Another music question: What songs or or lyrics or guitar riffs do you ever so much wish you had written?
So, so many to choose from.
The first single lyric that comes to mind is one we’ve all heard a million times: “I’d trade all of my tomorrows for one single yesterday.” Looks like it was originally written by Jenny Lou Carson in the 40’s before Merle Haggard and then Kris Kristofferson stole it.
Whole song lyrics? Radiohead’s “Fake Plastic Trees” usually makes me stop and reconsider the universe as I know it. “If I could be who you wanted.” Guaranteed shiver.
Guitar riffs: see the entire Led Zeppelin catalog, and AC/DC up to and including Back In Black, and most of Let It Bleed and Sticky Fingers. I honestly don’t know where to start. How about this: I always sound check my amp with the opening riff to “Custard Pie,” and the first thing I thought of when I saw this question was “Whole Lotta Love.”
Who are your biggest musical influences? Are any of them female?
I came of age as a guitarist in the late 70s and early 80s, so my biggest influences are the rock gods from that era. Jimmy Page and Neal Schon top the list. Every rock guitarist worth talking about owes something to Hendrix and Van Halen as well, though my style (if I have one) isn’t much like either of theirs. Others have told me I sound something like Gary Richrath (REO) and Michael Schenker (UFO). Not sure if that’s true, but it’s the right era and I’ll take the compliments.
I don’t consider myself enough of a singer, songwriter, or keyboardist to say I have any real influences in those roles. Those aren’t my crafts, and I’m just trying to keep up, there.
While there are many, many women in music whom I utterly adore as artists, there are unfortunately very few female lead guitarists, and none whose style speaks to me.
Meet the new John. Same as the old John.
Gratuitous proof that my head was not talked off. Cary.
Bonus: spiffy new haircut.
Song for the Dumped // Ben Folds Five
I have a surprising lack of Angry Music in my collection. This is pretty close, though.
Well, fuck you, too
Give me my money back
Give me my money back, you bitch
This explains a lot, I think.
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Report it to league management. Please. I’ve been that kid.
The problem here is that there is no league. These are ad hoc tournaments between all-star teams from different towns that last two or three days each and then they just end. This tournament ends tomorrow and I’m sure that team was eliminated just after they beat us. We may see that team in another tourney later this summer, or we may not.
I may write the head of the league in the town where that team is from, though there is a 50/50 chance the guy who will see it is the coach who was screaming. A better bet may be to call their mayor, just to let him know about what this guy is doing in his city’s name.
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You are beautiful.
In my head, you are singing this to me as Joe Cocker.
WHO’S CREEPY NOW.
Asking for help, a novelty for me
Cary’s son, my nephew, needs to come home to Illinois from Baltimore. His physical and mental health are becoming more and more in jeopardy and when he has to get off the phone because there’s gunfire, something needs to be done. Having lived in Detroit for 9 months, I know the desperation he’s feeling.
Contrary to my pride, and unbeknowst to Cary who would never approve, I figured out how to set up a pledgie for this purpose. If you can help, thank you. If not, your good thoughts are appreciated as well.
I don’t follow all the same people that Cary does so please feel free to reblog if you take a notion.
Clearly I need to be photographed with Cary more often.
Cary. More like magicfrog.