Yesterday I went to Guitar Center and said I want to buy an electric guitar and I have no idea where to start. After 15 minutes I walked out with a new guitar, amp, strap, case, $500 less than I started with, and I am ready to ROCK!
I’m not that good at guitar. I don’t really know what I’m doing. I “mess around” more than anything just looking up tabs and making up shitty stuff. But regardless, after having this electric guitar for like 30 hours, it is really fun to play.
I doubt this will spur a huge growth in my musical ability, but I’m happy with my investment thus far.
I like I Took A Pill in Ibiza by Mike Posner (what is this, 2015?) so I went on Spotify to add it to my playlist, and saw there was the remix AND the original, so I listened to the original.
Wow are they different.
The vibe from the remix is basically let’s get fucked up and dance. I assume the meaning of the lyrics are lost in translation to most of its listeners.
The vibe from the original is what was obviously intended – living the famous life is kind of a drag, not for everyone, and can make you question a lot of things in life.
As Mike Posner, is this frustrating? You write this song with some great lyrics and everything and it’s “good”. Then some DJs remix it make it a global “hit”.
“I wrote this sad thing, and it was me processing some dark and heavy emotion, and now people seem to be having their own joyous memories out of my sadness. That’s a very beautiful thing as an artist.”
It’s hard to decide if he’s being sincere. I feel like this would bother him.
David Bowie died on Sunday as I’m sure you’ve all heard.
For whatever reason this quote and picture struck me.
I feel like that picture captures that quote perfectly. He’s just thinking of all the amazing things he’s capable of. There’s not a doubt in his mind as to whether he can do something awesome or not, it’s just whether he will do it – he’s the one making that decision.
I was never a huge fan of Bowie, but I liked some of his music, and can appreciate his way of thinking.
He released the album Blackstar days before he died which I’m going to listen to today. Bye bye David Bowie.
In 1991, the Red Hot Chili Peppers were getting pretty big. Under the Bridge was the second single released from their breakthrough record Blood Sugar Sex Magik, and it was a huge success.
In 1992, they appeared on Saturday Night Live to perform Under the Bridge. At the time, lead guitarist John Frusciante hated the song due to how popular the band became. He was also addicted to heroin.
This performance in this SNL video is absurd. Lead singer Anthony Kiedis said afterward that it “felt like I was getting stabbed in the back and hung out to dry in front of all of America while [Frusciante] was off in a corner in the shadow, playing some dissonant out-of-tune experiment.”
Without further ado:
Some points to look at:
The Intro – It sounds completely different, and it’s so hard to tell when Kiedis is supposed to come in. Kiedis just stares at him because he doesn’t know, then John gives that look at :29 which is basically a “fuck you, come in now”.
2:03 – He clearly starts to play the break that comes after the second chorus before realizing he’s supposed to do another round of the verse, so he quickly switches his hands.
3:11 – John comes in with this heavy distortion pedal that sounds awful I think.
3:35 – He just screams instead of the normal “Under the bridge down town!”
3:41 – Silence…
3:47 – Easily the best part of the whole song. The just top-of-the-lungs yell. Lolin at this point. What do you think if you’re the other members of the band?
3:54 – Another little scream.
4:10 – The start of a not-very-good-sounding guitar solo