Saturday, November 28, 2009
Except I'll be back here in two and a half weeks. :)
However... those two and a half weeks are going to be no fun at all. Studying for finals, taking finals, and trying to finish the semester on a positive & strong note. Boo.
Why is it that time flies when you're having fun and it doesn't fly when you're not having fun?
Anywho, I hope each of you had a fun and safe Thanksgiving with loved ones.
Holiday season is upon us and I couldn't be happier! I absolutely love this time of year. :)
If I'm not too consistent in the next couple of weeks (heck, have I ever been consistent?), don't think I'm dead and gone. I'm just studying. ;)
I'll try my best to keep up with you guys!!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I hope you have a wonderful day with loved ones.
I've got a lotta lot to be thankful for-- I'm blessed beyond belief. :)
Sunday, November 22, 2009
I totes forgot about Joe Walsh's 62nd birthday on Friday!!
It's no secret he's not my favorite but nonetheless, he is a great guitarist.
Check out "Walk Away" from 1977 (I think this is a Houston show):
Anyways, if I'm not posting for the next couple of days it's because I'm trying to wrap things up here and then I'm flying home on Tuesday morning! I'll stop in before Thanksgiving though :)
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Really though, the four Vacation movies with Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo are hilarious!
I wish there was a Thanksgiving Vacation movie. I hate having to wait til December to watch Christmas Vacation!
"I found out long ago,
It's a long way down the holiday road"
I go home for Thanksgiving in one week. This is going to be the slowest week everrr.
I'm currently ill-- pretty sure I have a little cold. I feel fine and all, but my nose is runny, I'm sneezing and coughing. And my eyes are watery. Too bad my mama isn't here to hold her hand to my forehead and give me a near-perfect temperature reading!
Off to go take some NyQuil...
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Who else is pumped about the upcoming James Taylor & Carole King tour in 2010!?!
Now, I just saw James Taylor this past May on his Down Home tour, but if the dates are in my favor for this duo, I'm gonna do almost anything to catch a show.
They've only got seven dates so far, but more will be announced soon.
I would love to hear Carole go through all of Tapestry and James go through all of Sweet Baby James.
Anyone see Carole recently in concert? Judging from YouTube videos, her voice sounds almost exactly the same as it did forty years ago. :)
Let's hope for small venues! Do we even want to know what the ticket prices are going to look like? ;)
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I had to redo my blog list over there --->
So, if I missed you by chance let me know and I will add you!! Hope I got everyone.
Happy birthday to Neil Young today! Not a big fan, but it's better than talking about that silly balloon boy stunt (read: Aerosmith breaking up), right? ;)
I've got nothing for Guest Post Friday tomorrow :( but it was fun while it lasted! Thanks to everyone who wrote and shared their stories. :)
This week is almost over!!! Can I get an "amen"?
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Apparently I need to look into this "laser disc" business. Anybody know the lowdown on this?
2. Go check out my giveaway!
3. Check out my other, "personal" blog here!
Monday, November 9, 2009
I just wanted to let everyone know that I have started up a "personal" blog over on WordPress.
I'm still keeping up with this blog -- no worries!!
Sometimes I feel like talking about politics, current events, movies, food, and other stuff going on in my life, but I didn’t feel it was fair to my music readers (YOU!) to have to read all that nonsense when you strictly come here for R&R. ;)
So, if you're interested, I'd love for you to come follow me over on WordPress:
Dreams of a Lifetime
You don't have to have a WordPress account to comment, but make sure you let me know who you are by filling out your username/name before you submit your comment.
For now I won't be requiring an email address for comments, so we will see how that goes.
Again, I'll STILL be here!!! :)
P.S. Apparently Steven Tyler quit Aerosmith? Can't say I didn't see that one coming -- I have no sympathy for any of those guys, sorry!
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Okay so I love the stuff he did with the Eagles, however his solo stuff is a little dodgy. Maybe because it was so '80s, I dunno.
Here's "Peacful Easy Feeling" from 1973 -- I miss Randy and Bernie. This is my favorite lineup!
What's your favorite Eagles lineup? I know everyone loved when Joe Walsh joined, but I'm not all that crazy about him. :shrug:
P.S. Don't forget about my giveaway!
Friday, November 6, 2009
Today's guest post comes from Arjit at BeARockr -- if you don't read his blog, be sure to go over and say hi! He's always got some cool write-ups and videos. Let's go:
A good guitarist is not the one who can play 50 notes in one second... A good guitarist is that who can play just 5 notes which sound magical!
Hmm... to start with... as I have experienced, a guitar player doesn't need to have any kind of degrees in paper... or advanced formal training... your solos must come from within and reflect what your feelings are. They must talk to the world and express your emotions... now, of course expressing emotions can't be taught, right!
Two most important pre-requisites to be a true guitar player
1) Be unique, Be different, Be innovative
2) Play your emotions on the guitar... play from your heart
Here are some of my views on various guitar gods, taken from my own blog:
Jimi Hendrix... the all time greatest guitarist in rock history. Actually to say... even Steve Vai could match his techniques easily and do a better solo than him... but guys, no one could match the originality of Hendrix. He invented his own great riffs and solos and was the first one to revolutionze guitaring... expressive guitaring (so to say).
I really don't have words to describe Mr. Eric Clapton. He has been my greatest inspiration and for the rest of the world too! A really down to earth, simple person with such an immense understanding and extraordinarily unique and skillful guitar playing and really amazing vocals at the same time!
Well, just see Eric Clapton play live and you'll feel that you ain't seeing a full-to-attitude rocker playing, rather you feel intensely pure performer playing so naturally that he has always brought tears in my eyes, because seeing a great old man playing so wonderfully, I feel I could go up and say: "Sir, hope you live forever" (Same was for another great legend: Michael Jackson) "Clapton is God"
If you ask why is he the most versatile, the reason is simple: his riffs and solos are a perfect plent of hard rock to heavy metal to blues and folk rock! With such a beautiful riff in "Stairway to Heaven" to a nice heavy metal kind of riff in "Black Dog" and "Kashmir," and a fascinating, highly acclaimed guitar solo in "Stairway to Heaven." He has done it all!
Also, some of my musician friends once asked me, "Why should we do covers of other songs, since our own originals can only define us better?"
Let me answer this too: Covers are basically songs of an established rock band performed by another band in its own style and understanding of the song! Though I can't say that covers are the ultimate or major way to judge a band, it may just be for only about 20-30% of the total points to a band... but yes, "Covers - A Trailer of What's Yet to Come!" They definitely reflect the band's actual knowledge and understanding of music as a whole...
So, covers are very important for a band to establish itself firmly. A band can also show its originality and creativity by covering other songs since the base OF the song has to remain the same!
My most favorite cover would be "Along the Watchtower" done by Jimi Hendrix!
Have a nice day!
Do check my blog for updates! (BeaRockr)
Have a great weekend!
P.S. Be sure to go check out my giveaway, guys!!! And email me if you'd like to write a guest post :)
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
The kind folks at Sideways Media have generously offered to send me a copy of Clarence Clemons' autobio "Big Man: Real Life & Tall Tales" for one of my readers (...you!) :)
Big Man has been a vital part of Bruce Springsteen's very successful E Street Band. He's also worked with tons of other greats, including Jackson Browne and Aretha Franklin. He is a very interesting person and I can't wait to read his book, especially since I love musician biographies anyway.
Here's a little video for you, it's Big Man talking about the saxophone:
Okay, so now you know what you're getting!
How the heck do you win?
Here's three different ways that you can enter:
1) Tell me in the comments of this post your favorite artist autobiography or biography.
2) Tell me in the comments of this post who you would like to see write a book about their years in rock and roll.
3) If you have your own blog, link back to this post and leave the LINK back to your blog post in your comment.
You have a maximum of three entries. I'm going to choose the winner by using Randomizer.org. This website will generate a random number and that number will correspond with the comments. The first person who comments will be number 1 and will continue until the last person who will be n.
You have through Monday, November 16th (all the way up until midnight of that day)!!
I will announce the winner on Tuesday. Your book will then be mailed to you one week later when I am home for Thanksgiving break and am able to make sure everything is done properly.
*U.S. residents only, please!
If for some reason you're hesitating as to whether you want to read this book, please email me at classicrockforthesoul[at]yahoo[dot]com and I will send you a press release with more information!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
And here's a clip of "Hey Jude" from Across the Universe -- don't freak out because I'm not using the Beatles' version! I just think this is really cool and I haven't seen this movie in a long time, but I remember it being pretty trippy.
Remember... if you ever wanna do a guest blog post for me (featured on Fridays), email me at classicrockforthesoul[at]yahoo[dot]com! :)
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