Saturday, March 28, 2015

It was 50 years ago today

in a London hotel ...



And Mr. Woodward shines some pertinent pithy points o light ... upon this occasion and to boot

The square looking guy on the floor feeling no pain could be Brian Epstein, don't you think?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

I can hardly stand to think

about how much fun this song would be to play live

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

You've got 25 bucks


Lead guitar: $1. I have to take George H. right off the bat on account of $1 is an insult to a fine musician. George was sincere, sometimes to a fault. But he plays a pure, silver mercury kind of sound that I love and that helped make a pretty good rock ‘n roll band move. Yes, yes, we’re pretty sure he’s thought and re-thought and sometimes over-thought each lick a million times, and no, he’s not flash. But ... he’s a classic case, a model, aspirational case, of “I don’t have the talent these other guys do but I love the music more than they do so I am going to practice 10 times as hard.” Plus he’s a good harmony singer and a surprisingly good song writer. Most importantly, this guy will bleed for the band. In the end, George is my kind of guy and he costs a buck. He’s in.

Rhythm: $5. What the hell is the Edge even in here for? Special Effects Wizardry? He’s a buck more than Neil? And here’s a thing I have: George is a huge Dylan fan & Neil is a huge Dylan fan. I know they'll get along. I’ll take Neil for $5. The sum is greater than the parts as all great bands learn and then, inevitably, forget.

Frontman … OK I’m going to skip this for a minute because I really don’t want any of them for a George & Neil band.

Bassist: $2. Oh for crying out loud. Paul is only $2?? This is a steal. Yes his songwriting gets a little sappy after too much reefer but he’s a musician’s musician and if you listen to his violin bass, even on the Beatles' first 4 albums which were all essentially live recordings, he is scary good & tons of fun. Keep him off the weed for a couple of weeks & he’ll write some great lyrics, and he’s always good for solid lead vocals and most importantly for this band harmony and innovative backing vocals to boot. Gimme Paul for $2 any time.

Drums: $6. None of these drummers really fit a Paul, Neil & George band either but all great bands have their yins and their yangs, their hot chocolate on their vanilla ice cream. There's a lotta ins, a lotta outs, a lotta what-have-yous, and you got to go to the battle of the bands with the drummers you've got. I know all that. But in the end every great band needs a mad man. Now here, I have to admit K. Moon has never played anything other than “lead drums” & now he’s going to have to learn. But there is hope: he and Ringo were great pals, as many photos attest. I will gamble that my 3 guys can keep him from drinking himself to death and save a lot of hotel bills at the same time and take Moon for $6.

So that’s $14 and I still have $11 to spend on a “frontman.” But this band doesn’t need a frontman who does nothing but sing and strut. The Who & Zep did, and they were great bands, but mine doesn’t. So I will spend $1 for Jim Morrison and we will make him sing “Love Street” 6 times and then we will lock him in the attic until after the tour is over.

Pizza: $10. Ten dollars left over for a large pizza to go, no anchovies.

P.S. I really do love "Love Street" -- I hope you do, too.



Thursday, March 19, 2015

Night After Night

The Night We Called It a Day



When the Night Comes Falling From the Sky



Rage



The tip of the night song iceberg