Rock/Soul/Prog, Spring 2008

Battle of the Bands…no weapons involved

April 20th, 2008 by · Comments Off on Battle of the Bands…no weapons involved

This past friday night, University of Mary Washington’s Great Hall was shaking to the sounds of 9 different bands.  I heard anything from what sounded like the screaming of birds to the total domination style of metal rock (quite an experience). Sadly, there wasn’t a big crowd for the show, but I actually think that made me enjoy it even more. There was enough commotion going on with everyone trying to shuffle back and forth from stage to stage. Everyone seemed to be in anticipation to find out how the next band would get their feet moving and head’s nodding.

As part of the staff on GIANT (the club that provides most of the entertainment for the Mary Wash commuity), I was able to meet and greet with the bands. They seemed just as normal as the rest of us who walk up and down on Campus Walk, but after seeing them perform..I gained a new level respect for them. Each band’s performance was creative and distinct. The winner of the competition, Junk Science, could easily be the next Dave Matthew’s Band. Because they won, they will be playing on Devil-Goat Day…..this Thursday, April 24th on Ball Circle.  I recommend you come and see this band perform….you won’t regret it.

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G.O.D. by Common,

April 18th, 2008 by · 1 Comment

this post is in reflection of the lesson that Dr.Campbell gave yesterday about music and dreams. At one glance, I figured the things that he was telling us were things that we all may have known, but that deserved a little extra emphasis. It wasn’t until about 5 minutes ago, During my Friday wine down time, that I listened to the song G.O.D. from Common’s album “One Day it will All make sense”. The song is a beautiful work of art that speaks to religon as what should unite people, and makes a very interesting message about how the things that should bring us together, in the end become the things that will tear us apart. The lyrics are powerful, but I also believe that the way the instruments themselves are employed contributes to the beauty of the song.
The point of this post contains no religous affiliation ( I may be the most Agnostic person in existence) but rather I feel that this song contains a bit of the things that Dr.Campbell discussed. For instance, the Dream portrayed and preached by this song is something I wish existed not only upon the religous aspect, but on the political spectrum. I live in a dorm with many individuals. One of the first people I met when I was here is a libertarian atheist, I consider him to be one of my best friends. Although we differ in our opinions of metaphysical existences, I will still value his companionship long after we are living down the hall from one another and probably as long as time allows me. Another set of friends I have are Liberal, and yet another Conservative. I feel as though the ability for multiple groups here to not only co-exist but to be friends amongst one another, implies greater scenarios for peace. Not only the constantly preached World peace, but of a greater peace in society. In all honesty, who is willing to say that they feel that there is an antagonism free atmosphere at Mary Washington, or anywhere? The ideal at hand here is one that could revolutionize not only the larger scale of being, but the smaller, everday things.
The issue naturally is as impossible as all of is the seminar becoming famous music stars. But the dream, that’s where it all lies. at the concept of the infinite that can only grow out of our experiences, essentially our beings. I do believe it is our nature to dream, our goals that we set for ourselves become proof of that. which brings me to the second song. Ordinary People, we look to our dreams for guidance I think, which is generally frowned upon by society. SImply put, Just as John Legend claims it is impossible to leave those dreams without reality keeping us in check; our self narritives never really involve reasonable or actual ontologies. Maybe we dream because we are just selfish and greedy, maybe the bounty of existence isnt enough for us. Or maybe we dream because we are hopeful, and we wish for the greatness of our visions to come true as existence reaching its bountiful potential? Or maybe we do because we have nothing better to do. I think the point is that Dr.Campbell’s message about dreams yesterday is one worht serious consideration, and one that no matter how often it’s told, will always use another reminder for us, so that we can all one day “make the damn album”, because Life will never be the fancy jukebox, record player, cd, mp3, or Ipod music player that we hope it to be without them.

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I totally spaced.

April 18th, 2008 by · Comments Off on I totally spaced.

I just realized that I never posted my podcast interview that Terrell sent me a thousand years ago. It’s been saved on my computer forever, and I just found it again. I’d like to preface this by saying that I’m really happy that I was paired with Terrell because this was a bonding experience for us (not to sound corny) because it was the first time we talked, and we’ve been friends ever since. Close enough, even, so that I can attack him on campus walk -)

So, here’s my interview:

1. What’s your earliest memory of music?
The earliest memory I have is of my dad blaring 80s metal in our driveway. I remember being like 4 and singing a lot to Enter Sandman by Metallica in the back of my dad’s Mustang. He was astonished! [laughter]

2. Did you have a favorite song when you were growing up? What, and why? Do you still like that song?
Well. Uh, there isn’t really a particular song that was consistently my favorite throughout my childhood. But, I really liked Motley Crue’s album Dr. Feelgood at one point, after that I was obsessed with Elvis and then I went through a Beach Boys phase… There isn’t really anything I can think of that was consistent though.

3. What role does music play in your parents’ life?
My dad is obsessed with music! He buys at least an album a week and it’s never the same genre twice in a row. The majority of our bonding when I was little was him going “Hey, Magan, come listen to this” and playing a song for me. I think that it’s his way of escaping and enjoying his life. A three minute vacation, you know? My mom doesn’t really have a particular passion for music, but she is very into Christmas carols during the winter.

4. What was the first song or album you bought with your own money?
The first album I bought was Chuck Berry’s Greatest Hits in 4th grade at the House of Blues in New Orleans. I couldn’t tell you why, but I just wanted it. It’s still one of my favorite cds.

5. What was your first concert? Tell us about the experience?
My first concert was Motley Crue, also in fourth grade. It was so smoking that I could barely see the stage and, near the end, there was a riot on stage. I got to see Nikki Sixx punch a fan in the face while simultaneously playing a song. It was intense.

6. Who are your favorite bands and solo artists today? Why do you like them?
My favorite band right now is Flogging Molly. They’re so raw and intense and sad and strong. Plus, they have a lot of catchy hooks. I just really like listening to them because it’s almost a visceral experience, I guess.

7. Do you play a musical instrument–or instruments? What, and for how long? Do you sing?
I CAN NOT sing! [laughter] Animals dying sounds a bit better than my vocals. I played piano for a while, but got bored with it. I’m not very musical.

8. Have you ever been in a band? Tell us about it.
HAH. No.

9. How does it feel to take a college course in rock, soul, and progressive music? What do you hope to learn as a result?
It, uh, I don’t know… I don’t know if it feels like anything. I enjoy it because it’s a class about something fun. I want to learn about the historical context of bands, and what makes a genre a genre. I think. Yeah.

Well, there you go. Sorry it was so late.

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Robert Johnson

April 16th, 2008 by · Comments Off on Robert Johnson

A famous Mississippi blues musician, Robert Johnson performed at the Miami Vice club to an appreciative audience. Born in 1911, Johnson is said to have traded his soul to the devil for the ability to play anything he wanted on his guitar. In this particular performance, one might have a tough time arguing the falseness of this legend. One of the most influential artists of his time, Johnson’s work continues to be used my bands such as Cream and the Rolling Stones.

Opening with one of his most famous hits, “Crossroads,” which has influenced many artists, including Cream, Robert Johnson belted the blues like no other in accompaniment to a humble guitar strumming. The sound of his deep throaty voice struck across all chords among the audience as he let loose, “Hmmm… I went down to the crossroads…hmm.” Moving his body in steady rhythm to the music, closing his eyes as the music swept over him in deep emotion and increased passion. The show kept on a high note with other blues classics such as “Hellhound on my Trail.” The sinking notes and melisma while he was singing “Hellhound on my traa-ail, hhmm-mm,” made one think back to scenes of the south in the 1930s, the type of environment in which Robert would have been most at home. The poetry of the lyrics and pure voice sound of his performance of “Love in Vain,” was truly moving.

His performance consisted of a collection of well-crafted blues songs, sung with intense palpable emotion, all packed within a slow bluesy rhythm, completed with the strumming of the guitar. The show was a success, gathering an audience of many connoisseurs of fine southern, Delta blues music.

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Stevie Wonder

April 16th, 2008 by · Comments Off on Stevie Wonder

Stevie hit the Miami Vice club with a powerful performance, opening with the powerful singing and hollering sound of his vocals in “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours,” This particular song has been a huge hit since it was released in 1970 and spent 6 weeks at the top of the R&B charts, and there was no less energy behind it when Stevie performed the song that night. Stevie kept the energy of the show rolling by performing a few other hit numbers such as “I Wish,” and “Superstition.” Released on the album Talking Book in 1972, “Superstition” was the perfect song for Stevie to show off his amazing skills on keyboard, as he smiled and jiggled his head along with the music. Accompanied by bongos, guitar, and trumpet by the time this song began to be performed the club was at the peak of excitement. People were flowing in from the streets at a constant stream to see the great artist perform his magic.

Another major highlight of the night was the performance of “Sir Duke,” with the swinging trumpet solos causing heads throughout the club to nod in rhythm.  

While these well-known singles kept the crowd happy, Stevie also branched out and played a few of his lesser known songs from his album Songs in the Key of Life released in September of 1976. One of these songs, “Love’s in need of Love Today” some members of the audience may recognize from his performance at the post-September 11, 2001 America: A Tribute to Heroes concert. The slow moving rhythm of this song cooled the crowd down as Stevie ended the show on a relatively calm note.

Throughout the night, it became evident that no one could deny the musical genius of this man, who had begun to shine as a #1 hit artist when he was only 12 years old with his release of “Fingertips” in 1963. The legend of Stevie Wonder has successfully lived on to this day, which was evident through the positive responses from the crowd and the emotion stirred within the artist himself. The complexities of the performance, from the moving slow rhythms in “Love’s in Need of Love Today” to the quicker, more energized beats in “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours.”

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Robert Zimmerman

April 16th, 2008 by · 1 Comment

impossible to describe without the tired clichés of almostbeatpoets, analyzed to death and distraction, how to do verbal justice to the man of his time, our time, of past and modern times? an anathema to apple pie americana, he scorns his followers and critics alike – is anyone worthy of his admiration? we can’t all be guthrie and ginsberg, killing fascists and howling, can’t even come close to that degree of highly concentrated insanity and brilliance. how frustrating it must be to sit in a press conference and listen to the bland, atonal drivel of reporters, lesser creatures, lesser mortals (you try so hard but you don’t understand!). not a pop singer, not a folk rocker, so what are you? a song and dance man, he says, and leaves it at that. so. how to do him justice if he rejects all classification, rejects all order and society, rejects even the folk singers and hippies? but what poetry – ain’t it just like the night to play tricks when you’re trying to be so quiet? a simple transcript of his winding lyrical acrobatics would be a greater tribute than any i could give, sitting here in my office with the fluorescent light starting to flicker out (and the ghosts of electricity howls in the bones of her face). if he were easy to figure out, it wouldn’t be worth it, now, would it? emulated from seattle to new york. maybe we’re giving him too much credit? piss-drunk, angry, emaciated and sarcastic, how can this be our finest hour? we wish we could say we see a bit of ourselves in him, but god knows we don’t, not even close (name me someone that’s not a parasite, and I’ll go out and say a prayer for him). he is a guitar and a harmonica and a whining drawl, a minnesota boy in the big city, a moment in time and a stream of unconsciousness (couldn’t believe after all these years, you didn’t know me any better than that) (sweet lady). who are you, man? a little bit of the open road (out here a thousand miles from my home) but don’t expect him to tell you that. anyway, you wouldn’t understand him if he did.

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Sugar Magnolia

April 14th, 2008 by · Comments Off on Sugar Magnolia

            It has been likened to mass meditation and mass hysteria, but anyone you ask will tell you that neither of those clichés quite captures the atmosphere that pervaded the room the night the Grateful Dead first played (here). Hours before the band even arrived, the parking lot was full of happy, mellow hippies and a vague suggestion of marijuana and incense. Where did all these hippies hide during the daytime? Did they have careers, daughters, mortgages? A quick look around the parking lot suggested an answer; cars from all over the country – California, Arizona, Vermont – filled the parking spaces. There really were people who followed the band across the country.

            In time, night fell and ticket holders found their seats inside, only to dance out of them again when the first chords of “Jack Straw” reverberated off the walls. The music was loud, sometimes very loud, but it was sweet and warm, and couples danced in the aisles until an out-of-place security guard chased them back into their row. The band played without theatrics or pretense – no fog, moving sets, or dancers could be seen here, just a thick Persian rug under their feet to cover the bare wood of the stage. They simply stood and played, intertwining everything from acid rock to cowboy ballads. Songs were woven into long musical jams, which resolved themselves into a new song entirely. The crowd cheered every time a familiar refrain emerged from a jam, singing along and dancing with the stranger in the next seat. Everyone was in the zone – the band and the audience were swept along for hours. When the last drumbeats of “Not Fade Away” finally did fade away, the crowd stumbled back outside in time to see the orange sun rising in the East. 

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Liverpool Lads Blow Audience Away

April 14th, 2008 by · Comments Off on Liverpool Lads Blow Audience Away

My “article” on The Beatles

As Observed by Staff Writer Danielle Rosenberg
November 16th, 1962 

Fresh from Hamburg Saturday night, The Miami Vice received a treat in the form of a quartet of Liverpudlians. The Beatles, a band moving up in the world, played our humble club, filling it to capacity with teeny boppers and grooving youngsters. The recently acquired drummer Ringo Starr added an extra flair to the band whose single “Love Me Do”/”P.S. I Love You” has created quite a stir in England and is currently seated at number seventeen on the charts. Now, you may be asking yourself, “Why would The Beatles come play The Miami Vice?” Well, we don’t rightly know, but when they showed up at the door and asked to play a gig while visiting family in Ireland we were happy to oblige their request. The young lads played a rather entertaining set, featuring songs like “My Bonnie” which reached number five in the German Hit Parade as The Beatles’ first single, as well as Buddy Holly covers like “Crying, Waiting, Hoping” and a Chuck Berry classic “Roll Over Beethoven.”  The band claims both of these artists as primary influences and even cites Buddy Holly’s band The Crickets as the inspiration for their name, formerly The Silver Beetles but changed to The Beatles, per band member John Lennon’s suggestion.

The up-and-coming band has certainly stolen Britain’s heart and now seems to be working on that of the rest of the world. I daresay the adults, who were few and far between, enjoyed themselves as thoroughly as did the teenagers. Though young, the four men all are rather bright and interview very well. The silly senses of humor which all four possess keep things rather interesting. The four members are John Lennon, who plays harmonica, rhythm guitar, and sings, Paul McCartney, who plays bass guitar and sings also, George Harrison, lead guitarist and singer, and Ringo Starr or Richard Starkey, the drummer. The chemistry amongst the four is spectacular and one is tempted to sit back and let them entertain with their chit chatter and variously dispersed giggles. The show itself was punctuated by witty comments and chuckles. The way they present themselves is very appealing to the audience. When asked about their stage show, they tell the story of how a German fellow used to tell them, “You’ve got to make a show for the people,” and would repeat, “Mach shau, Mach shau,” until they eventually learned to “dance like gorillas” and “knock [their] heads together.”  The suits are explained as a way to not “appear as a gang of idiots” by Paul who said they felt their previously leather attire-which happened accidentally-looked ridiculous to the folks back home in Liverpool. The Beatles have certainly won a place in my heart and I hope to hear more of them in the future; they seem to be going places with their charming personalities and simple, poppy songs, or at the very least seem to be going places bigger than The Miami Vice!

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good vibrations

April 13th, 2008 by · Comments Off on good vibrations

i was going through my itunes just now and i found the song “good vibrations” by brian wilson from the 2005 grammy nominations CD. this was really exciting after i finished reading Glimpses. also after looking around on itunes i discovered that in 2004 brian wilson actually finished Smile and i really wish i had the money to buy the CD! i really liked the part of the book about brian wilson and it really made me wish that i could listen to the “finished” album. the fact that the album really did end up getting finished is really exciting!

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Saul Williams is… well, I don’t really know.

April 11th, 2008 by Reverend · Comments Off on Saul Williams is… well, I don’t really know.

So, a friend of mine had to go see Saul Williams for her Contemporary Drama (I think) class at the 930 club. I hadn’t seen much of Saul Williams beforehand– I’ve seen him on Russel Simmon’s Def Poetry and I’ve heard Black Stacey and List of Demands (youtube for each below), but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I knew that he was a poet advocating the eradication of racism, but that’s so vague that it doesn’t really have a meaning.

Being the type of person that I am, I had to wiki Saul before I went to the show and found out a few interesting tidbits. He got a BA in Philosophy from Morehouse College and an MFA from NYU for Acting. Well, then. I suppose he’s making the most of learning how to entertain. He’s also been published in New York Times and Esquire. Hm. Intelligent. He was in K-Pax. Wait. What?

So basically, this educated, Kevin-Spacey-knowing, published rapper/poet/musician is really hard to pin down. Nonetheless, I thought I kind of knew what to expect at 930. I couldn’t be more wrong.

Saul came out decked out in feathers and a blue coat. His music was intense, had a thrash metal-esque and a beat that was going at breakneck speed. Halfway through the first song, he sat down disdainfully because the audience was not dancing. Near the end, he was dancing with them in the crowd. Somewhere in the middle his daughter (I guess? She was like 12) was leading the audience to sing along and, of course, move to the music with her.
He opened with “Coded Language” the poem I saw him recite on Def Poetry forever ago. He ended with “List of Demands” the only song I actually knew the words to. Needless to say, I was overjoyed on both ends. My favorite thing about the performance was when he would pause between songs to recite some of his poetry. His voice is beautiful and his words are deliberate and powerful. It was one of the few things that I was consciously aware of how happy I was to be alive.

And I wasn’t even supposed to go. Taylor was supposed to, but he had rehearsal. Life’s funny that way.

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Here Comes The Sun

April 10th, 2008 by · Comments Off on Here Comes The Sun

This Saturday was UMW’s Multicultural Fair and I think that the best part of the whole festival was the array of music. There was a gospel choir that sang in front of Trinkle and they were my favorite. As people stood around and watched they couldn’t help but move. Everyone was clapping and swaying and those who knew the words sang along. The sun was war and bright and the sky was a brilliant blue and the voices of this choir were so clear and strong. You could still hear them half way down campus walk.

There was also a Chinese dragon dance performance. The movements of the large decorative dragon costume were responses to the music being played along with it. There was a drummer and two cymbal players. There were a lot of younger children running around the dragon during the performance. They were laughing and screaming as they danced around with the costume. I found it fascinating that the performers were so in-tune with the instrumentalists. Obviously this comes with much training and both sets of performers must do their part in order to give such an electric performance.

There were several other musical performers during the day. There was an African Tribal performances where people used Djembe Drums and gourd shakers that have the neatest tonal quality in their sound. I think Djembe’s are so amazing. It is such a small drum, but it produces so many different pitches.
There were several other musical performers during the day and all in all, Saturday was just a wonderful day for enjoying live music, good food, and unique people.

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Interview with a Deadhead

April 8th, 2008 by · Comments Off on Interview with a Deadhead

My father is the biggest Deadhead that I know and so I decided to interview him about his experiences with the band.

How many Grateful Dead concerts have you been to?

– 300+

What was your favorite concert and why?

– It was at Saratoga Springs, New York in June 1983. Why? It was simply good times. We [ fellow Deadheads and friends] had been to three or four other concerts on the way up to New York, but Saratoga was the climax of all of those adventures. It began to pour rain when we got there. At that point we felt like we could solve all of the problems in the world.

What’s your favorite Grateful Dead song?

– I can’t pick just one: Box of Rain, Mission in the Rain, and Ripple

What was the draw of the Grateful Dead?

– The music, the drugs, and the camraderie. They [the Grateful Dead] brought everyone together; the  music was like the vehicle used for a road trip. You visit all of these really cool places with some people you know and a lot more people who you’ve never seen before. Everyone’s riding the music (and I would guesss the drugs) that made it all possible.

Was Jerry Garcia the main attraction or was it the whole band?

-It was definitly the whole band, but Jerry was the band.

Are the offshoot Grateful Dead bands any good?

– Yes, but that’s because they’re basically comprised of spin offs from the original band. Its the same talent involved. For instance Phil and Friends has Phil Lesh. Dark Star Orchestra has the original sound board guy from the Grateful Dead, etc.

What does Grateful Dead mean/how did the band choose this name?

– it’s some book of the dead…use the internet and look it up for yourself.

[ well I did and Wikipedia says,” Some say that it was the Tibetan Book Of the Dead, but according to Phil Lesh, in his biography (pp. 62), “…Jer [Garcia] picked up an old Britannica World Language Dictionary…[and]…In that silvery elf-voice he said to me, ‘Hey, man, how about the Grateful Dead?’” The definition there was “the soul of a dead person, or his angel, showing gratitude to someone who, as an act of charity, arranged their burial.”]

Would you say that The Grateful Dead is the best band ever?


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The Taters

April 6th, 2008 by Reverend · Comments Off on The Taters

The Taters are an old-school rock group, locals especially in the Ashland/ Richmond area. They’ve been together a decade or two and seem to be just getting better. I, rather recently, (1 1/2 years ago) became a fan of their style, talent and charisma, after my boyfriend (a longtime fan) introduced me to their music. The Taters are a bunch of geezers, at least 50 and their audience is about the same, pretty odd to be the only ones under 21 in such a venue.

The Taters play a broad repertoire that includes Bobby Darin, Elvis, Chuck Berry, Roy Orbison, the Beatles as well as tons of originals that are absolutely wonderful. The ‘band’ is really a mix bag of ‘guest players’ sometimes consisting of a fabulous guitar player, mandolin player, guest singers or even a steel pedal.

Really the show cannot be reviewed without a mention of their absolutely hilarious personalities. Those guys are some of the funniest people in the state, devoid of self-consciousness, they will say whatever and make fun of each other the entire show, in a jovial manner of course.

If you have an opportunity to go to a show, check them out!! They’re shows are usually under 10 bucks and it’s well worth the money to see these highly talented, down to earth guys!!!!

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Hall and Oates

April 2nd, 2008 by · Comments Off on Hall and Oates

I would just like to say that, without a shadow of a doubt, Hall and Oates are the creepiest two people I’ve ever had the displeasure of researching. They’re not interesting creepy like Caligula or kind of funny creepy like Dexter. They’re just straight up creepy. To me, Hall and Oates always just seemed to be kind of vanilla guys who liked to do the type of songs my grandma listens to, but after reading a few articles from magazines for my project, I’ve come to the conclusion that they are completely sketch.  Maybe I’m just having an adverse reaction to how candid they are in interviews but, honestly, I don’t want to picture Hall “heavy into the middle of something deep” with his girlfriend when he first heard his song on the radio. I’m sure the female populace of 1985 swooned when they read that, but honestly, I just think it’s a lot of information I don’t want to deal with. Actually, now that I’m thinking about it, all of the quotations that sketched me out came from Hall. Oates just said stuff about the record label or otherwise remained quiet.

Poor Oates. He never got to talk about doing heavy things with deep women.


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Pachelbel Rant

April 1st, 2008 by Reverend · Comments Off on Pachelbel Rant

Ok, so like I said in a couple posts back, I was, and basically still am, a band/music nerd.

So, when my cousin told me about this video, I nearly fell on the floor laughing at it. I then showed it to my roommate who has played music her entire life as well, and she basically had the same reaction. (Then again, I showed it to my other roommate the next morning and she didn’t find it as hilarious…she’s not a music nerd like her roommates are and it was 10 in the morning…) Anyways, it’s a video of this comedian ranting about how awful Pachelbel’s Canon in D is and how it has haunted him his entire life.

You really have be a music nerd like me to love this video as much as I do. I find it hilarious. And I thought, who better to share this with than our Rock and Roll class? ENJOY!! D

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Hall & Oates song “Sara Smile”

March 31st, 2008 by savoytruffle · Comments Off on Hall & Oates song “Sara Smile”

Here is the song that Magan and I are presenting on tomorrow….Hope you all enjoy!

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Old Crow Medicine Show

March 30th, 2008 by · Comments Off on Old Crow Medicine Show

Old Crow Medicine Show is fantastic. They are a country/old time band from New York, and they are the only contemporary country band out there that has some mainstream popularity while still playing authentic country music. I’m sure there are hundreds of small-town, informal groups in Appalachia and the south playing some incredibly cool old-time music, but nobody ever hears it because that’s not what the average American wants to listen to. OCMS somehow bridges that gap and is popular (moderately, at least) while still being awesome. The chorus of their most popular song, “Wagon Wheel,” was written by Bob Dylan, and the verses were written later by OCMS. I think it was Willie Nelson who said that they are the only modern country music group to do country music right. Ketch Secor, founder of the group, said this about Nashville: ”This town is shitty. This town is everything that the mountain is not. This town is full of money. This town has no kinship. This town has no brotherly love. But this town is where we are, and we have never been in the wrong place.” Just an awesome group all around.   

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Well. How bout that.

March 29th, 2008 by · Comments Off on Well. How bout that.

A couple of nights ago, I was pawning some Easter chocolate off to my friend Zack. As he was eating, we got to talking about his family, which was interesting, but then he told me something significantly more interesting. He glanced over and saw my copy of Sweet Soul Music and (being that we had recently watched The Commitments together) commented, “You’re really on a soul kick, aren’t you?”

“Yeah, I suppose so,” I said.

“Hey, did I ever tell you that I used to live across the street from Wilson Pickett?”

I was stunned. I had never known that Wilson Pickett lived in NoVA, and I certainly never entertained the idea that people that go to UMW could have interacted with him.

“No… I never heard that.”

“Yeah, the first time I saw him, his bald head was getting pecked by birds. I think it may have been the greatest day of my life.”

Instantly, I was fascinated. I couldn’t even begin to process the information I was being given, but I listened intently because first hand accounts of musicians after the fact is relatively rare. Zack told me about living near Pickett like he was telling me what the weather was like today. He had no idea what the gold mine he had on his hands. Well, to people like me… and I don’t know how many people like me there are here. Anyway, here’s how the story went:

“He was kind of a douche bag, but he was still a nice old man. It’s just he got pretty senile near the end. He hung out with our creepy Asian neighbor that no one else talked to… they would go fishing  and have cook outs. He had a FOXY young thing chasing after him though. I mean, he was Wilson Pickett! He was loaded! He bought a house in Northern VA in cash.  He was crazy.”

There was more that he told me, but I can’t remember what he said, just the images that flashed in my head when he said it. Overall, I’d call it a blog worthy conversation.

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March 27th, 2008 by · Comments Off on Associativity

Does anyone have any music they associate with any particular event or time of their life?

I’m listening to Bob Marley right now, and it makes me so happy and relaxes me so much because it reminds me of when I was little when my Dad and I used to make breakfast on weekend mornings. It makes me think of big, fluffy pancakes and how I always used to lift the pancake and dad would say, “It isn’t ready yet, be patient!” I still listen to Bob Marley when I’m in a bad mood, it helps a lot. So I have a very big appreciation for Bob Marley, but not for the same reason as most.

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On A Diminishing Spirit

March 27th, 2008 by · Comments Off on On A Diminishing Spirit

What was once one of my favorite classes has now become the class I dread the most. I found myself saying this morning, “I hate tuesdays and thursdays.” And I know it isn’t because of linear algebra, I still find myself grinning like a fool while in class and taking notes and participating, oddly, more than others in the class. It isn’t because the day is horribly long–my Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays last until four. It is because Rock/Soul/Progressive has somehow broken some sort of spirit inside of me. No offense, Dr. Campbell, but I feel as though everything I’ve done since birth has been wrong in your eyes. I realize this might seem as though I’m just complaining or making excuses, but, honestly, a compliment now and then wouldn’t cause any wounds to open. So the class which I was pretty excited about has somehow become exactly what it was never designed to be-the bane of my existence. I feel like something about the atmosphere of the class needs to be changed to remedy this and renew my spirit.

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