Gut Rumbles
 

April 21, 2003

just pissing around

Since I don't have a damned thing that I MUST DO today, I've been slurping Bloody Marys and listening to music this morning. I have decided a few things.

* The best folk song ever written is Gordon Lightfoot's "Early Morning Rain." That is one hell of a good song. It's got everything a folk song should have. I actually play it better than HE does, but that's just MY humble opinion.

* The best lead guitar riffs ever played is the shit Mark Knopfler does with Dire Straits in "Sultans of Swing." That's squeezing a guitar neck until it chokes. I CANNOT play that better than he does.

* Whatever happened to Mary Chapin Carpenter? "Mary's Land" is a damned good song, but I suspect that she is one of those people who spent years making it to the Big Time, then couldn't crank out the music anymore. If you write two songs per year and spend ten years doing it, you have 20 songs when you are discovered. That's not Paul Simon or Billy Joel proclivity. That's a Roman Candle. A couple of big bursts, then gone.

* It it just ME, or does old Elvis Presley music STILL sound good? I don't give a shit what you think. Elvis remains the KING! That man could sing some bad-assed rock-n-roll.

* I shouldn't listen to the Beatle's White Albumn. Whoa. That brings back too many memories.

* John Prine is my idol. I drank a beer with him once at Kevin Barry's on River Street, but I want to sleep on his couch for about a week and try Deuling Lyrics. I play guitar better than John does, but he writes better songs than I do. I want to camp out with that guy.

* I wish that Linda Rondstat never got fat. She has the best voice for a female that I've ever heard. She makes "Poor, Poor Pitiful Me" walk like a dog. That woman can SING!

* I want to see Stevie Nicks nekkid. I can't help myself. Fleetwood Mac is a damned good band and Stevie is a sexy woman.

* I want to marry Emmylou Harris and cook her breakfast every day. She let her hair go gray, the same as mine. I think she looks foxy that way. And that woman sings like a songbird. I could make beautiful music with her.

* "Born to be Wild" just may be the best rock-n-roll song ever written. Yeah, I got my motor running...

Comments

Amen on Stevie and Born to Be Wild!

Posted by: Jay Solo on April 21, 2003 11:46 AM

Rob,
I play guitar: badly. I've never heard the Gordon Lightfoot version but if I'm thinking of the right song, I actually like the Peter, Paul & Mary version (sounds dorky, I know, but I believe the guitar is well-played on that version). As for Fleetwood Mac, the stuff Lindsey Buckingham is doing now (especially his guitar work on "Bleed to Love Her") is just amazing. I would love to play like that but I learned piano first and I think it's difficult to be both a really good piano player (I am) and a good guitar player (I'm not). Keep up the good work and if you ever play near Cleveland, post the date and I'll try to be there.

Posted by: Rob Murdoch on April 21, 2003 11:50 AM

Yuck. Fleetwood Mac used to be the best blues band around -- and then they got Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.

Popcorn rubbish. No wonder the Clinton's liked that "Don't Stop" ditty.

Posted by: Kim du Toit on April 21, 2003 11:53 AM

Every band I can think of has a "sellout" song. You know....one that was OBVIOUSLY negotiated by some stupid A&R dude and the band really doesn't like all that much. I think "Don't Stop" was ONE of Fleetwood Mac's sellout songs.

Buckingham & Nicks weren't the most horrible addition for Mick Fleetwood, Mr. du Toit. After all, Peter Green did *himself in on H. What a stupid, stupid loss for the world of music.

Posted by: margi on April 21, 2003 11:59 AM

Elvis was the king of sellouts. Doesn't matter. HE'S STILL THE KING! Hell, even his sellouts sound great. Besides, "Are You Lonesome Tonight" has put me where I want to be a lot. For that alone, I owe him.

Posted by: Larry on April 21, 2003 12:21 PM

What does Linda Ronstadt getting fat have to do with her singing?

Fat chicks can sing, man. Check out Jane Monheit.

Posted by: Stormi on April 21, 2003 12:28 PM

Ugh! I can barely stand to hear "Don't Stop," even after all these years, because of the Clinton association. And it was hardly my favorite in the first place.

Posted by: Jay Solo on April 21, 2003 01:38 PM

Gordon Lightfoot: I'm partial to "Daylight Katie" for obvious reasons, but "Beautiful" is possibly the sweetest love song ever written.

Fleetwood Mac's Rumors album: now there's a good one to drink to.

Best guitar riff: Anything Steve Vai plays.

Posted by: Venomous Kate on April 21, 2003 02:19 PM

"Sundown", "Read My Mind" (don't know the true title), "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," others I can't recall. Of them all, though, the only GL song I ever hear anymore is "Fitzgerald," though for years the only one any station would ever play was "Sundown."

"Read My Mind" remains a quick time machine to the days when it was new, because it has hardly ever been played, that I know of, since then.

Posted by: Kevin McGehee on April 21, 2003 02:52 PM

"Read my Mind" is one of best things ever done. I second you on Stevie Nicks acidman!
Nekkid Stevie Whho oo' [and Lori Dhue too]!

Posted by: bert on April 21, 2003 03:27 PM

Hi ALL. Esp Rob, Kim & Kevin

Early Morning Rain is my favorite GL tune. I always liked PP&M & I thought M created a guitar note pick-pattern [don't know the term] called 'The Travers Pick' but I couldn't Google anthing up. PP&M covered a lot of songs. Speaking of cover, didn't GL write: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face?

I played the piano until I ran out of talent. One must try to play a guitar to understand how hard it is. Speaking of both - I liked Dan Fogelberg, Souvenirs -> Windows and Walls... and then he kinda crapped out. Still think he achieved the highest degree of virtuosity on Piano AND Guitar [both] than anyone.

I can't stand Mickwood Fleet esp because of Clinton... and now I quit listening to Jimmy Buffet because he had his head so far up Clinton's ass he could see Alan Colmbs.

Now, Stevie Nicks's Bella Donna album makes me crazy but I won't tell you why. Am I the only one [anywhere?]that likes Bryan Adams?

Posted by: Dan Dickinson on April 21, 2003 04:30 PM

Also-too-tambien-likewise-as well:

Elvis is like Sinatra to me: Can't listen to their songs but their movies ROCK! [and I'm starting to like Sinatra]

Early Morning Rain haunts. Only slightly less than Linda R.'s Long Long Time and Walk Away Renee - The Left Banke now, not the cover.

Posted by: Dan Dickinson on April 21, 2003 05:11 PM

I have charmed many a woman's panties off with Gordon's "Beautiful." I do my own rendition of "Read My Mind" with a lot of finger-picking. I like the way it sounds. "The Yarmouth Castle" is a LOT better than "Edmund Fitzgerald." "Spanish Moss" isn't bad either, especially if you live just outside of Savannah.

Posted by: Acidman on April 21, 2003 07:43 PM

Never could charm the panties off a woman with a John Prine song but I sure could depress the shit out of them! "There's a hole in daddy's arm where all the money goes...."

Posted by: joy on April 21, 2003 08:14 PM

Oops Rob not my machine! Repeat Prine post.

Posted by: Old Fat Sailor on April 21, 2003 08:16 PM

Rob

Check out Ian and Sylvia's version of "Early Morning Rain." Released before Lightfoot's and almost as fine. Both versions can bring tears to my cynical eyes after a sherry or two.

Posted by: Tonto on April 21, 2003 08:43 PM

Try out the guitar rifs on Eric Heatherly's CD Swimming in Champagne. I swear it is the best. Especially on "I just Break'em"

Posted by: Zander on April 21, 2003 11:48 PM

It wasn't Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks that did Fleetwood Mac in...it was the decision to let Christine McVie take front and center for so long. As a backup singer, she was good. That's where she should have stayed.

And you know she couldn't stand it when Stevie got all the attention, with her black lace shawls and high-heeled boots and that hair , whirling around on the stage singing "Rhiannon"....

Stevie Nicks wrote and performed one of the best songs ever - "Landslide". More talent in her little finger than Christine McVie ever had.

Lucy Lawless does a killer parody of Stevie Nicks on SNL, in the commercial where she is the proprietress of a Mexican food restaurant....it runs on vh1 sometimes, when they do their "Best of SNL" specials. It's a classic.

Posted by: Tricia on April 22, 2003 04:01 AM
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