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Memphis Mike
02-28-2008, 11:22 PM
new songs I've had to learn over the last few weeks with the new band.:eek:

Our first show is tomorrow night at "Mo's." I know some of it is gonna suck too but it's all for the fun of it. Well no, actually this is a paying gig but it won't be a whole lot.

Wish me luck....

garland reese
02-28-2008, 11:35 PM
Good luck Mike,.... playin' in a band must be a real gratifying endevour!

Lew Barrett
02-28-2008, 11:37 PM
Have at it and gloss over/cover any mistakes! Smile and have fun when you play! Nobody in the audience will know if you don't telegraph 'em.

glenallen
02-28-2008, 11:39 PM
Good luck Mike!
Have some fun!

Paul Pless
02-29-2008, 06:15 AM
goodluck, and congrats at hooking up with another group so quick.

Mrleft8
02-29-2008, 07:38 AM
What's the set list?

elf
02-29-2008, 07:56 AM
So? What are the new songs?

And what have you had to learn to play them?

Memphis Mike
02-29-2008, 05:52 PM
The set list is:

Horse With No Name
Sundown
Me And Bobby Mcgee
Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald
La Bamba:rolleyes:
Jimmy Brown The Newsboy
Keep Coming back
Coffee And Cigarettes
Paradise
Ohio
Frankie And Johnnie:rolleyes:
Self Righteous Refusal To Budge
Angel from Montgomery
Take Me Home Country Roads:rolleyes:
I Am A Pilgrim:rolleyes:
The Tramp On The Street
Wreck Of The Old Ninety Seven
The Beacon
After The Goldrush
Heart Of Gold
A Hard Rains Gonna Fall

Some of these songs, I just absolutely don't like. It's that alternating bass note country junk.:rolleyes: I almost quit this deal because of some of these songs about a week ago and they talked me out of it and said we were going to start playing some things more along the lines of what I want to play. So we'll see.

Paul Pless
02-29-2008, 05:56 PM
Mike, I can just picture you throwing down on La Bamba.:D;)

Vince Brennan
02-29-2008, 05:57 PM
Dude! Are you getting paid for the gig? I used to play all sorts of *crap* with several bands... they pay, I play. Macht's nichts aus.
End of story. Enjoy the paycheck.

Memphis Mike
02-29-2008, 06:26 PM
Yeah, we're gettin paid. Probably won't be much. Why in the world the bar owner would want to hear this crap is beyond me.:rolleyes: This bar is right in the middle of the university campus. Kids don't want to hear this stuff. If they would let me I could come up with some material that would draw some folks in.

Memphis Mike
03-01-2008, 01:28 AM
It went over pretty good I guess. The audience liked us and I made a nice little pile of change tonight. That's the first money I ever made playin the geetar.:D

On another note, I was approached by a guy that puts on some local plays and he wants me to come and play in the theater.:eek:

What have I got myself into....

P.L.Lenihan
03-01-2008, 05:20 AM
It went over pretty good I guess. The audience liked us and I made a nice little pile of change tonight.
What have I got myself into....

Well, if the above is any indication, I would say you've got yourself into a challenging yet rewarding sideline. Go with the flow and don't be shy about checking different invites.You never know who may be watching and listening for a critter just like yourself :)

Peter

Ron Williamson
03-01-2008, 07:47 AM
Versatility is a virtue.
Definitely go with the flow and have fun.
R

Paul Pless
03-01-2008, 07:50 AM
Okay Mike... onto the important stuff, tell us about the college chicks.:D

Bruce Taylor
03-01-2008, 08:29 AM
Wish I'd been there!

I see what you mean about some of the songs...maybe you can make them more interesting by playing around with the arrangement? I've heard versions of Frankie and Johnny that weren't bad at all.

On to the thee-AY-tah! !

Gary E
03-01-2008, 10:04 AM
Never knew there was a song about the state I grew up in...
can you point us to the words for oHIo ??

Good luck with the gig...sounds like fun

Paul Pless
03-01-2008, 10:12 AM
Never knew there was a song about the state I grew up in...You never listen to the Pretenders?

Best song ever about Ohio, has gotta be My City Was Gone.

I went back to Ohio
But my city was gone
There was no train station
There was no downtown
South Howard had disappeared
All my favorite places
My city had been pulled down
Reduced to parking spaces
Eh, Oh, way to go Ohio

Well I went back to Ohio
But my family was gone
I stood on the back porch
There was nobody home
I was stunned and amazed
My childhood memories
Slowly swirled past
Like the wind through the trees
Eh, Oh, Oh way to go Ohio

I went back to Ohio
But my pretty countryside
Had been paved down the middle
By a government that had no pride
The farms of Ohio
Had been replaced by shopping malls
And muzak filled the air
From Seneca to Cuyahoga Falls
Said, Eh, Oh, Oh way to go Ohio

Memphis Mike
03-01-2008, 12:10 PM
Never knew there was a song about the state I grew up in...
can you point us to the words for oHIo ??

Good luck with the gig...sounds like fun

Gary, everybody has heard this. I play it as close as I can to what Neil Young does here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv6kwG4BhC8

C. Ross
03-01-2008, 12:45 PM
Yes to Pretenders.

How about "Cleveland Rocks" by Mott the Hoople?


All this energy calling me, back where it comes from.
It's such a crude attitude, it's back where it belongs.
All the little kids growing up on the skids go
Cleveland Rocks! Cleveland Rocks!
Jumping Jean Jean is moving James Dean she's going

Cleveland Rocks! Cleveland Rocks! Cleveland Rocks!
Cleveland Rocks! Cleveland Rocks! Cleveland Rocks!
Cleveland Rocks! Cleveland Rocks!

Mama knows but she don't care she's got her worries too
Seven kids and a phony affair and the rent is due
All the little chicks with the crimson lips go
Cleveland Rocks! Cleveland Rocks!
She's living in sin with a safety pin she's going

Cleveland Rocks! Cleveland Rocks! Cleveland Rocks!
Cleveland Rocks! Cleveland Rocks! Cleveland Rocks!
Cleveland Rocks! Cleveland Rocks!

I've got some records from World War Two,
I play 'em just like my grand dad do.
He was a rocker and I am too.
Ohhh Cleveland Rocks, yeah Cleveland Rocks
So find a place, and grab a space, and yell and scream for more.

Cleveland Rocks! Cleveland Rocks! Cleveland Rocks!
Cleveland Rocks! Cleveland Rocks! Cleveland Rocks!
Cleveland Rocks! Cleveland Rocks! Cleveland Rocks!
(Cleveland Rocks) Cleveland Rocks! (Cleveland Rocks)
Cleveland Rocks! (Cleveland Rocks) Cleveland Rocks!
(Cleveland Rocks) Cleveland Rocks! (Cleveland Rocks)
Cleveland Rocks! (Cleveland Rocks) Cleveland Rocks!
Cleveland Rocks! (Cleveland Rocks) Cleveland Rocks!
(Cleveland Rocks) Cleveland Rocks! (Cleveland Rocks)
Cleveland Rocks! (Cleveland Rocks) Cleveland Rocks!
(Cleveland Rocks) Cleveland Rocks! (Cleveland Rocks)
Cleveland Rocks! (Cleveland Rocks) Cleveland Rocks!
(Cleveland Rocks) Cleveland Rocks!

Ahhh, Ahhh, Ahhh, Ahhh, Ahhh, Ahhh, Ahhh, Ahhh, Ahhh,
Ahhh, Ahhh, Ahhh, Ahhh, Ahhh, Ahhh,

3,4! 3,4! 3,4!

Ohio....Ohio......Ohio.........

Lew Barrett
03-01-2008, 01:53 PM
I'm a big "My City was Gone" fan myself. But it's their best tune. Nothing Crissey Hines has done since then appeals to me quite as much, though there are some other good ones.

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff76/LewBarrett/auctionflier.jpg

One more you should consider but not easy to cover, I'd think:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0rG2ME4sAc

Gary E
03-01-2008, 02:03 PM
Ok... so, I grew up there, and remember the National Guard shooting the kids at Kent State and even recall the Neil Young song but probably did not know the songs name. Radio to me was background noise, nothing more. As for the one shown by Paul, My City Was Gone, I dont remember that one at all. Closest thing to I remember is something from Bruce Springsteen... Maybe my mind was in other places, new baby etc...


You never listen to the Pretenders?

Was there a group in the 50's by that name?...Same ones?


How about "Cleveland Rocks" by Mott the Hoople?
Total blank.. never heard that... But then I left oHIo in '65 and moved to the Philly area...

But thanks, the older I get the more I forget... nice to remember, If I only could...

Lew Barrett
03-01-2008, 02:21 PM
Here's another sweetie, this by Randy Newman:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYqtmDmfZkk

There's a red moon rising
On the Cuyahoga River
Rolling into Cleveland to the lake

There's a red moon rising
ON the Cuyahoga River
Rolling into Cleveland to the lake

There's an oil barge winding
Down the Cuyahoga River
Rolling into Cleveland to the lake

There's an oil barge winding
Down the Cuyahoga River
Rolling into Cleveland to the lake

Cleveland city of light city of magic
Cleveland city of light you're calling me
Cleveland, even now I can remember
'Cause the Cuyahoga River
Goes smokin' through my dreams

Burn on, big river, burn on
Burn on, big river, burn on
Now the Lord can make you tumble
And the Lord can make you turn
And the Lord can make you overflow
But the Lord can't make you burn

Burn on, big river, burn on
Burn on, big river, burn on

Lew Barrett
03-01-2008, 02:24 PM
Sorry Mike. Kind a' got sidetracked here.....

C. Ross
03-01-2008, 02:40 PM
Oh - that's one of Randy Newman's best. Foreshadows his movie music a little bit. There's a tune in Toy Story 2 that sort of sounds like Cuyahoga River...can't remember which one off the top of my head.

And yeah, I agree entirely about the songs you want to take off the set list. What would you add, Mike?

R.I.Singer30
03-01-2008, 03:00 PM
Have at it and gloss over/cover any mistakes! Smile and have fun when you play! Nobody in the audience will know if you don't telegraph 'em.


That's excellant advice from Lew.Glad your having a good time Mike .

Memphis Mike
03-01-2008, 05:04 PM
Oh - that's one of Randy Newman's best. Foreshadows his movie music a little bit. There's a tune in Toy Story 2 that sort of sounds like Cuyahoga River...can't remember which one off the top of my head.

And yeah, I agree entirely about the songs you want to take off the set list. What would you add, Mike?

I'm not real sure yet. I've probably got close to a couple of hundred songs I've been working on over the last five years and I'm constantly hearing new stuff that I like.

I threw ZZ Top's "Mexican Blackbird" at em the other day and they like it.:D I also played "When The Levee Breaks" for em and they liked that too. I want to add "Dancing Days" at some point in time. I know a great acoustic version of that one. Jimmy Page has been the major influence on my playing over the past couple of years.

I'm also kickin around the idea of Johnny Cash's "When The Man Comes Around.":D

I also love the song Paul posted about on another thread. "Treetop Flyer." I'm taking that one to them next Weds. No way can I play it like Steven Stills but I can play it. I took a few minutes this afternoon to learn it.

Peter Malcolm Jardine
03-01-2008, 07:39 PM
Funny, I was just playing guitar while I perused this here thread...

Two songs... This one was sung by Merle, but I think it's an Adam Mitchell tune.

Out Among the Stars

It's midnight at a liquor store in Texas.
Beneath the neon, close up's just begun.
When a boy walks in the door and points a pistol.
He can't find a job, but man, he's found a gun.

But a change of heart before there's confrontation.
Let's the old man live and run out in the street.
But he knows that soon they'll come with guns a blazing.
And already he can feel a great relief.

Oh how many travlers get weary,
Bearing both their burdens and their scars,
Don't you think they'd love to stop complaining,
And fly like eagles out among the stars.

He pictures the arrival of the cruisers.
Sees that old familiar anger in their eyes.
He knows that when they're shooting at this loser,
They'll be aiming at the deamons in their lives.

Oh how many travlers get weary,
Bearing both their burdens and their scars,
Don't you think they'd love to stop complaining,
And fly like eagles out among the stars.

The evening news it carries all the details.
He dies in every living room in town.
And in his home a bottle's thrown in anger.
And his father cries, "We'll never live this down."

Oh how many travlers get weary,
Bearing both their burdens and their scars,
Don't you think they'd love to stop complaining,
And fly like eagles out among the stars.

and this one... Waylon sang it.

Rose In Paradise

She was a flower for the takin',
Her beauty cut just like a knife...
He was a banker from Macon,
Swore he'd love her all his life...

Bought her a mansion on a mountain
With a formal garden and a lot a land...

But paradise became her prison,
That Georgia banker was a jealous man!

(Chorus)
Every time he'd talk about her,
You could see the fire in his eyes...
He'd say,
"I would walk through Hell on Sunday,
To keep my Rose in Paradise..."

He hired a man to tend the garden,
Keep an eye on her while he was gone..
Some say they ran away together...
Some say that gardner left alone...

Now the banker is an old man...
That mansion's ***-ble-ing down...
He sits all day and stares at the garden...
Not a trace of her was ever found...

(Chorus)
Every time he talks about her,
You can see the fire in his eyes...
He'd say, "I would walk through Hell on Sunday,
To keep my Rose in Paradise.."

Now there's a rose out in the garden...
Its beauty cuts just like a knife...
They say that it even grows in the winter time...
And blooms in the dead of the night...

Peter Malcolm Jardine
03-01-2008, 07:48 PM
I was just thinking of this one too... I loved this song, especially the weep down guitar riff on the melody...:D

Smokey Joe's Cafe.... Loudon Wainwright III

Peter Malcolm Jardine
03-01-2008, 07:54 PM
And then there is Delbert, who is the MAN.

I wanna thank you, Baby, (and my momma wants to thank you too)

Heart to heart talks, moonlight walks
Receiving money by mail
A fireplace with a view and being here with you
Honey, sure beats laying in the Fort Worth jail
I'm so glad you found me 'cause with your love
I got a handle on a better point of view
I wanna thank you, baby
And my mama wants to thank you, too

Some things I can't mention than keep my attention
I love the way you move
It makes me wanna grin and then give in
To anything you want me to
If I die in the morning it'll be alright
I ain't never gonna feel good again as I feel tonight
I wanna thank you, baby
And my mama wants to thank you, too

Wearin' it out before layin' it down
Is the way I been livin' too long
I just can't believe the change in me
Baby, since you came along
Got no time for dyin' 'cause I just been born
And, baby, I swear it's true
I wanna thank you, baby
And my mama wants to thank you, too
Oh, yeah
I wanna thank you, baby
And my mama wants to thank you, too

Bob Adams
03-01-2008, 08:24 PM
Mike, I can just picture you throwing down on La Bamba.:D;)

I can see him wrapping a string tightly around the gronicles to allow him to match Janis Joplin's screech:eek:

Lew Barrett
03-02-2008, 12:12 PM
Seriously, playing well in public is another skill that doesn't just happen. It takes experience and practice, and there are tricks you need to learn to connect with the audience. Speaking as an observer, not a practitioner myself.

Whatever you play Mike, it will serve you well in the experience gained. Just remember to learn to connect with your audience and that the more you do, the better they will like what is on offer.

This thread should be floated from time to time for further discussion as the career develops!

Memphis Mike
03-02-2008, 12:59 PM
"Seriously, playing well in public is another skill that doesn't just happen. It takes experience and practice."

Thanks Lew. Most people don't understand how difficult it is to "pull it off."

To get a group of people to play a piece where the timing is just right, the harmony is just right.

A lot of it is simply about "feel" but when it happens it's magic.

Tabitha ( Gaff rig girl )
03-02-2008, 04:31 PM
MMike, I'm glad you're having a good time playing your geetar LOL. But didn't Paul ask about the college chics??? Come on...spill the beans :D:D

Memphis Mike
03-02-2008, 05:28 PM
MMike, I'm glad you're having a good time playing your geetar LOL. But didn't Paul ask about the college chics??? Come on...spill the beans :D:D

The little short heavy set one with the crossed eyes is the one that started following me around.:( Everytime I stepped down off the stage, she was there.