This began as the brainchild of rob_on_guitar who got a bunch of volunteers together from the NZ Guitars online forum to make some rockin’ music. We’ve got a few songs done now – despite being spread across the globe – and the latest, “Resurrect Me”, is up on the Myspace. I have to say: I loooove it. 8) Go listen now.
I also have a YouTube playlist of me recording bits and pieces for some A.H.I songs, including this:
As promised (or threatened ), here’s the latest video. This cover of Chicago’s cool old ballad, “Hard to Say I’m Sorry”, is an online collaboration between Owen Vickers, his lady, and me.
I tried to hair-metal it up slightly – hence the bandana the clean rhythm guitar with heaps of open high E and B strings over all the chords, and the dirty rhythm under the second prechorus and chorus. My solo – at 19 seconds/4 bars short – is the teensiest I’ve played in a long time. It was actually rather fun. I couldn’t just noodle away as I might usually, so I ended up putting in some open-voiced triad things a la Eric Johnson, and some string-skipping silliness a la Paul Gilbert/Shawn Lane (probably more senor Pablo).
It was fun getting together a full song – and great having Cara sing – so you don’t have to put up with my vox Also check out Owen’s mega-cool solo 8)
6 years ago today, on the 26th of September 2003, one of the greatest electric guitar-players ever to walk the Earth passed away. Shawn Lane was only 30 years old, and not really widely known; Shawn was certainly not a household name, despite stories such as that of the first time Billy Gibbons heard him play: it is said that the Rev. literally fell off his barstool.
Shawn was not only one of the most technically mind-boggling guitar-players I (or the world for that matter) have ever heard; he was also wonderfully musical and inventive, with a wonderful compositional sense, which resulted in some fantastic music.
Since today is the anniversary of his death, I thought to pay my respects by recording a cover of another of his songs, and also collecting in a blog post all the Shawn Lane covers I could find on YouTube (Shawn himself is easily found on Willjay’s YouTube channel).
First up (because it’s my blog) is my latest Shawn Lane cover: Gray Pianos Flying:
I know it’s uptempo and rather upbeat – but I think it’s good to celebrate all the wonderful music that Shawn gave us: the joyful as well as the sad and reflective.
Now for the various YouTube covers. Having started, I’ve found so many that I’m going to do a bunch of posts: One for covers of Get You Back - as they’re the most numerous), and another for the rest.