Confessions of a Frustrated Rocker

Being a frustrated rocker, one of the entries in my Bucket List is to perform onstage playing a blues number. As a teen, I dabbled with simple guitar chords found in the pull out of Jingle Music Magazine. But some years back, when I was in my mid 30s, I wanted to push my personal … Continue reading

November HiFi Show Posters

As one of the founders and organizers of the November HiFi Show, I also double up as the resident graphic designer. And one of my tasks is to conceptualize and design the posters for the show. The following is a run-through of those we have done. 2004 For this first year, I wanted to play … Continue reading

In A Gadda Da Vida – (Iron Butterfly)

In A Gadda Da Vida: Anyone who grew up in the 70’s would be familiar with this 17 minute ‘epic’ by Iron Butterfly. This song had the distinction of being both a dance favorite and a regular during  chemical and/or organic induced altered state ‘sessions’ (read stoned).  🙂 Here’s a little trivia on this song: The … Continue reading

Jukeboxes

I used to collect/restore jukeboxes –  I guess as a spinoff from my audio hobby. Three boxes are still with me –   Seeburg HF 100R, AMI Continental 2, and a Wurlitzer 1900. They’re all in working condition but will probably need a maintenance check since I haven’t fired them up for a while now.   This 1950’s Seeburg H100 model can be … Continue reading

Beck-Ola (Jeff Beck)

Famous sleeve note on its back cover: “Today, with all the hard competition in the music business, it’s almost impossible to come up with anything totally original. So we haven’t. However, this disc was made with the accent on heavy music. So sit back and listen and try and decide if you can find a … Continue reading

Silver Morning (Kenny Rankin)

Flashback 1975: Disco was starting to raise its (in)famous head. The airwaves were filling up with the likes of Van McCoy’s “The Hustle”, Carl Douglas’ “Kung Fu Fighting”, Gaynor’s “Never Can say Goodbye”. On another front, you had the Pop Superstars like Stevie Wonder and Elton John monopolizing the Grammys. Then suddenly, amidst the barrage … Continue reading

Oh Lord, won’t you buy me . . .

> Some of you may be familiar with Janis Joplin’s ditty “Mercedes Benz” sung a capella. It’s a wry sarcastic look about American consumerism and excess materialism. Mercedes Benz Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz ? My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends. Worked hard all my lifetime, no help … Continue reading

Slowhand’s Blackie

Ok, we have BB King’s Lucille. Brian May’s Red Special, Willie Nelson’s Trigger. But probably the most influential of all these guitars is Eric Clapton’s Blackie A lot of Eric Clapton’s classic songs were probaly played on this most famous guitar in rock history. But not so many people know that Blackie is the sum of different Strats EC … Continue reading

Layla

Any dyed-in-the-wool rocker is familiar with Derek (Eric Clapton) and the Dominoes’ “Layla”, one of the greatest rock songs by one of the greatest rock artists/guitarists of our time. And I guess a lot of those same rockers out there know the story behind the song. Here’s a little additional info I dug out. Layla,  as we … Continue reading

Banned Songs

If they used to ban album covers, it’s not surprising they’d ban songs too. Nowadays, song lyrics can be scattered with the “F” word and we wouldn’t even bat an eyelash. I’ve heard some recent rock tunes glorifying the use of drugs or Hiphop songs that are literally poems of promiscuity. But not so long … Continue reading