Archive for July, 2015

Recursive Funktion

“Recursive Funktion” is a new original funk/fusion track for guitar, bass, keys and drums. As is my normal practice, I play/record the guitar & bass parts “live” and use midi & soft synths for the drum and keyboard tracks.

I hope you’ll check it out.

*Warning* — bass solo at 2:40.  😉

July 31, 2015 at 2:43 pm Leave a comment

Old Guy Plays “Fools Rush In”

“Fools Rush In” may the the last oldies video for a while; I have no others planned right now. That could, of course, change should I think of some I’d like to do.

The inspiration for my version dates back to Ricky Nelson and his recording from 1963.

July 24, 2015 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment

Dis-Funk-Shun

“Dis-Funk-Shun” is a new composition in my fusion format of guitar, bass, drums and keyboard.  Please check it out!

July 21, 2015 at 2:23 pm Leave a comment

Video of “Taco Cat”

Taking a little detour from the oldies/trio arrangements…here is an original instrumental composition in a “classic rock” style that recalls a little bit of Deep Purple, a little bit of Steppenwolf, and maybe even a little Sly and the Family Stone.

July 19, 2015 at 1:57 pm Leave a comment

Old Guy Plays “Honky Tonk Night Train”

“Honky Tonk Night Train” is a mashup/medley of two famous blues-based instrumentals from the 1950’s, both of which have been covered countless times. “Honky-Tonk” was a hit for Bill Doggett in 1956. “Night Train” was first recored in 1951 by Jimmy Forrest. I thought they went well together.

July 18, 2015 at 2:36 pm Leave a comment

Old Guy Plays “Ghost Riders in the Sky”

“Ghost Riders in the Sky”, originally written and recorded in 1948 by Stan Jones, is one of the most recorded songs in history, covered by an amazingly wide range of artists including Burl Ives, Vaughn Monroe, Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee – all in 1949, and later Elvis Presley, Tom Jones and Johnny Cash. It is also well represented as a guitar instrumental by The Ramrods, The Ventures, the Spotniks, and Dave Allan and the Arrows.

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July 17, 2015 at 2:26 pm Leave a comment

Old Guy Plays “Rumble”

In many ways, this song “started it all”: “Rumble”, originally performed, recorded and released by Link Wray and the Raymen in 1958. It was one of the very first guitar instrumentals. It introduced a distorted guitar tone and “power chords”. It is one of very few instrumental singles banned from the radio airwaves…presumably because of its title (which was reportedly suggested by Phil Everly, as as it had a rough sound and said it sounded like a street fight).

July 16, 2015 at 2:55 pm Leave a comment

Old Guy Plays “Penetration”

Do you remember this, my fellow geezers-in-waiting? It is “Penetration”, a top-20 surf instrumental hit from 1964 for the Pyramids.

July 8, 2015 at 2:55 pm Leave a comment

Confunktion Junktion

This is an original tune in a funk/fusion vein. The video aspects probably aren’t much to look at, as I needed to read the music.

I think the audio turned out pretty well, though.

July 5, 2015 at 5:00 pm Leave a comment

The Chorale of St. Anthony

No video with this one, but I hope you will still give it a listen. It is a smooth jazz/funk arrangement of the hymn, “The Chorale of St. Anthony,” written by J. Haydn (1732 – 1809). This piece served as the basis for Brahm’s “Variations on a Theme of Haydn”. Among other factors, I found it interesting because of how smoothly its five bar phrases flow.

July 1, 2015 at 6:43 am Leave a comment


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