Music 101

Music is such a personal thing that one persons music choices may be another’s worst earache.  I think I carry with me an eclectic taste in music: I like Michael Jackson, not for his personal life, but for what he brought to music and dance. I like unknowns, such as Jon Amor, who, in my opinion, has brought a fresh voice to music. Sadly, he’s known in Europe, and little heard in the states. His album, Amor, is outrageous.  I like guitarists such as Scott Henderson, who combines both jazz and rock, and does so with a sense of humor.  Steely Dan’s Pretzel Logic is one of the greatest albums even done, in my opinion. When it came out, it was way different from anything else out there, people didn’t know what to think of it. Feel free to disagree, after all, that’s why there are so many different kinds of music. jammer5

So let me introduce you to one of my favorite jazz fusion pieces:


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30 responses to “Music 101

  1. jammer5

    And then there’s always:

  2. tosmarttobegop

    A little story on music tastes, I knew there were some songs of Garth Brooks I liked but did not think of myself as a fan. My daughter on the other hand was a real fan and for her 13 birthday my mother was buying her and a escort tickets to his concert in Wichita. Her mother was going to be taking her as I understood. Then one day my wife asked if I wanted to go? All I was doing was working and staying home so I thought “why not?”. I said sure and she replied “OK you can take her!” it was a trap!

    Jen and I sat down and the show began, I found myself saying after every song I like that one.
    Soon I was clapping along and God forbid singing along meanwhile the real fan sat on her hands and was quite. UNTIL the third verse of “Friends in low places” then this shy 13 y.o. blurted out “You can kiss my..”. I have been a fan ever since, it was even a turning point for me I became a Country music fan in general. Until then I was a seventies music fan and pretty much the ballad singers and Southern rock fan.
    “American pie” and the like.

    Setting about six feet behind me right now is my Ovation Balladeer, its been a bit lonely here lately as it has not left its stand for sometime. But music is an important thing, I can pick it up and after some feeble attempts at playing a song. I will just let go and generally play something that sounds good though no one has ever heard such a song. You do not have to play well when you are playing for yourself. Most people think because they do not know how to play they do not even try. But it is you and not others who you are going to play for in the beginning.

    • jammer5

      Got me an ovation ultra six stringer and I love it. It’s my ‘play along with youtube vids’ guitar. Sittin’ next to me now and vibrating with anticipation 🙂

    • wicked

      I was at that concert with my next to oldest daughter. Garth has slipped in my esteem since that time, but I have the boxed set that came out.

      I wasn’t a country music fan for a long, long time. I resisted. Funny that I knew many of the very old country songs, but NOBODY was going to get me interested. My best friend even took me to a George Strait concert, and although I enjoyed it…nope, not pulled in.

      Resistence was futile. I became a fan and remained one for several years. Besides the two concerts above, there were a few others, including Colin Raye, whose songs inspired two scenes in two of my books. I have quite a few CDs, including the George Strait box set (I do love George) and a few country songs mixed in with my oldies on my computer.

      Still, I don’t feel the pull to listen to it exclusively any more and I haven’t kept up on new artists. I’ll listen to the older songs I like when the mood strikes and leave it at that.

      But y’all enjoy!

    • wicked

      Believe it or not, I once had an accoustic guitar and could play some chords. It got lost in all the moves after my divorce, but I’m hoping one of these days I’ll find it.

  3. With you on Pretzel Logic, but then I think with the Dan there are only superior albums, with the exception of their stuff that’s even better.

    My latest 2 purchases that I’m pushing on my friends is James McMurtry – Just Us Kids and Daddy – For a Second Time.

  4. Isn’t jazz another American creation, or am I delusional?

  5. Bad Biker

    This boy is a fan of all music, with maybe the exception of Gansta Rap, but I like my fix in small doses.

    I like old country a lot more than newer stuff, but I like the new Alan Jackson CD.

    I like old rock better than newer stuff, but I like Coldplay and Nickelback.

    I like older jazz (Coltrane, Bird, etc.) but I will listen to the Jazz Station – never know who just played what.

    I like older R & B (Motown!!!!!) but I like John Legend and Alicia Keys.

    But! But! But!

    I LOVE the blues!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Old blues (Robert Johnson), new blues (Jonny Lang), British blues (John Mayall), Chicago blues
    (Butterfield Blues Band), Memphis blues (B.B.), St. Louis blues, Detroit blues, New York blues, rural blues, city blues, Acoustic blues (Catfish Keith), white girl blues (Marsha Ball), black girl blues (too many to choose from) ………………… you got it, I love it.

  6. I’ve seen Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson, Glenn Miller orchestra, etc, blah blah….

  7. wicked

    This was a ‘huh’ moment for me, while checking the lyrics to a Stevie Wonder song.

    “You Haven’t Done Nothin'”

    We are amazed but not amused
    By all the things you say that you’ll do
    Though much concerned but not involved
    With decisions that are made by you

    But we are sick and tired of hearing your song
    Telling how you are gonna change right from wrong
    ‘Cause if you really want to hear our views
    “You haven’t done nothing”!

    It’s not too cool to be ridiculed
    But you brought this upon yourself
    The world is tired of pacifiers
    We want the truth and nothing else

    And we are sick and tired of hearing your song
    Telling how you are gonna change right from wrong
    ‘Cause if you really want to hear our views
    “You haven’t done nothing”!

    Jackson 5 join along with me say
    Doo doo wop – hey hey hey
    Doo doo wop – wow wow wow
    Doo doo wop – co co co
    Doo doo wop – naw naw naw
    Doo doo wop – bum bum bum
    Doo doo wop

    We would not care to wake up to the nightmare
    That’s becoming real life
    But when mislead who knows a person’s mind
    Can turn as cold as ice un hum

    Why do you keep on making us hear your song
    Telling us how you are changing right from wrong
    ‘Cause if you really want to hear our views
    “You haven’t done nothing”!

    Jackson 5 sing along again say
    Doo doo wop
    Doo doo wop – oh
    Doo doo wop – co co co
    Doo doo wop – sing it baby
    Doo doo wop – bum bum bum
    Doo doo wop – um
    Sing it loud for your people say
    Doo doo wop – um um um

    Doo doo wop – stand up be counted, say
    Doo doo wop – co co co
    Doo doo wop – ow
    Doo doo wop – bum bum bum
    Doo doo wop – ah hum

    On to Mustang Sally. 🙂

  8. tosmarttobegop

    As I said I love ballads

  9. tosmarttobegop

    Now this is my soul music and to think.
    He did not own a guitar! He had to barrow one from a friend when ever he preformed or wrote a song. Rest in peace J. C.

  10. tosmarttobegop

    I really am not trying to flood the place.
    But this one is great and I can so relate to it.

  11. jammer5

    Nothing needs to be said here:

    • Pedant

      Wow. That’s heady stuff. I haven’t listened to these guys in at least thirty years.

      This reminds me a little of my experience watching Apocalypse Now Redux a while back.

      Like that movie, this music instantly transported me back to the early 1970s. Like most Americans who emerged from adolescence at the end of the Vietnam War, my 1970s experience was pretty grim. In a small blue collar town in Kansas, it was not easy to find anybody to talk about Marshall McLuhan’s “The Medium is the Message” or Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” or who wanted to like discuss whether Wings was a worthy successor to The Beatles, lol. You brought stuff like that up at your own peril, especially when you were standing in line to buy carryout Schlitz Malt Liquor at Kenny’s 81 out on old US81 in McPherson, and hopin’ nobody was cardin’ that night.

      For nearly three minutes there, I was a teenaged kid just trying to keep out of the way of somebody’s pointy-toed cowboy boots until I could stand up again. 😉

      Still, it’s a great tune. Very cool. Just wow.

  12. jammer5

    Glory time, dude:

  13. tosmarttobegop

    Last one I promise, if ever there was a ballad that is said to be an anthem for my generation is was American Pie. No one truly knew exactly what he was singing about but all could somehow relate to the song. Don started it all for me, it was the second LP I owned. The Garth concert I went to, this was the selling point. He song American pie and I was sold.

  14. tosmarttobegop

    Some times it takes music to remind you that you still have a soul. To remind you that the world it’s self has a soul and we can not give up. That it is not good to give up and allow the things that happen to darken your soul. It is like a light in the darkest day, a memory that the what is now is not as it always was.

    There is a hope, a dream for the better and its a matter of listening to the wind for an answer.
    Or a song that reminds you that within you is still a soul worth hoping for.

  15. Big Bill Broonzy plays my favorite variety of acoustic blues:

  16. Reverend Gary Davis is another favorite of mine. He was the blues mentor of Stefan Grossman. Grossman found Mississippi John Hurt by listening to his songs – in one he says “Avalon, Mississippi, my home town.” Grossman went to Avalon and since there were not a lot of folk in town, John Hurt was easy to find. Hurt played in the 1920’s but because of his re-discovery in the 60’s he had a second career then.

  17. Bad Biker

    Okay, let’s vote – best song ever……………………….

    A. Imagine – John Lennon.

    B. This Land Is Your Land – Woodie Guthrie.

    C. Blowin’ In The Wind – Bob Dylan.

    D. Sugar, Sugar! – the Archies.

    E. Born In The USA – Bruce Springsteen.

    F. Where Have All The Flowers Gone – the Kingston Trio.

    G. Simon Says – the 1910 Fruitgum Company.

    H. Alone Again, Naturally – Gilbert O’Sullivan.

    I. Pride (In the Name of Love) – U2.

    J. Change Is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke.

    K. He Stopped Loving Her Today – George Jones.

    L. London Calling – the Clash.

    M. Money (That’s What I Want) – the Beatles.

    N. Night Moves – Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band.

    O. Raw Power – Iggy and the Stooges.

    P. What’s So Funny (‘Bout Peace, Love and Understanding) – Elvis Costello.

    Q. Kick Out the Jams – the MC5.

    R. Reach Out – the Four Tops.

    S. Stand By Your Man – Tammy Wynette.

    T. Cryin’ – Roy Orbison.

    U. Pour Some Sugar On Me! – Def Leopard.

    V. My Girl – the Temptations.

    W. Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffet.

    X. Smokin’ In The Boy’s Room – Brownsville Station.

    Y. Something – George Harrison (with the Beatles.)

    Z. Ruff Boy – Z Z Top.

  18. Za. Candyman Blues – Mississippi John Hurt

  19. Number two would be _This Land is Your Land_. Pete and Bruce’s cover:

  20. I was going to say John Lennon’s _Imagine_ is number three on my list…

  21. I have always liked _Blowin’ in the Wind_, but this has been my favorite Robert Zimmerman tune. He preforms this at the 1964 Newport folk festival:

  22. Well, it’s time for my boot heels to be waundering … Later folks…