georgia err I mean guitars on my mind. some loud and fast covers by others followed by some masterful advice by mr knopfler himself. not sure if mr ray would approve of these covers but here they are in all their awesomeness…

 

 

Fast and loud music isn’t always first on my list but this wild guy Leo is absolutely insane and yet amazingly talented at the same time.  To open tonight’s theme a cover of sultans of swing…

 

I remember listening to this next song as a kid in the early 80s.  I don’t know if it’s the nostalgia effect or it’s unique blend of notes but I still find it catchy.

 

This is one of the first covers I saw by this silly guy.  It still cracks me up…

 

So I like KFC as much as the next person but this guy is just a bit creepy but he sure knows how to make the guitar talk.

 

Looks like this guy has been playing guitar and I mean this particular guitar for a long time or maybe he’s just a thrifty guitar shopper but either way this is quite nice…

 

Not much to say about this next musical duo but wow…

 

And the last of the main electric covers to demonstrate just how versatile the electric guitar is that it can even do classical.  That tacobell err I mean Pachelbel guy’s song never sounded so good.  Good thing music is the universal language because this vid isn’t in English…

 

Alrighty then, so we’ve seen plenty of weird guitar players but how about weird guitars…  Slowin’ it down a bit but this has a good sound to it and there are many other strange instruments out there like the ones in the next two vids.  Oh baby it’s a wild world.

 

Ok so maybe not fast and loud but I figured a transition video with an acoustical would be nice before getting to the coaching video from the master…

Here is a cover of an Alan Walker song from which I will post some of his videos in a later post.  My daughter has been playing guitar and piano since before she could talk I think and this was one of the earlier songs she learned on guitar and later on piano.  Her style is slightly different than this guy’s but they sound very similar and due to the strumming involved and other complexities this isn’t a terribly easy song to learn.

 

And last but in no ways least some sound advice from a guitar guru…

I hope to get back in the swing of things and post more to the blog.  However, I’ve been grappling with some mean medical issues and a fleeting blip called time…

do not go blindly into that good night

If you’re reading this you probably paused for a moment while the error-correction part of your mind paused and said wait a minute that’s not how that beautiful beautiful poem by Dylan Thomas went – we all know it is Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night.  And then there was rage, rage in your mind against any novice writer such as myself who would take such a remarkable piece of work in what seems like vain or some type of gimmick approaching blasphemy.  But now that I gave you the hyperlink above so you can click it and see the original masterpiece in all it’s glory which has nothing but my utmost respect and admiration, my goal here is simply to use it for inspiration and follow the rules of The Daily Post since today’s word is blindly  If it eases your rage feel free to consider me a fanboy of beautiful literature.

My substitution for the word “gentle” with “blindly” is a play on words to emphasize something I feel very strongly about.  It’s the importance of education and life-long learning and always trying to improve yourself with the power of knowledge.  You’ll see Dylan’s most popular words used over and over in Hollywood movies and one my personal favorites is with Michael Caine in the movie Interstellar  The music after the narration in the video is by Hans Zimmer.  It is rare that an Ad catches my attention but his ad for his Master Class is incredibly inspiring and full of wisdom.

Good poems and prose can be more powerful than the strongest weapons and some like Dylan’s seem to resonate with a universal audience.  If my post tonight does nothing but to remind you to stop and smell the roses or enjoy a good work of art then to me it’s a success.  It doesn’t matter whether that work of art is a good poem, book, music or movies – all that matters is it is something you enjoy and hopefully inspires you in some way.  So I’ll leave you with one more narration of Dylan’s work (warning it has a four letter word at the end of it (Rodney Dangerfield’s Video) so skip it or stop before you get to the end of it if profanity is offensive to you).  And remember to rage against the dying of the light which in my mind means stay thirsty for knowledge and by not going blindly into that good night.

Rodney Dangerfield in Back to School

Sorry, I told you I was a fanboy – I couldn’t leave off Anthony Hopkins.