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There has never been a time when music collaboration has been so easy. In the privacy of your own home. You don't have to lug your gear anywhere. I wish we always had this.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Gibson Rally - We Stand With Gibson

I hope you have all heard about it by now, but just in case. On August 24,2011, the US Department of Fish and Wildlife, raided Gibson. They took $500,000 worth of wood. It's just the stuff used to make Guitar necks. Practically, shutting out the company and putting 500 taxpayers out of work. To date, no charges have been laid for any crime the US Department is willing to admit to.

I don't usually get political on this site. I would have preferred to stay on the fun-side here. However, this cannot be ignored. Remember August 24, 2011. A day that will live in infamy. A day when the US government attacked Music Collaboration with a SWAT team.

Gibson Rally - We Stand With Gibson - Les Paul

Les Paul
Born June 9, 1915
Died August 13, 2009 @ 94, Pneumonia
I can't help but wonder what he would have thought about all this. Born undoubtedly while his Dad was fighting WW1. He was basically a guitar player and music producer. He had lively debates with Buddy Holly in the sound booth. He developed the Gibson Les Paul guitar which bears his name. He changed music.

For the US government to attack Gibson is like defecating on the bases at a baseball game or taking grandmothers apple pie and shoving it her face. How could they do it?

I live in a town where the Mayor ripped out a baseball field, three months before a general election. He lost badly. It's a little early but let's remember August 24, 2011

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Ike and Tina Turner

I have had a rare treat lately. I went to a Dollar store for a light activity at lunch last week. I was thumbing through the CD rack. Mostly it junk,of course but I thought you never know. I found this double CD set with a white cover that simply said Ike and Tina Turner. No real name on the album. A couple of pictures of them. The name of the company that released the album appears to be legit. I just wanted something new and different for my car when I drive to work.

I was totally blown away. It turns out it was copies of original recordings. Early 60's Motown I believe. The recording was clean. The effects were quaint, some almost funny. I suspect they might have actually built the devices with there own hands. Very little delay. Perhaps only natural reverb. Cable strings on the guitars. Simple Drum kit. And Tina Turner's voice.

I never really understood before. The legend of Motown. It was her, Tina Turner. That voice and production was Rock. It made Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Louis sound quaint. There was never anything like it before and little since. You could put it up against anyone and they would have a tough time competing. It set the stage for everything that came after. The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, to name a few. There hasn't been a woman's voice like that since either. Many have tried, lots were successful. However, a new golden age of a woman Rocker has not come again yet.

I never heard any of these songs before. That was my rare treat.