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Upcoming Shows and CD Releases

December 5, 2008

We, The Reeds, had two very successful CD release parties in the past few months. Sept. 26 at Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta, and Nov. 15 at Tasty World in Athens.  We also have some great shows coming up including Feb. 7 at Tasty World. We have some new band members we’re really excited about, and a lot of new material that will be sounding great soon!

So I knew I wouldn’t be good at doing this regularly, but here I am, again. Over a month after my last post. I may get this whole “blogging” thing down soon.

Why do all web terms sound so stupid. Is it is because they are all blended with the world “web”?

Web log = blog = dumb, web seminar = webinar = dumb, and web episode = webisode = ultra dumb. Why?

Anyway, here is my current, pre-1980, ipod line up in relation to my last post:

Allman Brothers, Bill Mallonee (great (Athens) songwriter), Bob Dylan, Buddy Guy, CCR, Doobie Brothers, Eagles, Elton John, Elvis Costello, Eric Clapton, Faces (Rod Stewart’s old band), Fleetwood Mac (both incarnations), James Taylor, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Led Zeppelin, Lots of blues artists, Miles Davis, Neil Young, Paul Simon (the best), Peter Gabriel, The Police, Robert Johnson, The Rolling Stones, Sam Cooke, Simon & Garfunkel, Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Zombies, Tom Petty, U2 and Van Morrison.

Some of those don’t technically follow the rules (The Police, U2, Peter Gabriel, SRV) but they’re great song writers and close enough for me.  And on that note . . .

Some modernity has slowly creeped in. There are so many great songwriters out there, and I just hearing different words and phrases inspires me regardless of the time:

The Black Keys (can be mistaken as vintage), Iron and Wine (great lyrics), Keith Urban, Mark Knopfler, Ryan Adams (very versatile songwriter), The Killers ( I will buy anything they put out.  I was very impressed after seeing them live.), Old Crow Medicine Show, Jeff Buckley, Bill Mallonee, Coldplay, Sean Costello (God bless) and Amos Lee, among others

I’ve tried to keep these to a minimum along with not listening to much DMB or John Mayer. It is hard to completely do away with modern music. I can be playing Halo with my sister and her computer randomly plays an Iron and Wine song, it grabs my attention (even while beating kids down), and then it is on my iPod, along with eight of his other songs. Whatever.  Like “Passing Afternoon” for instance:

“There are sailing ships that pass all our bodies in the grass 
Springtime calls her children ’till she let’s them go at last 
And she’s chosen where to be, though she’s lost her wedding ring 
Somewhere near her misplaced jar of Bougainvillea seeds”

– Samuel Beam

Really cool song. Unconventional song structure, no real chorus. But I really like the imagery. No matter what the song is about (which I have no idea, I’m not so good at literary analysis) there are really strong graphic images in the writing. You can think, and see, whatever you want about the story. I don’t mind that I don’t fully understand because of the great imagery (I think I could be the only person on earth, outside of a horticulurist, who knows what Bougainvilleas are . . . from my candle-making days).

Full lyrics here:

His song “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” equally as good, and weird.  Below I’m going to paste someone’s interpretation of the initial lyrics:

“This song personifies the lost American dream through the life of a “quick wet boy,” full of innocence and enthusiasm when he “[dives] too deep for coins,” and takes pride in his “plastic toys.” However, this childhood is taken when the cops, society and adulthood, force him to grow up and “cut [his] long baby hair.” When his youthful joys are taken away, he eagerly searches for the meaning of his life.”

Here is the link to the rest of the interpretation, down in the comments:

I mean, I don’t know if I get all that or even care to, I just like the way the song sounds. Maybe this person is right, maybe they’re wrong. I usually don’t even approach a song that deeply, I’m more about the “sound” then the lyrics. I also tend to take lyrics pretty literally at face value.

Until next time . . . could be next year . . . cheers.


October 9, 2008

I just finished reading the graphic novel, or series of comics “Watchmen”. The writing and artwork were both really great, especially the writing. It was really thought provoking and paints great images when reading. When I got to the end I thought it was pretty good, but I had seen it somewhere before . . . “Heroes”.  Now, I like the show, but “Heroes” totally ripped off the ending to “Watchmen”, thus diminishing the ending once I got there.  That kind of sucks, because I would have to assume that when the comic was actually published, and the ending was a far more original idea, its impact would be amazing and an instant classic. But since I had seen the first season of “Heroes”, which relied largely on the same idea, except with the opposite result, it didn’t excite me as much.

I find this exact same scenario to be true in music today. What if the first song you ever heard was “Karma Chameleon” by culture club, or the first guitar solo you heard was in a Metallica song.  What would that say about your perspective on music. You would have no frame of reference of what came before it, what was better, like The Zombies or Jimi Hendrix.

Being a musician I’ve been thinking about this a lot.  I want to compose songs like Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles or Bob Dylan.  There is a certain period that is considered “classic” in the history of pop or rock music and that is largely the 60’s and 70’s. There is so much music out there today, and so many styles it is an overload. No one is writing music like that anymore because it isn’t “new” to them. What if the first song you ever heard was “Crossroads” (Robert Johnson).  What kind of song would you write after hearing that? “Voodoo Chile”? “Spanish Castle Magic”?  What if you were a contemporary of Hendrix, what would you write, “One of These Nights”, “Hotel California”? Musicians are influenced by their peers and what they hear in their time and we’re losing touch with the greatest music.

In reaction to this I have decided to remove any music pre-1980 from my iPod in an effort to let classic music affect me and my writing. I’ve been largely influenced by Dave Matthews and John Mayer, and I think I need to change that.  So pre-1980 is really the only criteria.  I may have to develop a few exceptions (Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Police, U2, Ryan Adams, Keith Urban) for groups that are considered classic but post-1980, or great modern songwriters, but I’m going to attempt to only listen to “classic” music as if I lived in a time where there was no music beyond that. Great composing, great songwriting. Clearly there is great music today, but there is something about that time that needs to be revived. I guess we’ll see what happens.


I was just thinking its funny that I don’t listen to the Beatles, can anyone tell me why?