Sunday, July 24, 2011

What I'm listening to now? Installment #9

These days I'm in a heavy frame of mind sooooo here goes...

Bad Brains
Every Time I die
The Explorers Club
Facing New York
Faith No More
Gordian Knot
The Mars Volta
The Muse
Nine Inch Nails
A Perfect Circle
Porcupine Tree
Queens of the Stone Age
The Refused
System of a down

Everyday you learn something new

So I started taking online guitar lessons recently.

I've been playing for 24 years, started taking classical guitar lessons when I was just about to turn 13, but I picked up electric guitar a year later on my own. I never took lessons for that.

So, it occurred to me the other day 'What if I'm doing a few techniques wrong?'

So, here I am, 24 years after the fact, now taking lessons online from a guitar wizard in the US.

Why not? I'm learning the proper way to do certain things and it's always good to re-work through various techniques and see how things can be done better.

Only goes to show you, it's never to late to learn something new.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Seeing your favorite band

When I was a teenager  in the mid-eighties my two favorite bands were The Police and Iron Maiden. I used to fantasize all the time that I was going to see them in concert.

Little did I know that by 2008, I would've seen both bands. It was a childhood fan's dream come true. I'll never forget those shows. If it's one thing I learnt then was that good music, never dies, nor does good bands lose fans. The papers maybe covering the latest pop fad, but good music will always stand the test of time.

At the height of the Grunge era, I fell in-love with Soundgarden. This loud, grimy band from Seattle had this wild streak to their music that just was so slack, so reckless for me that they became my favorite grunge band. When they broke up in 1997 I played all their albums for a whole week straight, drove my mom nuts!

When they re-formed last year, I knew I had to go see them. This year's summer tour kicked off in Toronto. So I went and and boy what a show!

They were the loudest thing I ever did hear, they were slack yet tight, it was sonic mayhem, and Chris Cornell's voice was killer.

I've seen so many bands over the years, but somehow, Soundgarden was the loudest band I ever heard.

They had the crowd singing along to all their 'hits'. It was a great night, accentuated by a lightening storm which lit up the sky.

And who would've thought, that 14 years after they broke up. I would see them play!

What a night to be a music fan