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Tuesday, 7 August 2012

All Clear and Practise, Practise, Practise - Early Aug 2012

Odd post this one....gonna dot some extra music links about...just fancy it.

First the headline news.  Last Friday I went to the Royal United Hospital in Bath for a check up.  They went through everything.  Urine test, 2 blood tests, chest X-ray, ECG, blood pressure and a full physical examination.  It appears I have very nearly completely recovered and I'm still improving.  I have indeed got away with it.  Having the Medical Consultant saying with a broad grin that I am healthier than his 30 something Registrar was a major boost.  He also pointed out that for my particular attack I had treatment that amounts to the best available in the world.  Appreciate it.  Time to move on.

Recently, when it was needed, a simple cluster of texts made a big difference.  Whoever you are, where ever you are, Steve Steinman and The Dolmen have a special significance now!  Cathartic indeed.

Try this one:  What the Chillies are to the US, Reef are to the UK.  What a great band, what a song and they are from Street, just down the road.  Give um a go - love the lyrics.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqB_V5twPB4

After coming back from 2 weeks or so festivalling I'm fully back in the swing off things and I'm working through the necessary steps to get the 2nd September gig on.  I have promoted a few rock events before, big or small it's the planning, always the planning.  Know thee one and all, assumption is the mother of all fuck ups.

And another from Reef, again great lyrics.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyKGokhcQJ8

I am also performing so it's an hour a day behind the kit and the results are coming.  We play White Wedding by Billy Idol and for a drummer it is a very busy track and it is my favourite to play from our 1 hr set.  With band practise this Sunday and I'm in good enough "touch" to really look forward to it and be a rock star once again.

One more..I freak when I play this.  Ga and I freaked when we saw them do this at Glasto only a couple of years ago.  They were so young on the clip...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vSQfHFftqw

Prior to the 2nd Sept Day of Rock at the Royal Oak, Corsham, we have a warm-up do next Wednesday at The Pilot, Bowerhill, Melksham.  Good stuff.  The only way to practise playing live is to play live and it's will be so good for all of us to finally launch our band, Black Widow, and show what we have.  I think we all believe that in a year we will be genuinely good.

Another practice room favourite...a real classic this one from an otherwise iffy pop album.  Harsh but true.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_1PMEfUMQI

Ive had visitations this week.  Fart or Martin if you prefer, popped up from town and we duly caught up with Ga and proceeded to the pub.  A few beers a bit at Ga's flat and we cabbed it home.  What a dude.  Nice curry.

(By this time I hope you have noticed that actually I'm watching the Olympics and surfing You Tube looking for my fave songs and fave bands and filling this decidedly mediocre post with extremely high quality, shit kicking music...)  We will all be stone dead forever one day.  Yet again the lyrics here are excellent.  Great bass solo from ya man Lemmy and an incredible guitar solo from Fast Eddie - even for a master such as he.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBFhvEQMPME

After that Lizzy appeared yesterday and as ever that means a dent to my wine collection.  We watched DVD's into the early hours and had a glass of wine or 2, 3.....you get the picture.  She is an art student.  It's so nice seeing so much of her.  No cat's in the cradle here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQVfKS7ukiE

High Jump Now...

I'm about to be barred from every bike bar in the country for this one but I think this is the last really good song AC/DC, my beloved AC/DC, ever wrote.  Lucky it's so brilliant!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AyQQk02Eis

We got a Bronze - Robby Grabarz, good on I'm!!!  Made bread yesterday, most of it now resides in a student.  Bet it cursed me on the way down, bless it.  At least I have the crust...tea and nice toast!

Ok, no more coherent words just a few more music hits for you to enjoy.  Well, if you have come this far why not!!

This is an amazing song.  Been there?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojgg0Bnyg54

I've just seen this and if you have never heard it give it a go.  You are listening to Lemmy here - the original new age music from er...a bygone age.  Fart will be choking on his Alpen if he open's this link - he hates Hawkwind but this is basically an emence lead solo.  Mate, don't do it. If you do, do you remember Stonehenge '83 (or '84?) when they played and I gave in to the inevitable...the fact that gravity beats cheap welsh fungus?  25p a cup, bargain!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fJ0P1f0Ys0&feature=related

My fave 4/4 "standard" rock band of all is the cult.  There are so many great songs and Billy Duffy is a great guitarist for that genera.  They hardly ever played it live because Ian Astbury couldn't do it on stage!  A monster.

http://www.youtubetDgugGXN_kg&feature=related

What can you say about a group of junkies who met in rehab and didn't really move on to much..  They can play?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xz4D5JlHoQQ

This is one of my fave all time songs. Audioslave are simply incredible. This is my rock. The whole album is diverse and contempory and Chris Cornell sang the theme for Casino Royale as well. Everyone this is the regal "I am the Highway". It's emotional.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWlkmkZW2hk

If you want a insight into the lyrics for this great song see below: (This isn't my words but a lesson for us all?)

      "It takes from Scripture. Pearls (treasure) refers to the Gospel/Scripture as a whole, swine (uncleanliness) represents those who reject it Messiah (Jesus) said not to cast pearls before swine. Bereft is the past tense of "bereave," to deprive, make desolate. Cornell seems to be stating different paths/dogmas he has come across, and the path best for him is the one he makes for himself."

Now you know, play it again. If you are low get your hairbrush and sing along LOUDLY!!!

Ok, this is the last one and sorry to Nina and Muse but this guy nails it.  The greatest feel good song of all time?  Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSK9kkM7GL4

Thank you good night and may your God go with you.

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