Monthly Archives: August 2017

I Me Mine: George lets go of the little i…

“I Me Mine is the ego problem. There are two ‘I’s: the little ‘i’ when people say ‘I am this’; and the big ‘I’ – i.e. duality and ego. There is nothing that isn’t part of the complete whole. When … Continue reading

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Little Richard: the ecstasy of cognitive dissonance…

“Elvis may be the King of Rock and Roll, but I am the Queen.” – Richard Penniman Reading the “authorized” biography of Richard Penniman, i.e. Little Richard,  The Life and Times of Little Richard, is part joy, part chore. The … Continue reading

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I’m Happy Just to Dance with You: one for George…

“This one anyway was a straight co-written song for George.” – Paul McCartney “That was written for George to give him a piece of the action.” – John Lennon   Like most old musicians, my friend and lead guitarist Steve and I … Continue reading

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Money for nothing? concert tix ain’t what they used to be…you know, free….

“We haven’t had that spirit here since 1969…” – Don Henley, Glen Frey, Don Felder, “Hotel California” “It’s is a free concert from now on…” – John Morris, announcer, Woodstock, 1969 Let me begin by affirming what many already know … Continue reading

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I Feel Fine: John Lennon, rule breaker…

“That’s me completely. Including the electric guitar lick and the record with the first feedback anywhere. I defy anybody to find a record – unless it’s some old blues record in 1922 – that uses feedback that way. I mean, everybody played … Continue reading

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Toward a geography of rock: part 3, the South – looking backward to go forward…

Joke told around Harvard Yard: “Q: How many Southerners does it take to change a light bulb? A: Five – one to change the bulb and four more to talk about how great the old bulb was.” Southerners are, if … Continue reading

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Honey Pie: Paul McCartney, music hall crooner

“Both John and I had a great love for music hall, what the Americans call vaudeville… I very much liked that old crooner style, the strange fruity voice that they used, so Honey Pie was me writing one of them … Continue reading

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