October 20th at the BJC
And his replacements are…
This is good
This past November my son and I toured the Gibson Guitar factory in Memphis. I was amazed at the craftsmanship that went into each guitar. Each guitar truly is hand-made. We were told it takes approximately 50 man hours to complete 1 guitar. If they stay afloat I highly recommend the tour.
Gibson has been making horrible decisions for years, so I’m not terribly surprised by it.
I was more bummed about this news.
Growing Up With Steve Miller
Eleven years ago, the man who topped the charts with ‘The Joker’ and ‘Rock’n Me’ took a thirteen-year-old guitarist and would-be songwriter under his wing. More than a decade later, he’s still teaching me lessons on how to be an adult.
Mr. Steve—he said he wasn’t comfortable with “Mr. Miller”—left the donors’ table to play music on the porch with two middle schoolers. My brother sat down and thumped out a rhythm. Mr. Steve laid down some chords, and I tried to show off. I played some blues licks, the only kind of guitar licks I sort of knew how to play. I ran up the pentatonic scale like my uncle had taught me, hammered a Freddie King riff, and watched Mr. Steve’s eyes light up a bit.
I didn’t realize it then, but I was crudely speaking the same vocabulary that he’d used to build his career. Before he rejoined the adults, he showed me a chord progression the great Texas blues musician T-Bone Walker had taught him when Mr. Steve was my age, and then my parents made me go to bed.
I never liked the original song but I like this. He “de-popped” it just enough.
Good old Arlo!
Listened to a brief part of an old Kasey Kasem countdown, and he mentioned that the record for the most top 40 songs by one artist on the chart at one time is held by the Beatles back in '64, with 7 songs total, 4 or 5 in the top 10!! That was just an amazing stat.
The Beatles were different enough back then, but I don’t think our modern ears hear it that way today, especially if we grew up in the 70’s or later. They were different enough that they defined what the “new normal” would become.
For those so inclined, I highly recommend the Ron Howard documentary on the Beatles called Eight Days a Week. I saw it (several times) on Hulu, and it may be on there still. It covers “The Touring Years” of the Beatles, and if you’ve not heard the story before, you’ll learn why they stopped touring well before they broke up as a band.
Everyone has their own musical tastes, but of all the types of music that I listen to and all of the performers and songwriters that I like, the Beatles are my favorite (immediately after any marching band or school band that any of my kids has ever played in, of course).