Friday, April 27, 2007

GUEST COLUMN: Rock Snob String Theory

Yesterday I lost $20 very quickly to Daylight Rambler, who won our "contest" by figuring out in about 14 seconds that lo-fi weirdos Karl Blau performed that stunning version of Tom T. Hall's "That's How I Got to Memphis." Today, we honor Mr. Rambler with some very expensive DSP air time. We're friendly that way. -- Lefty

First off, thanks to The Driftwood Singers for this opportunity (and the $20). I've been a fan of this site since they got a good review over at Tuning .

I can't count the number of times I've been at a party, talking to some guy in horn rims with a dixie cup of keg beer, and heard some version of the following phrase: "Every string part in rock/pop sounds like 'Eleanor Rigby'." To this I say two words, "Rock On."

David Essex - Rock On

While we're talking about strings, have you heard Alice Coltrane (who passed away this January) play the harp? It really doesn't sound like "Eleanor Rigby."

Alice Coltrane - Huntington

You know what takes a lotta balls? Calling yourself "Incredible". I know there's been a previous post here about Mike Heron, but I prefer Robin Williamson's voice, especially in this song.

Incredible String Band- First Girl I Loved

You know something, I think you haven't heard enough Vince Guaraldi. He had a great career before he became the musical voice behind the Peanuts cartoon specials; he even won a Grammy. I know you haven't heard enough Bola Sete, so here they are together.

Vince Guaraldi & Bola Sete- Star Song


- Daylightrambler


Daylightrambler said...

I would've done it whether the money was offered or not. Thanks a lot for this opportunity, I really appreciate it.

Lefty said...

You're quite welcome!