Visiting This Planet

[imported from Myspace]

I was very saddened to hear today that Larry Norman has left us. Many millions of people have been touched by him, his music and his message over the last 40 or so years, and yet the world at large doesn’t know he existed.

I have already read so many blogs that say what I’m thinking, only much more eloquently than I could, so I’ll just let his own words speak for him.

Roger Joseph Manning Jr. Talks About Sensory Lullabies: The Ultimate Tribute to Jellyfish

You may know that I recorded a cover of Jellyfish’s “I Wanna Stay Home” for “Sensory Lullabies: The Ultimate Tribute To Jellyfish”. See below for my video.

Here’s a note from the Sensory Lullabies MySpace profile (www.myspace.com/jellyfishtributealbum):

We love Roger Manning, and you probably do, too.  We were honored to present Roger with a copy of  “Sensory Lullabies: The Ultimate Tribute to Jellyfish.”  Here is what he had to say about it:

“One of the unforeseen rewards of my years of investment in the world of Jellyfish has been the creation and release of the Sensory Lullabies tribute CD. Of the countless acts of gratitude our dedicated fans have given us over the last 17 years this is easily the grandest compliment. An affirmation that all of our hard work was not in vain and to the contributing artists I am forever grateful. So glad that Alan and Steve have provided a way to share these works of passion with the whole Jellyfish family!”


Bob Dylan video collection, Theme Time Radio Hour, Slane Castle, Dublin etc.

[Imported from Myspace blog]

Attention all you Bob Dylan fans!

(And you other two can listen in as well, if you like.)

This morning I blew a ridiculous amount of money on three tickets to see Bob Dylan at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne in August. We don’t often go to big concerts, or even small ones, because the prices are just two high for ordinary people.

But I’ve missed so many legends over the years, and so many of them have gone now, and I happen to be re-reading Robert Shelton‘s riveting biography of Dylan right now, so I thought, “this is it!” And Dylan’s been on a bit of a creative peak for a good few years now, although who knows what mood he’ll be in on the night! Apparently four years ago in Melbourne he hid behind a piano all night and was somewhat  underwhelming, at least according to some accounts.

The only other time I saw him was at Slane Castle, Dublin in 1984, and he was not in the greatest form, I suppose, but it was heads-down-no-nonsense bar-room rock with Ian McLagan (The Faces) on keys, Mick Taylor (The Rolling Stones) on guitar, and I forget who else. Van Morrison, Carlos Santana and Bono joined him for a few songs, so at least it was a bit of an event.

Bob also seems remarkably cheerful these days, as his XM Theme Time Radio Hour demonstrates. Young Samuel and I were listening to one show while playing pool* recently and Bob actually burst into a sustained fit of sincere belly laughter to our great amusement!

Anyway, I found this diverting collection of his videos on Google Videos at http://video.google.com/dylan and thought you might like to sit down for a while and remind yourself just how great he can be.

I’ve just watched the charming Johnny Cash Show segment, and now I’m going to have a look at the DA Pennebaker out-takes.

Have fun!


* Sadly, I have to admit that it was “Virtual Pool” on the computer, not quite as cool as real pool. It’s a little thing Samuel and I do while catching up on our music listening. Yes, it is pathetic, I know, I know! Still, it’s quality father-and-son time, in a way. Better than Chuck E. Cheese. Anything’s better than Chuck E. Cheese.

PS: Here are some photos I took of Dylan back in 1984 at Slane Castle in Dublin, Ireland.

Bob Dylan at Slane Castle, Dublin,1984 - photos by DC Cardwell

Bob Dylan at Slane Castle, Dublin,1984 – photos by DC Cardwell