Gut Rumbles
 

November 19, 2003

Music rules

Here are a few things I learned from playing in a bar for the first time in many years:

1) Drunks don't sing or play very well.

2) A lot of sober people believe that they can sing and play when they really can't.

3) Don't EVER allow a woman to sing "Me and Bobbie McGee" or a man to sing "Rocky Top." That's just bad news.

4) NEVER trust a guy wearing a cowboy hat in southeast Georgia. WTF is that all about? This ain't Texas.

5) Playing LOUD doesn't make you sound better if you can't play in the first place.

6) Some wimmen look really good on stage, even if they're not all that pretty when they step off.

7) Some people can't dance and they SHOULDN'T, even when the music is good.

8) The drunker YOU get, the better the band sounds. That fact gives you no right to walk up and grab a guitar that doesn't belong to you and try to play it when you can't play when you're sober.

9) I could live with a woman who plays guitar better than I do. I believe that we could make beautiful music together.

10) I want to go back and do what I did tonight again.

Comments

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Posted by: wes jackson on November 19, 2003 01:30 AM

And this is exactly why I made certain you had a few beers in you before I let you dance with me...and before I sang for you.

Posted by: Da Goddess on November 19, 2003 02:31 AM

Why is "Crazy' the most requested karoake song of all time? Ain't NO ONE who can sing it right except Patsy!!

Posted by: Symph on November 19, 2003 06:23 AM

"4) NEVER trust a guy wearing a cowboy hat in southeast Georgia.
WTF is that all about? This ain't Texas"

You're close. But, it's never trust a guy wearing a cowboy hat who
HASN'T WORKED ON A REAL CATTLE RANCH.
The WTF is that about is simple: he's a pretender.

Posted by: Dan Pursel on November 19, 2003 10:30 AM

What's wrong with somebody just liking cowboy hats and wearing them? Y'all's additude is pretty elitist, if you ask me. Like saying you can't wear a necktie unless you're a corporate CEO or something. Lighten up.

Posted by: rivlax on November 19, 2003 10:35 AM

Well, I guess you will not trust me. I wear a cowboy hat when I travel. I have done the OJ run though the Atlanta air port. Damn thats a big airport especially with a short lay over. I have worked on a ranch( my Dad's). I don't have cows anymore but I do raise quarter horses on my mini ranch. I want to know how you tell if someone has worked on a cattle ranch by looking at his hat. Thanks Dan

Posted by: Dan on November 19, 2003 12:16 PM

i think more people should dance, even if they "can't". Even if its a spastic jerking around and flailing of the arms... dancing is good for the soul.

and yeah. going back and doing all that again would probably be a good idea. I'd play every night if i could.

Posted by: pril on November 19, 2003 12:36 PM

Pril, you've never seen Acidman dance. You'd change your tune if you had.

Posted by: Da Goddess on November 19, 2003 02:06 PM

A couple more for your list:

Women saxaphone players....seriously sexy. Think about it.

If, in response to the question, "What key do you want to sing that in?" you hear, "Any key," RUN AWAY!!!!

Posted by: Jim - Parkway Rest Stop on November 19, 2003 04:07 PM

What's wrong with somebody just liking cowboy hats and wearing them?"
Nothing in wrong with that. But those people have to EARN my trust. Real cowboys already have it.

"I want to know how you tell if someone has worked on a cattle ranch by looking at his hat."
You can't for sure. You tell when he removes it when greeting a women. The leather lower face and the white skin from the hat band up is a dead giveaway. This man has earned his living outside over many a winter. And a handshake on "a deal" from this man is better than any contract in the world written up by city lawyers.

Peace, pardners. Anybody who's worked cattle and horses for a living has a leg up in my book. Not everybody will agree.

Posted by: Dan Pursel on November 19, 2003 08:02 PM

"Like saying you can't wear a necktie unless you're a corporate CEO or something. Lighten up."

Well, I worked 31 years as a coat & tie wearing engineer, and then supervisor. But, I treated the techs who earned it just like the cowboys treated me as a kid. Work hard, earn my trust, and I'll go to the mat for you. Otherwise, we have a problem.

I never had problems with the techs like shit-assed, snot-nosed "engineering graduates" who were "superior". End of pat on the back. I understand your point.

Posted by: Dan Pursel on November 19, 2003 08:09 PM

Hi...Im just surfed in and want to say hello!
Regards George


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