On The Beat and Path
Day 117, Mar 17, 2011
Happy St. Patrick's Day. Welcome to On The Beat and Path. For first time visitors, feel free to enjoy our FACEBOOK archives or head straight to our official site which gives you access to videos, original music,blogs, podcasts, photos and all sorts of musical/travel goodness:
Gary and I are prepping for our upcoming shoot in Borneo. We have invited Randall to come and he couldn't be happier. Vanessa has said she make the trip because she recently learned the Em chord on her new acoustic guitar and feels she is one chord away from writing an epic country song. She isn't wrong. But she isn't right either. So with Vanessa's absence, we will need someone to get us coffee and while Randall recently learned what a coffee filter is, he is still better than us waking up ten minutes earlier. Plus, it is always awesome to see how airport personnel react to people who wear wooden shoes that aren't clogs, nor from Holland while traveling in Humid-rich countries. He's such a pet.
This week I am listening to Johnny Cash's live at Folsom Prison album as part of our Music Appreciation responsibility. So many great parts about that concert, it's impossible to not want to write a book about it. There's a quality moment where Cash swears, well…I wouldn't call the word "shit" a swear word but in 1968 it must have been rather taboo to drop what was then perhaps called, The S-Bomb, on a live recording. Then he turns to Bob Johnston, a Columbia Records Executive, and doesn't at all apologize for the use of his language. In fact, uses the moment as an obvious opportunity to "damn the man" in front of the convicts. At which point Johnny can do no wrong. It's marvelous. This song's impact is only outdone by Cash's chilling performance of "25 Minutes To Go", a song about a criminal's eventual face-off with capital punishment. It's a powerful moment anywhere, but live in a jailhouse? No one can replace Johnny's ability to connect with the dark souls of a generation.
Brazil's Episodes continue to roll out. Tomorrow is our last bonus scene. There is a lot more footage to come from Brazil but we want to save some juicy stuff for when we go on our seasonal hiatus. In the meantime, episode blogs, songs from Brazil, photos, podcasts and the full episode are all available on our official site (noted above and below).
Reminder, if you are in Kuala Lumpur, the full ON THE BEAT AND PATH BAND with myself (voice/guitar/harp), Gary Blanton (bass), Erik Richardson (drums, vocals) and Brian Morefield (sax) will be performing Friday night at the Backyard Pub in Sri Hartamas (www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=187241961317919). We will start to rock start to rock promptly at 8:00 pm as we have another engagement to run off to. Oh the joys of being traveling wanna-be rock stars.
As it is indeed St. Patty's Day and we are all a little Irish, we are cutting out and enjoying a Guinness breakfast.
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