Eastern Passage and the Internal Com-busk-tion Engine
There’s a new sub-category under Music which is going to cover… well, musical covers. I’ll pull popular and unpopular songs into the studio, play along and video the entire thing. I’ve found the monkey bars next to the sandbox.
That’s the video component which I’ll go into a little more depth in a bit. Now on to the topic of busking!
Some are undoubtedly thinking “You’re going to busk at your age? Are you MAD?” The quick and proper answer to that query is “bite me.” However, I’ll go for a more tactful approach and respond “The material is timeless.”
As to why, I posted the rationale on facebook:
“#8 in the “So I’m…” series which I thought was finished after #4.
So I’m going to be busking the boardwalk at Eastern Passage this summer. It’s not about the money, although all proceeds will go towards the “Get the Grandcitters to Disneyworld” initiative.
I need to get used to playing in front of people again and this seems like a sensible way to go. Plus, there’s the bonus of I’ll get to meet a lot of cool people.
I’ll relearn a number of tunes note for note which have signature solos. “Rikki Don’t Lose that Number” and “Reeling in the Years” by Steely Dan for instance. Sultans of Swing, Hotel California, mucho Pink Floyd, etc.
Just so you know, I will be departing from musical dinosaur world by noodling along to contemporary artists like the Imagine Dragons, C2C, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, et al.
As to the latter choices, with the exception of C2C it appears that education goes both ways when you have grandcritters, who enlightened me in respect to Imagine Dragons, JT and Taylor Swift. I love my grandcritters, they teach me more than just patience.
As I get these tunes together, I’ll be making vids and posting them on my Groove Fondue Youtube account. For the verbatim covers, I hope to eventually include guitar tab for any young players who are learning. I wish Youtube had been around when I was learning.
I’ve come a ways since I did this video years ago and the sound quality will be much better, but it’s at least a starting point in terms of reference.
If nothing else, this should generate story food for my blog.
Hopefully, I’ll be able to get out there by mid-June.
My cover of SRV’s “Pride and Joy.” The audio quality of vids going forward will be much, much higher.”
Just because I’m going to make this a blog post, I’ll post a bonus tune: China Grove by The Doobie Brothers