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Thursday, January 23, 2014

From The Foot Of Mount Belzoni


Denise LaSalle. Big hit back in 1971. Not the sort of song that gets played during timeouts at a football game, so it's mostly forgotten now.

You have to be a really good bassist, guitar player, or drummer to play like that. And all it gets you is a better class of Chinese restaurants or lounges on cruise ships to play at, generally.

4 comments:

Mal said...

"You have to be a really good bassist, guitar player, or drummer to play like that. And all it gets you is a better class of Chinese restaurants or lounges on cruise ships to play at, generally."
True. Very true, sir. But at least they're workin', right?
As a callow young feller, I used to turn my nose up at that stuff, until I eventually noticed that those buggers can play!
It kills me that so many REALLY good musicians and entertainers never get the attention they deserve.
The old phrase, "making a living; not a killing" applies more often than not.

chasmatic said...

Back in my playing days I looked down on these show bands too. Just a sour grapes attitude because I wasn't that good. Or reliable. Heck, I can't even read music, after playing twenty years. Hmph, sheet music was for squares.

I like that phrase, Mal, make a living. Journeyman musicians like those will work three hunnert days a year and put out the same sound each time. Me, I spent a lot of time in somebody's basement or schlepping my gear from a Moose hall to the VFW, twenty five bucks and free beer. Oh boy, fame.

Anonymous said...

And the guitar player is playing a Squier, killing that excuse off in a real way.
Tho if he's that good and he's only playing a Squier, I'm sure he's got a sad story to tell. Real blues.
D

Eclecticity said...

What a treat. Thanks! E.