We lost a lot of great people last year. It’s been tough processing those who died before their time.
Sorry for not putting more out last year. Listen to a number of new albums and will talk about them later on, but right now I want to talk about Green Day.
I have watched them change and grow over the years and have been impressed with what they have said of late and what they yell out loud.
Here is a look back at Green Day and good luck to them in the future.
Looking forward to many more years of their music.
I was listening to some of my older music the other day and it sparked a look at one song that has had a lot of success over time. == Singing in the Rain ===
Which version do you like the best?
The Original With Gene Kelly
The 80’s version by TACO
2009 With Seth MacFarlane
Most recently Robbie Williams
Some not as well know people with really good albums out recently are as follows.
Ian Maksin – Soul Companion
Tim Cheatle – Trust In The Music
Serpent Underground – Death Symphony
Brian Mackey‘s new single America is out with a video on the way.
Other music out and worth getting….
Train – Bulletproof Picasso
Weird Al – Mandatory Fun
Lenny Kravitz – Strut
One Republic – Native
Ran across some of these groups and people worth listening to.
One was a recommendation from a friend.
Sleep For Sleepers
Malice In Wonderland
Restless Blues Band
Yes some bands got their start in Colorado. Big Head Todd and the Monster, The Fray, One Republic, John Denver, Jesse Carmichael from Maroon 5 and Glenn Miller.
People I would like you to notice that should be added to you lists are Tyler Ward.
Graduated from University of Northern Colorado for something other than music, his album The Show is worth picking up and here is a little sample.
According to one of his videos he is a neighbor of Alex G.
Her EP Hello is worth picking up as well as her collaborations.
A group I have previously talked with Broken Tongues.
And a Congrats goes out to Mad Dog & Headman. Tonight They will be having a CD release party at the Skylite Station in Denver.
Enjoy these special Colorado People.
Yes you heard me, he is one heck of a musician. 5 albums and counting.
Check out his channel on YouTube to see him on the road with his music.
More Music coming to Colorado!
Paramount Theater Denver
The Monkees, Aug 5
Jack Johnson, Oct 9
Joe Satriani, Sept 4
Pepsi Center Denver
RUSH, Aug 2
MUSE, Sept 17
P!nk, Oct 18
Jimmy Buffett, Oct 22
Rihanna, Nov 9
Hudson Gardens Denver
Bret Michaels, July 14
Pat Benatar, Aug 4
Foreigner, Aug 11
Styx, Aug 18
Three Dog Night, Aug 25
At the Budweiser Events Center:
Sammy Hagar August 20
Alabama September 15
Straight No Chaser October 24
Celtic Thunder November 26
At Lincoln Center Fort Collins:
Jon Batiste and Stay Human November 1
SYBARITE5 November 15
Chick Corea & Béla Fleck January 15
Andrew Gemkow, his solo project is called, “Postcards from the Deathbed.” If you check out all the places on the web to find him you realize that one style of music is not in his vocabulary. Alternative, R&B, Rock, Folk, he has a wide variety of sounds out there, and all of it is great stuff.
His own Bio on ReverbNations says,
“Postcards from the Deathbed is the story of a man who has chosen to hide in plain sight through his use of music to make sense of the world around him and the events of his life that he cannot possibly understand. The purpose of all of this is to allow the truth to flow out though the vehicle of sound; the wording is carefully chosen to protect all who exist within the spaces of these electrons that bind us all as one existence. As the memories slip from the failing mind of an old man in his fate, these postcards may well serve to remind him of memories lost within the chaos of passing time.
The multiple sketches and refinements as they are released here are with the intent to show the evolution of understanding and acceptance of the self and the impact others have had upon his very being. These creations are a shelter within the soul from the storm that rages within the mind. This is me.”
We asked a few questions,
What or who inspired you?
Coming from a family of musicians, they have always been an exceptional source of inspiration to me. My great grandpa Rudy could play anything he heard on the concertina. My uncle Bob played drums in a wedding band. However, my greatest inspiration came from my uncle Ed. Shortly after I began learning violin, he had me stand up on a side table and play the first three songs I ever learned. When I finished, he gave me a dollar, saying, “Now you are a paid professional. It’s up to you to go as far as you want because you can be the best if you work at it.” I keep this in mind whenever I play music for someone else.
What instruments do you play and who manufactured them?
I play any stringed instrument. The physics of a vibrating string has fascinated me since my time studying with Nelle Meintz. She taught me harmonics. Later, when I learned to regulate pedal harps at Lyon and Healy, Peter Wiley introduced me to the bible of tonal physics by Hermann Helmholtz titled, ‘On the Sensation of Tone’.
The instruments I own have been carefully selected for their tonal characteristics and playability within the capabilities of my hands. Let’s just say that it’s unlikely I will ever buy an instrument off the internet.
I play a 2006 Fender Jaguar Bass that I have customized to suit my playing techniques. For example, I played about 30 different jag basses at the time before I selected the one that sounded and played best. It is strung with Thomastick flatwound strings and has a Hipshot D-tuner. I removed the pickguard and custom shaped a rosewood coverplate for the electronics pocket and added a thumb block to accommodate my right hand technique. Everything else is stock.
My guitar is a walnut 1979 Gibson SG. It was a factory “second” from the Norlin era that has had much work done to it over the years by Kagan and Gaines in Chicago and Northwest guitars. After a complete restoration in 2008, I stripped the original body finish to the natural wood and applied a hand-rubbed linseed oil finish. It has the stock “tarback” or T-top pick-up in the bridge and the stock “super humbucker” pickup in the bridge; split series/phase/parallel. Everything is stock except for a bison bone nut.
There are other instruments in the rack, but these two instruments define my sound.
What do you listen too?
My musical taste is eclectic. I listen to all forms of music. My preference is toward music that is innovative and isn’t an emulation of previous artists. “Sound-alikes” bore me. I do enjoy the recognition of an artist’s influences in their compositions; so long as their own style and personality is dominant in their sound.
I also listen intently to what other people are saying. Without this fundamental base in communication, the intent in my own compositions holds no merit.
What makes you happy? sad?
It took me a bit to think about this question. I’m pretty happy most of the time. When I’m not, it usually leads to 3am writing sessions until I can sleep again. It’s the only way that I know how to at least be completely truthful to myself. As long as I have truth, I have happiness. This doesn’t necessarily exclude sorrow, remorse or joy. Truth just happens to be the justification for experiencing all other emotions I feel.
Sadness has come from innumerable directions in my life. It is not an emotion I dwell upon for fear of becoming awash in its consumption. It’s emptiness is the very thing I avoid at all costs. It will have its place in time in its lesser forms, but holds no shelter from the night when it rolls in like a fog. I choose happiness for its limitless reward when continually shared. Sadness brought me nothing but a quick fix, hopelessness and death in all its forms.
But, if one thing makes me sad, it is those who may walk through this life having never known they are alive.
oh… and White Sox fans in a ‘shakin’ my head’ kinda way. Only because they suck so bad at being fans. That’s right, you 35th st. mutts. I said it