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Good guy Travolta crashes wedding, poses for pics

Good guy Travolta  crashes wedding, poses for pics.

John Travolta

John Travolta (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thank you JT for not acting like an ass like so many you celeb counterparts who expect traffic to stop for them when they go out in public. In town to get an aircraft license renewal and finding out that the common man is getting married the next day, then showing up for pics has mensch written all over it. Nice one!

I sensed this already about you – you lucky bastard, plus you need to pay us all back anyway,  after getting to work with Uma Thurman. The only girl who could pull off the character in Pulp Fiction, and you couldn’t have complimented her better. Intense idea for a movie.

Back to the wedding you crazy guy… I am so sick of the celeb drivel and attention grabs. Seems like you just went and did what a regular guy would have done!  Thanks!   Keep it going. Please… and uh…. I wanna send Uma a selfie… TM me her #, k?  Love you guys together!  CINEMA!

Imagine what people were thinking when you walked in! That was nice of you.  I think you understand your celebrity… I think it is important. To know and feel your own influence…. good on ya mate!  I am sure the young married couple had a thrill… maybe the Dad remembered stayin’ alive and the groom had no idea?

Cheers!  Call my peeps, booobie,  Cheers..  dpatlarge..out!

Thanks JT… I mean it. Now get outta here!

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Guitar family portrait

Here they are. Just four at the moment. Call it a guitar family portrait.  More on the way.  A Telecaster, a Gretsch something, a 12 string, and a Martin D-28 are all on the list.  Just parted with a black Les Paul Standard that I bought in Texas some time ago.

The jazz guitar on the far left is a ’75. I recently put in some new P-90s.  I was afraid to but now I am glad I did.  The Stratocaster is a ’99 and has new overwound vintage p-ups. The Washburn is a ’97 Festival Series. The electronics work now nbut didn’t when I got it… I cleaned it up and rewired everything. The entire thing vibrates which I love and it sounds great. I play elixirs with the crazy nanoweb coating thing on ’em and it just rings and rings.

Here is a better look at the mando. Amazing how different it looks in the direct sun.

Here it is again in the shade… looks a lot browner.   There is a story behind this instrument that I will tell another day… for now, let’s just say it was reborn… 😉

Hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I do scaring the birds out of the yard when I play!

Comments welcome as always!

Cheers!

 

dp@large

First tracks on debut albums

I was having a discussion with a guitar playing friend of mine the other night and we hit on Led Zeppelin‘s first album. We were saying that the first time most of the general public ever heard Led Zeppelin was from the radio.

English: Robert Plant (left) and Jimmy Page (r...

English: Robert Plant (left) and Jimmy Page (right) of Led Zeppelin, in concert in Chicago, Illinois Italiano: Robert Plant (sinistra) e Jimmy Page (destra) dei Led Zeppelin durante un concerto a Chicago, Illinois (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Back then of course, the world made its way to the record store, in my case, National Record Mart in South Hills Village, to buy an album. Harking back, I think they were $5.99 or something. Getting home with new vinyl, the first song,  “Good Times Bad Times“, foretold of things to come. It is still one of my all time favorites. 2 years. 4 albums, and  32 songs later, the other fab four Led Zeppelin gave us  “Stairway to Heaven.”

That got me thinking about first tracks on debut albums.

I thought I would share with you a list I made.

Rolling Stones Route 66 1964
Jimi Hendrix Foxy Lady 1966
Eric Clapton Slunky 1970
Beatles I Saw Her Standing There 1963
Janis Joplin Bye, Bye Baby 1967
The Who Out in the Street 1965
Led Zeppelin Good Times Bad Time 1969
Elvis Presley Blue Suede Shoes 1956
Eric Burdon & The Animals House of the Rising Sun 1964
Stevie Ray Vaughn Love Struck Baby 1983
Doobie Brothers Nobody 1971
Allman Brothers Don’t Want You No More 1969
Deep Purple And The Address 1968

It is surprising that some of the first tracks were hits right away and some artists took a while before they became firmly rooted in the Rock/ Blues explosion of the 60’s.

I was surprised that Elvis’ first track was Blue Suede Shoes. I guess you have to start somewhere. Some first tracks of big name artists don’t register with us right away.

Can anyone hum the first part of Slunky? Thought so!

Do you have a favorite to add to my list?  Don’t be shy. I would love to hear from you!

The Essential Elvis Presley

The Essential Elvis Presley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Nicki Minaj Leaving American Idol After Current Season

Nicki Minaj Leaving American Idol After Current Season

English: Nicki Minaj at 2010 MTV Video Music A...

Not a loss.  What was she doing there in the first place? What exactly is her talent?

Rap (artists?) launch careers for people with no talent. Hand them a make up a name, hand them a wig, give them a wig and book the hell out of them. Suddenly, the songs, ( if you call rap a song) are played endlessly.

Then the  lamest of lame rap songs played on the radio are re mixed for the clubs. The club mixes insert the “N” wherever there is space.  I happened to see a video in a store of some nerdy rap star with his posse in front of his rented Maserati poppin’ off about how he made it. Then later in the club the same song with the ‘N” word.  I couldn’t believe it. So I stopped and counted.. I couldn’t keep up since I heard it so many times.

That’s my point.  What is the talent? Same with Nikki Minaj. Why is she a judge. Will people what American Idol because she is popular? Is that all there is to being a judge.

Randy Jackson, ( who can get pitchy dog) can back it up, Britney could tell you what she thinks. Steven Tyler, ok. But who thought Nikki Minaj should be there? C’mon man.

She won’t be missed.

Thoughts on guitar smashing

There is no reason that excuses smashing a guitar. Doesn’t matter who you are or what you do for a living. I watched a professional musician throw a tantrum and smash an instrument. The video is now everywhere.  I checked the guy’s Facebook page and support for him and his actions are sky high.  I also saw a rapper slam a guitar to the stage on an award show about 3 weeks ago. I think this sort of behavior is moronic and appalling. Call me crazy.

My response? I am planning to  find a kid who wants to play the guitar. I will buy a guitar for that kid.

I am thinking to buy it from a music shop and leave it there in the care of the store manager. I will ask the manager to watch for a kid who really wants a new instrument but maybe a single mom or dad can’t afford it or doesn’t know what to buy. The manager can fish it out of his or her office and give the gift to the kid. Imagine the thrill to the kid.

Another point of attack would be to find a music teacher whose student is showing promise but may need a better instrument to progress. I will make arrangements to get a new instrument for the kid.

I am willing to fund this from my own money and several folks I know who support this idea think I should set up a fund. More on that later if there is support.

I remember getting my first instrument. It was a grand concert classical guitar.  I was 12. It cost a small fortune and it was the thrill of my life. After that, I paid for my own instruments and music education. No kidding. I worked for the money by cutting lawns and shoveling snow. Later, I washed dishes and other similar jobs to fund my music study.

I can’t tell you how many times I wished for a guitar from a music store and left empty handed. I can’t tell you how many catalogs I had neatly stacked on my desk. I would page through the catalog and dream of owning one of the guitars I saw. I couldn’t imagine where the money would come from. I repeatedly asked my parents. My dad finally took me to find a guitar after consulting my guitar teacher. I would like a kid in today’s to world experience the thrill of getting a guitar they want to play.

Why is this important? We need live Jazz and Blues to preserve and honor the musicians before us. We need musicians who can actually play instruments…drums, guitar, bass…whatever. I fear we are forgetting our past. I talked to someone the other day who never even heard of the Allman Bros for God‘s sake. When I mentioned Miles Davis and Junior Wells… they asked me …Who?

Just my 2 cents. What are your thoughts?  Please share and comment.

First tracks on debut albums

Good Times Bad Times album cover by Led Zeppelin

Good Times Bad Times album cover by Led Zeppelin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was having a discussion with a guitar playing friend of mine the other night and we hit on Led Zeppelin’s first album. We were saying that the first time most of the general public ever heard Led Zeppelin was on the radio.  Then of course, the world made its way to the record store, in my case, National Record Mart at South Hills Village, and bought the album. I started looking at first tracks on debut albums and was surpirsed.

Getting home with new vinyl, the first song  was “Good Times Bad Times”, still one of my all time favorites. LZ then made us wait 32 songs over 4 albums and 2 years to hear “Stairway to Heaven.” That got me thinking about first tracks on debut albums. I thought I would share with you a list I made.

Rolling Stones Route 66 1964
Jimi Hendrix Foxy Lady 1966
Eric Clapton Slunky 1970
Beatles I Saw Her Standing There 1963
Janis Joplin Bye, Bye Baby 1967
The Who Out in the Street 1965
Led Zeppelin Good Times Bad Time 1969
Elvis Presley Blue Suede Shoes 1956
Eric Burdon & The Animals House of the Rising Sun 1964
Stevie Ray Vaughn Love Struck Baby 1983
Doobie Brothers Nobody 1971
Allman Brothers Don’t Want You No More 1969
Deep Purple And The Address 1968

It is surprising that some of the first tracks were hits right away and some artists took a while before they became firmly rooted in the Rock/ Blues explosion of the 60′s.  I was surprised that Elvis’ first track was Blue Suede Shoes. I guess you have to start somewhere. Some first tracks of big name artists don’t register with us right away. Can anyone hum the first part of Slunky? Thought so!

If you want to add your band’s first track to my list, just add a comment.

Thanks and Cheers!

DP