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Music:


My musical performances

Since March 2016, I have been playing at "open mic" events which are held each Wednesday evening at Queen City Brewing in Staunton, Virginia. I am grateful to Fritz Horisk and the Staunton Music Guild for providing this venue for aspiring musicians.

Date Song title Original musician / group Harmon- ica? "Grade"
March 9, 2016 Colorado Song Ozark Mountain Daredevils D
March 9, 2016 Tequila Sunrise Eagles B
March 9, 2016 Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out Eric Clapton B
March 9, 2016 Bitter Creek Eagles D
July 13, 2016 Country Girl Ozark Mountain Daredevils Y C
July 13, 2016 Standing On the Rock Ozark Mountain Daredevils Y B
July 13, 2016 Follow You Down The Gin Blossoms Y A
July 13, 2016 Doolin' Dalton Eagles Y B
July 20, 2016 Train Leaves Here This Morning Eagles Y A
July 20, 2016 Long Train Running Doobie Brothers Y B
July 20, 2016 Like a Rolling Stone Bob Dylan Y A
August 10, 2016 Ring of Fire Johnny Cash Y A
August 10, 2016 Harvest Moon Neil Young Y B
August 10, 2016 Beauty In the River Ozark Mountain Daredevils Y A
August 10, 2016 Homemade Wine Ozark Mountain Daredevils Y B
August 17, 2016 You Made It Right Ozark Mountain Daredevils Y A
August 17, 2016 Interstate Love Song Stone Temple Pilots Y A
August 17, 2016 Never Goin' Back Fleetwood Mac B
August 24, 2016 Wicked Game Chris Isaac Y A
August 24, 2016 Crazy Love Poco A
August 24, 2016 It'll Shine When It Shines Ozark Mountain Daredevils B
August 24, 2016 Rhythm of Love Plain White T's C
September 14, 2016 Fly Away Home Ozark Mountain Daredevils Y B
September 14, 2016 Black Sky Ozark Mountain Daredevils Y B
September 14, 2016 America Simon & Garfunkle A
September 21, 2016 Mrs. Robinson Simon & Garfunkle A
September 21, 2016 Road to Glory Ozark Mountain Daredevils Y B
September 21, 2016 Barely Breathing Duncan Sheikh A
September 28, 2016 Talkin' Baseball Terry Cashman C
September 28, 2016 You've Got to Hide Your Love Away The Beatles Y A
September 28, 2016 If You Could Read My Mind, Love Gordon Lightfoot A
September 28, 2016 Baker Street Gerry Rafferty Y B
October 5, 2016 Simple Man Crosby, Stills, & Nash Y A
October 5, 2016 Within Without Ozark Mountain Daredevils Y A
October 5, 2016 The Story In Your Eyes Moody Blues B
October 12, 2016 It Doesn't Matter Anymore Linda Ronstadt C
October 12, 2016 Lyin' Eyes Eagles B
October 12, 2016 I Can't Tell You Why Eagles B
October 26, 2016 Heartache Tonight Eagles B
October 26, 2016 Guitar Man Bread Y B
October 26, 2016 Piano Man Billy Joel Y A
November 2, 2016 Co Cubs, Go Steve Goodman B
November 2, 2016 City of New Orleans Steve Goodman A
November 2, 2016 Elected Alice Cooper B
November 9, 2016 Take It Easy Eagles B
November 9, 2016 Tuesday Afternoon Moody Blues A
November 9, 2016 Heart of Gold Neil Young Y A
November 16, 2016 Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald Gordon Lightfoot Y B
November 16, 2016 Constant Craving k.d. lang Y A
November 16, 2016 My, My, Hey, Hey Neil Young Y A
November 16, 2016 On the Trail of the Lonesome Pine Ballard MacDonald and Harry Carroll C
November 16, 2016 I Should Have Known Better The Beatles Y A
November 23, 2016 Lonely People America Y B
November 23, 2016 Long-Haired Country Boy Charlie Daniels Y B
November 23, 2016 Out On the Sea Ozark Mountain Daredevils Y B
November 30, 2016 Helpless Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Y B
November 30, 2016 Love Me Do Beatles Y A
November 30, 2016 Boulevard of Broken Dreams Green Day B
November 30, 2016 Sweet Melissa Allman Brothers A
November 30, 2016 I'm the Only One Melissa Etheridge B

Musical instruments

I play the following instruments:

Instrument When learned My profiency
Guitar 1969 Advanced
Piano 1988 Beginner
Charango 2004 Beginner
Harmonica 2012 Intermediate

My favorite groups

  1. The Eagles (1980, 2008)
  2. Fleetwood Mac (1982, 2015)
  3. Beatles
  4. Rolling Stones (2005)
  5. Ozark Mountain Daredevils (1974)
  6. Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young
  7. Led Zeppelin
  8. Kansas (1979, 2011) (also see Kerry Livgren)
  9. The Police (2007)
  10. Elton John (2012)
  11. U2
  12. Doobie Brothers (2011)

(Years in parentheses denote concerts I have seen, with blog links for concerts in recent years.) I play several songs from each of the above groups on guitar.


Best rock groups & albums
(Work in progress.)

Year Beatles Rolling Stones Fleetwood Mac The Eagles Ozark Mtn Daredevils Kansas
1963 Please Please Me . . . . .
1963 With the Beatles . . . . .
1964 Hard Day's Night The Rolling Stones . . . .
1964 Beatles For Sale The Rolling Stones Now! . . . .
1965 Help The Rolling Stones No. 2 . . . .
1965 Rubber Soul 12 x 5 / Out Of Our Heads . . . .
1966 . Aftermath . . . .
1966 Revolver . . . . .
1967 Sgt. Pepper's L.H.C.B. Flowers / Between Buttons . . . .
1967 Magical Mystery Tour Satanic Majesties' Request . . . .
1968 . . Fleetwood Mac . . .
1968 White Album Beggars' Banquet Mr. Wonderful . . .
1969 . . English Rose . . .
1969 Abbey Road Let It Bleed Then Play On . . .
1970 Let It Be . Kiln House . . .
1971 . Sticky Fingers Future Games . . .
1972 . Exile On Main Street Bare Trees The Eagles . .
1973 . Goat's Head Soup Penguin; Mystery To Me Desperado Ozark Mountain Daredevils .
1974 . It's Only Rock 'N' Roll Heroes Are Hard To Find On the Border It'll Shine When It Shines Kansas
1975 . Metamorphosis Fleetwood Mac One Of These Nights Car Over the Lake Album Song For America; Masque
1976 . Black and Blue Rumours Hotel California Men From Earth Leftoverture
1977 . . . . . Point Of Know Return
1978 . Some Girls . . Don't Look Down Audio-Visions
1979 . . Tusk The Long Run . Monolith
1980 . Emotional Rescue . . . .
1981 . Tatoo You . . . .
1982 . . Mirage . . Vinyl Confessions
1983 . Undercover . . . Drastic Measures
1984 . . . . . .
1985 . . . . . .
1986 . Dirty Work . . . Power
1987 . . Tango In The Night . . .
1988 . . . . . In the Spirit of Things
1989 . Steel Wheels . . . .
1990 . . (Behind the Mask) . . .
1991 . . . . . .
1992 . . . . . .
1993 . . . . . .
1994 . Voodoo Lounge . Hell Freezes Over * . .
1995 . Time ??? . . . .
1996 . . . . . .
1997 . Bridges To Babylon The Dance . 13 .
1998 . . . . . .
1999 . . . . . .
2000 . . . . . .
2001 . . . . . .
2002 . . . . . .
2003 . . Say You Will . . .
2004 . . . . . .
2005 . A Bigger Bang . . . .
2006 . . . . . .
2007 . . . Long Road Out of Eden . .
2008 . . . . . .
2009 . . . . . .
2010 . . . . . .
2011 . . . . . .
2012 . . . . . .
2013 . . . . . .

SOURCE: My own CDs as well as www.allmusic.com.
* In general, only studio albums are shown except for live albums that included new songs, marked with an asterisk.


The Eagles:
America's greatest rock group

In concert: May 2008, Charlottesville, VA.

    Top Ten Eagles songs

  1. Hotel California
  2. Take It Easy
  3. Tequila Sunrise
  4. Already Gone
  5. Peaceful, Easy Feeling
  6. Desperado
  7. Long Road Out of Eden
  8. Lyin' Eyes
  9. Certain Kind of Fool
  10. Life In The Fast Lane

OFFICIAL WEB SITE: www.eaglesband.com

It all started in the early 1970s when Glenn Frey, a native of Detroit "Rock City," Michigan, and Don Henley, from Gilmer, a small town in eastern Texas, met in Los Angeles. Jackson Brown, John David Souther, and others collaborated on several of their early hits, as Henley and Frey formed one of the greastest creative musical matches since Lennon and McCartney. The group achieved commercial success and critical acclaim in creating a fusion of country and rock music, defining the "California sound," along with Fleetwood Mac. Their spectacular success in the late 1970s, culminating in "Hotel California," offered hope for humanity in the face of the soulless onslaught of disco music. Tragically, the group broke up in 1981 and did not reunite until "Hell Froze Over" (the name of their concert-based album in 1994. For a couple years the same five players as before were together, and then Don Felder dropped out, leaving just four.

Drummer Don Henley (www.donhenley.com) was always the more serious conscientious one, a characteristic that became more pronounced after the Eagles split up. He went on to have a prolific solo career, and his song "The Boys Of Summer" was one of the biggest hit singles of the 1980s. He went on to release other studio albums, including The End of the Innocence (1989) and Inside Job (2000).

Guitarist Glenn Frey (see his blog) was the more fun-loving half of the duo. He also had success as a post-Eagles solist, most notably "You Belong to the City." He also appeared in a couple episodes of "Miami Vice." On January 18, 2016, he passed away after a prolonged battle with intestinal problems; see my tribute blog post.

Bernie Leadon played guitar, banjo, and dobro on the Eagles' early albums, giving the group an authentic country "flavor." Ultimately, the group decided they wanted to go more in the direction of rock, and he was the first band member to leave.

Randy Meisner, from Scotts Bluff, Nebraska, was the original bassist with the group. He too was strongly on the country side of rock, and his unique vocal style stood out on "Certain Kind of Fool" (one of my favorites), "Take It to the Limit" and "Too Many Hands." He left the group in 1977, shortly after Hotel California was released.

Don Felder, a true guitar virtuoso, arrived during the recording of On the Border in 1974, and had a big impact on "Already Gone." He played with the Eagles on their "Hell Freezes Over" reunion tour (1994), but not after that.

The addition of Joe Walsh (www.joewalsh.com) in 1976 made the Eagles a true "super group." He came from the Cleveland-based hard-rock trio The James Gang, replacing Bernie Leadon. His exhuberant attitude added a lot to the group, which played his anthem "Life's Been Good" and other hits.

Timothy B. Schmit (www.timothybschmit.com) came from the mellow country-rock group Poco to replace Randy Meisner, whom he had also replaced in Poco. His soft voice added even greater depth to the Eagles' renowned vocal harmonies.

Eagles album covers
Year Album Drums Guitar Bass Guitar Guitar
1972 The Eagles Don Henley Glenn Frey Randy Meisner Bernie Leadon .
1973 Desperado Don Henley Glenn Frey Randy Meisner Bernie Leadon .
1974 On the Border Don Henley Glenn Frey Randy Meisner Bernie Leadon Don Felder
1975 One of These Nights Don Henley Glenn Frey Randy Meisner Bernie Leadon Don Felder
1976 (Their Greatest Hits, 1971-1975) Don Henley Glenn Frey Randy Meisner Bernie Leadon Don Felder
1976 Hotel California Don Henley Glenn Frey Randy Meisner Joe Walsh Don Felder
1979 The Long Run Don Henley Glenn Frey Timothy B. Schmit Joe Walsh Don Felder
1980 Eagles Live Don Henley Glenn Frey Timothy B. Schmit Joe Walsh Don Felder
1982 (Greatest Hits, Volume 2) Don Henley Glenn Frey Timothy B. Schmit Joe Walsh Don Felder
1994 Hell Freezes Over (mostly live) : 1 CD Don Henley Glenn Frey Timothy B. Schmit Joe Walsh Don Felder
2000 (Selected Works, 1972-1999) : 2 CD Don Henley Glenn Frey Timothy B. Schmit Joe Walsh .
2003 (The Very Best Of) : 2 CD Don Henley Glenn Frey Timothy B. Schmit Joe Walsh .
2007 Long Road Out of Eden : 2 CD Don Henley Glenn Frey Timothy B. Schmit Joe Walsh .

NOTES: All band members do vocals, but Henley or Frey usually sing lead. All band members play multiple instruments. Album titles in parentheses are compilations of previously released songs recorded in studios. Albums prior to 1990s were (analog) vinyl LPs.


Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac, an ingenious fusion of British blues with California pop-rock, played in Charlottesville, VA on March 15, 2015. All five members from their "peak" period were there: Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, and Stevie Nicks.

    Top Ten Fleetwood Mac songs

  1. Landslide
  2. Go Your Own Way
  3. Big Love
  4. Rhiannon
  5. The Chain
  6. Never Going Back Again
  7. You Make Lovin' Fun
  8. Gold Dust Woman
  9. World Turning
  10. Don't Stop
Fleetwood Mac in concert

Fleetwood Mac concert, Charlottesville, VA, March 15, 2015.

OFFICIAL WEB SITE: www.fleetwoodmac.com


Kansas

Kansas played a concert in October 2011 at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, accompanied by the JMU symphony orchestra..

Kansas at JMU

Kansas takes a bow after the show at JMU. (Roll mouse over the image to see a closeup of the band members signing autographs after the show was over. Photo retouched to remove obstruction.)


The Police

The Police led the retro "New Wave" rock movement in the late 1970s. Their 2007 concert in Charlottesville, VA was the first time we had been to the John Paul Jones Arena, which replaced University Hall as the main venue for basketball in 2006.

Police in concert

"Sting" sings during The Police concert, November 2007.


The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones played at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The group Phish, led by Trey Anastasio, provided the early music

Rolling Stones at Scott Stadium

Rolling Stones concert at Scott Stadium, October 2005.


Latin American folk music

This table of charango chords is based on a pamphlet that came with the charango I bought in Cuzco, Peru in March 2004. A charango is a very small ten-stringed instrument with a rounded body, roughly comparable to a ukelele but with a much richer, almost haunting tone. The numbers correspond to, respectively,
the index finger (1),
the middle finger (2),
the ring finger (3), and
the little finger (4).

Charango chords

Evolution of Rock music since the 1960s

1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s
Elvis Presley . . . . .
. The Beach Boys . . .
. The Beatles . . . . .
. The Rolling Stones
. The Doors . . . . .
. Led Zeppelin . . . .
. Creedence Clearwater Revival . . . . .
. . The Doobie Brothers . . .
. Crosby, Stills, & Nash .
. . Grand Funk RR . . . .
. . Three Dog Night . . . .
. . Lynyrd Skynyrd . . . .
. . Eagles . .
. . Kansas . . .
. . The Police . . .
. Pink Floyd . .
. . The Cars . . .
. . . The Pretenders . . .
. . Bruce Springsteen
. . Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers . .
. . Rush . . .
. . . Foreigner . . .
. . . John Mellencamp
. . . Bon Jovi . .
. . . Guns 'N Roses . .