Sunday, January 10, 2010

Ride 'em Cowboy

From a 1975 Lawrence Welk Show

The song was written by Paul Davis. The performers are Clay Hart, Sandy Griffiths and Gail Ferrell. I think I remember hearing this a long time ago on a Poco LP.

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Gol-e Goldoon-e Man #2

A version without the computer accompaniment

Gol-e Goldoon-e Man #1

A song that was a hit in Iran in the 1970s by Simin Ghanem

Midnight in Moscows as my Guitar Knows It

I first heard this on a record by Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Windin' Boy

A different version of this Ian Buchanan arrangement of a classic Jelly Roll Morton tune.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Kicked off YouTube

For some reason my YouTube account was permanently cancelled. I just found out about it yesterday and am not exactly sure when it happened. There is no appeal when something like this happens, or even a way to find out why it happened. Google/YouTube has no phone support or customer service, and their terms of service say they can and will do whatever they want to do.

I'm fortunate I didn't have too many embedded videos and it won't be too much work to reload the videos that I care about onto another video site and then reembed them in the places where I had the YouTube ones posted, such as this blog. When this happened I did some checking to see what other people have done. Some people have invested enormous amounts of time and money for years in YouTube videos, only to have everything suddenly wiped out with no warning and no recourse. I didn't find any solutions, just tales of woe.

The lesson I draw from this is that the Internet is a very big place and there is no reason to put all your eggs in any one of its many baskets. Attachment to any one site or user account is unwise. Keep everything backed up in multiple places and have transfer and repositioning mechanisms ready to go at all times, no matter what you are doing. The Internet is wonderful but it can also be cold and treacherous when we are trying to use resources that someone else owns and controls.

We must compete for attention on the net and we must also be prepared always, like good guerrilla fighters, to melt into the digital swamp then pop out cheerfully somewhere else when competitors or bad luck ruin some little place in the sun we've momentarily found for ourselves. This is another version of backing up your data.

I'm a very small and insignificant entity with no defenses when a giant corporation lies to me or double-crosses me, and this happens a lot. I have to stay fit, flexible, mobile and thick-skinned. I sometimes wonder, is anyone really big enough to be immune to these things? If they were would that be good? I'm not sure. There are certain advantages to being obscure and minuscule--that is to say, to KNOWING that you are obscure and minuscule, which is the human condition.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year, Every Day

Start by letting it go. Then reconnect to the stillness.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Music and Poetry Medly

Perez Prado, Farokhzad, Fahey Medley @ Yahoo! Video

Perez Prado, Forukh Farrokhzad, John Fahey

Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White, Bad Mara Khahad Bord, In Christ There Is Neither East nor West.

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Nearness of You

Nearness of You @ Yahoo! Video

by Hoagy Carmichael

Dedicated to the late Robert Gold

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Outing of the Zahed by Hafez

Outing fo the Zahed @ Yahoo! Video

Lyrics by Hafez of Shiraz (14th century) music by me

A recluse went to a tavern yesterday and abandoned his vows

The one whose youth had gone to sleep fell crazy in love again in his old age

The fire in the face of the flower burned the nightingale

The laughing face of the candle destroyed the moth

Thursday, October 29, 2009

My Travel Guitar

This is a Yamaha silent steel-string guitar; you listen with earphones while playing and it sounds wonderful. It is my hotel room companion when I'm in Egypt.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Gibson Girl

Gibson Girl @ Yahoo! Video

Written by Billy Byrd (1920-2001) famous as guitarist with Ernest Tubb and the Texas Troubadors

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Chattanoogie Bound

Chattanoogie Bound @ Yahoo! Video

A tune composed by Jimmy Capps, a long-time Nashville session guitarist and Grand Ole Opry staff musician

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

HanK Garland Sugarfoot Rag

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Monday, August 10, 2009

My 15 Guitars

Epiphone Texan FT79N SN 34586 (1961)

I bought this one in second-hand in 1969 in Norman Oklahoma. It is one of my oldest possessions and still my favorite guitar. I replaced the original tuners and bridge very early on and the bracing on the top has been modified twice by a couple of different luthiers to give it a livelier sound. It has been through a lot with me and has plenty of wear and tear to show for it. It has a beautiful tone, but it is not loud enough to be heard unamplified over a lot of other instruments.

Suzuki SST-20CS SN YO801002507

I bought this one in Egypt in April 2008. I got it so I would have a guitar while there. I used it to make this unamplified YouTube video in my hotel room:

It was very cheap, but made by a company that has many years experience building guitars. It was made to look and sound like a Fender Stratocaster but at a small fraction of the cost. The action, tuning and setup with the rosewood fingerboard are perfect and it is a joy to play. This model is not sold in the US.

Yamaha Silent Guitar

I bought this one in Cairo too in 2009. It is a better travel guitar than the Suzuki because it breaks down better and weighs less. You listen with earphones while playing. I tried to make a midi pickup work with it but did not succeed.

Mexican Midi Stratocaster

My reason for buying this one was to use midi technology for making guitar tablature and sheet music. I haven't learned how to do that yet, but it is fun playing it with midi patches and making unlikely sounds with a guitar.

Nicholas Mushkin Classical Guitar 1973

This one came from a classified ad found in the early 80s after I moved to Michigan. I paid too much for it and have never played it that much although it has a beautiful rich tone.

Taylor 810 1986 SN 4475

I got this one at Elderly Instruments. I needed a louder guitar because I was playing at weekly public jam sessions in a bar where amplification was not allowed and all the fiddles, banjos and other guitars were drowning out the sound of my old Epiphone. This was in 1986, and the other guitarists had never heard of Taylor at that time, so a lot of people were curious about it. I have played it a lot and it has gotten pretty battered. It has a crack in the top caused by changes in humidity, which I have had closed and sealed.

Taylor Dan Crary 1997

I got this one at Elderly Instruments too. It is has a great sound with lots of volume. I have mainly used it at the same public jam session. The cutaway was my main reason for buying it and after I got this one I pretty much stopped using the 810. It also has a crack in the top caused by changes in the humidity, which I have also had closed and sealed.

Peerless Cremona 2008 SN0807649

I got this one because I wanted to have a guitar designed to play jazz. I am not good at playing jazz, but I wanted to have the right sound for it. The Cremona has a carved maple top and maple back and sides, with ebony fingerboard, tailpiece, tuner handles and pickguard. I played it in this YouTube video:

Peerless Tonemaster 2008 SN PE0603522

I got this one because it looks like a Gretsch, and in fact has most of the characteristics of a Gretsch 6120. Peerless makes guitars for Gretsch and uses the same build quality for its own guitars. This one has beautiful tone and plays very smoothly.

Peerless Renaissance 2007 SN PE0711445

Epiphone Casino VS 2004 R04H0577

The Peerless Renaissance and the Epiphone Casino are both made by Peerless and are essentially the same guitar with a few minor differences of detail, most noticeably the binding on the Peerless, which is more elaborate. They both have the same jack location on the top of the guitar, the same type of inlay on the neck and the same body shape and size. This guitar is made in the same shape and configuration as the old Gibson ES 330. An earlier Kalamazoo version of the Casino was made famous by the Beatles who used it on stage and in the studio.

Peerless Imperial 2009 PE0903240

The Peerless Imperial has a solid carved spruce top with maple back and sides, ebony fingerboard, tuner knobs, tailpiece and pickguard. It has a warmer sound than the Cremona and is also a little bit louder. The headstock on both the Imperial and the Cremona resembles the headstock design used by the late great American luthier Jimmy D'Aquisto, who worked for a time with Fender Guitars. I believe Peerless is still partly owned by Fender.

Eastman Oval Hole Archtop AR904 2008 SN2868

This guitar was made by the Eastman String Company in Beijing China. It has a warm sound that projects nicely. It has an arched solid carved spruce top, maple back and sides, ebony tuner handles, pickguard, fingerboard and tailpiece. I used it for this YouTube video:

Eastman AR910CE 2008 SN 3847

This is the loudest of my archtop guitars and one that I really love to play. Like the AR904 it is made with a carved spruce top, maple back and sides, ebony tuner handles, pickguard, fingerboard and tailpiece.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Khayyam Quatrain with Guitar

Khayyam Quatrain with Music @ Yahoo! Video

12th Century Poetry from Iran

Drinking wine and being happy is my custom

Being far away from religion and unbelief is my religion

I asked the bride of time "what is your dowry?"

She said "my dowry is your happy heart."

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Masti and Rye Whiskey (Hayedeh and Tex Ritter)

Masti And Rye Whiskey Hayedeh and Tex Ritter @ Yahoo! Video

Two songs by two wonderful singers, both no longer with us

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Just Another Broken Heart (Carter Family)

Just another Broken Heart Carter Family @ Yahoo! Video

Written by A.P. Carter, recorded by the Carter Family

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