Category Archives: Music

Here’s one from the archives I only happened upon recently … anyone know where it is … and when?   Bob Foulks just sent me the second image — but this gig was a full three months before my bass was re-sprayed — so it must have been ‘colorized’.      

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Kindle version now available

  Rough Notes is now available, worldwide, on Kindle.      

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A new cover for Rough Notes for 2016… “After the ‘lone star’ incident, the lighting man and I got together so that whenever we played Deep Dark Truthful Mirror — and Elvis got to the line ‘the sky was just a purple bruise’ — a beam would cut vertically through the darkness to illuminate me for a second or two, and I would stand there behind him, gazing over at him with a winning smile — a purple Bruce. I … Continue reading

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Misheard Lyrics

For years I thought that the opening line of Desmond Dekker’s The Israelites was “Wake up in the morning, baked beans for breakfast.” (It’s actually, Wake up in the morning, slaving for bread, sir.”) People sometimes ask me what some of EC’s lyrics actually are. One person simply could not decipher a line from The Beat. Until I set them straight, “My neighbour’s revving up his Vauxhall Viva” had been, “My neighbour’s had enough to piss a boxhall baby.” A surreal image indeed. … Continue reading

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Stop the Clock

A  quick improvisation with the other bass.

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Forgive my vanity and indulgence here, but I was forced to LOL (as they say) when I read the comments on a guitar tab for Crimes of Paris (a poignant title, to be sure) on the guitaretab.com website… “The tough thing about Crimes of Paris (as in many EC songs) is that he’s actually only playing five chords on the guitar, but the changes in the bass notes and the vocals are what you really hear. So, if you play … Continue reading

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Needle in a Haystack

One of my practice songs – the Velevelettes Needle in a Haystack, from when I was knee-high to a grasshopper — before the days of quantizing and ‘drop-ins’ we had to play in time – after a cold shower and a 10-mile run, of course.

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Oh Well

This review from one Amazon customer puts it so well that I’m now  accused of being ‘him’!    

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