God I Love Music! Pt 1,452,322

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Yesterday I was wasting some time just surfing the net, and came across this gem from Mike and the Mechanics.

First, before I go any further, I must mention that Mike Rutherford is a HUGE influence on my bass playing. Very under-rated. At :54 seconds in, listen to the way the bass lays down the descending scale while the guitar plays the same two chords…. Brilliant. Paul Carrack is a musical virtuoso, can play about anything, and is vocal GOD. So much soul! I should have payed more attention to Paul Young, who, sadly, is no longer with us.

Anyway…. While listening to the song, I asked myself “Hmmm, I wonder if I can play this?”. So I surfed the net and found several websites with the chords… or supposedly the chords to the song! I picked up the guitar and started trying to play the song according to the pages, but, as is the usual with so many internet chord pages, they were wrong! So I started plucking the string until I found the root and the fifth, and, after putting the capo on the first fret, I was suddenly off to the races! I’m not sure what the middle walking scale at 2:41 is yet, but I’ll figure that out soon enough.

Don’t get me wrong, I am a bass player, and will always be a bass player. I’m proud to be in that club. But playing / learning to play guitar is so much fun! It feels like a whole new world of music is opening up before my eyes!

Here is another great Mike and the Mechanics song. LOVE the bass line!

Trying Too Hard

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There is so much going on in the world right now, yet I just can’t seem to get motivated to write about any of it. The more I try, the more locked down I get.

Surly I must have some thoughts on Egypt!

My only thought on Egypt are….

  • Good for them.
  • And it’s funny that the same people who were for democratic uprisings in 2001 – 2010 (Limbaugh, Hannity, etc) are now going ape shiite and lamenting over Egypt. Apparently, overthrowing autocratic regimes and installing democracies in the Middle East is only a good thing when we are in a position to bully the process for an outcome more to our liking. The situation in Egypt is completely out of our control… As it should be.

That’s all I got. I have more detailed thoughts and should be able to expand on that, but the motivation just is not there. So  I’m taking a few days off from blogging….  Which can only mean I’ll be back tomorrow with a really long post!.

PS. I will be back with two really long posts. But they were started a couple of weeks ago and just need some touch-up.  So, in my mind, they aren’t “new” posts, just unfinished business.