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Bowie Via Brazil . . . : Songs From Wes Anderson’s “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou”

I’m a fan of Wes Anderson films. Let me clarify that. I’m a big fan of some Wes Anderson films. There are moments form his movies Rushmore, The Royal Tannenbaums and The Grand Budapest Hotel that move me in ways

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“Playing To The Tide” . . . : The Good Ol’ Grateful Deadcast¬†Deep Dive Into Workingman’s Dead

This past June was the 50th anniversary of the seminal Grateful Dead album Workingsman’s Dead. This was my introduction to the Dead. My brother and I had spent the summer at a bungalow colony up in the Catskill Mountains of

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The Other Great Classical Guitarist . . . : Julian Bream (1933 – 2020)

Last month, classical guitar legend Julian Bream passed away at the age of 87. Chances are that unless you’re a serious guitar geek (such as yours truly) you have never heard of him. Of the small amount of people who

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Wire, Wood & Steel – An New Acoustic Music Project

I had previously announced the start of a new music project that would focus on acoustic music called Wire, Wood & Steel (see https://roymusicusa.com/2020/05/11/what-i-did-on-my-permanent-vacation-new-music-project/) starting with a video of myself playing an original song on the dobro.¬† I’ve now added

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Posted in Country/Bluegrass, Improvisation, Jam Band, Music Appreciation and Analysis

Quail’s Eggs . . . : “Crazy” – The new single from the band Quail

I written previously about the band Quail (see https://roymusicusa.com/2019/12/15/im-verklempt-blue-sky-by-quail/) when they released their first single, Blue Sky. They recently put out their second single, Crazy and I can’t help be impressed by the talent on display. Written by bassist Anna

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“Don’t Ask Me What I Think Of You”. . : Peter Green (1946 – 2020)

I always said that one of the advantages of being a bassist is that you can get to the opportunity to play and learn from some good guitarists (if you’re lucky). A great guitarist who I played with a great

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Posted in Blues, Classic Rock, Music Appreciation and Analysis

“Once Upon A Time” . . . : Ennio Morricone (1928 – 2020)

OK, memory lane time . . . I remember it was summer. I must of been around eight years old. We would be at a bungalow colony in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York. I was reading the latest

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“Oh, Say Can You See” . . . : Jimi Hendrix and The National Anthem

When does a musical performance become much more than just a musical performance? When does such a thing become iconic? Hendrix’s rendition of the National Anthem at Woodstock is certainly on most lists of iconic rock guitar performances. What’s interesting

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“It’s Not Unusual” . . . : This Is Tom Jones T.V. Show

Continuing the T.V. nostalgia theme from the previous post, I remember sometimes watching Tom Jones on television. This was a little before my awareness of rock music kicked in so I really wasn’t that into it. In hindsight that was

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“The World Sucks, Come Watch T.V.” . . . . : In Concert And The Midnight Special

Nobody exists on purpose Nobody belongs anywhere Everybody’s gonna die Come watch T.V. – Rick and Morty I am a pessimist by nature. Over the course of the last several years that pessimism has morphed into a Rick Sanchez like

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