Friday Fives – ends up being about Taylor

What is the last song/bit of music you heard?

Willfully?  Like… not counting a jingle on tv or such?  The last piece of music I willfully listened to was Caamp last night.  I was vacuuming, and I always put in hearing protection when I vacuum or mow.  That way, I am both protecting my ears, and being entertained.  Caamp is a great groovy mellow band.  If you know a song of theirs, it would be this one below.  They just put out a new album, and I have been listening to it.  We are going to see them next month at Red Rocks, so I want to be school on the new stuff.

You know… it just occurred to me, I don’t think I have been to Red Rocks this summer.   Wait, I was… I remember worry about my knee.  I was in a knee brace AND a cane.  That is a BIG problem if you are at Red Rocks.  Its build into the side of a mountain, with no handicap access or elevators or anything to get around.  What show was that?  GOT IT – it was Billy Strings.  Billy Strings and Caamp are both bands we saw this year in Phx at the Innings Festival.  What a great show that was.  In just one day, across a couple stages, we got to see Billy Strings, Caamp, the Foos!  It was my first Foo Fighter show, I was stoked.  I like their music, and I love Dave Grohl.  It turned out to be Taylor Hawkins last US show.  He died a few weeks after we saw them.  Perhaps you know by now, but Taylor was a VERY big part of the Foo Fighters.  The concert featured more screen time for Taylor than Dave.  I’ll add a link to this clip, because this isn’t just the show I was, but almost exactly where I was standing.  This was my view.

I have a lot to say about that concert, maybe I’ll put that together soon.  If I do, it likely won’t be posted here.  It would be on my music site.  I’ll give a teaser for my review of that show.  Every single person there would say it was the greatest rock show they have ever seen in their lives.  I felt it was over produced dreck.  I still had an amazing time, but the theatrics were just too much.  Taylor had 7 different cameras on him.  Yes, I counted. The coolest was a straight overhead.  Taylor wasn’t just a stupidly beautiful and attractive man, he also had an undeniable charisma.  If you didn’t know the lore of Dave Grohl and Nirvana and all that.. and I took you to the Foos show… you would assume the band was called the ‘Taylor Hawkins’ band.  I was super stoked to see him play, too.  I had just watched a documentary about him.  He is also in every other music doc ever made.  The camera loves Taylor, and Taylor loved the camera.

I can’t imagine what Dave Grohl has gone through.  Not only were they super close best friends, but Taylor already had a near fatal overdose a LONG time go… 20 years.  Sorry, that went way off the rails… but welcome to my mind.

Ooh…l squirrel.   Shiny coin!

What movie made you a permanent fan of an actor, and what actor?

Big Fish – Ewan McGregor.  This is the best underrated movie that no one knows.  Like Princess Bride, I own several copies.  Don’t even finish this sentence, go watch this movie.

What’s that one song you hear at the right moment put you in a great mood?

Anything from Cat Stevens.  That guy was great!  IS great.  He is a treasure, and I keep forgetting we still have him.  See, he completely and totally vanished for like 30 years.  He had an epiphany, and I’ve also read a near death experience, at the height of his fame.  So, he quit music, changed his name, and just went bye btye.  He became a Mulsim education guy.  What is cool is he still exudes the same happy relaxey vibe.  Like Joe Myers, his music is a backrub.  And… dude has a great sense of humor.  Remember when he and Ozzy did the ‘peace train’ vs crazy train mash up… live.  It was fucking great!  Check this out.  Its like my two favorite musicians in one wonderful silly masterpiece.

          It can’t be described, but it can be embedded

Do you listen to the same song over and over on repeat? Why?

Yes.  HEY, so do you, you just don’t cop to it.  I don’t listen to music actively like I used to… I guess none of us do.  So, mostly music is a comfort thing for me.  I am not against new music at all.  I just don’t have the energy to seek it out.  I am lucky that wifey is always up for new music, and she has good taste.  And when we find new music we go see it live. Saw Chris Stapleton do a club show, he’s prolly doing stadiums now… and rightfully so.  Saw Billy Strings and Caamp in the last year..  Billy twice, and seeing Caamp again in a few weeks – Red Rocks, baby!

I know I could and should be more new music oriented.  Thing is, I use it as comfort food.  Like food… it may not be the healthiest choice, but there is escapism.  And I feel compelled again to defend myself against this shitty question.  Ever heard of a playlist?  Yeah, that is a thing that every music lover on Earth has built of music they love.

Do you make music, or do you want to?

Yes, and yes.  I am a guitar player, pretty much life long.  I am good.  Certainly not great, but I can hold a room for a couple of hours.  I am so glad I picked it up, its been a life long companion.  People often think of all the things they might do if they could go back in time.  Maybe… save my mother from that oncoming bus, or… invest in Apple. Or, tell Anjelica not to go home with Robbie after that Indiana Jones movie.

Me, I’d bo back and start playing guitar at age 2.  I’d learn all the theory, and prolly pick up piano, too.  Sure, I could learn piano now.  I feel too lazy to invest the amount of time needed.  Remember the Gladwellian ’10,000 hours’?  I believe in that, and at 50… I may have 10,000 hours of leisure time left.  If I do, it needs to be spend helping people and doing good.

Ooh, it’s 10am.  Time for an espresso break and some Kelly and Ryan.



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