The Song In My Head


Deep Fried Presley
October 6, 2008, 3:33 am
Filed under: America, Music, rocknroll, singer | Tags: , ,

Ingredients:

Nilla wafers
Banana slices
Peanut Butter

Creat a little sandwich by spreading peanut butter on the wafers.. then put banana slice in between. Dip it in batter and deep fry it following these instructions.

There are really only 2 periods I love of Elvis. 54′-56′ Elvis and 68 comeback special Elvis. The rest is just fluff or deep fried fat with bad sunglasses.

’68 Comeback Elvis

’68 Elvis formed the basis for how I wanted my backing group to be. It was loosey goosey, colored with inside jokes, and filled with plenty of fun. When I first started playing shows in Dallas, I played acoustic guitar with one drummer, forcing him to only use a snare with brushes.. no drumkit allowed! Eventually I added more members to the group resulting in The All-Nighters. If you have ever been to my live shows.. you can see that we try our best to capture the essence of the ’68 comeback special.



The ones that got away
October 5, 2008, 8:29 pm
Filed under: 60's, britain, Music, rocknroll, singer | Tags: , , , ,

 

Songs they gave away

Songs they gave away

I wish I had songs I could give away…. unfortunately I can’t churn them out like the Beatles factory did.  Some of the songs they wrote for others were pretty craptastic.. but suprisingly many of these tunes became huge hits! Then there are the songs that maybe the Beatles shouldn’t have given away. I obviously love the Mccartney tracks more, but his are definitely the stronger songs.

Funny Beatles factoid; when Paul would play World Without Love, as he sang the lyric “please lock me away”, John would always be quick to respond “ok”. Classic John.

World Without Love (Peter & Gordon)

Step Inside Love (demo w/cilla black)

Come And Get It (Badfinger)

SUPER ADDED BONUS!

Paul wanted to give this song to Frank Sinatra but ol’ Blue eyes thought that the song was a joke and reportedly said “Is this guy trying to have me?”. Frank is pretty dumb cus this song could have been a Sinatra classic.



Oh Rufus.. you magnificent man!
February 26, 2008, 3:42 am
Filed under: 98, America, pop, Rufus, singer, trl

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First off, I wanted to apologize for being inattentive to all my readers here at  The Song In My Head.  I have been away since New Years and I have had technical difficulties with the site and the music not playing.  This has all been fixed. I will have all the old songs working soon and I will have all new posts as well! YAY! 

 Anyhoo,

In the fall of 1998 the greatest horror ever known to man fell to earth in the form of a TV show called “total request live”.  Eventually this mindless pop fest for 12 year olds became the king of the castle over at MTV.  I understood the shows appeal but I was completely thrown off guard when a young, fresh, piano master named Rufus Wainwright somehow sneaked his way onto TRL’s poop plate list of artists.  I really wasn’t sad at all when he ended up losing to Britney or Christina or whoever it was, because I knew that he was amazing and that “April Fools” was one of the best pop singles of the year.   “Oh well” I cried, “at least I know better than 12 year olds”.  My musical love affair with Rufus has only grown over the years although I tend to always fall back on his singles and more straightforward “pop” tunes.  

 Here are some of my personal favorites of Wainwright’s collection:  

April Fools California Going To A Town  One Man Guy



The Forgotten Son
December 3, 2007, 5:06 am
Filed under: 50's, 60's, America, dylan, folk, Music, seeger, singer, woody

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At 14 years old, while the other kids in high school were out partying and living it up, I was busy dorking it up at home watching music documentaries on PBS.  At the time, the thought had never occured to me that I would eventually become  a songwriter.  I was just a kid who was really, really into music and singing.  Buying CD’s and raiding my sister’s music collection was a daily occurance, and much of my youth was spent lost in a daze of stereo components and mixed tapes. However, I clearly remember the night that the folk singer Pete Seeger appeared on my TV.  I thought to myself “don’t forget his name… pete seeger….pete seeger…pete seeger”.  By the weeks end his albums found their way to my cd player,  and I retreated into a dusty world that seemed like the perfect musical backdrop to a Steinbeck novel. 

Mentioning Pete Seeger’s name usually brings out lame conversations like the following:

lame ass -“isn’t that the guy who sings Like A Rock?”  

me -“no, that would be Bob Seeger, the biggest retard in music history

 lame ass -“oh” 

Rattle off a few of ol Petey’s greats, and then you get a smile and a nod of recognition: Turn, Turn, Turn.  Where Have All The Flowers Gone?  Wimoweh.  Guantanamera.  If I Had A Hammer.  We Shall Overcome.These are all folk classics, yet why is it that people don’t know the name Pete Seeger?   It’s a hard thing to explain, but I think it has to do with the fact that Seeger’s career fell smack dab in between two giants known as Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan.  Acting as a bridge between them, his own legacy became overshadowed.

Being a best friend of Woody and a mentor to Bob (he personally took young Bobby under his wing to help him tour) Pete’s namesake remains firmly fixed as that of a union/protest singer and not much else.  Guthrie’s best songs had a more universal  appeal and tone, and Dylan ascribed to being no one’s political pet,  eventually abandoning the protest movement altogether.  Pete chose to remain behind, and unfortunately songs about unions and scabs and big boss men don’t resonate as well with the kids now a days. On top of that, Pete was more of a banjo man, which also may have hindered his chance with a mainstream audience. 

All of that said, I think Pete Seeger is one of the best singer/songwriters that has ever lived.  His melodies are made to be sung, his stories are full and rich, and his technique is flawless.  Having seen a huge resurgence in the indie-folk scene, I point my finger with scorn to all the wannabe Beardo Mcgee’s that think they are folk artists and say “learn from this master”. 

Darling Corey

Little Boxes

Turn, Turn, Turn

Casey Jones



Sopranos And Altos
December 1, 2007, 5:06 am
Filed under: 60's, America, britain, Disney, female, Music, pop, singer

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 If I had to chop off my manhood and become any female singer for a day, I think it would have to be either Julie Andrews or Karen Carpenter.  They easily have the cleanest and the purest vocals of anyone in the music biz.  I have never heard any woman out-sing these two.  They are the kind of singers that can lay it down in one take.. and if they have to  do another take, they make the speakers go out of phase cus their vocals are pretty much perfect every time.  There ain’t no computers fixing bad notes here, baby!  What I also love about each of them is not only are they GREAT singers, but they are so unique that you can instantly recognize them as soon as they hit their first notes. 

I decided to put on here my all-time favorite Julie Andrews song “Feed The Birds” from Marry Poppins.  What I love about this tune is not only her voice, but the actual song construction itself.  It starts out minor, but somehow has  a light quality to it with Julie singing.  When it finally reaches the chorus the whole song drops down a key and goes major!  Normally a song going from minor to major would go UP a key giving it lift and becoming “happy”.  This does the opposite but still retains the same effect. The other song I put on is the Carpenters “For All We Know”.  Karen has a very “alto” voice and her range dips into almost male tenor from time to time.  She can still sing quite high, but she never really needs to.  Karen was known to be overly perfectionist about how she sounded, and that suits me just fine.

Feed The BirdsFor All We Know