An Electric Guitar Hangs To My Knees

New Music

While I was in Kansas this past weekend, I procured some classic albums from my Dad. We’ll see if that influences my random 10 further down this post, but here’s a list of the albums in question (Thanks, Dad!)

Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young – Déjá Vu
Bob Dylan – Blood on the Tracks
Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction – Another ’80’s album, I’m up to six since I noted that gap in my collection.
Neil Young – Harvest Moon
Neil Young – Greatest Hits – Can you tell who my Dad’s favorite is?

Random 10 Songs

Dredg – Zebraskin – Catch Without Arms
Queens of the Stone Age – Battery Acid – Era Vulgaris
Led Zeppelin – Fool in the Rain – In Through the Out Door
…And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead – Relative Ways – Source Tags and Codes
Foo Fighters – Disenchanted Lullaby – One by One
Nirvana – Curmudgeon – With the Lights Out
System of a Down – Pictures – Steal This Album
Butthole Surfers – Pepper – Electric Larryland
Deftones – Minerva – Deftones
Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young – Carry On – Déjá Vu

Good to see some of the new stuff sneaking in there at the end.  And let me the first to make the joke: “No Nine Inch Nails?  Are you sure you didn’t pick up someone else’s iPod by mistake?”

13 thoughts on “An Electric Guitar Hangs To My Knees

  1. Don’t worry you had Nirvana, Zep, and QOTSA to make up for lack of NIN. I can’t believe your dad had AFD. That automatically makes him pretty cool. My now 13 year old was in awe of me for a good 2 years when I introduced him to AC-DC about 4 year back.

    1. Wild Mountain Berries — Kelly Hogan & the Pine Valley Cosmonauts
    2. You Tell Me — Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
    3. Oh, Me (live) — Nirvana
    4. Trap Soul Door (live) Guided By Voices
    5. Ronnie’s Song — Urban Guerrillas
    6. Game of Pricks — Guided By Voices
    7. Sassafras Roots — Green Day
    8. My My Hey Hey (Out of the Blue) — Neil Young
    9. Lovers Town Revisited — Billy Bragg
    10. This Night Has Opened Up My Eyes — The Smiths

    Bonus: Talking Hard Work — Woody Guthrie

    • I get a lot of my rockin’ tendencies from the old man. He introduced me to Neil, Zeppelin, GNR, Nirvana, etc. at an early age.

      I like the Neil Young on your list – fits in with the theme this week.

  2. I’ve set WMP to only play the “jazz” genre:

    “Crystal Silence” – Gary Burton & Chick Corea “Crystal Silence“
    “Chameleon” – Herbie Hancock “Head Hunters“
    “Nights in White Satin” – Deodato “Deodato 2“
    “Spain” – Chick Corea & Return to Forever “Light as a Feather“
    “Earth Jam” – Béla Fleck & the Flecktones “Outbound“
    “Cats of Rio” – Dave Grusin with Lee Ritenour “Harlequin“
    “Chia’s Theme” – Chuck Mangione “Journey to a Rainbow“
    “Black Ice” – Jeff Lorber Fusion “Lift Off“
    “No Mystery” – Return to Forever “No Mystery“
    “Sky Blue” – Passport “Sky Blue“

    Ended up with three title tracks in the list.

    • There’s a Herbie Hancock album in my house somewhere (full disclosure – it’s my wife’s), that’s as close as I can come to any of those songs.

  3. 1. “Blue Thunder” Galaxie 500 On Fire
    2. “Red Guitar” Loudon Wainwright III III
    3. “Little Girl In Bloom” Thin Lizzy Vagabonds of the Western World
    4. “He’s So Fine” The Chiffons The Best Of The Girl Groups, Vol. 1
    5. “Have A Cigar” Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
    6. “Messenger” Blonde Redhead Misery Is A Butterfly
    7. “Say It Loud (I’m Black And I’m Proud)” James Brown 20 All Time Greatest Hits!
    8. “I’ll Share My World With You” George Jones All-Time Greatest Hits Vol.1
    9. “Hold On Magnolia” Songs: Ohia The Magnolia Electric Co
    10. “Twin Falls” Built To Spill There’s Nothing Wrong With Love
    *bonus: “Dress Sexy at My Funeral” Smog Wild Love

    You’re old man has a heart of gold. ;)

    • With a little creativity, I think you could turn those titles into a short story/musical or something.
      It would have to be a tragedy, so it could finish with a funeral scene, of course.

    • Or the protagonist could be such a dick that his death makes the reader happy.

      And that’s “your”, not “you’re” on my previous comment. I so stupid…

    • Maggie,

      Thought of you all night.

      We finished our set just as blue thunder rolled over the mountains. For the encore I pulled out your red guitar and searched the crowd. College kids mostly – free music and cheap beer always attracts the same demographic. Standing by the bar, she caught my eye. She reminded me of a flower, reminded me of you, a little girl in full bloom. As I watched, she leaned into her friend and without taking her eyes off Dave (our new drummer), whispered ‘He’s so fine’.

      The hurt was obvious in Dave’s face as we rode out of town in a van sporting some new rock and bottle-sized dents. ‘Have a cigar’ I offered, trying to calm him. Instead he ranted, ‘I’ve got a message for them, I am the messenger! I’m going to say it loud. I’m black and I’m proud! You can throw me out of as many bars as you want, I’m not apologizing for somebody’s daughter wanting to buy me a drink!’ He smoked in stony silence for the next twenty miles. We left him alone.

      I told you I’d share my world with you while I was on the road. I’m almost home again. Hold on Magnolia, when I come back to Twin Falls, I’m never leaving. Even though I’m old and ugly, you’re still beautiful. Remember what I told you about that flower in the smoke and rain. Promise me you’ll dress sexy at my funeral.

  4. 1. Hot Lava – 2009 Bar/None Records Sampler: “Apple+Option+Fire.”
    2. Weezer – Weezer (Blue Album): “My Name Is Jonas.”
    3. Taylor Swift – Taylor Swift: “The Outside.” Damn it.
    4. Incubus – Morning View: “Circles.”
    5. Bloc Party – Intimacy: “Flux.”
    6. Live – Throwing Copper: “Selling the Drama.”
    7. Finch – What It Is to Burn: “New Beginnings.”
    8. Kenny Chesney – Be as You Are (Songs from an Old Blue Chair): “Old Blue Chair.”
    9. The Academy Is… – Almost Here: “Classifieds.”
    10. John Mellencamp – The Best That I Could Do 1978-1988: “Cherry Bomb.”

    • So far, we’ve got –
      Neil Young – My My Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)
      Passport – Sky Blue
      Galaxie 500 – Blue Thunder
      Kenny Chesney – Old Blue Chair

      No one told me it was Blue Friday.

  5. Here’s my shot, cross posted at Bootsy’s with typo’s fixed.

    The old timers call it blue thunder — the storm clouds build in the west, ominous looking, lightning crackling like Page throwing off riffs from his red guitar, wind bending trees in the distance — while overhead, calm, serene even. That’s what I thought of when I saw her. She may have been too young. Hell, how was I to know? But as my Grandfather used to say “watch out for those little girls in full bloom.” All I could see were blue skies but man were those clouds coming in fast.

    Like a wet pup seeking shelter, I drew near just in time to overhear her say “he’s so fine” and fling the cell phone into her tiny leather handbag. She frowned when I pointed out the “no smoking” sign but my face expression told her “I’m just the messenger here.” She put it out and stared at her dusty Chuck Taylors while I disparately tried to think of my next witticism.

    I still shake my head when I think back to those next words. “Say it loud, I’m black and I’m proud?” Where the hell did that come from? Was it Obama looking at me from the cover of Time Magazine? LeBron draining another three? The James Brown tracks Bootsy sent me? Whatever the source, it was out there. I couldn’t really pick up those words and put them back in my mouth. So I tried to make the best of it, smiled and acted like it was the most normal thing in the world to say.

    The next three hours were a blur. Politics, favorite concerts, family beefs, broken dreams. We told each other everything, well almost. The bartender made it clear he wanted to clean up and she looked at me, smiled and in whispered those words that still bring shivers: who ever thought I would share my world with you? We walked out into the chill air and I wrapped my wool coat over her bare trembling arms.

    She lit a cigarette and went down the street as I stared at the baseball scores scrolling across the electronic billboard. “Hold on Magnolia” I cried and ran to catch up. We kissed deeply and went back to my place. We were married three weeks later, her mom sobbing the whole time. After that life happens. Kids, crappy jobs, mortgages, successful careers. We moved a lot then but ended up in Twin Falls and finally found the energy to settle down. The kids were older too. Sure I could have had an affair once or twice, but couldn’t muster up the courage, plus why blow a good thing. I’d been down that road too many times already. When they found the lump and gave us the prognosis, she took it pretty much in stride. Sure we cried, but hey it was a good run. I closed my eyes and thought back to that first encounter and thought, I bet she’ll dress sexy at my funeral. And you know what? She did.

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