Jazz Guitar set list 2013-11-9

You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
Yesterday
Yes And No
When I Fall In Love
Blues For Alice
Stuff
Mr. P.C.
Is You Is, Or Is You Ain’t (Ma’ Baby)
In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
Skating In Central Park
The Saga Of Harrison Crabfeathers

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

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.

Wow, Guitarlington!

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!

Vintage Guitar® magazine | Published monthly since 1986
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Tell us who should be inducted to the VG Hall of Fame 2011 and you could win an Egnater Tweaker 40 Head and Two Tweaker 1X12 Cabinets.

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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.

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.