Archive for October, 2017

Baby, You’re a Rich Man

“Baby, You’re a Rich Man” was jointly written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and released by the Beatles in 1967 as the “B” side to “All You Need is Love”. It was also included in their “Magical Mystery Tour” album and also in the “Yellow Submarine” film.

My instrumental arrangement is in a classic rock vein, and is a little more on the funk side than the original.

October 30, 2017 at 7:28 pm Leave a comment

Normalization

“Normalization” is an original composition in a “Classic Rock” style. This particular track is a homage to the “art-rock” style — pioneered by bands like Deep Purple, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes — that incorporated elements of classical music.

October 29, 2017 at 6:57 pm Leave a comment

Inner Join

“Inner Join” is a 12-bar, minor blues. It is intended to evoke the feel of the great “Super Session” album with Mike Bloomfield (one of my major guitar heroes) and organist Al Kooper.

October 28, 2017 at 4:59 pm Leave a comment

Cardinality

“Cardinality” is an original instrumental in a late-60’s, “classic rock” style. In addition to the guitar parts I also played the bass part. The drums and organ are sequenced from “loops”.

October 28, 2017 at 8:46 am Leave a comment

Multiplicity

“Multiplicity” is an original instrumental in a late-60’s, “classic rock” style. In addition to the guitar parts I also played the bass part. The drums and organ are sequenced from “loops”.

October 26, 2017 at 6:37 pm Leave a comment

Making Do

“Making Do” is an original instrumental in a late-60’s, “classic rock” style that might remind you of early Santana. In addition to the guitar part I also played the bass part. The drums and organ are sequenced from “loops”.

October 23, 2017 at 7:13 pm Leave a comment

More with Les

“More with Les” is an original instrumental in a late-60’s, “classic rock” style that might remind you of early Deep Purple. In addition to the guitar parts I also played the bass part. The drums and organ are sequenced from “loops”.

October 22, 2017 at 5:39 pm Leave a comment

Thrown for a Loop

“Thrown for a Loop” is an original instrumental in a late-60’s, “classic rock” style that might remind you of early Santana. In addition to the guitar part I also played the bass part. The drums and organ are sequenced from “loops”.

October 21, 2017 at 6:04 pm Leave a comment

Iron Butterfly Theme

Iron Butterfly was one of the pioneers of what would become heavy metal. Their 1968 debut album “Heavy” featured the “Iron Butterfly Theme” as its closing track.

October 20, 2017 at 6:36 pm Leave a comment

Slotted in the Barrel

“Slotted in the Barrel” is an original instrumental 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 in a Ventures/Surf Rock style.

October 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm Leave a comment

PT Blues, Part 2

“PT Blues, Part 2” is another simple, 12-bar blues jam.

Today was another one of those days, with all the things that had to get done,  that I did not pick up a guitar for the first time until the late afternoon. So I again decided to try making a quick recording that would basically be totally improvised. I threw together a drum track in EZ-Drummer and then went into ProTools to record a bass and a guitar part while making a video of the process.

October 18, 2017 at 6:57 pm Leave a comment

Sunny

“Sunny”  was a #2 hit for Bobby Hebb in 1966. Written by Hebb, it is an enormously popular song, covered countless times and charting repeatedly. BMI ranks it at #25 of the top 100 songs of the 20th century.

My instrumental version is firmly rooted in the 1960s style.

October 17, 2017 at 6:19 pm Leave a comment

All Day and All of the Night

“All Day and All of the Night” was a hit for the Kinks in 1965, reaching #7 in the USA and #2 in the UK. The style of the song followed their prior hit “You really Got Me”.

My instrumental arrangement uses the original as its starting point, but adds some instrumental guitar mannerisms as well as taking the parallel chord movements further.

October 16, 2017 at 6:06 pm Leave a comment

The Last Shadow

“The Last Shadow” 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 similar to the style of the Shadows.

October 15, 2017 at 5:11 pm Leave a comment

Tired of Waiting

Tired of Waiting for You” was a hit 1965 hit for The Kinks. Following “You Really Got Me” and “All Day and All of the Night”, it was released as a single in January 1965 in the USA and then appeared on their second studio album Kinda Kinks.

My instrumental arrangement follows the original in form and somewhat in feel, but is a bit more rock-oriented.

The photo is of my German Shepherd Goliath, who somehow manages to make me feel that he spends his whole life waiting for me, whether it is to play, take him for a walk, come home, give him treats, or whatever.

October 14, 2017 at 6:25 pm Leave a comment

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