Thursday, April 27, 2006

I don't wanna be a pinhead no more...

whistle bait

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Sin Eaters - Kings Barcade - 4-1-06

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

scribbles - one old, one new

Stupid Little Song

I've got a few stories to tell.
I've got a few rhythms and rhymes
Maybe I could sing one for you right now
or maybe some other time.

I've been to high school and I've been to war,
I've picked up a thing or two.
Maybe I'm just an insufferable bore
with nothing to say to you.

And when this little song is done
tell me if I'm right or wrong.
Nothing changes everything
like some stupid little song.

the chords are F-C-G. for every line.
I don't write musical notation.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Gypsy Dave Harris - where are you?

man, could this guy play guitar.

a drawing, a painting and a couple of collages...

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Only Love Can Break a Heart...

Born February 17, 1941, the Rockville rocket was one of the most incredible and unique singers and performers to have ever graced the pop charts. Gene began his career in 1961 with a demo of a song he had written called "(I Wanna) Love My Life Away" which he recorded on his own for around $30. Pitney played piano, guitar and drums on the piece as well as multi-tracking seven vocals. Most of the budget went to the hired bass player.

The demo was released as a single by Musicor Records and Mr. Pitney was off and running. In 1962 Gene Pitney became the first pop star to appear at the Academy Awards, performing the Dmitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington tune "Town Without Pity".

Gene had initially broken into the rock 'n' roll biz as a songwriter. Among his top 40 hits are Ricky Nelson's "Hello Mary Lou", the Crystals "He's a Rebel" and "Rubber Ball" by Bobby Vee.

Pitney's recording of "That Girl Belongs to Yesterday" was the first Mick Jagger, Keith Richard composition to chart in the United States, hitting number forty-nine in 1964, predating the Rolling Stones own recording, "Tell Me". Gene also had a hand in the recording of the Stone's "England's Hitmakers" LP, contributing piano and maracas.

"Twenty-Four Hours from Tulsa", "Mecca", "Town Without Pity", "Only Love Can Break a Heart", "(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance", "Half Heaven, Half Heartache", "It Hurts to be in Love", his hits are just too numerous to mention. The Phil Spector produced "Every Breath I Take" is considered one of the first examples of the "wall of sound" that Spector became famous for.

Gene Pitney was inducted into the rock 'n' roll hall of fame in 2002, his award presented by Darlene Love.

Pitney died April 4, 2006 after one last killer performance at Saint David's Hall Cardiff, Wales. There will never be another quite like him. He was 65.


Guttersnipes and Zealots

Beat Farmers founding member Bernard Seigal passed away unexpectedly at his home in La Mesa, California, this past Sunday. He was 48. Seigal, "musician, writer and all around curmudgeon", had recently reunited with Jerry Raney to form The Farmers.

RIP Buddy Blue December 30, 1957 - April 2, 2006

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

I've got a head full of ideas that are drivin' me insane...

thanks Mister Dylan.

I couldn't have said it better myself.