Stardust

Stardust

Who’s got two minutes and forty-four seconds to spare? Go!

This song was written in 1927. It was the theme for our AM radio station’s (Westerly, RI) nostalgic music format, many years-ago. Stardust was on my license plate. After all the years, I conceded the MANY varieties of notations of this song weren’t working for me on guitar, so I arranged it myself. I wrote all the chords you see me playing, and when I was done, I remember thinking it was kind of amazing that I didn’t listen to the song once, and I don’t think I’ve heard it in years. It’s just in there, in my brain! Continue reading “Stardust”

Neaky Freat

My Many Personalities!

We’re on a mighty trip!
We never get it right!
But God grades on a curve
You get what you deserve! A song!

By popular demand (not my cat!) I’ll do a Turkey Day share.
This is still in process, and represents my latest project.

It’s called “Neaky Freat.”
It’s about dancing.
I play all the instruments, designed the drums and wrote the tune.
Working on this in iMovie as I migrate to a better interface (DaVinci).
Also getting to know Apple Motion a little better, which is fun!
At this point, I haven’t added the bass guy, some FX and finishing. Continue reading “Neaky Freat”

Clairo; Has it Been Ten Years?

The ten-year success story of a Massachusetts girl who recorded a song for YouTube one morning without even getting out of bed says everything about what the entertainment industry worldwide has become. It’s much different than it used to be, when you needed a record label and a contract to get any real attention. Riding the YouTube magic carpet, artists like Claire Cottrill, known professionally as “Clairo,” have made enormous strides!

Clairo at The Roxy

About four years ago Clairo showed up out of nowhere on my Facebook feed. I remember! Curiously I clicked. My inner artist-critic self-started. Sometimes I know, and it’s not that hard. I can see through piles of clutter being sloppily laid out as art. I can see talent. Here some was! And I don’t remember who posted that original link for me, but I wasn’t the only one who clicked on it. The innocent, cute image of this girl propped up in her bed caught the attention of millions! Clairo says she recorded the track “using the resources around me which were pretty shitty. I used a little keyboard that I had and I was really into ’80s pop music – Continue reading “Clairo; Has it Been Ten Years?”

Intermediate Guitar with Mark Urso – Lesson 2 – EZ Chord Notation and Performing | Epiphone Emperor Joe Pass

Intermediate Guitar with Mark Urso – Lesson 2
EZ Chord Notation and Performing
Epiphone Emperor Joe Pass

A great new lesson video to help make music refreshingly simple!

Starts with lesson and explanation of EZ Chords for Performers

Continues with three songs performed by me

The EZ chords are posted below!

Songs:

Continue reading “Intermediate Guitar with Mark Urso – Lesson 2 – EZ Chord Notation and Performing | Epiphone Emperor Joe Pass”

Loaf of Bread

free poem

Loaf of Bread
(a poem)

Sliced bread ain’t that great
Certainly not the best thing I ever ate
Please allow me to elucidate
I know somethin’ better!

When she walks in the room I turn to butter
Better than just about anything ever
No loaf of bread could come near looking better
Especially when she’s in her white sweater

So she’s out in the sun and she’s perfectly toasted
And if I had some jelly and some coffee I roasted
We could clean up the cupboards and toss out the rotted
And we could run on the beach ’till we’re totally wasted Continue reading “Loaf of Bread”

KT Tunstall – Suddenly I See (Live Music Video and E-Z Chords)

She’s Scottish … vicious, vivacious, sexy, cute and sublime, all at the same time. The music is nothing short of breathtaking.

She uses loopers, bangs on her guitar for percussion and performs before enormous crowds, often with an acoustic guitar, keeping the composition very clean. She’s an outstanding entertainer!

While practicing tonight I ran into this live performance by KT Tunstall. I hope you enjoy it as much Continue reading “KT Tunstall – Suddenly I See (Live Music Video and E-Z Chords)”

Anymore – Mark Urso (Music Video)

A beautiful song by Travis Tritt covered by yours truly! Country music fans take notice! That means you, dad!

Anymore was released in September 1991 as the second single from Tritt’s album It’s All About to Change. It peaked at number 1 in both the United States and Canada, becoming his second number-one hit in the United States, and his fourth number-one in Canada. Continue reading “Anymore – Mark Urso (Music Video)”

Simple Guitar Tabs – Hurricane (Dylan)

I’ve greatly simplified this without changing any of the chords. This is intended for guitarists and other musicians, so it’s easy to glance at the music and see what you need to see, without any clutter.  I also re-align the word wraps, because the “poetic” pacing, the lyrics written in rhythm, are usually done incorrectly on the popular chord website “Ultimate Guitar,” making it much more difficult a task to play the song.

When I tried to submit chords for the Bob Dylan song “Isis” Continue reading “Simple Guitar Tabs – Hurricane (Dylan)”

Joan Armatrading, Let it Last, Song Chords

Let it Last                               Joan Armatrading                    To The Limit

I got used to feelin’ lonely                                                     E
My spirit always down                                                            A
The grass was gettin’ greener                                           A     E
And my winter was comin’ ’round                                    A     E Continue reading “Joan Armatrading, Let it Last, Song Chords”