Joshua Tree – Trip Through Your Wires
Mar14

Joshua Tree – Trip Through Your Wires

Let’s go back to the early days of Joshua Tree.  Bootleg tapes, early recordings.  Peel back the curtain of the creative process.  I uncovered a lost video of Bono and Edge in a basement collaborating on the song, Trip Through Your Wires.   Looks like the song has come a long way.  See below for the alleged first introduction of the song.   Not an echo effect in sight, and the Dylan-esque harp solo, buckskin jackets...

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The Joshua Tree – 11 Songs, 11 Posts
Mar06

The Joshua Tree – 11 Songs, 11 Posts

  This week, thirty years ago, a somewhat famous Irish rock bank launched an album that would propel them into rock stardom.  U2’s fifth studio album, The Joshua Tree, would win the Grammy for best album, beating out Prince, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, and would eventually reach over 25 million in album sales.  Over time, The Joshua Tree, would be listed on many top 100 album lists and, for many of us who were...

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Prince’s Guitar Heroics – A Breakdown
Mar02

Prince’s Guitar Heroics – A Breakdown

April 21, 2017 will mark the one-year anniversary of one of the most tragic and unexpected deaths in modern music history. To honor Prince’s loss, I’d like to offer a quick breakdown of what I believe to be one of his most impressive and influential guitar solos; his masterful “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” solo from the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. I’d set the stage, but there’s already plenty of blog posts and...

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Music Appreciation 2017
Jan18

Music Appreciation 2017

I am not one for New Years Resolutions per se. I have in the past made goals – send more hand written letters in the mail, give out more compliments, that type of thing, but I wanted to try something different for 2017…Music.  So I pitched the idea to C. Smith – we immerse ourselves in one artist per week. Into their lyrics, their melodies, their riffs, their genius, and C. was on board. We have a plan, now where to...

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Dearly Beloved… Coping with the Loss of Prince, 80% of the Way…
Apr21

Dearly Beloved… Coping with the Loss of Prince, 80% of the Way…

Celebrity deaths are interesting. While we don’t know these people personally, we know them intimately through their art, performance, public persona and our personal connection we have with the joy and beauty they’ve brought into our otherwise tedious and mostly insignificant lives. Is it crazy to feel grief for someone you’ve never met personally? Maybe. But, I’ll be the first to admit, I have been deeply and emotionally affected by...

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I Have Only Come Here Seeking Knowledge
May03

I Have Only Come Here Seeking Knowledge

When I first entered the thunderdome that was our Legend or Lame series on Sting I was a firm believer that this man, this Gordon, could in no way be considered a legendary figure. I mean the dude’s name is Gordon and he changed his name to a verb! Who does that? Well throughout the rounds of our arguments, I began to see the other side of this battle. The little Gordon that buzzed is in fact an accomplished songwriter, musician...

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