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Dave Bennett wrote:
Nice slide playing.  Have you listened to Derek Trucks?  I never was much into playing slide so I suck at it.


Took a look... the first one I hit happened to be from early 90s.. good considering age but pretty mechanical... seems to have matured a whole lot since though.


  My playing is what I laughingly refer to as "eclectic improvisation."  I played professionally until I was 36 or 37.  Can't remember exactly because I did not abruptly quit but I did want to have children and a touring musician cannot "be there" as a parent so I gave it up. 



I've done the weekend thing pretty much my whole life... mostly filling in drums/bass/guitar whatever no one else was playing. I'm doing bass mostly these days, but have just acquired a mandolin and classical guitar. So I have been playing them at home more. My wife sings and plays at the hospital for the older people, so I help her practice sometimes... all the songs I called "channel changers" when I was young (and they were on the radio). I don't sing well... about halfway through song two in a row my throat seems to choke up.


I am not sure about your friends that were still renting but can understand how easily money slips away when you are a rock'n'roll performer.

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 Along the way I learned enough trade skills to always keep a roof over my head and got to farm too so to quote from the Grateful Dead's biographical song..... what a long strange trip it's been. 



Well life has been a strange enough trip (ask my wife), but I made the choice as an 18 year old. Got into audio electronics... probably hoping to work in a studio or something, but studios were not paying that much because there were a lot guys looking for a days job like that. I ended up in radio then TV then as a tech at the post office. There were lots of players and I wasn't bad, but not exceptional either. Looking at things from this end, I am not sure I made the right choice. I am still happiest on stage (maybe I don't like crowds... don't mind looking at them though ). Anyway, at this point in life, I may as well finish my last few years (4) to get the pension. Then I can look at music again with more energy and time.... if I'm not building stoves and boats and farming or whatever. I think "interesting times" is not quite the curse I've heard... change is good and tomorrow is "God willing".
 
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Took a look... the first one I hit happened to be from early 90s.. good considering age but pretty mechanical... seems to have matured a whole lot since though.

I've done the weekend thing pretty much my whole life... mostly filling in drums/bass/guitar whatever no one else was playing. I'm doing bass mostly these days, but have just acquired a mandolin and classical guitar. So I have been playing them at home more. My wife sings and plays at the hospital for the older people, so I help her practice sometimes... all the songs I called "channel changers" when I was young (and they were on the radio). I don't sing well... about halfway through song two in a row my throat seems to choke up.

Well life has been a strange enough trip (ask my wife), but I made the choice as an 18 year old. Got into audio electronics... probably hoping to work in a studio or something, but studios were not paying that much because there were a lot guys looking for a days job like that. I ended up in radio then TV then as a tech at the post office. There were lots of players and I wasn't bad, but not exceptional either. Looking at things from this end, I am not sure I made the right choice. I am still happiest on stage (maybe I don't like crowds... don't mind looking at them though ). Anyway, at this point in life, I may as well finish my last few years (4) to get the pension. Then I can look at music again with more energy and time.... if I'm not building stoves and boats and farming or whatever. I think "interesting times" is not quite the curse I've heard... change is good and tomorrow is "God willing".


I have a very powerful singing voice and my musicianship on the guitar is still adequate although mechanically not what it was when I was playing 5 or 6 hours every day.  If you drop your jaw and bend your head toward your chest your throat should not tighten up so quickly.  The higher the note the more you should "bend into" (down toward the chest) the note.  Keeping your jaw relaxed is the key.  I was the front man for my band and used to sing lead for 5 sets or so every night but I started singing in grade school.  Having lots of music in my house growing certainly helped a great deal.  We all played musical instruments of some type and we all sang too.  My grandmother (Dad's Mom) was a concert pianist.  My Dad was an M.D. but she told me he was a very talented violinist when he was a youngster.  I only knew he had a facility on the organ and and played the accordion.  My mom played organ too.  I saw Elvis when I was really young and knew that's what I wanted to do. LOL
 
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We all played musical instruments of some type and we all sang too.



While some people are more musical than others... and it most often runs in families.. my opinion, is that everyone has some musical talent... and should use it :-0  The few people I have met who have none, have some physical problem that holds them back. Even then, if they are happy, they sing, they clap in time (in time to something) even though off key. In general, karaoke annoys me, but my wife is from Asia....

I think local music of the kind that encourages singing along is an essential part of permaculture, because it builds community even with those who think differently I do. In the same way that different kinds of plants help each other grow, different kinds of people help each other grow. I think in many ways, even though there are more colours of people living together than before, our culture has become much of a monculture... probably due to things like TV and other media.
 
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Side-stepping the conversations about guitarists (though I second the Rodrigo y Gabriela thumbs up) and making your own music, here's a Finnish street band performing Bohemian Rhapsody in a rusty old VW.

Too. much. fun.

 
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Side-stepping the conversations about guitarists (though I second the Rodrigo y Gabriela thumbs up) and making your own music, here's a Finnish street band performing Bohemian Rhapsody in a rusty old VW.

Too. much. fun.



WOW. Impressive. The accent helps the song I think.  These guys are good. Lots of fun too. I like the little air driven keyboard and the drum set up. Pretty hard to make a quiet sound with a sax though.

Yup good fun.
 
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Jocelyn Campbell wrote:
Side-stepping the conversations about guitarists (though I second the Rodrigo y Gabriela thumbs up) and making your own music, here's a Finnish street band performing Bohemian Rhapsody in a rusty old VW.

Too. much. fun.


Cool Jocelyn.  My new favorite version of this tune.
 
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   I am quite fond of the sound of my own voice, as are the ladies whenever I go to a jam night. I have a long list of favorites and have enjoyed performing many of these publicly.

    Bob Seeger – Turn the page, I like this one because it's about his 15 years of relative obscurity before he made it. Seeger went from entertaining 50 people in a Chicago bar one night to playing for 78,000 in Detroit that weekend, when the live bullet album broke. Seeger never had a tour bus. They went from battered station wagons to Jets in one weekend and their fame continues.     
   
    Like a rock – I love the lyrics and the theme. Seeger was an athlete in his younger years and this song is a reminiscence of lost youth.   
   
    Main Street – is about Ann Street in Ann Arbor Michigan, his hometown.
 
    We've got tonight – if Bob didn't get any action from singing that one I'd be very surprised.

    Rolling Stones – I'm a huge fan of their better work. – Although not numerous, I love their political songs – Indian girl – is about the fate of one child whose family has been torn apart during the Sandinista conflict in Nicaragua.   "All the children were dead, except for one girl who said, please Mr. gringo...   "I just saw this today, it was a sight I must say, They're shooting down planes with M-16s and with laughter."    Mick actually witnessed this while visiting Nicaragua with Bianca and was amazed at the resilience of poor people hiding in the jungle who managed to bring down American supplied planes faster than Oliver North could resupply the contra government, during the Iran-Contra affair.
   
    Mick also penned songs about the Vietnam War – I Am Waiting –" like a winter storm, fears will pierce your bones"       
 
  About the first Gulf war –  High Wire – "hot guns and cold, cold lies"   
 
   And the song – Under Cover of the Night – could have been set in many Third World countries.  "Hear the screams from sector 42 loud enough to bust your brains out"      "all the young men have been rounded up and sent to camps back in the jungle"       "the oppositions tounge is cut  in two".
     
    My favorite YouTube video pictures Mick in about 74 singing – the midnight Rambler – which is a song based on a the escapades of the Boston strangler. He uses many details from the strangle's confessions and acts it out in gory detail to the pleasure of his adoring audience. If the dictionary had a video version of the word decadence, this would be it.
 
     No expectations – is a classic about love lost. Angie and Wild Horses follow a similar theme.
     
    Many times Mick felt compelled to write about the downside of drugs. You Can't Always Get What You Want, Sister Morphine, Dead Flowers and 19th Nervous Breakdown all deal with this.   
     
    I'm also quite fond of The Doors, Gordon Lightfoot, Springsteen, Steppenwolf, Rod Stewart, Alanis Morissette, Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, Otis Redding, Eminem, Foreigner, Blondie and CCR to name a few. I started off just planning to tell you about Seeger.
 
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I am quite fond of the sound of my own voice as are the ladies whenever I go to a jam night. I got a list.

    Bob Seeger – Turn the page, I like this one because it's about his 15 years of relative obscurity before he made it. Seeger went from entertaining 50 people in a Chicago bar one night to playing for 78,000 in Detroit that weekend, when the live bullet album broke. Seeger never had a tour bus. They went from battered station wagons to Jets in one weekend and their fame continues.    Like a rock – I love the lyrics and the theme. Seeger was an athlete in his younger years and this song is a reminiscence of lost youth.    Main Street – is about and Street in Ann Arbor Michigan, his hometown.     We've got tonight – if Bob didn't get any action from singing that one I'd be very surprised.

    Rolling Stones – I'm a huge fan of their better work. – Although not numerous I love their political songs –   Indian girl   – is about the fate of one child whose family has been torn apart during the Sandinista conflict in Nicaragua." All the children were dead, except for one girl who said, please Mr. gringo... "I just saw this today, it was a sight I must say, They're shooting down planes with M-16s and laughter." Mick actually witnessed this and was amazed at the resilience of poor people hiding in the jungle who managed to use weapons that were sold to their government during the Iran-Contra affair to bring down many American supplied planes.

I knew Bobby "back in the day" when he was a bar band act playing the some of the same clubs we played.  Believe it or not, traveling in vehicles other than a tour bus many of us made a fairly good living.  I never got famous but have no regrets.  I still love being on stage entertaining people.  It gets in your blood and becomes a permanent part of you.
 
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  Are you from Detroit or Ann Arbor?  I'm from southern Ontario. Seeger had a pretty strong following there when I was a kid. What was the name of your band and have you posted anything on YouTube?  Every time I think of some old song I want to see, I try youtube.
 
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  Are you from Detroit or Ann Arbor?  I'm from southern Ontario. Seeger had a pretty strong following there when I was a kid. What was the name of your band and have you posted anything on YouTube?  Every time I think of some old song I want to see, I try youtube.

I am from upstate NY.  We used to play around the college towns in Michigan once a year.  The Beck Street was the name of our band.  I know this part will sound funny but we were the originals Back Street Boys.  We lived on a street called that the residents called Back Street that was technically East Main St.  Everybody called us the Back Street Boys or those damn hippies. hahahahahaha  That was early 70's.  In the late 70's we had migrated out to California and the name had changed to Magic Dave & Blues Deluxe.  Much of those days are a big blur of literally thousands of gigs with a few memorable performances here and there.  We concentrated on college gigs but early on it was all 5 nights a weeks in a smokey bar somewhere in the US.  Never played in Canada but hung out in Toronto whenever I had the chance.  'spent a few years in the Buffalo NY area before traveling out west so we used to drive over to Windsor to get to Detroit when we played Michigan then Ohio and then western Pa. and back to the Buffalo area.  About 200 shows a year, sometimes more.  Living in Southern California changed things a lot and I performed less because I went to work in the motion picture industry doing my other love.  I worked as a location caterer.  I am a chef so when I discovered that I could prepare food and get paid a ridiculous amount of money doing what I consider fun I only performed about 10 weeks a year for a few years.  After leaving LA I played more because my day jobs weren't so long.  One thing I will say about those days catering for TV and movies was 4AM-10PM makes for a long work day.  Nothing on youtube although I have been thinking about doing a few tunes.  They will be solo though.  Just me sitting here playing and singing along looped with myself unless my new "jamming" buddy is interested.  He is the brewer where I work part time.  He is a Bass player and I am trying to convince him that we don't need any other musicians to put on a professional show.  I have a drum machine.  Ideally I would love a keyboard and drummer to have a nice rounded sound and 4 part harmony vocals but a duet can work nicely too.  More musicians makes for longer rehearsals LOL.
 
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    The man can sing and cook. I suspect this is a winning formula with the ladies.
 
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    The man can sing and cook. I suspect this is a winning formula with the ladies.

When I was younger and single that was probably true but I have been alone for most of my adult life.
Ladies?  One woman willing to put up with this eclectic eccentric would make life much more interesting. 
 
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When I was younger and single that was probably true but I have been alone for most of my adult life.
Ladies?  One woman willing to put up with this eclectic eccentric would make life much more interesting. 



Two would bump the meaning of "interesting" into the old Chinese proverb curse area...
 
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Len wrote:
Two would bump the meaning of "interesting" into the old Chinese proverb curse area...


How I look at it is partners pulling on the rope from the same end.
 
                                            
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charles johnson "carbonout" wrote:
heres mine

Blind Melon - Tones Of Home

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NISeJCeKUgs

Mine is probabaly "no surprises" by radio head, it's so beautiful.  Or "Leave" by R.E.M. 

 
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as mentioned before, so many songs .. and still discovering new ones so .. at present I'm hunted with this song .. especially this version;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wlnl3CGG56M

yes, I know I should hear it long time ago (but have net few years so..), music works in mysterious ways .. at least for some
 
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song is still in my head so I decided to make video .. here it is .. for what is worth

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rs1nTakpf0&feature=relmfu

 
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i dreamed a dream by susan boyle, in your eyes by peter gabriel & adam lambert performing brigadoon and finally anything michael jackson did…. he was a brilliant musician!!!
 
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Even though I am a huge fan of such varied artists as Steven Tyler, Lady Gaga, Chris Cornell and others my all time favorite is..................................

Girl From Ipanema: http://youtu.be/6Y7h8WGTANs

 
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No can do, fellas. ONE song. Uh uh. My list has 100's of favourites.

Susan Tedeschi- Love's in need of love today.
Jagjit Singh- Main Nash Mein Hoon. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTelbtXfW5Q
Saul Williams- Not in our name. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ_o660d0oc
Brother Ali- Uncle Sam Goddamn. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OO18F4aKGzQ
Eyedea And Abilities-Smile! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9-eKhCukW8
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan- O Re Piya. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5awZ9sOTA54
Nusrat F A K and Eddie Vedder- Face of Love. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvxmVqLlZsg&feature=fvst
Sonny Landreth-Storm of Worry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yid7EhyDInQ

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Dave Bennett wrote:Here is one from another one of my all time favorite guitarists.  May you rest in peace my friend.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07qEqIlWge0&feature=fvsr



Thank you Dave; I found this when I listened to Gary Moore, who is amazing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUaevnP1LLg&feature=related
 
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Lateralus

This song got me through horrible time in the desert post Iraqi invasion. I needed away from that place so I listened to the lateralus album over and over. The cool part is it was the first time I actually listened to music. I actually started to hear how dense and complex that band is. Which helped me to eventually better understand arts importance in the world.
 
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Listening to Blue King Brown.
Song- "Come and check your Head." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zjy_dXIkzfM

Tiki Taane.
Song- "Tangaroa- God of the Sea." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNDiFxY6n-k

Xavier Rudd.
Song- "Better People." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raGSqdUI1IQ

"There's better people with more good to do, good to do."
 
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Radio Cures by Wilco
 
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anything by the 13th Floor Elevators works for me today, but that'll likely change in 15 minutes.
 
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Ok, because I seem to be the only punk rocker in the permie space......this is my favorite punk song that also has a save the planet theme, a lot of punk bands are politically and anti society minded, but the early 2000s sort of stepped that up a bit....NOFX Franco-unamerican




 
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Chadwick Holmes wrote:Ok, because I seem to be the only punk rocker in the permie space.....



no way man  ... no one is alone



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Bon Jovi - It's My Life
 
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art blakey-moanin
lead zeppelin-immigrant song
dead kennedy's- to drunk to fuck
black flag- TV-party
bad brains-Sail on
mutabaruka-white man country
James brown-anything before the eigthies

Just during work. When i relax ....
 
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Chadwick Holmes wrote:Ok, because I seem to be the only punk rocker in the permie space.....



no way man  ... no one is alone



Yep, nowhere near alone. I am an old school punk myself. Though don't limit myself to punk music, I enjoy anything done well. All genre have good and bad examples.

I have really been getting into Emily Davis's Bad Religion acoustic covers recently. She is actually endorsed by the band and has done a few songs with members of the band. Plus it is a great way to sneak punk stuff in on people who don't listen to it. Since her acoustic covers make the music a bit more accessible to those not into the the punk genre.



recently I have been hooked on this from TAY ZONDAY (the guy who did the viral video Chocolate Rain) which I discovered due to Lindsey Sterling working on it with him. It is just such a catchy tune and the topic is worth listening to as well.



Of course I also can't help but love Formidable Vegetable Soundsystem and Charlie Mcgee. Can't help but enjoy the music as well as the topics.



As well as Hugo the Poet for his amazing intellectual deep thinking lyrics, the man is amazing.





But back to my more punk roots, one of my all time favorite songs is from Love and Rockets. No New Tale to Tell. The lyrics are just so impactful.



That said as others have said, hard to really say "favorite song" since my favorite changes minute to minute depending on my mood and thoughts and feelings. What I really want to hear and feel is my favorite at one moment will change as I do. And if your like me with a very wide taste in music, from bluegrass to classical from punk to drum and bass and everything between. A list of favorites would be miles long, and never be finished, as new favorites are created and discovered along the way.

* edit to add, BTW I used to go to classical recitals in Pilladelphia's Curtis Institute of Music with a 2 foot green and black mohawk and studded leather jacket. Turned a lot of heads me being there, but some of the best classical musicians were being taught at that school and I loved to go listen to them perform.
 
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