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    I fly helicopters to make money during the work week.

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  1. …and how much of it involves the time and the place where we experienced that music? Author's note: This is a lengthy thread. Skip to some other thread if you have a short attention-span. Thanks. Okay. I’m a big music fan. I’m a musician. I love making music. I appreciate good music. But I have to stop and think, every now and then, about that music which appeals to this person over here versus that which appeals to that person over there. And I’m not talking about whether somebody appreciates Classic Country music but hates Rap and Hip-Hop. Or why millions of people love Classic Rock, but can’t stand Classical music. There are cultural and sociological implications there that I can’t even begin to get into. I wish to focus the discussion on that music that was important to us during our formative years (age 13 thru 19) and how that later informs that which we prefer now and to this day. And lets set aside the formulamatic, computer-programmed crap that is on pop music radio and pop country music radio today. It’s shiit, and not worthy of discussion. Look, rather, to the music that your peers and contemporaries love and enjoy to this day, and compare it to that which you love and enjoy. Many guys and gals you grew up with, and went to school with, absolutely love Marvin Gaye, Leo Sayer, and Crystal Gayle, but don’t have any use for anything by Yes, King Crimson, or Jethro Tull. Some contemporaries of yours, legitimate guitar players, love the music of Steve Vai, but can’t stand the recordings of Stevie Ray Vaughan. The question I’m asking is, “does that music which we experienced during our teen years color our tastes and preferences many years later?” I myself grew up on the music radio of early 1960’s classic country and mid-1970’s classic rock. And to this day, I find myself enjoying listening to many, many recordings from those days, and finding some palatable and enjoyable, and others completely unlistenable. Those bands and acts that I grew up listening to that is. And I wonder, “If it went by me back then, and I wasn’t into it back in those days, is it automatically out of the pool now?” Examples; Nobody I ever knew, at any point in my life, listened to or got into The Grateful Dead. I was aware of them, of course. But I couldn’t name a single Grateful Dead song if you held a gun against my head. And I still can’t. I just never experienced their music, back in the day. And to this day, try as I might, I can’t get into The Grateful Dead. And I have listened to many, many hours of them on youTube and other internet sites. I just find the music bland, uninspiring, and utterly without any hook. And that’s not fair. KISS. In my teen years, and when I was in a garage band in the mid-1970’s, those outrageous assholes were really important to me and my band-mates. They were like comic-book heroes. We played Strutter on the opening song of my very first live gig, and 45+ years later, my current band still plays that song at least once per gig. I understand how much schlock and show-biz and nonsense went into their early recording efforts, and how much politics and personalities and drugs & alcohol played in their eventual demise and reformations. But they just made music. And I should listen to ‘unreleased rough tracks’ of both KISS and The Grateful Dead with equal interest, right? But I don’t, and that’s not fair. Does the fact that I was an impressionable teenager at a time when good-smelling girls were hanging around and listening to me and my friends when we played KISS and Bad Company and Peter Frampton in Danny’s father’s garage figure into the equation? And I never experienced smoking dope while driving around with friends while listening to The Grateful Dead, and getting laid with awesome, nubile, hippie-chick Dead-Head girls. That never, ever happened for me. If I did experience such a thing, would I be a fan of The Dead to this day? Your thoughts, please, and please also refrain from specific criticism of/or adulation showered on either KISS or The Grateful Dead. Those were just the most visceral examples from which I might draw for this discussion. They don’t really matter. How was it for you, and how is it for you to this day? Thanks in advance for your thoughtful consideration to the questions at hand. 😐
  2. This much love and happiness is contagious. I thank you, Dub-T-123, for this thread of joy. Whether we can all admit it or not, we all need to engage in this communion of players and hardware and contentment. This is what it is all about. 🙂
  3. Both, sir. And yes, it really is a fabulous bass guitar, for being 17 years old. I have been plugging it in every chance I get. 😐
  4. I have a thing going on at work tomorrow (a pre-dress rehearsal for a larger event on Wednesday) wherein I need to check out the house PA and mics and such. I think I will bring the Vox in and plug her in in between events, and see how the test/rehearsal crowd reacts to her sounds. 🤨
  5. So, after everything blew up at work, and I got to spend half a day relaxing, here are some photos. Unusual but really nicely-crafted guitar, this Vox. I like it a lot. 🙂
  6. Okay, everything worked out great. The seller was a real nice guy, and his old P-bass was in nearly perfect condition. She just needed some new strings, a fret polishing, and a spritz of wax. Such a great-playing bass guitar! I really like it a lot. The neck is fabulous. Wider and flatter than my other bass guitar (a slightly older ESP LTD B-50 bass). After a life time of wanting one, I finally have a Fender Precision Bass. And she has Seymour Duncan BassLines pickups in her, which is what they call (nowadays) the Seymour Duncan SPB-3 Quarter Pound P-Bass Pickup. Nice sounding. 🙂
  7. I love the tuxedo color combo. Classy. 🙂
  8. I'm going to meet a local fellow tomorrow, and if all goes well, I'll be bringing home my first Fender Precision Bass. Made in Mexico, 2003. Been waiting for this for a very long time. 😐
  9. Okay, I have to take it all back. The fear, the trepidation. The anxiety over such a foolish and capricious acquisition. This Vox Starstream is really, really nice. I unboxed it, and was impressed with the careful packaging and the little details. Right out of the box, (and this is crazy, it was manufactured and boxed a few years ago, no doubt), the thing was in tune. I literally put the Snark tuner on it and made just a few very minor adjustments, and she was ready to rock. Fret ends are smooth and supple. Overall fit and finish is impressive, for a weirdo guitar made in Japan from parts mostly manufactured in Vietnam. The maple neck feels really nice, and comfortable, like playing a familiar Tele. The tremolo arm is utterly comfortable, and the guitar stays in tune after you use it. I used a headphone cable from my computer (wired to some monitor speakers) and plugged it right into the small headphone jack on the face of the guitar. (I'll try some amps out this weekend.) The sounds were impressive. Really. The single coil, humbucking, and acoustic guitar voices were really very nice. I was impressed, and my wife, listening from the next room, came in to see just what in the world was going on in here. Sitar, fabulous. Dobro, good. Banjo, eh. Okay. The wonky synth sounds aren't as bad as I had feared. The control layout is intuitive, and easy to adapt to. I'm really happy for having dropped three hundred bones on this odd, wonderful Vox. If you get a chance to try one, I think you will find it to your liking. It's not a Gibson Les Paul or a Fender Telecaster. It's just a good guitar that does a fair job of sounding like either or both of them. And more. And at 7 lbs, 2 ounces total weight (with 4AA batteries installed), and a 25 1/3rd inch scale length, it's a really comfortable play. Two thumbs 'way up. Photos tomorrow. I'm tired and I have to get up and go to work at 5:45 in the morning. 🙂
  10. This is very much true, good sir. But then the topic was a conventional semi-hollow guitar with this or that, versus another one with the other thing. Either one being routed thru my pedal board, and then so on to my amps. Now we are talking about a modeling synth guitar shaped like some sort of unholy spaceship sent down in the 1980's to either destroy us all or save us from destruction. And no amps or pedals whatsoever. It's complicated. I guess that's what I am saying. The ****ing box is here now, delivered by FedEx earlier, and sitting in the laundry room. I'm afraid to open it now. 😐
  11. Yessir, Reverb has them for $299, in the white on white, red on red, and black on black. This one appealed, and the price was right. (Original MSRP was much higher, when they first came out in 2016.) I can see why the price reduction. It's clearly not everyone's cup of tea, but if even half the voices/guitar choices sound great, it's worth a try-out. I have never held one, but I've been watching them for awhile. (And watching many, many reviews and videos.) Including one from Rob Chapman at NAMM a few years ago where he was sort of meh about it. And then another one from a few months later where, after playing the demo model they sent him, he was genuinely impressed. I have no interest in the wonky snyth sounds, but the idea of having certain variations of single coil sounds, humbucking, and acoustic guitars, all in one guitar, without pedals, is just something that I want to explore. The 12 string voice and the sitar voice both fill a need in our set lists, and the ability to roll-on and roll-off distortion and sustain is a powerful draw, so we'll see how it goes. The notion is this;Plug straight into the PA, and there are no amps and no pedals on the stage. This lightweight approach to walking into a gig or practice session appeals to me. 🙂
  12. I lived on Oahu from 1997 thru 2001, and lived on the North Shore there. Surfed just about every day. Longboard, not the sporty short board stuff. My girlfriend at the time (now 2nd wife) and I visited the Big Island a number of times. We always preferred Country over Town. (Hilo side over Kona side.) Sometimes we stayed up at the Kilauea Military Camp, on the volcano's edge. Good times. 😐
  13. Too funny. A recent post by Jennysan sparked this memory from three years ago. My (very) rough first pass at applying music to the lyrics to her song Gas Station Sushi. I may have been drinking at the time. 😐 https://chirb.it/ECdqGe
  14. Three fabulous guitars!! Very nice, and classy indeed. 🙂
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