My first public performance was in preschool. I played a fly in an adaptation of The Itsy Bitsy Spider. I made it to the front of the stage and then burst into tears.
I went through a very intense shy phase in my youth. I love this project because everyone involved is a composer and a musician. We tend to start with a seedling from one of us, and then allow it to fill out as we bring it to the rest of the band. First with melody and mood or lyrical theme. Then add counterparts maybe break up sections or embellish parts and lay out the lyrics. Do you have any day-of-show or pre-show rituals that help you get in the right mindset to perform live? I tend to channel all of my nerves or excitement into my hair and the set-list.
Who is on your musical Mount Rushmore? The Beatles, Stevie Wonder is a prophet. I love how many New York musicians want to build community rather than compete. It can be so hard being an artist in a world that finds creative thought dangerous. My favorite secret tune from Songs in the Key of Life. I think initially, I liked pop. But my brother was inclined towards heavier music, and played a lot more Rock-oriented music.
I think I connected with it intuitively, but it was that exposure that made it happen. Do you have a favorite go-to album of all-time and how have your feelings about it changed at all over the years? Out of the Blue — Electric Light Orchestra. When I first heard this album init was everything I wanted music to be.
It had a great Beatlesque vibe, but also explored a lot of different genres, production styles, instrumentation, and technology. The Beatles — The Beatles. I think I love it more every time I hear it. What was your first public live performance and how did it go?
If I exclude piano recitals, my first musical performance was in high school… in a band where we dressed up in punk clothes and performed Country music. I was just plunking out chords on a piano, but it was incredibly exciting, and it pretty much set everything in motion. I felt confused and out-of-place, but very excited to be playing in public. And in a bar. What you gives you the biggest high as a musician?
I have been obsessed with creating music since I was nine years old the age I started writing music at. I have been intent on learning to express myself and create compelling music. How does the song writing process happen for you? Is there a Marc Doty riff graveyard? Initially, it was me sort of imitating the music of my idols. Then, I went to college and got a degree in composition.
During that process, writing music became essentially an opening of the floodgate in my brain, and a desire to make every idea into something interesting. But in general, most of my music starts with either messing around on a piano, or having an intense emotion that I vent by spontaneously creating lyrics and melodies.
And yes, if I never wrote anything new ever again for the rest of my life, I have enough ideas lying around to probably carry through the rest of my life! Louie Louie had a drum sound that really reached me on an emotional level, and I realized early-on that it was because it is natural and expressive, and because the vibration of the drums in the room lead to the timbral aspect of the drums.
That is to say that drums sound best and most expressive as a person who is experiencing them there, and experiencing them there is an aural experience of how the vibration of the drums interact with the room they are in. Recognizing this led me to recreate the drum production of some in the past… and I found that a great way to record drums was with a single mic sensing the vibration of the room. I LOVE the sound of single-mic recorded drums. And most of my songs feature acoustic drums captured with a single mic in a room.
I loved drum machines when I was young, but I got tired of them. Even when I do electronic stuff, I tend to sample live drums and create loops. It has become a business first and foremost, and the music has been reduced to its most selling aspects. I wonder what the future will hold.
Your speaking at KnobCon here in Chicago this week, what sort of stuff do you plan to get in to? Well, I have somehow generated a world-wide following in regard to my synthesizer demonstrations and education, and I look forward to any opportunity to teach people about how vast, deep, and long the history of synthesizers is.
It will also be fantastic to interact with synthesizer pioneer Tom Oberheimand my friend Michael Boddickerwho, in addition to being an amazing keyboard player and synthesist, was responsible for SO many of the session keyboard parts for musicians like Michael Jackson. What advice would you give to a talented young artist wondering how the fuck to get from A to B and make a real go of it? Well, I spent 12 years desperately trying to get a record contract back in the 80s and 90s.
I worked my ass off trying to do what was expected. I tried to get that stuff heard. I had a manager in L. And I think largely, that was because I was shooting for an idea as opposed to doing what I loved. Conversely, I started demonstrating synths on YouTube, and suddenly, my work was spread all over the world, synthesizer companies started asking me to demonstrate their products, I got hired at a historical synthesizer foundation, met all of my idols, and have tens of thousands of people hearing my music every month.
Were the songs all new or were there some that you had been sitting on for a while? What are you working on and why are you excited about it? I went in the studio with the point of releasing an EP. Kind of a bridge to carry over from the debut album, Almost Heard the Ocean to my second album. I was in the studio last week and tracked a brand new song. Then it seemed like maybe this should be its own album.
So now, that is what I am pretty much working on. The band is on hiatus for the time being. We lost a few members to distraction and lack of focus. My parents were classical music people. So a lot of concerts that they attended, I did too. It was always on in the house. W as there a live concert experience that impacted you early on? I think seeing a Bob Dylan show seemed to really show how tight a band can be but at the same time so very loose, authentic and unscripted as well.
Giving the sense of spontaneity always impressed me, that and the connection of the artist to the audience. A group of friends playing together on and off as Surf Jazz Kill and The Uninvited Guests showed up at a party and using the house bands instruments tore it up. Talk about loose, unscripted and spontaneous! How do songs come about for you? Certain cadences of words arrive. Sometimes with a melody, sometimes not. This is an extremely difficult business. That in of itself is an incredible detractor from the act of making music.
The task of making yourself the center of attention is a guilty pleasure it seems. In Chicago there is an incredible community of caring and generous artists without a doubt. In the land of performance there is a whole lot of hurt going on. The recording process is time-consuming and expensive.
Manufacturing even with the return of vinyl is on the way out. Digital streaming and social media savvy is where it seems to be.
Performing is the only way to make money but it is also an extremely arduous path to navigate. What advice would you give to a young musician seeking a path? Play anywhere and everywhere you can, surround yourself with people who are kind, generous and honest. Are you jazzed about any new artists or releases we should know about?
You are to put something personal in a time capsule headed for the outer reaches of space — what is your offering for mankind? I always thought it might be some sort of graphic design tome of visual delight that would be remarked on and celebrated for all time.
I am working on Telecraze LP. I am working on film music and instrumentals as well, mostly focused on my works with my friend Jon Meyer, a film director in Portland I have been friend with since N o, I grew up listening to music secretly, carrying my cassettes whenever I went out and listening to them before sleep. I received copies from friends.
I grew up in nature, and then in 8 I had to relocate to town, right in the capital, and it was so rugged, so rough, I started to realize why did some of the songs I listened to when I was 4 were so dark, later I found out those songs were Kraftwerk. I t was inin Tehran Art university, we had a band called Font and the students had this ceremony to introduce contemporary music to the students of the university. How do songs come about for you and Telecraze? Uh, sometimes I am playing an instrument, and then it resonates with a part of me, I just happen to let words come out and little by little they paint a picture of what this is pulling the strings on ….
I made the vocals to the last part of the song in rehearsals. From all those songs I released only 4 of them on our SoundCloud. T he scene here is a pop, funk, rock and singer song writer on major scene, and noise, ambient, electronic on a very smaller scale. There is hip hop underground going on. The Doors, that is the kind of world I have never experienced. Are you jazzed about any new artists or releases over there that we should know about? I hope to get this published soon. A bit, yes.
My mother listened to sixties folk music. The genres my father admired are better left unsaid. InJohn Cale played a pub in Evanston.
His entourage chuckled. Using a needlepoint pen, instead of a signature, he drew various squiggles across the disc. After rigorously scratching my CD—making his music unplayable—the old Welsh rocker in the neon orange hoodie and baseball hat departed down Sherman Avenue. But I remember my last one: I performed with a friend who, in addition to songwriting, is a Chicago television journalist. Before soundcheck, he mentioned Rahm Emanuel would be at our show.
This rumor swirled around the venue for an hour or two. I played to a small crowd utterly indifferent to my music, and a room smelling of calamari. A pretty typical David Safran gig. At the moment, my songwriting process means fighting the urge to write songs. What songwriters are on your Mt. After my John Cale encounter, I stopped carving human beings into a rock.
My advice? Be sure that alongside your career path there is a revenue stream. The best advice, though, comes via my maternal grandmother, Hilda. Many years ago, my cousin was in the middle of his bar mitzvah, and flubbing it.
Actually, I was about to ask you the same question. Recording is a horribly boring activity. The Claudettes already finished our third full-length album our first two albums and EP are herewhich will come out later this year. My mother listened to a lot of classical music, but loved rock music, too. My uncle played and worked in music, and still does. I never stopped playing after I started classical lessons at age 8 continuing to age 13, at which point I had bands for the rest of my life.
The aforementioned uncle was a road manager and significant creative influence for the Cars. I went to see them in Philly, where they opened for Foreigner. I want that. Very often, I have words in a notebook that develop from a single lyric to a full song. Sometimes, I then write music to accompany those words. Truth be told, I like a couple drinks. My drink is two drinks: a bourbon and a beer. It puts me just right. I managed to join the Junior Wells band soon after I finished college I met him in NYC, then moved to Chicago when he asked me to join the band and I got to tour with him for three years, and record with him, too.
Mike and the band slept at my house once on another occasion, when I just went to see them at Double Door. Mike stayed up late with me, talking about music, Minutemen and D. I gave him bad parking advice I found out that night that the Ford Econoline is a bit taller than the Dodge RAM; as a result, they had to park on the streetand their van was ticketed and was just about to be towed when Mike walked over to the van to check on it. Great job impressing your heroes, dufus.
Then, I changed stations…and heard another! What advice do you give to young musicians seeking their path? If the Jimi Hendrix Experience made a basement tape, guess what? To sing or play the best, you need to do it a lot. Ray Charles practiced scales when he was 65 years old…daily, so he said. Boon a lot after the sets. Currently am involved with The Mournersputting a spin on Chuck Berry and other beloved Blues and Soul artists and getting people to stop gazing at their navels.
Also collaborating with Detroit-based muso and personal heroes Robert Crenshaw Marshall Crenshaw band and enlisting the great Don Dixon to produce and play on it. There was always good music playing throughout my childhood.
If you met an REM fan, circa 84, there was an instant mutual admiration society in the making. Aside from playing open mics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, my first professional show where I got paid occurred in Chicago at a Album) called At the Tracks. It went ok but I was far from where I wanted to be. For me they come SLOW but they always start with some kind of hook and melody in my head.
Thanks to iPhones I quickly record the idea with the voice memo app. The lyrics either come quickly or I go to a note-pad and mine words from the stream of consciousness drivel I regularly jot down. There are amazing tunes out there to snag.
Who are your favorite 3 artists of all-time? This is tough but I never stray too far from Elvis Costello for his clever word-play and infectious melodies. The same goes for Richard Thompson who is not only my favorite guitarist but tunesmith.
Sam Cooke with or without the Soul Stirrers hits an emotional place, deep down in my soul. Shit, only 3 artists? The Band is probably number 4. I really like the Irish artist Hozier. I would have to say my dad and mom were really influential on me musically starting from a really young age. My parents had an awesome record collection and there was always music in the house. I really loved listening to The Stray Cats.
Brian Setzer is definitely one of the reasons I was drawn to play guitar even though I play nothing like him! At a young age, my parents would also take me to see shows. My aunt Jenna Mammina also was hugely influential. From there, I was exposed to a lot of different styles of music and bands by my guitar teacher who I started taking lessons from around age About that time was when my favorite album of theirs came out and I literally listened to it non-stop.
It was on when I was driving, sleeping, eating, doing homework… I also listened to a ton of Modest Mouse, Manchester Orchestra, and Minus the Bear which I still listen to often. At that age I was going to a bunch of metal shows and listened to quite a bit of that; my favorite metal bands at the time were probably Mastodon and Between The Buried And Me, they still get a bit of rotation too.
How did Slim Gypsy Baggage come together? I first met Morgan our singer when I was around She was playing out a bit at that point and sometimes would play with our bass player Matt. I ended up meeting Matt when I was They wanted someone to play some light music before the wedding and Dirk and Morgan recommended me to them. After the reception the three of us Matt, Morgan, and myself sat around and played Grateful Dead tunes.
A couple of years later I saw Morgan and Matt playing at a bar in town and we started playing together shortly after that. After going through a couple of drummers, I met Scott our drummer through surfing on Lake Michigan.
He quickly became one of our best friends and started playing with us. How do you guys approach songwriting? We take a pretty collaborative approach to writing. Then Morgan normally starts working on a vocal melody. What is your go-to onstage guitar and what amps are you playing live? The Jazzmaster was my main guitar for the last few years and then I played the Collings and had to buy it.
Recently, the Jazzmaster has taken a bit of a back seat to the Collings but it still gets taken out from time to time. The Resonator is used on a handful of songs, normally the ones with a bit more of a country or deep bluesy vibe. My pedal set-up has been:. My amps have changed around a bit for the last few years but I pretty much always have an Orange Rockerverb 50 on one side with a rotating cast of amps on the other. Does SGB spend any time crafting a live show as such or do you guys prefer to change it up night to night?
In those instances, we try to do a slightly mellower set and maybe throw in some covers to keep everyone happy and interested. Do you, or the band, have a routine pre-show to help get in the right head space for the gig? What was it like to jam on stage with blues legend Buddy Guy? Playing with Buddy was a crazy experience. After we got done playing, we were all hanging out backstage having a couple drinks and watching the band that was after us.
I kind of freaked out at that point. So I watch him play for an hour or so and he calls me up and I am literally shaking. Joseph, MI watching. I just kind of zoned out the whole time and tried to not mess up.
What advice would you give to a kid just picking up the guitar? Keep practicing and try not to get frustrated! It can be difficult at times starting out but just keep at it. Practice your scales religiously to get your dexterity up and try to get some basic understanding of music theory. It will definitely help you out in the long run and make you a better player. Most importantly though, have fun! The lads share their inception story, drunk calls from Shannon, their favorite albums and plans for world domination one skate park at a time …long live rock.
What were the first few albums you ever bought with your own money and do you still enjoy them today? MJ is still the King. The compositions, performances, and production on his albums are still among my favorites. How long have you been singing and what artists did you like to emulate most as a kid? I started singing when I moved to Colorado in I started singing a lot of blues songs and wrote songs occasionally. We would end up learning a lot of the songs we were jamming out to.
I feel like a huge part of new-grass and bluegrass music is the strong community vibe. We love being a part of the bluegrass family. I hope that what we are bringing to the genre is honest and full of fun and love. Did you grow up with bluegrass or was it an acquired taste? I heard of bluegrass music my freshman year of college. It was quite the introduction to bluegrass watching the greats perform and witnessing the organized chaos of thousands of musicians hanging out in a hotel.
My first bluegrass jam went pretty bad because I only knew how to play blues solos… a new friend told me I should get a Dobro because I liked to bend notes so much….
Would you like to sing more lead with the band? Sharing is caring. We typically start working on a song when someone has some lyrics, a melody, and some chords. We will start playing around with the ideas and see how the band can support the song the best. We usually will add a few chords, come up with instrumental melodies, figure out harmonies and things of that nature, as a group. In terms of lyrics, do you feel you guys have a message ie — what are you guys really about? Lately our songs have been pretty uplifting and positive, but who knows….
Mostly, we just want to sing songs that we feel and that are true to us. Any tips on what it takes to stay focused, fresh and sane on the road? What are you guys listening to on the tour bus this year so far? Do you think smashing a fiddle on stage would be cathartic, desperate or downright wrong? I may differ to Bevin on this one. I would cry big tears. What was the first album you ever purchased and how do you rank it today? My parents gave it to me for Christmas when I was maybe 7.
So many incredible songs. Was guitar your first instrument? First instrument I played was actually piano. My parents bought an old electric organ from a neighbor in England for me to practice on. I was really into Clapton at the time so I think he inspired that choice.
What do you play these days and do you use the same gear on stage as in the studio? I like to keep it as simple as possible so I play an American Telecaster for its simplicity and versatility. My amp is a Budda tube amp and I love that thing.
Well being from England and having English parents who love music has definitely had a huge impact on me. I love all of it but writing is probably my favorite part. I tend to write in quick spurts.
I love it when it all happens at once like that. Take us behind the scenes: what is the bands dynamic and how does that vary pre-show verses post? Ken and I tend to run the show. We are the main songwriters and Album) of the band so we are the most intense and bossy.
They do a great job of tolerating us. Post show we all like to hang and have a good time. I was introduced to it and Wilco in my first week as a student at Colgate University. Both of them are just packed with amazing tracks that I can listen to hundreds of times and never get tired of. When did you realize you enjoyed singing?
Who did you grow up listening to? What was the first song you ever learned to play on guitar and sing at the same time? The first time I picked up a guitar it was with the goal of singing along, so I started teaching myself song by song.
What was the first concert you ever attended and what impression did it leave on you? Can you describe how the writing process works for you? My writing process is pretty inconsistent. Do you think living abroad has informed your music, or love of it, in any way? Music has always been a constant in my life. Whenever we moved, it felt like I was starting over, reestablishing who I was each time. My guitar was one of the things that I could always bring with me and be reminded that that piece of me was still there.
Having lived in three different countries, I am a strong believer that your surroundings influence your views of the world quite heavily. My experiences have shaped who I am as a person and a songwriter, and intensified the love that I have for music. As a 19 year-old, what is the most daunting thing to you about embarking on a career in music?
The uncertainty is very unnerving to me. I will forever be happy performing for crowds of any size, and sharing my music with whoever will listen. But to earn a living in music, that all has to be on a much grander scale. It has also been incredibly reassuring to me when fans reach out and tell me how my music has effected them, or how they enjoy it.
I am also attending DePaul as a full-time student so that I will have additional opportunities available to me outside of music.
Like many, I grew up watching American Idol, pretending to be a contestant on the show during commercial breaks while my sisters judged. I think those programs have given many singers a lot of hope, and do a great job of inspiring individuals to pursue their dreams. They have also produced a number of great role models and talented professionals.
Though at one time in my life I would have loved to be on those shows, currently I am pursuing my music career in a different way. I am hoping that my small population of loyal fans continues to gradually grow so, rather than a quick rise and possible fall, I can be heard for many years to come. If you could open up for anyone on a Midwest run of dates this Spring who would it be? John Mayer! He is incredibly talented and I would love the opportunity to learn from him.
The genie nods: your wish has been granted …in a puff of smoke Bob Dylan appears in your dorm room and you may ask him one question …what say ye? And since there is already a genie present… I would then wish to go back in time to that decade with him! He is still my hero and my favorite drummer!! My dad also played me John Phillip Souza marching records as well and told me to listen to both and I would be allright….
Who were you favorite drummers as a kid? Growing upI had a lot of drummers that I listened to…. What groove, or musical style, came most natural to you at first?
I started playing to records that I heard on top 40 radio…Beach Boys, etc. He seemed to play the way he wanted to…no rules. I am a huge bebop fan…. Of all the kits you have owned and played, what is your all-time favorite? Well, I have had a few…one was an old Camco kit which I wish I still had and my first Ludwig kit my Dad bought me when I was first starting out….
Today, I am playing Sakae Almighty maple kit…. I left Yamaha after a 40 year relationship and endorsement with them…. My favorite Yamaha kit would be my Maple Customs which are no longer available…… Sakae made all Yamaha drums for 50 years.
Do you have a philosophy when it comes to recording? Recording is a personal preference, but I will say that it is different than playing live, so I would recommend to any young drummer to learn how to do both…I did, and it was beneficial in my career.
What were the first three albums you ever purchased and which of those holds up best today to you? Thriller holds up best to me, hands down.
Songs come in many ways. With the internet and all of the social media resources as my disposal, communicating with fans is much easier on one hand and on the other takes three times as long. I literally work all day to book shows, promote shows, create content to increase my brand awareness, etc.
What advice do you give to young bands trying to build a following and, in turn, get better gigs? A few thing. I try to meet as many people at gigs as possible. Anytime someone gives me a tip, a compliment, a thumbs up, a high five, anything, I make sure to introduce myself and ask them their name. A 30 second engagement can mean a new long term fan. Your fans can be and are your biggest promoters. The more people that come to your shows, the better the bigger the gigs will grow, the more opportunities will open up along with making more money.
Do you have to become Facebook say hey to Matt exhibitionists to play the game? If you are not on social media, you are at a severe disadvantage. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.
Ever walk into a bar to play a gig and everyone is staring at their phones and not you. Chances are they are on one of the previously mentioned sites. A large number of the population spends hours a day staring at their electronic device. Ya know, the scene is so much different these days. Music oriented local Chicago media has shrunk considerably in the last 10 years. Illinois Entertainer only seems to cover the south and western suburbs.
In Chicago, much as in NYC, often musicians get put in one category or another: either your a working musician or an artist…. Is one the dream job and the other vehicle? I have two very different song writing styles. I market them differently.
I keep specific email and facebook lists that are geographically based. I rarely send updates regarding my acoustic covers thing to gatekeepers and decision makers in Chicago and abroad, I send them Monsoons updates. When did you realize you were a musician?
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Littles J. Symphony L. The tree is owned by Mrs. Fiona Black, whose son carved his Album) into it. It has been rectified in the original posting. Agnew, which was a title page, followed by a bunch of blank pages. It was great to find something that the comic book fans, which I marginally still am, would appreciate. Lydia's doing OK, getting over an ear infection and a persistent cough, talking more, growing. She walked down the stairs by herself yesterday, not using the railing, but leaning on the wall, for the first time; I didn't help her at all, but I was two steps below her, you'd better believe.
Since her birthday is next month, I thought I'd write about life before Lydia. Ever since the beginning of this millennium, we've been - how do you Americans put it? For whatever reason, it wasn't happening. So we were "tested", me first because it's "easier". So when it finally happened that Carol was pregnant, we were excited, but also stunned. I had all but given up hope, and I was OK with that. So now, we have to rearrange our focus.
One of the things I thought I would do when Carol was pregnant, then after Lydia was born, was to keep a journal for her to read when she got older.
Well, the journal was used before the birth, but not at all after the fact. Indeed, this blog was created, at least in part, so that I could note Lydia's development at least once a month. In some ways, the best part of the early part of the pregnancy was that period of about a month between when we found out and when we told our parents. It was our little secret, wonderfully conspiratorial.
Naturally, we needed to go on vacation - who knows when we'll be able to do THAT again? If they say dinner is from 5 toyou'd best be there at that time, for at 7, the room is transformed into the entertainment center. One of the particular rules is that there be no children, so we know we're not likely to be there again anytime soon. Carol's friend Alison started referring to the expected baby as Little Soul, which we adopted. LS's body has the right amount of fluid, the brain is the right proportion.
But LS was positioned so we could not determine the gender, which was OK. LS is "making it difficult for her mother to sleep, which is making it hard for ME to sleep. Don't care. You'll probably be smart it's in the genesbut I hope you'll really appreciate music. Doesn't have to be the music I like, but I'm thinking you'll come around eventually.
It was a version that our babysitter Anne gave to her. It's illustrated by Gill Guile love that name and published by Brimax of Newcastle, England, copyright I thought I knew the story until I got to the last page, which reads: "Now the three bears always make sure that the cottage door is locked when they go for a walk in the forest.
They do not want anyone else eating their porridge, breaking their chairs or sleeping in their beds. Saturday, February 25, Don Knotts, R.
Someone asked about black and white vs. But Don Knottswho died yesterday, was the perfect character inside that TV set in the mostly black and white film Pleasantville. The show suffered greatly after his departure. I watched religiously for the well-meaning, but inept deputy to mangle something that Sheriff Taylor would put aright.
But Barney always had a good heart, right under the pocket where he usually kept that one bullet for his gun. I even watched an episode of Matlock, just to see Andy and Don back at work. He almost was enough to make me watch Three's Company, but not quite. John R. I appreciated Johnny Cash well enough when I was growing up. I enjoyed his music on the radio, but didn't buy any of his albums until Class of '55his collaboration with Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, and Carl Perkins.
Then, someone gave me that first American Recordingproduced by Rick Rubin, that came out in And I was hooked. I figured the second disc, with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers as his backup band, would be a big hit in It was well-received, but only got to on the charts.
I was slackjawed when I saw the "Hurt" video from the fourth album, and cried when I saw it again after Johnny died in Subsequently, I picked up the American Recordings box set. Fans of Johnny might want to pick up his daughter Rosanne's new album, "Black Cadillac". The video that comes with the disc, and which can also be found on her website really enhances the listening experience. In my office, we refer to the man as "John R. Friday, February 24, George Harrison. Today would have been George Harrison's 63rd birthday.
Or maybe tomorrow; even George was confused about it. For years he thought he was born early on the 25th, but in his forties came to believe Album) was born late on the 24th. Regardless, I've been listening to a lot of Harrison music, including an album friend Fred put together of George's songs with the Beatles.
See if you can identify them. They are in chronological order, and I'm thinking the running times might help. To reveal the answers, just block over the white space.
The list does include the songs on the Anthology albums, at the point they would have appeared on a Beatles album, had they been releaseded at the time. It contains only one version of the song; thus, no Anthology "Taxman", only Revolver "Taxman". It includes songs from Anthology 3 that George ultimately performed on his solo albums. Don't Bother Me 2. You Know What To Do 3.
I Need You 4. You Like Too Much 5. Think For Yourself 6. If I Needed Someone 7. Taxman 8. Love You To 9. I Want to Tell You Within You Without You Blue Jay Way The Inner Light While My Guitar Gently Weeps Piggies Long, Long, Long Savoy Truffle Not Guilty Only A Northern Song It's All Too Much Old Brown Shoe Something Here Comes the Sun For You Blue I Me Mine Unfortunately, I didn't see him.
A review alluded to him writing a song with George. I assume the writer was referring to The Holdupwhich I have on vinyl from over 30 years ago. The line about taxes sounded very Harrison, but it seemed incongruous for the peaceful guy to come up with "I'll put a bullet right through your best liver. Thursday, February 23, No Opinion. Sometimes, I just don't care. That is, I really don't have an opinion.
One example is when my wife wants to know if we should paint the walls eggshell white or ecru. I cede my opinion, and I won't complain later.
I promise. Because I'm a blogger, people sometime say to me, "You ought to write about X. Sometimes, it's because the topic doesn't interest me. More likely, though, I DO care about the topic. I'm very opinionated. I just don't have very much to say, or much to add to the existing discussion. For instance: How do I feel about the controversial Tom Toles cartoon?
The Washington Post was right to publish it. What do I think of the publication of the Danish cartoon depicting Islam in a bad light? What do I think of the violence from that? I'm against it. What do I think of Google defying a Dept. What do I think of Google censoring its search services in China? I find it troubling. Are you worried about mad cow or anthrax?
Not especially. How about the avian flu? I feel as though I should be worried about it, but I know our government will protect us. And that's it. Nothing pithy. No attempts however poor to be funny or clever, or except in the last example, snarky. Snarky - a word I never used before Conversely, I am interested in all sorts of things, such as: Wolfgang's Vault : Bill Graham and his concert promotion company produced more than 35, concerts all over the world.
There's also a bunch of stuff for sale - Graham was a pack rat - such as vintage posters, t-shirts and tickets. I found a performance of Let It Be from the movie of the same name. Opinion: Could be lots of people's favorite waste of time, such as Mike. I love word play. I was inclined to follow Mark Evanier's thinking on Dubaibut I was mystified. Then all was made clear. In the Olympics, I'm glad that Belbin and Agosto won the silver in ice dancing, as I thought they might a couple months ago and Paper Route - James Hersch - InnerWeather (CD know that schaudenfraude has taken over when I say I'm really glad Bode Miller is 0 for 4 in his medal search.
But my favorite part of the Olympics are the commercials. I haven't seen the one for "The Office", but my wife liked it. I saw a piece for "Scrubs", where J. White said, "Humor can be dissected, as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind. Wednesday, February 22, Old Black Joe. When I went to school, I was the only black kid in my class for 6.
I had halupki long before I ever had grits or collards. At school, we had music class every day with Mrs. Joseph, starting in 4th grade. We used what I knew then was an ancient music book. I did not know we sang so many seaworthy tunes. Then there was Shortnin' Bread. I HATED Shortnin' Breadnot so much for what it was, as much as the need for certain people in the class - not my friends, but some others- to sing it TO me, leaning in my direction.
I could be paranoid, but not for the five years we sang this song. But I sucked it up, and got through it. One day, when I was in 5th grade, Mrs.
Joseph announced that we could sing anything we wanted. One kid asked for an unfamiliar page. I had no idea the piece was in the book! What would Mrs. Joseph do? What would I do? Quickly I decided that if we sang the song, I would walk out of the room. To where, I had no idea. Joseph gets to the page, and she says, "Hmm, let's sing something else. But in retrospect, I wish there had been a conversation about WHY we weren't singing it.
And I wish I could find a copy of that book; I really liked most of the songs. Tuesday, February 21, Cerealized. Here's something I've never admitted to: I have a Seinfeldian interest in breakfast cereals. I'm pretty sure it started by reading the sides of the packages when I was a kid.
Riboflavin, I discovered, was Vitamin B-2! Niacin, Vitamin B-3! So, I was quite excited to find out that Sunday was the th anniversary of breakfast cereal.
He and his older brother, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, while working at a Battle Creek sanitarium, accidentally invented the process for making cereal flakes. Personally, I like to mix my non-presweeted cereals. They must differ by grain and by shape. I don't mix pre-sweetened cereals, as I recall Rory and her friends did on Gilmore Girls. Some of the sweetened cereals of my youth have changed their names. Sugar Smacks are Honey Smacks. Sugar Pops are now Corn Pops.
Happy anniversary to the breakfast cereal. It is another reflection of the effectiveness, of the power of advertising, especially in the television era - "K-E-double L-O-double Good, Kellogg's best to you. Monday, February 20, The Announcer of Everything. Baseball, football, basketball, the Olympics - Curt Gowdy announced them all, and announced them well. He's in the Baseball Hall of Fame as an announcer.
A park in Wyoming is even named for him. Gowdy, who died of leukemia at age 86 today, spent many hours in my home over the years, and I appreciated his level-headed professionalism and knowledge. Presidents' Day. Washington- 2 terms, they love references to his first Lady, the widow Martha Custiss 2. Adams- 1 term, first in the White House 3. Madison-2 terms, Jefferson's Secretary of State 5. Monroe-2 terms, Madison's Secretary of State 6.
Adams-1 term, race settled by the House of Representatives, Monroe's Secretary of State, returned to serve in the House and died there 7. Jackson-2 terms, his mansion was the Hermitage, near Nashville 8. Van Buren-1 term, Jackson's Secretary of State 9. Harrison-1 month, "Old Tippecanoe", longest inaugural address, 1st to die in office. Well, you get the idea. So, it's WH Harrison one monthTyler completed termPolk one termTaylor about two yearsFillmore completed termPierce one termand Buchanan one term between and - and this from When I learned the presidents, this was the hardest stretch.
Did you know there were four Whig Presidents, and they served a total of 8 years? He was asked who was the President, and his predecessor, etc. This guy was able to list them all the way back to Washington. The bad guys then shot him: "Must be a spy. I'm guessing there will be a question soon about that expensive painting by Peale, GW at Princeton. And if you should get chosen to be on the show, let me know if you would like some other pointers. Lack Page 4: Blackman, Minstrel dead on the floor, four bullet holes in the back wall, which has a framed photo, signed Love, Stepin.
Crow: This damn generation gap is something else!! A diminutive Pogo looking at deceased : My! The old-timers were still following the model of the late Martin Luther King, while the younger folks believed, "By any means necessary. The reference of Stepin was to Stepin Fetchita controversial black actor known for his stereotypical portrayals of a black minstrel.
Page 2: Page 3: Killer-type turns head : Oop! You had to open your big fat mouth! Boll Weevil thinking :? Page 4: Boll Weevil and Killer-type are saluting white Sarge, while black cook looks on. This again addresses the large percentage of blacks in the armed forces in Vietnam, usually at the lowest levels, as "grunts" rather than officers.
Page 2 Page 3, Panel 1: Guys in silhouette. Jughead: Where do you live, Darkie? Page 3, Panel 2: Darky: Just down the block, too. Jughead jaw dropping :! Pickets holding signs that say: Out! Keep Out! I also love the word "besmirch" in this context, since it was the pickets who were doing the besmirching.
Also, Darkie is quite matter-of-fact about the protest, unlike his new friend. Compare and contrast, as my old English teacher used to say, Fred's review of Little Archie. My fortune cookie message was some standard fare. My wife's: "Do or do not. There is no try.
My One Question for You. My dear wife gave me tickets to any show coming to The Egg as my Valentine's Day present. So my question: what shall I see, and why? I'll admit that I was leaning toward Emmylou, until her performance was postponed from March 12 until October.
I'm a more immediate gratification kind of guy. Not so much for the Disney empire, but for the historical completeness. Friday, February 17, Time Changes Things. Today's theme: NOT same as it ever was. Recently, the last telegram was sent by Western Union. My wife's a big Michelle Kwan fan, so was quite irritated when I said that the winner of 9 US championships, 5 world championships, and silver and bronze at the last two Winter Olympics ought not to have been on this year's Olympic team.
Seems I was right, but don't tell my wife. They're now going to count DVR ratings. Not all advertisers are happy, though. Yet another color-coded warning system. I woke up one morning to hear that Cheney was shooting Quayle. Then I got the real story, that the veep who couldn't shoot straight WASN'T shooting the veep who couldn't spell well.
In any case, body armor IS available. Seems like seems like only last year that the U. Thursday, February 16, Rant about the Beatle Butchers I will allow the conceit that the American repackagers of Beatle tunes on albums were permitted to do what they did.
But did they have to leave so many songs off? First off, I'm specifically talking the Capitol albums, because they were the primary purveyor of their music in the U.
Oh, yeah, right, money. Speaking of contractual agreements, look at the deal that allowed for A Hard Day's Night '64 and Something New '64 to come out pretty much at the same time with several common songs. The Beatles' Story '64 is an odd conversation-laden piece, off the topic. Would it have killed them to put a 12th song, probably from Beatles For Sale '64 to put on Beatles '65 '64?
The Early Beatles '65 : Obviously, by this point, the Vee-Jay licensing expired and Capitol reasonably put out their own version of Introducing. But with 11 songs, it leaves off "Misery" and "There's a Place".
They always sounded out of tune when I'd hear them on the Beatles cartoon.
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