Friday, February 28, 2014

Beatles Fans Argue For Week about Clapton "Jam"

On a web site dedicated to the Beatles career and recordings, endless Youtubes and Rock Band extracts of While My Guitar Gently Weeps recordings were brought up for discussion.

Thesong had taken weeks to record, after a proper acoustic demo, which contained the song, but not the feel George wanted. The song came together on Sep 5, 1968. In a a short session, starting from scratch, a basic track with a guide vocal was recorded.

The band returned on the 6th, and Harrison brought Clapton. Clapton had given Harrison a 1957 Gibson as a gift, and this was used by Clapton on the session. (Clapton eventually got a wife in exchange for the guitar).

Questionbs remain:

- Did Clapton jam with the Beatles?

-Was anyone but Harrison present when Clapton recorded the solo? (The solo apparently replaced a Lennon guitar track).

-Why do drum sounds bleed to the guitar track? Is it just noise from Clapton's headphones bleeding in?

-Did McCartney record hid bass part with Clapton? It is very treble heavy and has chords, much like a rhythm guitar.

-Vocals were recorded after. Did Clapton stay for the remainder of the session as the vocals and some percussion was added?

-Harrison appears to have recorded an organ part as Clapton was doing his lead part. This is a fact all board members agree on.

-Was Clapton paid up on musician's union fees?

Much remains to be tracked down. More books, just as the the Lewisohn series parts two and three are still to come out. Harrison recorded two albums live with Clapton on stage, including the famous song twice, New York and Japan.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Bob Seger Ruins Song for Nashville Man

Nashville -- Songwriter Earl "Mac" Davis had another bad day writing songs. It started out fine and he had an entire song worked out with the hook line "running against the wind". Then he met Nathaniel at McDonalds and they took their big macs to the park bench and ate them in peace, with Diet Coke. "So I have this new song, Nathaniel," said Earl, pulling out the Martin guitar out of the beat up case. As the song was playing out with the chords C G and D plus Bm, Nathaniel noted the chord changes as familiar and as the words with "mountain", "wildfire" and "running against the wind" flowed out, he suddenly had it. "Earl, I never knew you as a Bob Seger fan, but believe me, you are just channeling Bob Seger." They went to the record store and found a cassette of Seger for 50c. Nathaniel still has a cassette player in his car, so they played it. "Yup, you got me this time. I had more verses, but I just can't use that wind line and that's the whole song. Why don't you just drop me at home, Nathaniel. I'll watch the Histrory Channel, and you can you can come up, but there's no beer.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2008 Here and There Nashville, TN -- Songwriter Earl "Mac" Davis is about to have a second major hit. Recorded in the late summer, while Earl was stuck home scratching chigger bites after a fishing trip, the song has universal appeal and has been released in country rock and traditional versions. The protagonist, Earl, is "here", while his beloved is "there", far away. The song immediately struck a chord with truck drivers and road crew workers working away from home. However, the appeal appears to be broader. Female listeners who also appear to be "here" while their beloved is "there" are buying the song as downloads and CD singles. The song was recorded in one day with veteran session men chosen by Dylan producer Bob Johnston.
2004 Story Nashville, TN – Songwriter can’t stop loving her. Songwriter Earl “Mac” Davis had two cigarettes and three cups of coffee while watching CNN this morning, then went directly to write down words and chords to a melody in his head. The song practically wrote itself with no additional effort. Earl played around with the lyrics a bit, but then went with the verse and chorus as written, ending the chorus with “I can’t stop loving her”, which was also going to be the title. Earl’s friend Nathaniel met him for lunch soon after. Nathaniel heard Earl sing out the chorus, and liked the melody, which sounded original. He pointed out to Earl that his five last girl friends had no trouble ending the relationship with him. “It’s just a song, Nathaniel, I gotta make a living,” replied Earl. “Besides, she ain’t left yet.”

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Miracle Welfare Moms Turn Enterpreneur

Trenton, NJ -- A group of welfare mothers with from 3-8 children at home have turned enterpreneurs. They are now selling each other Chia Pets, Tupperware, Jewelry and hair care products.

How do you get started in this business?
-You get micro loans to start up. People are very supportive.

What happens when you have saturated your neighborhood with Obama Chia Pets?
-You get another micro loan for a new franchise.

Governor Christie has congratulated you on reaching for that "little bit more", instead of waiting for a hand out.

"He did come by for a photo op," noted teen ager Alonso, son of one of the women.

What did you sell him?

"He did not want the Obama so we sold him a pig Chia Pet."

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Christian Student Learning Dangerous Science

Zanesville, OH - Tiffany McBeal, 15, came home upset about her chemistry class. "Mr Johnson told us about atoms and subatomic particles and stuff. We're made of mostly nothing. Even chocolate!" Her mother Karen knows that Tiffany wants to go to study nursing and is pretty smart. Unlike her sister Betty who went to hairdresser school. Karen remembers Betty studying the chemicals for dyeing hair and permanents, but they were real things, not this silly molecule stuff. "I don't know, soon Mr. Johnson will be telling Tiffany about evolutions and big bangs and such. Who does he think he is, with his master's degree? Even my husband has an accounting degree."

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Ryan Hip Replacement Program

Madison, WI -- In a test of a new program that Paul Ryan will launch on national scale, a new hip and knee replacement program was launched for Wisconsin. Instead of expensive and painful hip and knee replacement operations, Grandma and Grandpa will now enroll into new programs. The Grandma Replacement Program will bring families a new Grandma who does not need surgery. The care of the old grandma will be outsourced to Mexico, where the old grandma will be taken care of in exchange for plentiful rice and beans and corn. The Grandpa situation is trickier. It will consist of national curmudgeon exchanges on the free market.