All posts tagged Rock

RIP Peaches

Peaches_Geldof_cropped_2No 25 year old deserves to die, but sadly, Peaches Geldoff passed today. Presently, the cause of her death is unknown, but whether it was lifestyle or illness, she was young and wasn’t given much of a chance at life. She was a model and writer, and also the daughter of Bob Geldoff, front man for the Boomtown Rats and the organizer of the Live Aid concerts in the 1980’s.

I don’t like Mondays.

All the playing’s stopped in the playground now
She wants to play with her toys a while.
And school’s out early and soon we’ll be learning
And the lesson today is how to die.
And then the bullhorn crackles,
And the captain crackles,
With the problems and the how’s and why’s.
And he can see no reasons
‘Cause there are no reasons
What reason do you need to die?

Rock&RollA friend asked today, “what was the first rock and roll song?” What an awesome question, and almost impossible to answer. There is no first song, because Rock evolved from elements of blues, jazz and swing. The term itself was used in the early 1940’s in some music reviews, describing some gospel and jazz tracks.

In 1941, Alan Freed, a Cleveland DJ, used the term to describe the music he was playing and became synonymous with our interpretation of the genre after that. There are two tracks, both recorded in 1949, that are ascribed as the earliest forms of the genre. Jimmy Preston’s “Rock This Joint,” and Goree Carter’s “Rock Awhile” both contain some of the earliest riffs often associated with rock music. However, it is argued that Preston’s track doesn’t qualify as there are no guitars represented. I feel Goree Carter’s track is closest to what I interpret as true rock and roll music. Here are both tracks.

you decide.

Fulyn DeRane

I worked for Dio Santos (on Guitar) a few years back, and I consider him a friend. We haven’t spoken in a while and I’m curious how things are going with the band. When we were working together and I found out how good a musician he was, I asked him, “what the heck are you doing this crap for?” I forget his answer, but I guess the music business is hard when you have responsibilities to family. It’s a shame, because Fulyn DeRane makes some very good music.

A foot of snow Monday. An ice storm last night. Trees falling into people’s homes and streets. Roads closed, power out, and we expect to be without for 3 days. Understandably grumpy people everywhere in this town. However, we have it better than most. We have a generator, sized to power the entire house… I just have to walk through a small stream to feed it gas every few hours. So, when I think about it, I’m blessed. We’re all safe, we have all the comforts of home, and we have transportation to take us anywhere we want to go. As much as I complain about winter, I do kinda like it…to a degree. The air is crisp, the snow is beautiful (and fun if you have a jeep), and it adds a little bit of excitement to the daily grind. I guess whatever you’re dealt, you should notice the good. But, why do i feel so mean?

Seven Nation Army

Here are a couple of tracks from some influential, avant-garde groups. Sonic Youth has an extremely unconventional, experimental sound (my son would say the experiment failed), but they were influential to so many bands that followed and had a huge following of their own. You can hear their influence in Wilco, Radiohead, and other alternative/experimental rock outfits. The track I selected is one of the easier Sonic Youth tracks to listen to. Like good scotch, it’s an acquired taste. I also included a White Stripes track from the same era, as a contrast to the musical styles of the early 2000 music scene.