Saturday, September 18, 2010


I was just looking for something to go with my D7sus4 & G fingerpicking rotation, and stumbled upon Norah Jones. A google listing for those two chords shows someone's perceived piano tablature of Jones' Don't Know Why having those chords and Em7 & A7. Good additions, still needs some transitions, though.

Don't Know Why

Sunday, May 9, 2010


Jimmy Page said he heard Elvis Presley play Baby, Let's Play House and then wanted to learn how to play guitar.

(from Wikipedia)

Saturday, April 17, 2010


Hogan and I played Apache last night.

It sounded familiar when he started playing it, and he showed me the bass part.

But he couldn't remember who performed it, "Jordan?" he thought.

This is the one (Tommy Seebach) I remembered, I think I found it at Know Your Meme.

Today, he said Jorgen Ingmann And His Guitar was the version he knew.

It turns out that it was written by Jerry Lordan and first popularized by The Shadows in Europe. Bert Weedon first recorded it.

*check out this sidebar - an exchange between YouTube commenters on the Shadows performance:

wftjet: English audience clapping "on-the-beat" so typical...haha

letsaveyer: whats that meant 2 mean?

wftjet: I meant that in England it's quite common for audiences to clap on the "on beat" (beats 1&3 in 4/4 time) rather than the "off-beat" that Americans and others do. Elton John once said he made a bit of fun of this in his song "Bennie and the Jets" for example where the sound effects of audience claps are "on the beat" because that's what his English audiences always did.

OnBetamax: what did you though that "beat generation" meant? xD

wftjet: It's funny in the first few measures you can hear some of the audience is clapping on the "off beat" but most are clapping on beat. Then after a bit everyone is clapping on beat.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tent of enrichment

I was checking the news on jsonline late Thursday night, and was confused by the headline, "Big Top hat trick started as a prank."

So I read the story, and though I had heard of the Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua , I wasn't quite sure of what it was, so I googled it.

I found a good, professional website with big-time-act ticket prices, but I didn't recognize many of the artists. So I clicked on Brandi Carlile, and boy, am I glad I did. I went to YouTube and found the first and most popular video under her name, for her song The Story. Right away it struck me as a song I wanted to learn well. And from my perspective as a lifelong music-lover and student, and my more in-depth focus on song structure and musicianship of my last year or so, I have to say this: (and this declaration may be a little over the top), but the beautiful truth and emotion that she expresses at the 2:53 mark, when taken in the context of the song, is one of the most powerful sounds I have ever heard from someone I don't know. (The feelings I associate with the sounds of my children are on a scale far beyond these measurements.)

The Story is an excellent song, musically and lyrically. Brandi Carlile is a true artist.

Saturday, March 27, 2010


I found this website awhile ago, and I revisited it today. When I first found it, I didn't understand much. It makes more sense now. And in fact, so do Leonard Cohen's lyrics to Hallelujah - the fourth, the fifth, the minor fall, and the major lift - I knew they were about music, but I didn't know how they corresponded within the key. Cool.

Friday, March 26, 2010


White Trash - Apple PieWhite Trash - Apple Pie
I had this album back in the day. This song stuck with me, though I haven't heard it for ten or fifteen years. A couple of times it pushed close to the surface of my consciousness, but the protruding pieces were not enough for me and my google to identify it. Until today.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Arcade Fire - Intervention
Arcade Fire - Intervention
I had this on my DVR back in the day. And you usta could find it on YouTube, but a certain variety show is somewhat protective of it's media. Glad I found it here.

have you seen the like?

Grateful Dead - Uncle John's Band
Grateful Dead - Uncle John's Band

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


John Mellencamp - Lonely Ol' Night
By the power of truth, I, while living, have conquered the universe.
Heard the guitar hook today, wanted to learn it. Did, then learned that Mr. Mellencamp is rumored to be considering running for the US Senate.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Listened to Boots Riley preach, then found some more.

The Coup - My Favorite Mutiny
The Coup - My Favorite Mutiny

Happy Dance

Just found out that my brother, Dan, is in a Project Happy Dance video that his writing collaborator has made. (@ 2:48, with the shopping cart)

Michael Franti - Say Hey
Michael Franti - Say Hey

Dan Hogan and I play this once in awhile.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Jeff Berken lent me some music today.

The Pixies - Where Is My Mind
The Pixies - Where Is My Mind

Elliott Smith - Bled White

Elliott Smith - Bled White

Saturday, February 20, 2010


I just learned this tweak from googling and CyberNet News:

When you're signed into your YouTube account, in order to always have your videos playback in higher-quality, click:

Account > Playback Setup > I have a fast connection. Always play higher-quality video when it's available. > Save Changes

Powerful stuff

My cousin Margaret posted The Power by Snap on her Facebook page about an hour ago.
Snap - The Power

Then I found these, too:

Snap - The Power of Bhangra

Ken Dodd: where's mi Shirt? vs Snap: The Power (Where's Mi Power)

SBSF 2010

Steel Bridge Songfest


Geri X - You're Half Mine

Geri X - You're Half Mine

pat mAcdonald - I like the song at the 22:20 mark - Hard (Only Human)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Lazy Eye

Here's one I'd like to learn.

Silversun Pickups - Lazy Eye

Acoustic cover


Dan Jalinski was chattin' about Southern Culture On The Skids the other night, so I dug a little. Sent Dan Hogan the link I found to Camel Walk, and he broke it down. I got my new bass on Friday, so we tested it out with this tune and a few more on Saturday. Not bad. Now that I've got a bass at home, I can be a little more prepared when I go over to Hogan's to play.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

When I was young...

... I wanted to play guitar.

Now I can.

The Killers - When You Were Young


Monday, January 25, 2010


Chris Knox - It's Love

(from the album Beat)

He had a stroke last year, from the benefit album, Stroke, by The Finn Family (The Pyjama Party) track 30

Great song.

Marching Band

OK Go - This Too Shall Pass

Free mp3 download of the audio track from this video at the OK Go website.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Bernie's song links

tiny blue arrow icon
Along with my new blog, I also began a spreadsheet today. I return to certain chord/tab and instructional video pages often - and my desktop and Favorites are getting cluttered. So I'm in the process of entering songs I have learned, am learning, or wish to learn.

Once you open Bernie's song links, you click on the item that you wish to link to, then you click on the tiny blue arrow icon that will appear.

Begin the beguine

I'm going to share music with you, because music brings me peace and joy - and I think you should have a share of that, too.

Artie Shaw - Begin The Beguine