Singer-Songwriters

Because Someone Asked

Just because someone asked for a tune, I’ll post one.

But you must know that this blog is going away soon. I’m not going to renew the domain or my hosting plan. I just can’t justify the expense any longer. I really do appreciate all the comments and follows from everybody. But the drive is gone. Maybe one day I’ll return with something. You just never know.

I’ve chosen an artist that I’ve featured in a “What’s Stuck In My Head” post, and he could be listed on the “Guitar Gods” as well as my “Singer – Songwriters” lists. That isn’t all the surprising, there are many folks that fit all those categories in my head.

Today, it’s time for Graham Anthony Barnes to step into the spot light. Who? You might ask? You’d know him better as the front man of the blues and rock band Ten Years After, Alvin Lee. Ten Years After’s set at the Woodstock festival was simply amazing, with “I’m Going Home” becoming a big hit from the soundtrack album. It was their 1971 hit “I’d Love To Change The World” that opened my eyes to his guitar work. It was still several years before I knew his name though. Believe me, I never forgot that name.

I have always been a fan of slow blues, which is probably why I enjoy Eric Clapton’s work so much. He didn’t get the nickname of Slowhand for nothing. And while Alvin can shred a fret board like no one else, his phrasing during his solos is above compare. He does a bit of each in this track.

This song comes from the album Nineteen Ninety-Four released oddly enough in 1994. Here in the states it was titled I Hear You Rocking. I fail to understand why record companies have to change the song lists and titles when exporting albums across the pond. Just release the album as is world-wide. But, they didn’t ask my opinion.

So here’s Alvin Lee solo and The Bluest Blue. Enjoy!

Peace,
B

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Play Magic Fingers!

So today I did something I seldom do.  I got my hair cut.  No don’t think I’m some long-haired hippy.  I’m not quite that old.  It’s just after a long and somewhat storied military career, I’m tired of haircuts and shaving.  So now it’s a haircut maybe every 6 months (sometimes a year or longer), and I shave only when needed.

I had received a coupon in the snail mail for a FREE (as in beer) haircut for a new place in town.  It’s a chain so I’m not going to name drop, but I will say I was impressed with the way they cleaned every piece of equipment down to the seats after each haircut.  And they enforced masks for everybody.  That made me feel safe.  And much safer than the other chain my wife went to where no one was wearing a mask.  I just walked away from that place.

My stylist was a young lady that had moved here from Canada and married a “surfer guy”.  I didn’t ask how long she had been in the states, but there was only a very slight accent that I heard, so I’m thinking she’s been here for at least several years.

I told her the story about my father and Grecian Formula 16 (that will be another post).  She had no idea what that was.  I wasn’t surprised as it’s been off the market for a long time now (oops, in looking for the link I see that it is still available from many reputable retailers).  What I did find funny was when I was taken back for my shampoo, the chair started to vibrate.  That reminded me of the old “magic fingers” machine that was attached to beds in finer motels when I was a kid.  You probably don’t know what I’m talking about, do you?

I remember asking my mom when we would stop at some mom-and-pop motel somewhere between Miami Florida and Florence South Carolina if they had the “vibrating bed machine”.   That was something very rarely advertised on billboards.  Mom would just smile and say she didn’t know.  That was because if we went into the room and I saw the “insert a quarter” on the side of the bed I wouldn’t shut up until she put the money in the slot.  Then was maybe 10 minutes of giggles while the bed would vibrate under me.  What fun!

I could use, David Crosby’s “Almost Cut My Hair”, The Cowsills “Hair”, or even anything from the musical “Hair” to go along with this post.  But nope (although “Almost Cut My Hair” is a favorite), I’m going with The Monkees.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it over and over, Michael Nesmith was the first entry on my Guitar Gods list.  And this song came out in 1966, which was about the time I was experiencing these “Magic Fingers”.

Yeah.. Michael knows where it’s at!

Enjoy!

Peace,
B

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Another (Music) Box Checked

This could be posted under Singer – Songwriters or Guitar Gods as well. Just as my last Music Box was could have been. Maybe I need to start another series.

This time it’s Dave Mason on the hot seat. A quick reminder for those not quite up to speed with my music tastes. Dave is best known first, as a member of Traffic, then as a solo artist with “We Just Disagree” as his biggest hit. The other track of his that made it big, is covered here by Dave Mason And The Quarantines. Just like “Let It Rain” in the post linked at the top, this is a virtual performance. In fact, take Peter Frampton out and insert Michael McDonald and the backing band is damn near the same.

And take a look at the wall of gold and silver records in Dave’s home. Wow! Now that is impressive. I really like the double platinum album for The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s “Electric Ladyland“. Dave played the acoustic 12 string guitar and sang backup on both “Crosstown Traffic” and the monster hit “All Along The Watchtower” for that album. That was the only award I could identify in the video. Let me know if you see any others you can identify.

As much I give Michael McDonald grief as a member of the Doobie Brothers, I think he fits in quite nicely with this song. His voice seems to fit, not that you can understand half of what he says. But then Joe Cocker’s cover of this song isn’t all that understandable vocally either. The rest of bandmates are spectacular! Mick Fleetwood’s eyes are a whole ‘nother post!

Enjoy!

Peace,
B

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