Saturday, November 8, 2014

Good news for modern guitarists

The Daily Mail (so it must be true) reports
Meanwhile 45 per cent of the ladies in Cambridge think guitar players are irresistible as they’re ‘good with their hands’.

Such good news because I live in Cambridge and can play the guitar. I am so heading out to the pub tonight, if my wife will let me.
Britons voted All Along the Watchtower as Hendrix’s most popular hit. The tune was also listed as number 3 of all time to serenade a loved one, while Oasis’ Wonderwall came first and Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven came second.

Odd that Neil Young’s “Down by the River”, the  first song I ever played in public (with Brent Parlane at the Tauranga Folk Club), never rates in these polls of how to serenade a loved one. All together now: “Down by the river, I shot my baby… Shot her dead.”. This was on Young’s 1969 album Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, so quite a while before Nick Cave’s Murder Ballads.

Best performance I have seen of the song is this by CSNY real live on a TV show in 1970. The underrated Stills is great; Young is incandescent. Imagine what they were like on a real stage:

Monitor: Co Tipping

I didn’t head out to the pub.

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