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  1. Sunday Afternoon Song

    24 September 2017 - 01:58 PM

    Something in the hurricane took guitar playing out of my blood for awhile..........been mostly being domestic of late......laundry, grocery shopping, mopping, dusting.......anything but playing and singing. Dunno why........ But yesterday I felt like strumming again for a bit and today I tackled this B.W. Stevenson tune I think I did some time back with an ukulele (can't seem to find the video though). Anyway, here 'tis.......on the road to getting better.....



    12-fret J-45; DR Sunbeam 12s down 1/2 step; capo 2
  2. The Bayou City

    27 August 2017 - 06:49 AM

    Well folks, in case you hadn't heard, it's raining in Texas. Doo doo doo lookin' out my front door........

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    And it's still raining. And they say it will keep this up for 2-3 more days. Sheesh. Guess I won't make the open mic this evening........
  3. Every one is different.......

    10 August 2017 - 11:12 AM

    It's been settled for the 14 fret 45........Martin Retro 12s bring out the aggressive character of the adirondack top......perfect for this one. First strung the 12 fret with 80/20 Masterbuilts......meh. Okay, I suppose, but they did not make me wanna shout to the heavens. Tried the monels on it next and to my surprise was not impressed. They sound okay and is what was on the guitar for the last video, but there was something missing. So good on the 14 fret but not so with the sitka top of the short neck. But I do think I've found the right set for this little gem: DR Sunbeam 12.......yes sir.......these work. Nice low end thump with more presence than the monels, not shimmery but perhaps glossy........warm and sweet. The tonal difference between the two guitars is now very striking. Though I may experiment further in the future, I am very pleased with these Sunbeams on "Shorty".

    (....and the new tune has improved leaps and bounds with repetitions......the guitar part is smooth and stark and I've worked the vocal to a dark, emotive telling of the tale. Glad how I love working a tune!
  4. Speaking of materials......

    07 August 2017 - 09:26 AM

    I am fascinated by the striking difference in the top woods of these two 45s..... The 14 fret Vintage is red spruce with a wide grain over most of the top, while the 12 fret is sitka and is very tight and even over the entire top......from a but a short distant the grain is almost invisible on this one. The tonal difference is impressive as well........

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    Love me some spruce!
  5. The Final Form

    06 August 2017 - 10:17 AM

    Okay......I'll bug y'all one more time with this one and then resign it to the dust bin. I was singing this last night and the words for the refrain just spilled out of my mouth like magic, melody and all.......not so easy most of the time. Moved the capo up a fret to allow for more vocal dynamics in places that seemed to need it. The performance is not yet polished and I still have to read most of the words, but I think this is it's final form......

    Recorded on the iPad using a Zoom iQ7 mic plugged into it......dumped into iMovie for the fades.......



    ATLANTA: Bitter Tears The Bucster, August 2017

    That house near the corner……no one’s been there for years
    ……they all left for the border……with broken hearts and bitter tears
    The railway station behind us……they burned it down as you can see
    ……it’s still there and reminds us……of Sherman’s march to the sea

    There'll be no quarter for the rebels…….I’ll make Georgia howl!
    ……some said he was the devil…… or some relation anyhow
    At the fall of Atlanta…….they came on like a storm
    ……and all the way to Savannah…..the heart of Dixie was torn

    Will we ever be the same……should we hang our heads in shame
    Will we stand here in the rain of these bitter tears

    Thirty thousand south to Macon……Augusta threatened in the east
    ……all was broken, burned or taken……the land devoured by the beast
    And they could hear the Yanks a’comin’……they could see the smokey sky
    ……all those women and their youngin’s…..some defiant, some just cried

    O’r the hills and ‘cross the rivers……unrelenting as a flood
    ……like an unrepentant sinner…..rebellion’s price is paid in blood
    Three hundred miles the army plundered……Savannah fell without a fight
    ……the heart of Georgia torn asunder…..and Carolina in their sights

    Will we ever be the same……should we hang our heads in shame
    Will we stand here in the rain of these bitter tears
    Will we ever be the same……will we rise in freedom’s name
    Or will we stand here in the rain of our bitter tears