Archive for June, 2017

I’m Looking Through You

I’m Looking Through You” was written by Paul McCartney ( and credited to Lennon-McCartney). The song first appeared on the 1965 album Rubber Soul. It was supposedly written about Jane Asher, McCartney’s girlfriend for five years. The line “You don’t look different, but you have changed” reflects his dissatisfaction with Asher and their relationship. The lyrics also reference his changing emotional state: “Love has a nasty habit of disappearing overnight”.

My instrumental arrangement is a bit bit more straight rock’n’roll and less country than the original.

June 30, 2017 at 1:53 pm Leave a comment

Friday on My Mind

Friday on My Mind” was first released in 1966 by Australian rock group the Easybeats. Written by band members George Young (older brother of AC/DC’s Malcom & Angus Young) and Harry Vanda, the track became a worldwide hit, reaching no. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 1967 in the US.

The subject matter of the lyrics makes frequent appearances in popular music — the contrast between working during the week and having fun on the weekends.

The song has been covered by many artists with notable versions by  David Bowie, Gary Moore, Peter Frampton and Blue Oyster Cult. Interestingly, the cover was an instrumental version by the Shadows in 1967.

My instrumental version preserves most of the original guitar parts. However, I play the signature opening riff on a baritone guitar an octave lower than the original. Otherwise, as might be expected, my arrangement is more “surfy”.

 

June 29, 2017 at 2:07 pm Leave a comment

You Won’t See Me

You Won’t See Me” is from the album Rubber Soul. Credited to Lennon–McCartney, it was written by Paul McCartney.

The song is reportedly about a crisis in McCartney’s relationship with his then-girlfriend Jane Asher. She was not returning his phone calls and ignoring him. The somewhat biting tone is a contrast to McCartney’s usually happier love songs. It was musically influenced by the Four Tops’ then-current hit “It’s the Same Old Song”.

My instrumental arrangement is based on the original.

June 28, 2017 at 3:29 pm Leave a comment

Yinzer Funk

“Yinzer Funk” is an original jazz/funk/rock fusion instrumental.

June 27, 2017 at 6:11 pm Leave a comment

Shadow Heart

“Shadow Heart” is an original composition in which I try to combine the feel of 60’s instrumental guitar rock with a somewhat more sophisticated musical and harmonic language than was typical for that genre. This one is like the style of the Shadows.

June 26, 2017 at 12:33 pm Leave a comment

Jangle

“Jangle” is an original instrumental in the style of 1960’s folk-rock. It features a prominent 12-string guitar.

June 24, 2017 at 7:20 pm Leave a comment

Duodenary

“Duodenary” is an original instrumental in the style of 1960’s folk-rock. It features a prominent 12-string guitar accompaniment.

June 23, 2017 at 5:59 pm Leave a comment

Like the Wind

“Like the Wind” is an original composition in which I try to get a feel like the 1960’s instrumental guitar rock style of the Shadows.

 

 

June 23, 2017 at 9:56 am Leave a comment

Sunset Breeze

“Sunset Breeze” is an instrumental power ballad in a Southern Rock style. This is a more of a production than my usual surf/instrumental/sixties style material. It has four guitar parts, piano, organ bass and two drum parts.

It also has a middle section that would be suitable for an extended jam.

June 22, 2017 at 1:59 pm Leave a comment

Rick

“Rick” is an original instrumental in the style of 1960’s folk-rock. It features a prominent 12-string guitar accompaniment.

June 20, 2017 at 7:16 pm Leave a comment

Grayflower

“Grayflower” is an original composition in which I try to combine the feel of 60’s instrumental guitar rock with more a sophisticated musical and harmonic language than was typical for that style. This one is very much like the Shadows approach.

June 20, 2017 at 11:44 am Leave a comment

In the Pocket

“In the Pocket” is an original instrumental in the style of 1960’s surf-rock. “In the Pocket” is surfer lingo for staying at the steepest part of the wave where the most power is — right in front of the white water or barrel.

June 19, 2017 at 2:51 pm 1 comment

Reconciliation

“Reconciliation” is an original instrumental in the style of the Shadows — the 1960’s British instrumental group.

June 18, 2017 at 2:29 pm Leave a comment

Hang Six

Surf’s Up! “Hang Six” is an original surf-rock, riff-driven instrumental featuring a lead baritone guitar complemented by a twangy regular electric.

 

 

June 17, 2017 at 6:51 pm Leave a comment

Two Days Past

“Two Days Past” is an original composition in the style of 1960’s instrumental guitar rock — most notably the Shadows.

June 16, 2017 at 1:48 pm Leave a comment

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