Axl wasn’t on hand but the other members of the classic Guns N’ Roses lineup did attend the 20th anniversary party for their landmark debut “Appetite for Destruction,” which took place at the Key Club in Hollywood on Saturday night.
I suddenly feel very old.
Anyone who’s known me for a few years is aware that I enjoy playing music. For a while there I defined myself as a musician first and foremost. Over the past couple of years though, my guitars have been gathering dust, which is depressing to say the least.
Today I ran across a video of Jonathan Coulton performing “Re: your brains” – a ballad about zombies – at the Penny Arcade Expo this year (see video below). While the video is hilarious, what got me thinking was his “Thing a Week” project – basically, he recorded a new song every week and made the songs available for free on his site. He described it as an attempt to keep the creative juices flowing, which is exactly what I’m lacking at the moment.
So, I thought to myself – why not try the same thing? I don’t think I’m up to recording a song per week, but I could at least *write* a song a week. It doesn’t have to be long, it doesn’t have to be good – it just has to be a song.
We’ll see how it goes – starting Monday 🙂
Just found a link to Dean Gray presents American Edit – basically they took Green Day’s “American Idiot” and took bits and pieces of other songs and mashed them all together.
So you have “Boulevard of Broken Songs” which combines “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” with Oasis’ hit from a decade ago, “Wonderwall” (with a cameo by Aerosmith at the end) And it works surprisingly well 🙂 They have several other tracks from American Idiot worth checking out.
Trying a new thinger on the site – Audioscrobbler… if you scroll down, on the right side of the page is a list of the last few songs I’ve listened to. It *should* update automatically, and eventually be able to track my listening habits. We’ll see if it works or not.
Ah come on, Adrian, it’s true. I was nobody. But that don’t matter either, you know? ‘Cause I was thinkin’, it really don’t matter if I lose this fight. It really don’t matter if this guy opens my head, either. ‘Cause all I wanna do is go the distance. Nobody’s ever gone the distance with Creed, and if I can go that distance, you see, and that bell rings and I’m still standin’, I’m gonna know for the first time in my life, see, that I weren’t just another bum from the neighborhood.
OK, so it’s a little melodramatic, but I’m always looking for an excuse to quote “Rocky” 🙂 I have the opportunity to audition for Tait tomorrow. I don’t think I have a realistic shot of getting the gig, knowing how many far more talented guitarists than I live in Nashville, but I’d just like to do well and make a good showing. At the very least I can say I gave it my best shot 🙂 Right now I just want to get it over with, because my fingertips look like ground beef!
Regardless if I get the job or not, next week will be a big one… I close on my house Monday, and Friday will mark a year since my last chemo treatment. I *swear* I’ll write the second part of the cancer story soon. It’s been a very busy summer.