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3 days ago
Earl replied to the topic Re: Musical musings... in the forums.
Jeff stated,

Earl, one of the big "mysteries" to me is when I see some lyrics (from a rock-group or other genre) which nails-on-the-head some very important theme or aspect of our societies -- and quite often highly-complicated concepts, where even most of our "experts" appear grossly ignorant.

1) Was the writer some closet-genius, able to understand some intricacy of our economic system as a mere hobby?

2) Did the writer just "make a lucky guess"?

3) Did the writer experience some sort of Nostradamus-like "vision"?

4) Or, was this insight the result of some "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" psychedelic-journey (lol)???



Jeff,

I'm going to try and answer you as best I can.

Musicians are world travelers. Sometimes street performers. I've heard amazing things from a "blues" player who played with a hat between his feet and a bottle of cough syrup in his pocket. He usually slept were he last played.

Then there's the world traveling musicians, that play a hole in one place and arena the next. They talk to people.

I had a musician tell me the Berlin Wall was going to come down (that was a crazy notion).

I had one tell me the Soviet Union was going to collapse (that was a crazy notion).

Even had one tell me one day China would be a leader in manufacturing (that was a crazy notion).

I don't know were they get these crazy ideas. Traveling, seeing other views, listen to the locals. Listening to the out casts.

Keeping an open view and relating it to the world they see.

It's not an easy profession. Ask a brick mason a question sometime. His answer may hit you like a hammer and hard as a Randy Bachman guitar.

Of course there was the Indian "sitar" player that told me the US economy was destine to fail in 1998 (that was a crazy notion).

Jeff, sometimes I wish Mertis and I could join ole Lucy in the sky and watch the diamonds.

Till then "Take Care"
Earl


03:36 PM
4 days ago
Earl replied to the topic Re: Musical musings... in the forums.
Ronald Douglas "Ronnie" Montrose (29 November 1947 – 3 March 2012) was an American rock guitarist, who led a number of his own bands as well as performed and did session work with a variety of musicians, including Sammy Hagar, Herbie Hancock, Van Morrison, The Beau Brummels, Boz Scaggs, Beaver & Krause, Gary Wright, Tony Williams, The Neville Brothers, Dan Hartman, Marc Bonilla, Edgar Winter, and Johnny Winter.

The band's sophomore outing closes strongly with the galloping uptempo Paper Money, a sermon about the worthlessness of materialism and the almighty dollar that is underscored by Ronnie Montrose's eerie Hendrix-like feedback. As the last recorded musical statement from the original Montrose lineup, the song has an urgent and troubled feeling—almost apocalyptic—and Sammy Hagar's lyrics seem to foretell the global economic meltdown of the mid-2000s some thirty years before the fact.





"Paper Money"

I play the game of a rich boy,
I buy everything I can.
My bankroll is a foot thick,
I'm a wealthy man.
A million dollar reserve note is right there in my hand
And I can't stand to think...it's all that I've got.

Take away all my silver
Take away all my gold
And hand me a stack of paper
Paper money don't hold. Paper money don't hold.

Well, you act as though you don't remember
The way it all used to be.
Now one man, he locks up the money
Another man holds the key.
My car cost me fifteen grand,
Some say I got a deal.
Melt it down, I've got a thousand pounds of junk
And ten dollars worth of steel.

www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/montrose/papermoney.html
09:26 PM
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Earl replied to the topic Re: Famous Last Words... in the forums.
To the Community,

When I watched this video, all I could think of was the thousands of comments and commentaries this could illustrate.

From the "house of cards" to "Pension Smoothing" Plan.

Then, I couldn't stop thinking of the positive.

"The Incredible Power Of Concentration"

The many comments on exercising your brain. The virtues of tenacity.

To view such a feat in a noble light is beyond words.

Watch and discover what inspiration and thoughts enter our mind.

Take Care
Earl


Jul 20
Earl replied to the topic Re: Musical musings... in the forums.
Jeff,

Earl, to me the Bee Gees (along with John Travolta) were the poster-boys for the short-lived "disco craze" of the 1970's. I don't know exactly where you are in the age totem-pole, but for my age-cohort you were either "rock 'n roll" or "disco". Indeed, some knuckle-dragger at a party once wanted to have a fight with me, simply for saying "disco sucks".

I remember "Disco". I remember there was some fashion of jewelry. Men and Women wore a little spoon on a necklace. I actually remember asking a car sales man what it meant, "New Disco fashion" was all he said. A few years later, I went to my first "Disco", sure enough there were all these people wearing spoons. I never did get a direct answer to my fashion question. I did kind of figure out the spoon part later.

Yes, I made a similar "Disco sucks" statement that caused quite a ruckus. I should have said "Disco is stupid" the song Disco Duck was blazing the airwaves and may have been more appropriate. Of course leaving out the "f***ing" word before sucks, may have helped too. I think the fellow I was talking to had one of the spoon necklaces. He seemed very hot headed for "dance music".

I know how you feel Jeff...

Jeff, your comment "like scratching a chalk-board with a nail..." I don't know why record companies do that to a group. The Bee Gees screech, they did the same thing to me one summer with Stevie Nicks (that summer she went solo). "The goat", all summer was the goat. I lost my imaginary love affair of over a decade. I have to listen to the early stuff and remember the good times.

Now just think of this, looking at talent and song writing, musicianship, harmonies.

Skiffle Band-

Born in Chiswick, John Entwistle was a member of the Confederates with Pete Townshend while still in grammar school in 1959. Trained in both the piano and the French horn, he was one of the most musically accomplished teenagers ever to play in a skiffle band.

Jimmy Page's musical tastes included skiffle (a popular English music genre of the time) and acoustic folk playing, and the blues sounds of Elmore James, B.B. King, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Freddie King and Hubert Sumlin. "Basically, that was the start: a mixture between rock and blues."

John Lennon's skiffle group The Quarrymen.

Ringo Starr he joined his first band, known as the Eddie Clayton Skiffle Group

The Rattlesnakes were a British skiffle and rock and roll band formed by Barry Gibb in Manchester in 1955, which would eventually evolve into the Bee Gees in 1958. Originally consisting of Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, Paul Frost and Kenny Horrocks, they were one of the many skiffle bands that were formed in the United Kingdom in the 1950s.

With a cast of band mates like that, I don't see you venturing into "Disco".

A band of brothers that learn to sing. Sing harmonies, play a few instruments. Play for change on the sidewalks, sing for there boat passage back to England. Writing songs people want to play like Otis Redding. Songs covered by many artists including The Flying Burrito Brothers, Rod Stewart, Bonnie Tyler, Janis Joplin, The Animals, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, Nina Simone, Jimmy Somerville, Billy Corgan, and Michael Bolton.

That Skiffle band background always gets me.

You mention Australia and I know the Bee Gees were in and out and around Australia. Knowing I maybe opening a can of worms the chance to show there was actually musicianship in the brothers is something I hope anyone who takes a moment learns some songs and a little history.

It certainly shows how important a community can be. "Friends tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear".

Skiffle is a type of popular music with jazz, blues, folk, and roots influences, usually using homemade or improvised instruments. Originating as a term in the United States in the first half of the twentieth century, it became popular again in the UK in the 1950s.

It certainly shows how important a community can be. "Friends tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to here". Some of us have a guitar, some a horn. Gotta washboard, hey, lets play. We try to remember history, stay focused. The MSM tells us we need to play like this and sound like that. We are truth seekers and some of have lots of questions. I do think some would've at least told what the spoon on the necklaces was for.

One last song from a talented group.

It's been fun researching-
Thank You
Earl




Jeff, one for you. You seemed to really enjoy it the first time. It still amazes me to see these clips.






Thank You
Earl
Jul 20
Earl, Earl replied to the topic Re: Musical musings... in the forums.
Jeff,

I remembered posting Midnight Oil "Bed are Burning". I remembered it had a neat story behind the song and it was actually in the lyrics.

But while scanning down"Musical muings" page 26, I noticed three youtubes were vanished. Then I remembered google and youtubes recent threats of world domination-

bullionbullscanada.com/bulletin-boards/6...k-indie-labels#31062

Two Bob Marley and the Wailers songs, and a U2. I'm going to say, I'm already a bit troubled with this google world domination format.

To take down "No Woman No Cry", they've just gone too far.

When I feel a little better, I'll replace the same songs with approved "youtubes".


I'm going to stick to my Australian theme today-

Thank You
Earl

The Bee Gees were a pop music group that was formed in 1958.
Born on the Isle of Man to English parents,they lived in Chorlton, Manchester, England, until the late 1950s. The family then moved to Cribb Island, in Queensland, Australia.

In August 1958 the Gibb family, including infant brother Andy, emigrated to Redcliffe, just north-east of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia. The young brothers began performing to raise pocket money.

"Spicks and Specks" is a song by the Bee Gees, It was written by Barry Gibb. The song was released in September 1966.





"Town of Tuxley Toymaker, Part One" is a song written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb in Australia in 1966. It was recorded by Jon Blanchfield in 1966. The song was recorded at St. Clair Studio, Hurstville in Australia






"New York Mining Disaster 1941", their second British single (their first-issued UK 45 rpm was "Spicks and Specks"), was issued to radio stations with a blank white label listing only the song title. Some DJs immediately assumed this was a new single by The Beatles and started playing the song in heavy rotation. This helped the song climb into the Top 20 in both the UK and US.




No such chicanery was needed to boost The Bee Gees' second single, "To Love Somebody", into the US Top 20. Originally written for Otis Redding, "To Love Somebody", a soulful ballad sung by Barry, has since become a pop standard covered by many artists including The Flying Burrito Brothers, Rod Stewart, Bonnie Tyler, Janis Joplin, The Animals, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, Nina Simone, Jimmy Somerville, Billy Corgan, and Michael Bolton.


"To Love Somebody" is a song written by Barry and Robin Gibb.



Lyrics


Spicks and Specks
www.lyricsfreak.com/b/bee+gees/spicks+specks_20015566.html

Town of Tuxley Toymaker Part 1
www.lyrics5.com/lyric7650.town.of.tuxley.toymaker.pt1.html

New York Mining Disaster 1941
www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/beegees/newyorkminingdisaster1941.html

To Love Somebody
www.lyricsfreak.com/b/bee+gees/to+love+somebody_20015739.html
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