June 06, 2003
If only the good die young, I should live forever.
I learned buddy holly's music long after he was dead. I still play some of it today. It's good stuff. I do a finger-picking version of "Peggy Sue" that's not meant as a dance song. It's meant to charm the britches off the woman who hears me play and sing it, and it works most of the time.
I like to take other people's music and try it a different way. I worked on a good electric version of "Dixie" for a while, but my ex-band, Call The Cops perfected it before I could. They bring the house down with that song anymore. Hell, they even have a REGGAE VERSION that's a killer.
I do "Dock of the Bay" fairly well with just an acoustic guitar, and I can play almost ALL of Jim Croce's music. Give me a couple of partners, and I'll play my mandolin on a bluegrass version of "Give Me Three Steps." Can you imagine how well that song lends itself to bluegrass?
I also sing "Crazy" a lot. Go figure.
how about the harmony on "Me and Bobby McGee"? :)
Have you heard Hayseed Dixie's bluegrass versions of AC/DC songs? Better than the originals! Classic stuff.
Your Pickin' on Skynyrd CD was the perfect backdrop for blogging if I recall correctly.
And......I wanna hear you do some Pure Prairie League (that way you won't have to worry about dancing)
Excellent point. Two examples come to mind:
1. I'm sure you know the Shirelle's version of Carole King's "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow." It is decidedly upbeat. However, I heard both Carole King and (oddly enough) Neal Sedaka sing it as a ballad. Try it. The chords are a no-brainer. It is a soulful, sad, and touching love song.
2. Spanky and Our Gang sang, "Sundy will Never be the Same." Well, the song was originally recorded by a group called "Cashman, Pistelli and West." It too is a beautiful ballad. Again, the chords are straignt ahead. Sing it as a ballad. It is a beautiful song with drop dead lyrics.
Hedrix's version of "All Along the Watchtower" is way better than Dylan's and I REALLY like Devo's cover of "Satisfaction"
How about Stevie Ray Vaughan's version of
"Little Wing" and "Voodoo Chile"? Then, of course, there's "Riviera Paradise", "Pride and Joy", "Tick, Tock", "Soul to Soul", and the one that makes me feel like I can fly without wings, "Pipeline"? Among many others....
Acidman-I've gotta tell you....if you say you can play like Mr. Vaughan, I'm moving to Georgia....Hell, I've already got the flag.