And now, as they say in Monty Python, for something completely different (from my usual twaddle).

I was thinking recently about the music that floored me and changed me and my perception of music. It's happened to me several times. In order...

The Ventures — Prior to their classic instrumental Walk Don't Run, like most kids I was primarily interested in pop vocals. They got me interested in the electric guitar. I've enjoyed electric guitar music ever since. However, while I've owned a few electric guitars over the years, I've never...well, let's just say I'm no Jimi Hendrix.

Lonnie Mack — His big hit Memphis introduced me to funky guitar. His down home mix of gospel, country, R&B, and rock music as displayed on the classic album The Wham of that Memphis Man inspired Stevie Ray Vaughan. 

Howard Roberts — In rough parallel with my interest in Lonnie Mack, I discovered that there were funky jazz guitarists, too. HR's slinky style of "greasy" guitar is still a pleasure (for me) to listen to.

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band — Powered by Butterfield's electrifying (and electrified) "blues harp" (aka harmonica) and Michael Bloomfield's unique electric slide guitar stylings, this was my introduction to electric urban blues Chicago-style. And that led me to many other electric blues discoveries such as the phenomena of British blues and Texas-style blues a la Johnny Winter.

Jimi Hendrix — What can I say. The whole world of rock music changed when his Are You Experienced? album was released with the great hits Foxy Lady and Purple Haze. There are many faster and better guitarists in terms of technique (Steve Vai, Buckethead, Tony McAlpine), but he was, many say, the first musician to play electric guitar vs. merely electrified guitar. If he'd done nothing other than All Along The Watchtower he'd be in guitar pantheon forever, but he gave us so much more.

Baden Powell — No, not his namesake, the founder of The Boy Scouts. This Baden Powell was a Brazilian guitarist/singer/composer who created a unique blend of classical, flamenco, and jazz guitar infused with native Brazilian rhythms, backup instruments, and melodies. I was once asked for my "desert island 10"... Ten albums I'd want to have to play if I found myself stranded on a desert island (a very strange desert island with an electrical system). I even surprised myself by saying "Any 10 Baden Powell albums." Yes, his music is that listenable. If his was the only music I had for the rest of my life, I'd never grow bored.

There's my list. Where's yours?

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Unseen what song(s) do you want played at your funeral?

After the gun thread it will probably be quite a celebration...

I kid.

Oh!  Wouldn't it be funny if you pick that awful repetitive Hamster Dance music?.  (I wont post a link to it because I can't bear even two notes of it)  You could have a 10 minute version, with something screechy like Skrillex (sorry, Skrillex fans) in the background and they'd all have to sit there and endure.  Oh now that would be evil....

Hamster Dance? We can't possibly be talking of the same thing.

Hamster Theatre-Seige on Hamburger City
Track 9. Hamster Dance

Although my favorite is actually Track 4. Bean Dance.

Hamster Dance   I couldn't click on your link because I was trying to avoid hearing it.  Now I found it and I wish you much merriment :)

Nice work Robert. Music to have died by.

My stuff might be better described as music to commit suicide to.

Unfortunately the computer that has the finished tunes on it is inaccessible to me at the moment. But the closest thing to a funeral dirge I have would be this organy snippet early on. My stuff has a tendency to be 'busy' at times, thanks to Bach, the bastard.

That's just downright cool, Marc. Man, I struggled to learn Bach's little fugue in Gm and had it at call for a while. Us keyboardists have the option to go organic with a piano or organ, synthy or full out orchestral...! When you get access again, please shoot me some other originals !

Not that bad. Inaccessible meaning on a hard drive not currently installed in a computer and waiting to be transferred to a proper external drive.

I haven't written much lately. I am a dots and sticks kind of writer so that's fine storage in the short term.

Thanks for the offer.

Tool - Lateralus

Lyrically this song is loosely based off of the fibbonacci sequence with syllable placement and overall theme.  Conceptually it is about transcending the mortal coil mentally and reaching our true potential as a race and the beauty of existence.

Hey Sam I like Tool a lot too. Nice band.

My only complaint and it is a minor one. Tool, like King Crimson before them sometimes make me think like I'm listening to someone's math homework. It's not negative really, it's just that at times their stuff sounds more constructed than composed, if that makes any sense. They do some great, great stuff.

I can't count out stuff like this either:

It's 4. What part are you having trouble with?

Great album BTW. Maggot Brain, classic.


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