Mark Freuder Knopfler was born on 12 August 1949 in Glasgow, Scotland to an English mother and a Hungarian father. He has a graduate degree in English, but, of course, is best known as the lead guitarist and driving force behind one of the greatest rock bands of all time, Dire Straits. In my personal opinion, he is one of the finest lead guitarists to have ever picked up the instrument. His haunting tone, chord progressions, and leads have a moody, emotional quality. I’ve included a full concert performed in the Netherlands (with excellent sound quality) that really illustrates his skill. His playing is effortless.
Also, since Money For Nothing was the first music video ever shown on British TV, I’ve included a revised version. The second verse of the original commented on “the little faggot with the earing and the makeup,” not terribly politically correct these days and Knopfler sings that verse differently when the song is played live. Hope you enjoy one of my all time favorite bands and a great guitarist.
Dire Straits full concert: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oz3fVqwc14g
Money for nothing video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAD6Obi7Cag
Summer has finally arrived, so it’s time to break out some of my favorite warm weather wines. I love the fresh crispness of a Rose and the 2012 Domaine Magellan Vin de Pays des Cotes de Thongues Rose Le Fruit Defendu ($15.00) is a good one. Many people think “sweet” when they see a bottle of Rose, but nothing could be father from the truth. This wine is coppery-pink in the glass with a bouquet of strawberries, cherries, and fresh cut flowers, but it has a dry, crispness with good minerality and flavors of cherries and a bit of rhubarb. Roses like this one are very refreshing on a warm summer evening, and if the neighbors get a little peeved because you’re cranking the Dire Straits concert through your tower speakers on the back deck, just invite them over for a glass. I bet they’ll enjoy it.