Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Battle of the Bands Result: The Classic Start the Battle Early and Post the Results Late

The Battle was early due to travel and it was either post early or have no battle for January. That would have been bad because after you take a month off, it becomes two and then eventually you just stop. At least that would be in my world. I do the Battle of the Bands because they are enjoyable to create and it is cool to listen to the other participants battles too.

The results are late because I haven't been online as much. One benefit about being offline is that I've been able to read quite a bit. I never thought I would be reading 10 plus books in a month. The downside of not being online is that it makes it hard to blog.

This battle was more experimental than others for me. I based it on a classical piece. The piece is more commonly associated with the piano so the first twist was making it a guitar battle. Then I twisted by competing a classical guitarist against a fully plugged rock legend. I prepared myself for the possibility of blowout like my December battles.  However, there was no blowout this time around. The battle was tight and was decided by the final vote. Michelle from Angels Bark voted for Jimmy Page and he is the winner.

I'll leave you with a live version of the tune...

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Circus is leaving...

This post has nothing to do with Eric Clapton and everything to do with the Circus. When I think of the Circus, I think of The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. Sure I have enjoyed going to see other ones. The Big Apple Circus was awesome when I reviewed it here. However, it wasn't the Circus and that is what is ending.

The last time I went to the circus was two years ago and here is my daughter trying on costumes before the show..

Michael Spain's portrait.

Maybe she will become a daredevil motorcycle rider..

Michael Spain's portrait.

Her mom my not approve of that occupation for her. Guess it is too late for me to run off and join the circus now, I would probably have been a clown.

I've been lucky to share the circus with my stepson when he was young and my daughter. Of course I have memories from when I was young too..

Image result for legendary circus animal trainer

I remember watching the late, great Gunther Gebel-Williams perform. As a child I had  dreams of being him and working with the big cats. I grew older and worked with house cats. Those house cats have always thought of me as their own chew toys so I guess it is probably for the best I didn't work with the big cats. Did I miss calling? Below is my daughter and me hanging out with a tiger..

Michael Spain's portrait.

The circus had their fights over animal shows. A circus isn't always politically correct. It did bring people together and did entertain. However over 146 years entertainment has changed. I will miss the circus but I am glad I have fond memories and that I had the opportunity to share the circus.

A circus train from 2016..

Circus Opening..

What are your circus memories? Feel free to share. I will miss the circus.

Friday, January 13, 2017

On the road again...

Well I am to see the Mouse this weekend. It will be a couple of days of late night driving back and fourth. So my blog pressence will be slight. Maybe after Tuesday things will go back to normal.

It has been crazy, San Francisco in November, the Holidays and now to Orlando.

See you soon!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Battle of the Bands: Early Edition Chopin nylon or electric?

I know the Battles of the Band is supposed to be on the 1st and the 15th. Since I will be out of town on the 15th I am going to post it early. Plus this was one of the few "rules" I haven't broken on the Battle of the Bands.

The piece..

Frédéric Chopin - Prelude in E-Minor (op.28 no. 4)

The above is just for reference.

Contestant One: József Eötvös

Contestant Two: Jimmy Page

Should Chopin be played on guitar? Is the classical piece better suited for the classical guitar? Do you like what Jimmy does with the piece? Who gets your vote? Vote in the comments and we will have a winner soon! Please check out the other contestants links should be up here.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Clemson Tigers National Champions!

Last year when the Clemson Tigers lost to the Alabama Crimson Tide I watched a team that did not quit. The Tigers fought for 60 minutes and never gave up. They fell short in a very entertaining game.

This year the Crimson Tide led by 14 points in the second quarter. They were up by 10 at the end of 45 minutes of game time. However, these Tigers did not have any quit in them either.  The Tigers took the lead in the fourth quarter.

Alabama wasn't done they regained the lead with just 2:07 left in the game only to see the Tigers win on a last second play.  Wow!


These championship games are fun! 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Happy Birthday Jimmy Page!

Jimmy Page at the Echo music award 2013.jpg  Image from Wikipedia.

Jimmy Page turned 73 today. I figure his birthday was a good excuse to get the Led Out and more. Jimmy Page is a good way to start out my blog in 2017 in earnest.

Let's start out with The Yardbirds.."Shapes of Things"

Then a few years after Zeppelin ended Jimmy playing some Chopin..

"All The King's Horses" from The Firm...

Ah the solo album.."Wasting My Time"


"When the World Was Young" Page and Plant..

With the Black Crowes,,"Oh Well" an old Peter Green Fleetwood Mac cover...

Somethings missing.."Heartbreaker"

Then and more recent,,reunited Zeppelin.."For Your Life"

Vintage "Rock and Roll"

Hope you enjoy and see you around soon!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

No Battle of the Bands Today

Well I got that Holiday cold just in time for New Years. I am having some computer issues. Most importantly my family wants to spend family time together. I will be back on the 15th with a new battle. In he main time I am just going to sit here and continue to binge watch netflix.