“muscles appear to burst like popcorn over heat” East Grand Forks man wins third regional bodybuilding contest http://t.co/NcdZHkt2fZ

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Just kidding, i’m on this bus $CCE RT @KeeneOnMarket: @joegreenwood your learning, but not with that size of an order

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White Lion, Cinderella, Faster Pussycat, LA Guns — SiriusXM Hair Nation tuggin’ at me heart strings! :’) smilin’ & cryin’

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Hookers Made Out Of Cocaine live music band

These guys put in an energetic, intelligent, sharp funk-rock metal show; I wish them the best on their tour! Hookers Made Out Of Cocaine, from Columbus, OH. Very fun, thanks to Ojata Records for putting it together.

Today at the Acoustic Country Music Jam I sang Congratulations, Lodi, Pilgrim Chapter 33, and Plastic Jesus

Today at the Acoustic Country Music Jam I sang Congratulations, Lodi, Pilgrim Chapter 33, and Plastic Jesus

The Kentucky Headhunters LIVE at Grand Forks County Fair

Friends of Vintage Guitar magazine, I was lucky to meet The Kentucky Headhunters LIVE at the Grand Forks County Fair! Highlight was seeing live performance of their new song, “Tumbling Roses”!

Tumbling roses in my head,
Tumbling roses in my bed,
I will never forget what you said,
Tumbling roses ’til I’m dead

Sweden (North Dakota) Post Office

I see in the newspaper today there is an event listing for a “Post Offices of Northeastern North Dakota” exhibit open house, 1 to 5 p.m., at the Pioneer Heritage Center in Icelandic State Park, Cavalier, North Dakota. Peculiar as it may sound, taking note of the post offices that have come and gone throughout a region’s history can tell you something about what has gone on, in the places you stand, before your time.

Monument marking the Sweden, North Dakota, Post Office
Monument marking the Sweden, North Dakota, Post Office

A couple months ago I was driving east on ND County Road 9 just approaching Nash, North Dakota, when I saw a peculiar evergreen tree standing proud all by itself along the side of the road. Noticing as I drove past that there was a monument marking the tree, I decided to stop and investigate.

Here is what the monument reads:

Monument marking the Sweden, North Dakota, Post Office

SWEDEN
In 1879, a Post Office named Sweden was establsihed on a site 450 yards south of this marker. It was housed in a log building in which William McKenzie operated a general store. It was one of two Post Offices, Grafton being the second, authorized through the efforts of Thomas E. Cooper, who became its postmaster. John M. Almen was appointed postmaster in Sweden.
Mail was brought to Kelly’s Point on the Red River by steamboat and carried to Grafton and Sweden, a distance of about 20 miles by Murdock McKenzie.
When the railroad reached Grafton in 1882, Sweden Post Office was discontinued, to be replaced in 1891 by Nash Post Office, Charles Hanson Postmaster. 1963

Fifty years after the monument was dedicated, I stood there reading it. The monument was placed 80 years after service stopped at the Post Office. From end to end, 130 years have come and gone, sun and snow, on this piece of earth, since they were delivering mail and I was just finding out about it. I wonder about the other post offices that are remembered by the Icelandic State Park exhibit, and I hope I get the time to visit there someday.

A new band called Ortolan Saints

Ortolan Saints
Ortolan Saints

I have been playing with a new band, Ortolan Saints .. woohoo!

We are trying to be a heavy metal band, but sometimes I think we kind of puss out. I need to work on keeping things darker (and heavier!) with my guitar.

The band has been a great writing exercise for me to exorcise some cynical demon commentary from my heart. I’m not outstandingly proud to be presenting these lyrics to the public, but writing them was a necessary casting out of ideas and emotions that have built up inside of my mind. I’m happy to have the opportunity to express them, to perhaps let their antagonists expire and die free, rather than to continue to reign as a shadow upon my soul.

Check out one of the songs, here: Smashed.

Learn more about Ortolan Saints at www.ortolansaints.com.

Butte Saint Paul State Recreation Area

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of visiting Butte Saint Paul in the Turtle Mountain region of North Dakota. The snow still deeply covered the path up to the summit, so I was obliged to admire the scene from below.

According to NDParks.com:

In 1850, George Anthony Belcourt, the state’s second missionary, embarked on a journey to preach the gospel to the Native American Indians settled around Ot Accowabiwinins, the highest known peak in North Dakota at that time. Unfortunately, Belcourt and his company of guides and sled dogs were caught in the midst of a giant blizzard, so they sought refuge atop the peak by burying themselves deep in the snow. On January 25, Belcourt offered a Thanksgiving mass where he blessed a wooden court that he had placed on top of the mountain, which he subsequent named Butte Saint Paul.

Looking up the butte, I couldn't see the wooden court. But it looked like some kind of rock pillar was there. I wasn't sure what to call it … an obelisk?

From the North Dakota Parks and Recreation website:

According to a Belcourt biography by Rev. James M. Reardon, in January of 1850, Belcourt, his gui

des and sled dogs set out to visit the Native Americans in this area in order to teach the gospel. The group was caught in a blizzard and sought refuge on the highest peak (580 feet) by burying themselves in the snow until the storm broke. On Jan. 25, which coincides with the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, Belcourt offered a Mass of thanksgiving for their delivery from the blizzard. Belcourt blessed a large wooden cross and planted it on the summit of the hill naming it Butte St. Paul and dedicating it to the conversion of the Indians of the vicinity.

Eventually the cross disappeared, but 80 years later its remains were discovered and a cairn 12-feet high was erected to mark the spot and included a commemorative bronze plaque. Ten acres surrounding the marker were designated as a state park. Plans were to reinter Father Belcourt at the foot of Butte St. Paul, but this has never been carried out, and his body remains in Memramcook, New Brunswick.

So, it was a wooden cross, that makes more sense. And now I know it's not an obelisk or a pillar at all, but a cairn.

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Amp Check Fugue in A Major

It’s been a while since I’ve played a guitar into a microphone so thought I’d try out this little one I have sitting around the station:

amp check fugue in A Major

Fender Telecaster into a Gibson Falcon

One love

P.S. The word ‘fugue’ is used here in reference to psychological state rather than the musical composition technique of repeating melody in two or more voice, but the complete song is in fact to be played as that kind of fugue… when you have enough people to play the parts.

Blackwood Press: Leaves Along The Sidewalk: A Call For Artists

A death. A body amongst leaves on the sidewalk, found by passersby, the young couple walking their dog. An old man, you’d expect natural causes, but there’s a pool of blood amongst the leaves beneath his coat. Was he shot or stabbed? Why? By whom?

Blackwood Press wants to hear the story, and many more like it or unlike it. We’re putting out a call to artists for submissions in a wide range of eclectic, dynamic media for publication on our website.

Our central focus has always been the written word, yet surrounded and complemented immediately by all the combined, mixed media we can produce. Traditionally that’s meant printed chapbooks and small-run audio compact disc duplication, as well as an occasional full-length book; but today we’re traveling digitally and online, first with our glorified blog of a website, followed by ebooks and other digital editions, and still, we hope, with an occasional full-length physically printed book.

Blackwood Press is small, independent, and powered by creativity. All forms of artistic expression will be considered for publication on this website. Artists retain all rights to their work outside of initial publication.

Please submit inquiries and manuscript materials to the address listed below, or use the online form to upload your work. Submitted materials will not be returned unless prior agreements have been arranged with Blackwood Press.

Send manuscripts and materials to:

Blackwood Press
P.O. Box 12121
Grand Forks, ND 58208-2121

Or email us: blackwoodpress@blackwoodpress.com

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VG webmaster Joe G. takes a test run on a '37 Martin 000-28 in the Strings West booth at the Arlington Guitar Show 2011 - Guitarlington!
Taking a test run on a '37 Martin 000-28 in the Strings West booth at the Arlington Guitar Show 2011 - Guitarlington!

I spent the weekend at the Arlington Guitar Show 2011, in Arlington, Texas, with the Vintage Guitar crew … Alan, James, Ward, Gil, Barbara, Lisa … man, what a blast!

The show itself was nutso, mind-boggling … more guitars in one place than I’ve ever imagined … check out the VG photo gallery on the Facebook page

Hanging out with everybody was like a Hollywood night for me – Gil Hembree is a celebrity, am I right? Lisa Sharken? I don’t know about you, but I consider Ward Meeker a living legend of walking, talking guitar encyclopendiums …

And watching those dealer jams, amazing … you think Brad Paisley can play? Meet Gary Hutchison sometime! Smokin’!!! Meeting the dealers, Berlin and Belzer, The Burst Brothers … the guys from Cream City … all of it was just great.

Thanks a lot, VG … anytime you want to send me again, I’m in.

Now tonight I’m gonna see if I can make my Tele sound like those jam session dudes … practice, practice!

LATEST VG: Vintage Guitar magazine, December 2011 issue

VintageGuitar.com - December 2011 issue
VintageGuitar.com - December 2011 issue

The latest issue of Vintage Guitar magazine is now featured on the website. Doug Yellow Bird always does a fantastic and stunning, beautiful design. It’s a pleasure to be involved with the project. Next week we’re headed to GUITARLINGTON, a huge guitar show in TEXAS!

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Modern-Vintage Minolta SLR Camera For Sale

UPDATE: SOLD! $70 for the kit. We figured out the body was made around 1999 and the lenses were from the 1970s. Nice!

This is my father’s old camera. He moved out of the house so I’m selling some of his stuff.

Minolta Maxxum QTsi SLR camera, 2 Quantaray lenses, carry case, mini pod, batteries and 2 rolls of film. Nice classic equipment! $100 OBO 701-215-2553

Minolta Maxxum QTsi
Minolta Maxxum QTsi SLR camera, 2 Quantaray lenses, carry case, mini pod, batteries and 2 rolls of film. Nice classic equipment! $100 OBO 701-215-2553

You Won’t Disgust Me – The Sunday Mornings, “Bloodshot Eyes” – 2003-03

The Blackwood Press DUB, March 2003, cover painting "The Fashion Show" by Dave Bullhorn

This song was originally published March 2003 in The Blackwood Press DUB, a nearly unmentionable ‘zine I helped publish.

You Won’t Disgust Me – The Sunday Mornings – Bloodshot Eyes

You Won’t Disgust Me

put your mind
in my dish
make a wish
I won’t waste it
I’ll see what I can do
I want to make it come true

put your heart
in my hands
the beat stands
on my fingers
the blood lingers
I will do my best
to fulfill your breast

baby you can trust me
let me look
you won’t disgust me

put your mouth
where my lips are
take a look at my hip scar
it waits for you
I wanna share this chance
would you care to dance?

baby you can trust me
let me look
you won’t disgust me

As usual, this is more like a one-off half-formed number that my friend Jim Bob and I were messing around with. There are a few others that complement the experience, maybe I should post those as well. I’m glad we recorded them.

Wall Street Blues – 2007-08-19

Wall Street Blues

Here’s a song I wrote back in 1998, “Wall Street Blues”. It was delivered as an instrumental speech to my International Finance 410 class complete with electric guitars and a backing band (my buddy Jim Bob), for which I received an ‘A’ grade.

The recording posted here is from 2007, and features my band, The Midnights!

Wall Street Blues

I was drinking down at the bar
Stock broker showed me his brand new car
His new gold watch, and his girlfriend, too
He said, “hey buddy, I can get all of this for you.
Uh-huh, just invest a little money in me.
I’ll make you a rich man, yeah boy, you’ll see.”

I bought ’em low, and I watched ’em rise.
The stock split, then doubled in size.
Monday came and went in a flash,
But on Tuesday morning the whole market crashed, uh-huh
And I went into a trance.
I should have listened to my baby
And sold them when I had the chance.

The market crashed, the market crashed,
The market splashed, smashed, and
I lost all of my cash, uh-huh,
It’s all over the news.
I was looking for some new shoes but all I found was them
Wall Street Blues.

Now I’m walking in the streets
I got no money and nothing to eat
I’ll tell you once, you can take it from me,
Ain’t nobody on Wall Street getting rich for free, huh-uh
You better be ready to lose
Don’t end up like me, with them
Wall Street Blues.

This song becomes relevant every ten years or so.

Times I Rushed In – 2007-06-07

Times I Rushed In

Another example of a scratched record. But that’s why you’re here, right?

I like this for the guitar tone that comes in around the five minute mark. It sounds like the Hagstrom Viking through Dave’s Celestion Alnico Blues. But previous to that throughout the song it sounds like the Peavey Predator … housing pickups from a 1972 Fender Stratocaster, courtesy of Uncle Al.

Upon The Road To Dreaming – 2010-02-14

Upon The Road to Dreaming

This was Valentine’s Day 2010, rockin’ out with The Midnights!

We recorded a bunch of songs during our practice that night and pretty much all of them have a missed note or more. Regardless, there are parts in each of them that shine through. The Story of The Midnights Band!

We have a lot of scratched records.

Kindle Edition: Book For Sale: Pipe Etchings, Bled From Stone

My book is on the Kindle! Only 99 cents! Pipe Etchings, Bled From Stone by Joseph Edward Greenwood http://t.co/FXxRLOA via @amazon

Pipe Etchings, Bled From Stone, by Joseph Greenwood
Pipe Etchings, Bled From Stone, by Joseph Greenwood

I have a book for sale on Amazon.com. It’s titled, “Pipe Etchings, Bled From Stone“. Please buy it! [Click here for the Kindle Edition]

TVFury Podcast Rocks Joe Greenwood Song

Hey, the 1st @TVFury podcast is done. The topic: NYC street ball. Music by @joegreenwood. http://tvfury.wordpress.com

[Editor’s note: The song is “Modern Girls“, which you can listen to via FREE MP3 download, as well as many others over on the music page.]

In The News: Charlie Parr with The Midnights at NDMOA

Charlie Parr
Charlie Parr, photo by Evan Boucher

On Tuesday, July 5, hundreds gathered outside of the North Dakota Museum of Art to see Charlie Parr, an internationally renowned bluegrass and folk musician.

The Midnights, who opened for Charlie Parr, formed in the summer of 2007, with Mr. Joe Greenwood bringing some of his home-spun tunes. The name is derived from the band’s rehearsal time slot from 12:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. The rehearsal time was a unique requirement for the Midnights, as Greenwood could only rehearse after he got off work from the Grand Forks Herald newspaper.

SOURCE:  http://und.edu/news/2011/07/charlie-parr-concert.cfm

Johann Pachelbel’s ‘Canon in D Major’, 1694; popular arrangement for solo guitar, as performed by Joe Greenwood on double guitar

I was asked to play this song for a girlfriend’s wedding as she walked her processional down the aisle.

That day, it was beautiful; but I was only able to play the first several opening measures. So, as a gift, I made this recording of the full arrangement.

Johann Pachelbel’s ‘Canon in D Major’, 1694; popular arrangement for solo guitar, as performed by Joe Greenwood on double guitar

This is a widely popular arrangement for solo guitar that I have been playing since I was a young boy. Here, I recorded myself twice, once on top of the other, to fill in some areas that felt inarticulate without further clarification. It is a quick, rough sketch; I am far away from perfection in so many things, and my life is short.

My favorite performance arrangement for this song includes a group of strings, nearer the original score for three violins and basso continuo. Just the thought blooms a panoramic scene of beauty inside my mind.

For this recording, and at the wedding, I used an Epiphone ‘Chet Atkins’ model classical style electric-acoustic guitar, with nylon strings and a broad classical style neck. The guitar is borrowed from my uncle Alan.

Josie’s Hope: 2011 Relay For Life Fundraiser

Josie Alise Greenwood
Josie Alise Greenwood

From Alan Greenwood, Publisher, Vintage Guitar magazine ~

On April 9, 2007, Josie Alise Greenwood, my 3-year-old grand niece, died of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.  As you may imagine, it was devastating to her family. They formed Team Josie, which participates in the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life and to date [April 2011] have raised nearly $26,000 for the Society.  This year, Team Josie is raffling a PRS SE Singlecut Korina donated by PRS Guitars. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.

Learn all about it at JosiesHope.org.