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RIP: Charlie Daniels… 1936 – 2020…

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The country music world just lost one of its biggest legends today. Singer/songwriter, guitarist and filldle/violin player Charlie Daniels passed away of a hemorrhagic stroke in Nashville.

Charlie wrote a lot of big hits in his career over the years but he is obviously “most” well known for “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” which was always considered his anthem. You can find that song on his 1979 album, “Million Mile Reflections” and I’m sure you can find that song on any Charlie Daniels greatest hits album, of course. Ever since Charlie wrote that song, it became so big, you heard it on radio everywhere and you continue to hear that song everywhere even to this day. Charlie wrote the song in the late 70’s… the song is so big that I’m sure he played it on every show he played on his tours.

Before Charlie passed, he continued to make music and toured pretty heavily even if he was in his 80’s. His last album was “Night Hawk” released in 2016 but he continued to tour after that.

Charlie was also not afraid to speak out about his politics ’cause as you all know, he had very strong conservative beliefs. His twitter presence was pretty huge in the conservative world. He had a lot of conservative fans ’cause they all admired him for fighting back at liberalism over the years.

There are a lot of liberal music fans… the most die-hard leftists but some of them support Charlie ’cause they can’t deny the musical talent that he had. A lot of leftists just loved him for the music and not his politics and there is nothing wrong with that, though.

I’ve always been a fan of Charlie’s music myself. Used to listen to him all the time back in high school ’cause I had a Greatest Hits album on CD that I used to own but don’t have it anymore, though.

RIP Charlie and thanks for the excellent music and thanks for helping us to fight against liberalism. I’m gonna miss his twitter for sure.

Kev

Sammy Hagar in hot water for saying he’d rather get sick and die than not playing live….

Sammy Hagar is one brave man and has a lot of balls for saying this that’s for sure. Ya know, I think Sammy has had it with this “stay at home” order and he’s had enough with it. I think a lot musicians out there had enough and getting fed up so now they’re finally starting to vent about it.

Sammy says he’s willing to sacrifice himself and get covid-19 if that’s what it’ll take to get him to play live again. The liberal world is attacking him for this.

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/sammy-hagar-performing-coronavirus-despite-risk?fbclid=IwAR2T8EdYk5cJ8YYuHdB3dMLLg9boDn_sPz5-7aOxtL0rosG4X816vbpWpJc

Ya know, I can’t blame Sammy for saying that ’cause he’s a musician. A musician’s job is that they can’t be staying home… they gotta be out there on the stage performing live in front of people ’cause it’s a lifestyle and it’s what they do. It’s also a passion for them and it’s what they do for a living. That’s what these musicians become musicians for is for them to play live in front of people.

A lot of venues like arenas, small theaters, stadiums, etc. are still closed and a lot of bands/musicians are out of work for that reason. If they aren’t allowed to play live then their careers could be over for good.

Well, I’ve seen somewhere that they’re starting to play around with the idea of “drive-in” concerts. Ya know, like how you go watch a movie at the drive-in theaters but instead you’re watching bands in your vehicles at concerts. Most are saying that’s a dumb idea and I think so too.

Like most, I’m kind of worried about the future of music myself. I don’t go to concerts anymore but I still love live music. I think live music will make a comeback somehow.

Why can’t they do what professional wrestling is doing? Ya know, they perform wrestling shows with a crowd of a small capacity and that’s an idea with the national music industry. Why don’t they play concerts for small crowds at the smaller clubs? The band can perform behind plexi glass as a way to protect themselves. I think that’s a better idea than “drive-in” concerts.

Yeah, Sammy is in hot water for saying that but I can’t blame him once again. I just hope he doesn’t back down from his comments and apologize to the easily offended. Hopefully he sticks to his guns on this.

Kev

Metallica’s stay at home jam session… they play their song “Blackened” via the internet…

The mighty Metallica are stuck at home just like the rest of us and here they are playing their song “Blackened” which is a song off their “And Justice For All” album. Instead of being at their HQ studios which is where they usually record and rehearse, they are following the strict stay at home orders so the 4 members found a way to be able to jam together live on the internet.

Pretty cool, I must say. Instead of James playing his loud electric guitars and singing, he decides to play it acoustically and he’s singing kind of quiet… assuming he doesn’t want to wake up his family while they’re asleep?

Anyway, this is a great performance and proves that this band can really play and James can really sing. I wish people would stop bashing this band so much ’cause they are great musicians. I love Metallica and always did.

I would think you would see more videos by Metallica like this…. them jamming on more of their songs at home live on the internet. It’s a good idea. I’d like to see them do “One”, “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, “The Memory Remains” and all their hits. They probably will so keep an eye out for more Metallica home jam sessions.

Kev

Thoughts on David Bowie telling Dave Grohl to “Fuck off” after being asked to collaborate for movie soundtrack…

I know how much people want to idolize their favorite musicians and artists but sometimes it’s a bad idea to interact with them or meet them in person. Why? It’s because you’ll never know whether or not they’re an asshole. That’s why it’s a good idea not to meet famous people, ya know???

Not all musicians are gonna be nice ’cause there will be many musicians that will be assholes, no matter how talented they are. I’ve met plenty of local musicians and local artists that I loved and respected but they turn out to be assholes when you talk to them.

All musicians are gonna be different, they’re not all the same. Some will be really nice and some are gonna be downright arrogant pricks.

Maybe Bowie was not an asshole to people at all? Maybe that’s just a Brit way of talking to people ’cause after all Bowie was British to begin with. Maybe British people say “Fuck Off” as their way of saying “bye”??? I don’t know. British people swear a lot like that. Bowie was a Brit who lived in New York City for most of his life. I know Ozzy talked like that a lot, he says “fuck off” to people a lot, not a way to be mean just his way of saying get lost. That’s just the Brits way of talking. I don’t believe Bowie was being mean to Dave, though.

Anyhow, whether or not Bowie was a jerk, either way he was still a talented artist and I’ll always love his music.

Kev

David Bowie… why he was the greatest artist ever…

I’m planning a David Bowie tribute for my online home performances but I think I’m gonna make that for instagram instead of live stream. I’ve noticed that instagram allows you to post longer videos now which is about time so I’m going to do all live performances on instagram from now on, I think.

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been learning all the David Bowie songs I want to learn for the tribute. Learning these Bowie songs… singing them and playing guitar on them… it reminded me that Bowie really was a musical genius. He knew how to write songs for sure and he was a real musician.

I’m trying to sing Bowie songs as how he sung the songs on the album. A lot of his songs are pretty tough to sing. Why? It’s because he was a pretty melodic singer and he also sung a lot of high notes too. His music was so great ’cause he was good at singing melodic vocal lines that never leave your head… his vocal phrasing is what made his music special.

While David was mostly known as a really good singer… what most people don’t want to talk about was his rhythm guitar playing. He was a great rhythm guitarist for sure… he used a lot of chords for his songs, it’s crazy. He was also more than just a guitar player ’cause he played more than one instrument on his albums in the past… he played the saxophone, keyboards, piano and the organ on a lot of them too.

That man knew what he wanted out of his music. David was a songwriter who was never afraid to take risks in his music over the years. Whether he did rock n’ roll to pop to dance music to ballads, everything he did was genius.

Before David passed away, he wanted nothing to do with rock n’ roll anymore ’cause his latest album, “Blackstar” wasn’t a rock n’ roll album but it was still an amazing record. I just learned the song “Blackstar” the album’s title track and that is one of the songs for the upcoming Bowie tribute… and I’m excited to do that song for y’all.

There’s not one Bowie song that I don’t like… he is one of those artists that you enjoy every song and never get tired of listening to over and over. Even though he stopped doing rock n’ roll over the years, his songs were still pretty tight and gave you goosebumps.

I was bummed when David passed ’cause I’ve always looked up to his music over the years of my life. Listened to his music for a long time. My Bowie tribute will be coming real soon… probably this week exclusively on my instagram page. I’ve always wanted to do a Bowie tribute and finally doing it.

Kev

Joe Satriani… why he’s my favorite guitar shredder than all the others…

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Since the news media is so obsessed with Covid-19 and over-hyping it to death, I’m not gonna do that with my blog. I think with my blog I’ll use it to talk about other topics so I thought I would entertain you by talking about music this time around.

I don’t know why so many guitarists and music lovers put shred guitar music to shame. Why? Many people say shred music is just a bunch of noodling… just playing a bunch of fast notes and they claim shred music all sounds the same. LOL… I think that people that makes those opinions are ignorant at best.

You see, I love shred guitar music. I’ve listened to that genre for years… the instrumental shred guitar stuff and I still do listen to that stuff today. Of course, my interest in shred guitar music all started with Joe Satriani, though and the first album I heard by him was “Surfing With the Alien”… the album that made me get interested in guitar. When I was first starting out in guitar, it was my guitar teacher that got me into Joe Satriani. My guitar teacher used to own a small bookstore in my hometown of Greenwich and his book store sold music CD’s too. One day after a day of guitar lessons, I was looking through the CD section of his bookstore and my guitar instructor picked up this CD and handed it to me… on the CD was this cool cover with the Silver Surfer on it and it was Joe Satriani, “Surfing With the Alien”. My guitar teacher suggested I should buy that album and listen to it. Yes, I did buy the CD and still have it sitting on my CD shelf. I’ve loved that album ever since then and still listen to it.

Yeah, I try to listen to other guitar shredders over the years… I listened to Steve Vai, Yngwie, Al Di Meola, Jason Becker, Jeff Beck, Eric Johnson and guys such as those. All those other guys are pretty good but I haven’t bought too many albums by them. I’m more of a Joe Satriani fan than the rest.

I just love Joe’s style of playing. He sounds more musical than the rest. I love Joe ’cause he treats his instrumental music like songwriting ’cause that’s what his music is pretty much. Yeah, Joe writes instrumentals but when he writes music there are still intros, verses, chorus’s, bridges and chorus’s like an actual song. Joe likes to use his lead guitar playing as if someone is singing a song and that’s why I love his music so much.

I’m trying to collect all of Satriani’s albums and I have 4 left to go, I think. I bought his latest album that he just put out this year titled “Shapeshifting” (pictured above) and it’s an incredible album. I think it’s the best one in his career, by far. I wasn’t that crazy with his previous album, “What Happens Next” to be honest but he surprised me with “Shapeshifting”. It’s a pretty strong album. Different than he’s ever done. “Shapeshifting” was pretty tight and Joe’s guitar playing was on fire throughout. I’m going to be listening to this one a lot as I listened to it three times already.

No matter your views on shred guitar music, Joe continues to put out album after album and he’s continues to tour and sell out arenas. “Surfing With the Alien” was what made Satriani big and even if no one seems to know who he is anymore, he continues to be successful if that makes sense.

Joe himself is an interesting guy. I love how he teaches guitar through guitar magazines and I love reading his interviews too. I’ve followed Joe’s career for many years and I guess you can say that I’m a superfan. I’ve even had the opportunity to see Joe live in concert once which was a concert I’ll never forget.

Satriani has always been in my top 5 of favorite guitarists. I hope to play electric guitar like him and I’m working on it really. I do want to shred myself and that’s the whole reason I picked up the guitar to begin with. I would love to make instrumental guitar music someday.

Joe Satch is awesome. You should start listening to his music yourself. Either “Surfing With the Alien” or this album “Shapeshifting” would be good to start with.

Kev

Robby Krieger, guitarist of the Doors, shows you the real way how to play “Roadhouse Blues”…

With America shutdown and stuck at home, that means the music industry is closed too. That also means all the famous musicians in America are stuck at home and bored like the rest of us. Since musicians are stuck at home, they’re still trying to find other ways to provide entertainment for all of us and trying to help us defeat boredom and stuff.

A lot of famous musicians have been doing some pretty cool stuff like live stream performances, Q&A sessions and even guitar lessons.

Well, here is Robby Krieger, giving you lessons on how to play the Doors hit, “Roadhouse Blues”. There are many tabs out there on sites like Ultimate Guitar and I’m sure many tabs on the internet of this song are inaccurate at best. I’m sure many cover bands in America that cover the song all play it wrong. Well, if you want to play the song correctly, you learn from Robby the man himself and he is here to teach you the whole song.

I thought this video was very cool.

Kev

Shutdown of America will have a huge negative affect on the movie and music industry… it’s already having an affect on both…

Should the American people feel sorry for musicians and movie industry people being out of work due to the shutdown of America? Many won’t but you should. This shutdown of the country will have a huge negative affect on both the movie and music industry whether you want to see it or not.

Pretty much all bands & artists were forced to either cancel or postpone their tours. Now many famous bands & artists are stuck at home instead of going out there rockin’ out for people like they were supposed to do. If you think this is a good thing, this shutdown is gonna make them lose a lot of money ’cause of it.

Now that bands & musicians are stuck at home, they have plenty of time to work on new music and many of them already have started work on their next records. Many bands & artists as you all know doing live streams at their homes either doing live performances or Q&A sessions with their fans. They’re just trying to keep themselves and their fans occupied during these tough times. Trying to find ways to entertain themselves and other people.

The shutdown of America will have a negative affect on the record label industry for sure, I’m sure bands & artists have plenty of finished recorded albums but record labels are probably closed and CD manufacturers are probably closed. Even if the album is ready to release, there will be no record stores open to sell them yet (Yes, there are still record stores in America that sells new records especially FYE). If you want to buy new music, your best option is online either through Itunes, Amazon or listen to streaming services like Apple Music or Spotify. I’m sure new records will continue to get released online through the month of April during this shut down… if you want to buy CD or vinyl at the store that will have to wait a while sadly. Record stores in America are gonna lose money ’cause of this as well.

As for the movie industry, it’s very much dead right now due to this shutdown. Many actors and actresses are stuck at their homes and even a lot of them are trying to provide entertainment for themselves and for their fans. That’s why you’re starting to see many celebrities and actors doing more Q&A’s ’cause even the actors are bored themselves and they want something to do while out of work.

I’m sure many movies that were being made currently are all on hold for now… including TV shows being made… everything on hold in the movie/TV industry. That means the film crew will be stuck at home too… like directors, producers, etc. I’m sure all the movie studios like Warner Bros., Paramount, Disney, etc. are all shut down as well. Movie theaters closed all across America so that’s gonna hurt the box office badly with April releases of films. It’s also gonna hurt the BluRays/DVD market with retail stores being closed everywhere. If you want to watch movies during this covid-19 pandemic, your best bet is to either rent/buy online or through online streaming services.

When all of this is all over, though, it’s going to be kind of difficult for both the music and movie industry to get back on track like they were before.

If the economy is gonna be destroyed over covid-19 then that also means the death of the music and movie industry so hopefully that doesn’t happen. If you like to listen to music and watch movies, people won’t admit that they create all this stuff for us. They should think before trashing the entertainment industry like they always do.

Kev

Why live streaming with musicians is becoming a thing… I might do a live stream as well…

So a lot of bands & musicians whether local or national has been doing live streams like crazy on the internet. They’ve been doing live stream acoustic shows at their homes through FB, instagram, twitter, etc. Why has free live stream performances by bands and artists exploded all of a sudden?

Well for one, since a lot of tours and concerts have been cancelled, many musicians are stuck at home now. Yup, ’cause of covid-19 and being quarantined. Many taking part in social distancing and all that shit.

The thing is now that musicians are holed up at home, they got nothing to do and many of them are just bored to death and they want to keep making & playing music. Many bands & artists decided to start writing songs for their next record during this quarantine and many of them are doing their concerts live on the internet instead which is a good idea.

Another reason for the live streaming is that bands & music artists just want to play music for their fans as a way to help get them through covid-19. Music is a healer and they want to help get rid of “stress” through these difficult times we’re in. Since a lot of music fans are holed up at home and many of us are bored, bands & music artists just want to continue to entertain us via live on the internet.

I’m glad “live stream” is finally a thing, though and I’m gonna join the bandwagon real soon. I’d like to do a live stream show of me doing cover songs ’cause I don’t have a new batch of originals yet. So my live stream would be cover songs only. I’m planning on doing a live streaming for two nights, both shows being a 10 – 12 song set which would probably be about an hour or so.

I’ve written down a list of all the cover songs I wanna do and came up with some great ideas. I think it’s important that I should do a bunch of cover songs that people know well and love. I’m going to be doing everything from old stuff to new stuff. Mostly hit songs you hear on the radio and stuff. I’ll be doing everything from oldies to classic rock to metal. All of it on acoustic. I think it’ll be fun. People will be surprised of the cover songs I’m about to pick.

This could happen in a few weeks. I need time to rehearse songs and might learn a few more.

Kev

Led Zeppelin wins “Stairway” case once again, will you accept that they aren’t thieves and move on?

I think this Michael Skidmore clown needs to accept that Jimmy didn’t steal the “Stairway” riff from “Taurus” and move on. Of course this Skidmore guy never will… he’ll figure out another way to get at Led Zep.

https://www.nydailynews.com/snyde/ny-led-zeppelin-stairway-to-heaven-court-rules-20200309-jphuicz44jarhfhbbejgudxf4a-story.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-51805905

I think Led Zeppelin getting accused of being song thieves is getting old and tiresome. It’s all pretty silly, in my opinion. Even if Led Zep did take bits and bits from other songs here and there, I wouldn’t call it “stealing” or “ripping off”… it’s more like “borrowing”. There is nothing wrong with “borrowing” from other songs for your own original music ’cause bands & artists do these things all the time. There is nothing wrong with taking a little piece of music that you like from another song to try and re-write it to make your own. It’s unfair that artists get called “song thieves”.

Congrats to Led Zep on another victory, though. I’m sure Page, Plant and Jones are pretty happy about this.

Kev