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I try not to be a musical snob, but sometimes I just can't help it. About ten seconds into Karen Elson's performance of the title track from her new album The Ghost Who Walks, I was ready to give it a pass. By the end of the performance, I found a new page-worthy video.

A good friend of mine and one of the best musicians I know once gave me some eye opening advice. When I asked him how he could listen to such crap music, he said that he tried to find something - anything - interesting in everything he hears. Whether it's a chunk of cool rhythm, or a nice melody line, there's often something worth paying attention to and learning from. I took that advice to heart, and that short conversation changed my musical perception in a huge way. (Thanks, Buddy!)

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Mr. Collins
People ask me all the time, "What kind of music do you like?" The simple answer, "good music," never seems to satisfy. People expect something more specific like "the Fifth movement from Beethoven's Sixth Symphony", "the first side of Supertramp's Breakfast in America", or "Living Colour's Time's Up" (all favorites!). If I had to give a definitive list of all the music I like, it would take far too long. The honest answer is "good music".

However, if I had to pick one and only one artist to take to the deserted island, it would have to be Albert Collins. Nothing puts me in a better mood than listening to Albert Collins, especially when he is backed by The Icebreakers, and ESPECIALLY when Mr. Johnny B. Gayden is on bass.

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Eddy Fukano for President
Eddy_Fukano_page_2Notes from Eddy Fukano fans, friends, and family keep showing up in my inbox. Today's entry in the Eddy Fukano archive comes from another family member and includes some really neat tidbits for all the Eddy Fukano fans out there.

Hello,  It was so nice to find your page about Eddy.  It is good to know that so many people remember his country music with such fondness.

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Because It's Herbie
I would love to spend an evening with Herbie Hancock. He is one of the last vestiges of old school jazz, bridging the gap between the early boppers and contemporary musicians. He and fellow jazzers such as Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter grabbed traditional jazz by the lapels and forcibly introduced it to rock, funk, and R&B. Personally speaking, I would be a much different musician today if not for these guys and their peers.

Herbie probably had to have an enormous mantel installed in his home to handle the numerous Grammy Awards (twelve), his Academy Award (for the soundtrack to 'Round Midnight) and well over a dozen more assorted awards and honors. His new album The Imagine Project sounds like a definite must-have, described on his website as an "unprecedented international recording and film project featuring collaborations between music legend Herbie Hancock and a dozen superstars from every region of the planet." Guests include Jeff Beck, Dave Matthews, Chaka Khan, and Wayne Shorter.

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Balloon Bass and a Box
I love cool found instruments and creative ways of making music. Regular readers may remember the tractor playing percussion for the Swedish trio I posted about awhile back.

Today's video is especially cool to me, being a bassist myself. Gents Addi Somekh and Andy Sanesi rock out with just a couple of balloons and a box. Although I can't be sure from the video if Andy's box is just a box or a real Cajón.

Regardless, these guys are pretty cool. Their coolness factor went up a few notches when I checked out their YouTube channel and found a bunch more cool videos of them performing. I encourage you to do the same.

I'm making myself a balloon bass as soon as I can get my hands on some balloons.
 
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