Category Archives: Video

A Young Eric Clapton’s Electric Guitar Demonstration.

Here’s a cool video that shows a young Eric Clapton demonstrating how he gets different sounds on his electric guitar and sheds some light on his fingerboard technique. This video was shot during the Cream days, when Clapton favored Gibson guitars. Enjoy!

Eric Clapton interview and guitar demo 1968 from Robb Navrides on Vimeo.

Hat tip to the excellent website, Open Culture

Blog Update

I apologize for being so lackadaisical  about updating this blog.   I could make excuses about the summer and my being busy working on new music, but I won’t.

Meanwhile, here in Seattle, we’re experiencing smokey skies because of the large forest fires in the nearby Cascade Mountains.   This brings me the video below.   It’s a perfect song for people in the west.

 

 

In the meantime, this title becomes more and more meaningful:

 

 

Neil Young: Songwriting & Life at the Ranch 1971

I came across this fascinating video showing Neil Young, circa 1971, hanging out on his California ranch. This time period is right before he released his masterpiece, Harvest. We also get to meet, the “Old Man,” the subject of Neil’s classic “Old Man “.

As a songwriter, it’s not surprising that Neil’s ranch environment played such a vital inspirational role in his music of the day. Hat Tip to the excellent music blog, Aquarium Drunkard!

David Bowie’s Creative Process

While cruising the internet, I came across this fascinating video from 1997, David Bowie’s “Inspirations.” (Hat tip to the always excellent website, openculture.com) Watching the video, we get a glimpse into Mr. Bowie’s creative process. What really impressed me was how he constantly pushed himself out of his comfort zone in order to grow as an artist. Whether you’re a Bowie fan or not, this 15 minute video about art and creativity is well worth watching. Enjoy!

Video: My Top 5 Christmas Songs

NOTE: This post was originally published last year. Moving it it to the top because of the time of year.

The holiday season is the time of year when I would normally  be talking about that “chill in the air.” However, with the reality of climate change,, that is not the case for many people.  One thing that is consistent with this time of year are classic Christmas songs.

There are an abundance of wonderful Christmas songs.   From the obscure to the over-played staples of popular culture, we all have our favorites.   As I stared working on this post, I realized that narrowing my choice down to five songs would be a difficult task.

Here is my list (with one Bonus Track.)   What are your favorites?

John Prine: Christmas in Prison

 

Jim White: Christmas Day

 

Bill Haley and the Comets: Jingle Bell Rock

Barking Dogs:  Jingle Bells

Elvis Presley: Blue Christmas

Bonus Track below the fold

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Video: Joe Meek and his Bold Techniques

Here’s a video about the enigmatic and legendary producer/engineer Joe Meek. As you see in the video, Meek was an innovator of so many recording techniques that we take for granted. The video is a promotion for a book with the same title, JOE MEEK’S BOLD TECHNIQUES, 2nd EDITION
By Barry Cleveland. The book sounds fascinating and definitely worth a read.

Death Metal Version of “You’re the One that I Want” From Grease

I hope everyone’s summer is going well. Summer is the season of light blog posting. With that in mind, I thought I would post something a little different. Here is a video I found via the website, Dangerous Minds. It’s a “Death Metal” Version of the classic song from the movie, “Grease.”
I am not sure why this amuses me so much – but here you go: