Back in the late 1970s, I worked in the diamond district of of NYC. At first it seemed exotic. Then daily tedium set in so badly I found myself taking lunch breaks a block down on 48th street to save my sanity--the music street as its known. At the time Electro- Harmonix had a great showroom. Cool and dark on blistering Manhattan days, it was like stepping into a time portal with untold treasures of guitar effx boxes.
Articles by George Maida
Never say never... but our mix this week is generally sprinkled with great in-studio performances by Chris Lucas, Laura Ann Singh and husband & wife virtuosi Rusty and Susan Farmer. Yes, this is part II of International Guitar Month. Last week we kicked off our month long celebration with Mike Molenda, ed-in-chief of Guitar Player magazine, now in its 45th year.
Trade show people wanting to showcase their guitar goods have the NAMM conference for gear and mingling each winter... the rest of us, like yours truly, eagerly await Guitar Player magazine in our mailboxes each month. A late bloomer on the 6 string, I began reading it a couple of years before I began to play in the late 1970s. And its still my periodical of choice. Unlike many institutions that seem to worsen with age, Guitar Player keeps getting better.
I probably don’t have to say it--but no basketball talk here. This week’s show begins with Napolean XVI... long, long ago and far, far away--before G. Lucas or mindless electioneering--and--ends in otherworldly fashion with a dance from the fourth rock from the Sun.
The biggest curse of commercial radio isn't the commercials. Its the enervating mediocrity of programming done by focus groups in other cities and slammed in your face day after day. Month by month. Year after year.
It sounds too pompous and way too much of a cliche to state one particular Americana ensemble has taken up where The Band left off--on the other hand--if anyone deserve's to be in that category, The Black Crowes certainly do. Critics in the past loved to slap miselading labels on them.
There is more to American youth's involvement in music than American Idol. Unfortunately, what is truly worthy in other forums seldom gets the attention it deserves. Last fall, I highlighted how the band Styxx did a concept DVD with a youth orchestra and you heard insightful thoughts from prog guitarist James Young.
That particular spelling of music dates back at least to the early 1600's--and--symbolizes our exploration of the antiquarian marrying the modern this Saturday night. From modern melodies to ancient... old Albion has given us a treasure of songs and tunes that have survived centuries... sometimes in original but often modified forms that carry the same spirit of the past.