Mischa Porte, Songs Without Drums: Daniel Lanois - White Mustang II
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Every once in a while I find myself listening to a song or an album and really feel like playing along. Especially to the ones that have no drums.
Pt. 4: Daniel Lanois, White Mustang II
Daniel Lanois has played and still plays a huge role in my musical life. It was through his music I got to know Brian Blade, now one of my biggest drum heroes. It was through his music I found a few like-minded people, some of whom are so important to me and my musical development.
This song, White Mustang II, comes of Lanois' first solo album Acadie. I think I read in his autobiography (Soul Mining: A Musical Life) he was living and recording in New Orleans at the time. While he was working on a song he heard a trumpet player in the street. Lanois was so moved by his playing, he asked him to come in the studio and play something together. This song is the end result.
If you ever get the chance to see him play live, don't hesitate. Seeing him play up close is something else and always leaves me with loads of energy and ideas. As does playing along to his music.