When you get really into something, you can become really anal about it. Like really anal. I’m like that with guitars. Because, when all is said and done, what is a guitar? It’s some bits of wood and metal glued and screwed together. Add some electromagnets, some wiring and a speaker and you have an… Continue reading Inside the mind of a guitar nut.
A Week in Review: 12th-18th October
Premier League rejects ‘Project Big Picture,’ but promises to look at the big picture So, Project Big Picture comes to nothing. The radical new plan to restructure the English football pyramid was soundly rejected by all 20 Premier League clubs last week. That surely means that even the clubs who devised the ideas in the… Continue reading A Week in Review: 12th-18th October
Why do we listen to music?
I was taking the time this past week to learn a new song on the guitar, and it got me thinking about the impact music can have on our lives. A lot of that can be impacted from your parents' tastes and what you listen to as you are growing up. My parents were already… Continue reading Why do we listen to music?
The greatest live bands ever.
It's been a while since I wrote about a musical subject and as all non-essential travel is out of the question at the moment, I've turned to thinking about those bands from the genre of music that I listen to, namely rock n' roll, that have a reputation for being brilliant to see live. I… Continue reading The greatest live bands ever.
Why I love playing the guitar.
It was the summer of 2009. I had just decided what I would be taking as my GCSEs, and I had decided to drop Music. This was the summer I told my parents I rather liked the idea of learning how to play the guitar. Great timing, I know. But Mum and Dad were very… Continue reading Why I love playing the guitar.
Is there any sense in musicians putting out albums anymore?
Given that my last few pieces have touched on the coronavirus pandemic in some way, I'm determined that this piece will not do so. Unfortunately, the subjects I tend to focus on and write about on this site are all shut down at the moment. The sports season has been put on indefinite hold, politics… Continue reading Is there any sense in musicians putting out albums anymore?
Why is there no guitar in Top 40 music?
If you listen to the radio these days, especially the charts, you're not very likely to come across a song which has a guitar prominently featured. You have to actively go looking for it most of the time. That's not to say it's entirely absent from popular music. You do hear it. But not nearly… Continue reading Why is there no guitar in Top 40 music?
Is it time for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to change it’s name?
So, the nominations for next year's inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced last week and as usual, some of the nominations have really confused me. There are some that would absolutely warrant inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Judas Priest, Motörhead, MC5, Pat Benatar, The Doobie Brothers,… Continue reading Is it time for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to change it’s name?
My top 5 favourite covers
People have been covering songs for as long as there have been songs to cover. And sometimes they do it so well, it can eclipse the original in terms of popularity. If you've been reading this blog for a while then you will know that the vast majority of the music I listen to is… Continue reading My top 5 favourite covers
Why do I listen to Rock n’ Roll?
Well, I suppose being a child with older parents would have something to do with it. My Dad was born in 1949 and my mum in 1958 so they grew up in a different musical era. The music that would be played around the house was stuff like Led Zeppelin, Prince, Dire Straits, Eric Clapton,… Continue reading Why do I listen to Rock n’ Roll?