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Folk and country music were what first attracted me to the guitar. A nice change of pace from the classical and jazz I’d grown up with. So...this tune’s a trip back to my roots. Especially in that I wrote lyrics to it, too (a happy return, in my life).

For anyone that doesn’t know: NPR stands for National Public Radio...and I’ve got absolutely no bone to pick with them. I actually tune in quite often. But, I’m a “truth in reporting” kinda guy and have done my best to paint the picture as best and accurately as possible in this, my humble offering to the public ...

Major thanks to my good friend and musical compatriot, ziti, for the freebie GB101 chat classes. Means the world to me, Fran...

Special thanks, also, to all who answered my forum post on mastering, along with Lisa and Tobin. Cool stuff.

And to Miguel and Simon for fostering such a great space for musicians to share and grow. Cheers, guys...

Oh....and to Ava and Josie for speaking up and inspiring this tune, of course.
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The Evening News
Music and lyrics by Bob Prince

Back seat of an automobile.
Grandpa Barry sittin’ at the wheel.
Ava and Josie sit with me in the back.
Grandma’s ridin’ shotgun:
“yakkity yak”.

Not much happenin’ as the trees roll by,
except the awesome scenery and the sunny blue sky.
Grandpa switches on the radio.
It’s NPR.

uh oh

Death and destruction
fires out west.
A boy stabs his sister right in the chest.
Got the kids attention
can’t do anything but.
It’s just about as subtle
as a ten ton truck.

In Israel
there’s a missile attack.
Two little kids: direct hit in the back.
Josie’s lip’s a treblin’
Ava’s lookin’ real beat.
Two frozen popsicles meltin’ into their seats.

The frown drown drones it’s perpetual diss
‘till Ava says, “Do we have to listen to this”?
The vacuum in the car; you can hear the wheels roll.
Me thinks it’s time to do
some damage control.

We tell ‘em that the world ain’t really so bad.
“There’’s plenty of things that’ll make ya feel glad”.
The kids don’t wanna hear none of that “pc” crap.
They’ve brought a magazine with a positive rap.

Bright colors and pictures
fill up the page.
A pet alligator that’s not kept in a cage.
Now they’re all excited
‘cuz they’re readin’ about
a dog who saves his master from a sure fire out.

Laughin’ and gigglin’...
things are lookin’ upbeat!
The kind of situation
you’re just dying to meet.

The grownups we’re a smilin’
thinkin’, “this is real cute”.
I think we should get fitted
for a straight jacket suit.

Instrumental

You can’t escape the news, you hear it everywhere.
Like the muzak that you hear in a dentist’s chair.
Kid’s minds are blank pages lookin’ for positive ink.
The stuff they see and hear affects how they think.

The news paints a world that’s filled with chaos and fear,
leavin’ out the good that grown-ups don’t care to hear.
But there’s one way we can kick the bad vibes outta town:
Turn the darn thing off, when the kids are around.

© 2007 Bob Prince
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ktb said 4341 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
fine pickin
The music belies the message and its a neat juxposition. The lyrics are great, and the guitar work sounds sweet. Fab slide!
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guitapick said 4341 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
Thanks KTB...
...and, yeah...my idea, from the start, was to have a nice, sweet country type thang dealing with, what I feel is, a serious subject. We were, after all, riding rural Vermont.

Bludgeoning the audience into submission doesn't seem to really do the trick, anyway...does it?

Glad ya liked it...

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said 4341 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
Finaly .. THE GUITAR IS PERFECT !!
Very nice guitar pickin, like an old songs style, very nice lyrics, the singing is just fit the music.
I'm Glad you back in with these kind piece.
Much enjoyable .. keep up the great work !!

Regardz
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guitapick said 4341 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
Thanks so much, Yeman...
...I'm so glad you liked the piece.

I'm also happy that you've been looking forward to it. I'm new to recording my tunes...so it took awhile.

Looking forward to your next one, too, my friend.

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ziti said 4341 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
all that work for this????
heheheheh...it was well worth it huh?

great song, great sound. Ya done wicked good, bunkie!


deepest bows

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guitapick said 4341 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
Wise guy...
"...why I oughta..."

Thanks, z. What can I say, man?

Ahhhh, I know:

"You're the best..."

hehehe

;-)

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said 4341 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
Hey Arlo!
Great tune Bob, very authentic folk song. Seems like you got the GB thing figured out... your guitar and voice are crisp and clear. I love your guitar playing... and a real nice second guitar with the cool solo morph into in solo #2... great stuff! I fav'd this based on reading the lyrics along. Well said and well sung.

Now I am off to get a bite to eat over at Alice's...
guitapick said 4341 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
When I was a teenager...
...I figured out how to play "Alice's Restaurant". I was so proud of myself. But then everyone would want me to sing/talk it, too. A WHOLE 'nother ballgame.

So...I'd switch to "I don't want a pickle...jes' wanna ride on mah motorsicle". Much easier.

;-)

I loved Arlo. Guy could play and write. Wonderful stuff. Definitely one of my influences...as you see.

Glad you liked this, Dadai.

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Roxylee said 4341 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
LOL
This is great. At first, I just listened to the whimsical side- it first reminded me of Alice's Restaurant. Then the message kicked in. Wow, so true.... We're surrounded by bad news, and i hadn't really thought of how it might be affecting the kids when I listened to it.I'm gonna turn the darn thing off when they're around. Your guitar playing, vox, and mixingf skills are awesome.:-)
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Roxylee said 4341 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
ps
What was so funny to me was that this brought back memories of being a kid and living at my grandparents' house. My grandma would listen to the nightly news about how some woman 2,000 miles away got killed or about a tornado on the other side of the world, then she would freat for hours. We definitely need to hear news reports about good stuff, at least once a year...

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guitapick said 4341 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
I loved and played...
...Alice's Restaurant, way back when. The movie was great, too. But, yeah...the kids definitely taught us a lesson on this one.

I'm glad you liked this, Roxy.

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guitapick said 4341 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
PS...
Your story about your grandma resonates at a very high frequency. At least she fretted about it, though...sounds like a kind woman.

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Vic Holman said 4341 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
I heard the new today oh boy
Really nice. And what a story. Those are some great lyrics.

I have to go with the Alices Restaurant tongue in cheek style. Just as fun!

The guitar solo section pretty well blew me away.
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guitapick said 4341 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
Thanks, Vic...
...ye of songwriting lore. Very happy you liked it...


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Feter said 4341 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
The Evening News
cool lyircs ...ye the pickin
and singin ..just reminds me of
the golden years of folk ..
where one guitar and one singing
is all ...! Kudos !
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guitapick said 4341 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
A fine time it was...
...I used to go to the Philadelphia Folk Festival and loved the Sloop Clearwater on the Hudson (thetiler was actually on that...awesome).

So glad you liked this. Thanks.

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Roxylee said 4339 days ago (July 30th, 2007)
WOW
I used to go to the Philly folk Fest, too, many moons ago. I met Joan Baez, Jerry Jeff Walker, Dave Bromberg (remember the Bullfrog song??) andf many others. I worked at the food tent to get a backstage pass. I'll always rtemember those fun summers, even the one when a mini hurricane blerw down the tent in the middle of the night. What a muddy mess that weas! But for the music, it was all worth it.

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guitapick said 4337 days ago (August 1st, 2007)
Well well well
I was at the one with the mini hurricane, too. Slept in the car that night, after the tent practically floated away.

Great festival that year, though. First time I'd seen/heard of Tony Rice. He was jamming with Bromberg, who just stopped after awhile and stood back, in awe. Unbelieveable player (and I love Bromberg. He was brought up a few miles away from where I was).

Dave van Ronk gave a wonderful, extremely memorable show at that concert, too.

Sounds like you were on the pulse there. Nice memories, eh?

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Mcboy said 4341 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
loved it
...brought a smile to my face.....memories of nashville for me.....fine pickin.....loved the slide......!
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guitapick said 4341 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
You'd have loved...
..to have been a fly on the wall in that car. It was like a picture perfect, well written, primetime tv show. It actually felt like I was reciting my lines when I tried to console the kids. A song just screaming to be written.

The Radiotone's awesome, McBoy. You'd love it. Fingers and slides. Just follow the yellow brick road....

Nashville memories? Love to hear you playing them country licks, man...here or anywhere...

Gracias, hermano...


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ceilidh said 4341 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
brilliant
lyrics bob, superbly written. i wish i had the same gift. love the style of music you chose. has great sound and rhythm. honestly sounds like an oldie car, inherited after grandpa barry's "pa" :) the automobile packed with three generations of trippers, is dashing through lovable scenery. the sky is blue, the sun big like a melon and the happy chuckling automobile, is puffing little cloudlets of smoke in a rhythm of the tune :) and forgot to say, fantastic guitar!
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guitapick said 4341 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
Awwww....
...that's such, such a nice description of the picture. Like a children's picture book. Actually choked me up. Thanks so much.

Nice of you to stop by and say hello. Thanks so much...


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DWL said 4341 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
Thank God for the BBC
Loved it :-) Lyrics and guitar playing are excellent.

I particularly liked

"Kid%u2019s minds are blank pages lookin%u2019 for positive ink.
The stuff they see and hear affects how they think"

Really enjoyed this my man!

Cheers

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guitapick said 4340 days ago (July 29th, 2007)
Hi Dick
Thanks so much for the listen and comments.

I'm so thankful to M&S and all you folks. Haven't sung or written lyrics in decades. Having this great site to use as a place to start again, nurture, and grow that skill is just the best.

Cheers right back at ya, pardner...

Bob

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Cori Ander said 4341 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
Great
A lovely thing. And do I have to tell you I digged the guitar solo?
Well I did!

Was sittin i a dentists chair the other day, and their radio played music I guess most MJers would have agreed to put it under genre "crap music". But the dentist and the assistant didn't react. They didn't show the natural reaction to go try find something better to play, or turn it off. They showed no reaction whatsoever as songs came and went.

Well, I must say I am a sinner too. I often use the Swedish public radio for information soruce while workin in the kitchen. And I admit - thank you for the reminder - that the kids unfortunately hear things they'd better not. I will be more careful from now, and turn the thing off.
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guitapick said 4340 days ago (July 29th, 2007)
It's so easy...
...to just switch it on and put it in the background. Strange how it's become that way for so many of us.

"Funny" story about the dentist: I was in for a really long bridge setting session and the guy who was working on me had the radio set to an ultra right-wing talk show. Complete with hate filled phone ins. Background drone for the dentist. Physical and mental horror for me.

After awhile I decided not to be polite and I asked him to please change the station. Which he did. Right to your favorite "easy listening" stuff. Classic musical nothing. I actually enjoyed it, given the other option.

Thanks for the listen, Johannes. Keep on pickin', friend.

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said 4341 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
enjoyed!
I was laughing with this great subject matter.. the visuals you lay out in your lyrics are very strong and fit the tempo of the music!
guitapick said 4340 days ago (July 29th, 2007)
Thanks, Mr. Bandit...
...lyrics are beginning to come more naturally to me. It's been a long road. With many, many bumps. Your compliment means the world to me.

As does the fact that you're still here. Great to see you...

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Henke said 4341 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
Not my natural habitat, musically
but what the heck, those lyrics just blew me away! I'll sign for that any day. I too think that a lot less terrible things would happen if media didn't drown us in it all the time. Many sick people catch on to that and think they can do similar things. It desperatley needs some balancing, anyway. Serious positive news...

Yeah, and very well sung and performed as well. Great!

BTW, heard on the radio news today that two news helicopters crashed while covering a car chase or something, and that other helicopters were there too and got it on tape. I feel for the "victims" of course, but how sick is it to send a hole bunch of helicopters in that way, covering the same story?! If it's such a big deal the networks could buy from each other. Sorry, got a bit upset there...
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guitapick said 4341 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
Let's talk, brother...
...I used to live in Tucson, Arizona. Just came back from a stunning day hike in the desert with my friend, Britt. Switched on the news.

Story about some poor little kid in Ohio (thousands of miles away) who fell out of a 2nd floor window onto a sharp steel fence. Video footage of the fence.

"That's nice...", said Britt. "Now, why, exactly, did I need to know about that?".

It's out of control and your thoughts about the helicoptors capitalizes it in a huge way. Wish we could change it all by talking like this. Wouldn't that be nice?

Looking forward to checking out your music.

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Henke said 4340 days ago (July 29th, 2007)
Hear, hear
And thanks for listening...
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said 4341 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
Superb!
Bob, excellent song writing, singing, performance and production. Cool, man!

Alimar
guitapick said 4340 days ago (July 29th, 2007)
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Thanks so much, my good friend.

Beyond nice to have made your acquaintance.





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Sudra said 4340 days ago (July 29th, 2007)
Really enjoyed it...
....even though I'm a die-hard NPR freek! Probably has a lot to do with my sunny disposition (NOT). I'm sure I'll think twice before leaving it on for my daughter to hear now. ; )
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guitapick said 4340 days ago (July 29th, 2007)
NPR...
...is my station of choice, too. This was just the way it went down.

I'd thought about saying "It's the evening news...uh oh". But both my in-laws (who are extremely liberal, successful writers and poets) voted for "NPR"...and there ya have it.

Thanks, man...

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peacepiano said 4340 days ago (July 29th, 2007)
News
The news I have been waiting to hear LOL

Some of the most entertaining lyrics I have ever heard. Sung and played with just the right style.

Thanks for keeping it positive
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guitapick said 4340 days ago (July 29th, 2007)
News-
"Thanks for keeping it positive"

You go, Bill. You're very welcome and we'll do our best...

Bob

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paul f. page said 4340 days ago (July 29th, 2007)
I have...
..another idea: just shut off the radio altogether! (I just got FX radio in my car. What a difference. Now I can listen to MUSIC w/o comment. Bliss...)

What a great idea: a sweet clippity-clop tune and a poignant lyric. What a wonderful marriage. And your vocal is so down-to-earth. It just all works well, Bob.

Guitar solo bridge is right up to your usual exquisite style and impeccable playing. Ah...what a joy to hear your instrument played so beautifully. You never fail.

Anyway, this is a delightful piece that tells a pretty strong story: a nice clip of life that is well-expressed and ingeniously conceived. A Great listen.

Peace.
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guitapick said 4340 days ago (July 29th, 2007)
Thanks, Paul...
...merci...

...gracias...

(for the other two notes).

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said 4340 days ago (July 29th, 2007)
Wow!
Really cool tune Bob. I also caught the Arlo influence right out of the gate. Good insightful lyrics. Nice lilting guitar playing with crisp, economical and melodic soloing. Ooooooo....LOVE that slide! Great tongue-in-cheek vocal delivery. Yup! An instant classic....And now, as you whistle off into the sunset....

Be well bro!


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guitapick said 4340 days ago (July 29th, 2007)
Hey Micheal...
...that was a cool "response"...

...glad you liked it.

Bob

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J.A.Stewart said 4340 days ago (July 30th, 2007)
Stop The Presses!!!...
Malice's Restaurant isn't in the newsrooms --- it's out on the streets. The world is what it is and some of it isn't very pretty. While the news biz is sliding ever-more-rapidly into the Tabloid Zone, it's still better to teach kids to discern the differences between good and bad, than to teach them to ignore the unpleasant things that happen in our world.

The GOOD news is... there's some very nice guitar work in this ditty. Nicely done. Much that reminds me of Arlo Guthrie and others.

Love that National sound. ;)


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guitapick said 4339 days ago (July 30th, 2007)
Hi Joe
I'm glad you're into the guits.

I gave a lot of thought to the valildity of my ideas/lyrics on this one. I understand your point and gave it quite a lot of thought while writing this and before posting.

Gotta say that it just makes no sense, to me, to subject little kids who only see in "black and white" to bombardments of sensationalistic media garbage, hour after hour. Better to let them see the world in a positive light (if possible...life can sincerely suck, can't it?) from the gitgo so they can, hopefully, help to create a more positive world in the future. A basic mindset.

I mean...these kids were bummin'. What's the deal with the news, anyway? Why's it got to be on all the time? Just my humble...but I just think it's become a constant companion that would better be served as an occasional visitor.

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Scott Carmichael said 4339 days ago (July 30th, 2007)
Hey Bob "we'll keep the light on for ya"
there is something of the troubadour in you here... I'm loving that this has such an authentic vibe... your story telling is excellent... the guitars are superb.. you've already established your mastery there... but I'm loving that you can take your guitar in any direction... you are completely comfortable in each genre... and the advice in this perfectly written piece has already been taken here...

turn it off...
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guitapick said 4339 days ago (July 30th, 2007)
Thanks, Scott...
...I'm really happy that you like the playing and the tune.

It's an interesting and very valid point that Joe makes (take a trip above, a couple of steps). I'd thought quite a bit about. How do we best serve the next generation? Should we expose them to the media's interpretation of the world (bad/good/in between) on a fairly consistent (or constant) basis? Does this, at an early age, teach little kids to discern between good/bad/important/not important? Does it teach them that there is bad in this world and give them the strength they'll need to survive and still maintain a positive edge throughout their lives?

Or does it create, perpetuate, and nurture a negative mindset about the world that will be hard to shake as time goes by? A culture of fear. A reason to continue to tune in and "be informed" (often a subjective term) in this the "information age".

The media's so intense and relentless. Not long after 9/11, many psychologists said that the constant repetition of the crash footage was bad news for the kids. We were glued to the TV. Apparently, kids thought that there was a new plane crashing in everytime they saw it.

Obviously, I tend to lean towards the latter on this one...though it's certainly not even close to a 100% decision. There's a lot of sides to the debate. I'm actually considering opening up a discussion about it on the Forum Posts if there are more naysayers. I'm such a newbie on writing lyrics. How they affect other people is unique and uncharted territory for me.

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Scott Carmichael said 4339 days ago (July 30th, 2007)
news MUDia
the problem for me is that "the news" is a business... bottom line for them is "are we competitive for the advertising dollars... so I'm not really expecting ballance from them... but i do think that in dealing with our kids... balance is the key... do I want my kids to be completely uninformed.. no... but kids shape their world view primarily from their experience... Stability at home will be the #1 factor... If they receive plenty of love... I think little doses of reality will do little harm... but it must be interpreted..

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guitapick said 4339 days ago (July 30th, 2007)
Sounds good...
...we're in agreement. Your 2 cents will buy a lot in my world...

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damiengh said 4339 days ago (July 30th, 2007)
yes
Dug the picking and the message, even though I'm somewhat conflicted about it. Suppose it would depend upon what age group we are speaking of. Do we listen with them and answer their questions, or do we raise them in a bubble?
But, on a vacation roadtrip, yeah, definitely. Why wreck vacation time with the whole matter. Vacation is vacation. Also up to a certain age, I would wait till they are capable of handling the bad news.

Enjoyed thoroughly, your Arlo like take on this one.


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guitapick said 4339 days ago (July 30th, 2007)
Yeah...
...have you read the above responses (starting with Joe's)? It's definitely an issue with a lot of slants to it.

The kids were 7 and 5. It was vacation time. There's a whole 'nother story about it, too, as far as how I revised it. But let's leave it at that, for now.

Among other things, I agree with Scott: I'm concerned about the sources of our information and their methods and motives. I don't want and haven't had my daughter brought up in a vacuum. But there's something about the status quo which just doesn't always ring true in my world.

YeeeeHawwww!!!

Glad you liked tune, damien. I used to play this style quite a bit, long time ago. The hook/opening stanza is the same as "Alice's...". Feel like that colors the rest of the tune...even though the melody and chord/note patterns are different.




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1rwhite1 said 4339 days ago (July 30th, 2007)
Good Idea
Bob, great song! Love the music and the lyrics are colorful. For a guy who's a "newby on writing lyrics," I think you did a fantastic job here. I think that your going forward with the forum debate is a good idea because I think that you've touched on something here that needs further discussion: Are we really doing our children a good service or a bad service by shielding them from the myriad sources of media that, seemingly in most cases, have nothing to report but bad news? My own personal response is not to "turn the darn [radio] off." Children will inevitably be exposed to the bad news, anyway. So how much more effective is it that they have things explained to them or have their questions answered by a parent or guardian than by some other third party, such as fellow classmates, teachers, men behind pulpits, complete strangers, or more media? Sure, some of those types of people can provide sound guidance and instruction. But we cannot be naive in thinking that all of them do or will. So, as the saying goes, "nip it in the bud" when opportunity arises. Being present while our children are being exposed to these things offers such opportunities. Of course, I'm not one to talk because I don't even listen to or watch the news, to begin with. It's just too damn depressing.

Great song, though!
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guitapick said 4337 days ago (August 1st, 2007)
Glad you liked the tune...
...and very happy to hear your thoughts on the content.



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bud said 4339 days ago (July 30th, 2007)
Great song Bob -
Love the lyrics and your delivery - having kids myself - the message really connects. Your playing is mighty fine and the slide work in the break is sublime. Can't fault the production one bit - this is about as good as it gets to my ears. Someone mentioned Arlo - but I hear a little more David Bromberg. Excellent post - thanks for sharing.
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guitapick said 4337 days ago (August 1st, 2007)
Thanks, Bud...
...I used to live about 5 miles away from Mr. Bromberg. Saw him play quite a bit. I'm very happy that you hear his influence because I absolutely loved his playing.



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drakonis said 4339 days ago (July 30th, 2007)
Ah, the good, bad and ugly, the world...
The music and singing were an absolute delight, crystal clear recording, great mixing. Your guitar-playing here was a joy, and your singing voice is wonderful (and yes, there's definitely an "Alice's Restaurant" vibe going strong there, but not a bad thing at all.) As for the "message" in the lyrics, heh, yes, you'll get a lot of controversial opinions about "how to parent" on that one :-) Parenting is tricky, especially in a world full of sensationalist news-reporting. But mostly, it *is* the real world out there, and kids have to be slowly taught about more and more of the good/bad of it as they grow older and can handle it, whether the parents are ready to teach it or not. And as a parent, I would prefer to be the one to teach my child about some of the terrible stuff out there, before her friends teach her. And having grandparents sabotage your parenting is another touchy subject you hint at here. Anyway, I agree that keeping the news-hyperbole (and MTV and TV commercials) away from young children is a good idea, but you gotta start having "the talks" about the real world as they get older. Brave singing about tricky subjects, fellow dad! :-)
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guitapick said 4337 days ago (August 1st, 2007)
Hello Mr. Drak...
...the compliment on my recording technique means so much to me, coming from you and others who I admire so much...

As to the content: see what happens when a guitarist opens his mouth? Wasn't it Zappa who said: "Just shut up and play the guitar"?

Thanks...

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echoroom said 4339 days ago (July 30th, 2007)
sweet and sour
Ohh i love this Bob, a sweet tune which kicks the legs from under you when you're least expecting (In Isreal.....!).

This actually sounds like something from 'A Mighty Wind', or maybe the funny tracks on Lou reeds 'Transformer' (the record, not the giant robot).

this made me laugh out loud, but you sell a serious message at the same time.

My fav from you so far... really great track.

Steve
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guitapick said 4337 days ago (August 1st, 2007)
"A Mighty Wind", indeed...
...those are such great movies. All of them. Great comparison, Steve.

I'm very happy that you like this so much. I put a lot of work into the production. (and a bit of practicing, too, to get it "right").

Thanks, Steve...

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MissChaos said 4339 days ago (July 30th, 2007)
yer a smart one, I reckon
Thought-provoking. Enlightening words and astonishing musicianship. Yeah, you rule.
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guitapick said 4338 days ago (July 31st, 2007)
Thanks...
...I think I've sparked a "child rearing firestorm" of sorts here. I shall soon wade into the fracas in the Forum posts...

However: of more importance is the fact that, besides your music, I am a big fan of your avatars. I must say that your cosmopolitan kitty ones are just soooooooooooooooo cool.

Brightens my bleary eyed day...

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lengold said 4339 days ago (July 30th, 2007)
A great
song, masterful playing, fantastic lyrics and wonderful vocals.
Cheers
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guitapick said 4337 days ago (August 1st, 2007)
Thanks, Len...
...very happy you liked the tune.

I love your avatar and am curious about it. Curious about your music, too. Have to pay a visit.

Bob

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jiguma said 4339 days ago (July 30th, 2007)
The fear factor
Great playing Bob, and what a great message! You'll be pleased to know that your country doesn't have the sole rights to setting up an atmosphere of fear - our government has won a number of elections using that tactic. It's not just the news on NPR!

How much do kids need to know? How much of what we hear is accurate reporting? How come so much violence is acceptable in film and on TV? How come so many core institutions have fear and hate as the basis for their existence?

Hopefully we'll get answers to these soon - we have another election coming up this year - I'm fastening my seatbelt and putting in my ear plugs.

Excellent post Bob.

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guitapick said 4337 days ago (August 1st, 2007)
I've worked extensively...
...with a guy from your country. He's part of the AUSSIE reading instruction program. We go to lunch and hang out, too. Pretty amazing, the parallels between our two countries. He's a good man.

Real happy you enjoyed the tune. And thanks for the pat on the back about my newbie mixing/mastering work.



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bronco said 4338 days ago (July 31st, 2007)
Very Nice
Beautiful playing. Mississippi John Hurt with slide over the top. Can't beat that!
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guitapick said 4338 days ago (July 31st, 2007)
Man...
...I absolutely love Mississippi John Hurt. Honored and happy you heard that.

Thanks...

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Dj French Toast said 4338 days ago (July 31st, 2007)
A glass
of lemonaid , popcorn cheddar cheese and cold apples . Front porches rocking chairs . I really really like this song alot . Old timey feeling with a new jive . I dig this song alot man . downloaded indeed
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Dj French Toast said 4338 days ago (July 31st, 2007)
continued
should indeed be activated . Id love to have a copy of this song to jam to .

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guitapick said 4337 days ago (August 1st, 2007)
Lemonade, indeed...
...I like the old time stuff. I also like the new time stuff. And lots in between.

Thanks, man...

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I. Spike said 4338 days ago (July 31st, 2007)
The middle again!?
Nicely done!
I was in the car ridin' with ya'll... but why do I have sit in the middle again!?
I really like the very American feel to this. Wait, is it okay to still like things that are American!? (I jest, of course...)

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Ibstrat said 4337 days ago (August 1st, 2007)
John Hurt
John Hurt,Gary Davis,Blind Blake, Tommy Johnson etc.Great guitar players.I'm glad to hear you play in that style.
I saw Paul Rishell play to an audience of about 20 people a couple months ago.(If you haven't heard him I think he's about the best acoustic blues player alive.)I told him that I didn't think audiences really knew how hard that style of music is to play.He just laughed and said he was going to keep doing it anyway.
Keep doing what you are doing-also great lyrics!
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guitapick said 4337 days ago (August 1st, 2007)
Just put on your seat belt...
...and shut yer trap, Auggie!!!

;-)

I've got no problem with Americans, brotha'...

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guitapick said 4337 days ago (August 1st, 2007)
Ha!
That's funny. That comment's meant for iSpike, Mark. Not you.

On your comment: very happy you liked this. I'll definitely check out Paul Rishell. Such a high rec from you is definitely worth a listen or 2,000. Thanks.

BTW: another way to write your comments is using the little box just above where all the comments start, and below the Hardware/Software description for the tune.

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Norman Goodman said 4337 days ago (August 1st, 2007)
A True Gem
I loved this song and found the guitar playing to be expertly performed. When I hear such fine playing I always crave more as it is such a pleasure to absorb and get lost in.... which is what I did and as a result found myself drifting oblivious to the lyrics subject matter.
Lyrics, once I listened again and read them are very well written. I appreciated the vocal delivery... very nonchalant, belying the gravity of the message.
On a personal note ... and maybe it is a side effect of the profession I am in, but I find myself overwhelmed by the gratuitous sensationalism of tragedy and misfortune, perhaps to the point where I now shut it out because the impact of the steady deluge by the media seems more than I can bear.
Musically this song is a gem & I have looked forward to a new post from you. Needless to say I found this very impressive.
Good luck gigging I have been doing quite a bit myself lately......
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guitapick said 4336 days ago (August 2nd, 2007)
Thanks, Norman...
...I've been very happy to see your stuff coming up, too.

Yeah...It's great gettin' out again. Funny...I had a feeling you were playing out, too. You're playing's so right on it. Wish I could drive by and check out one of your shows.

Thanks, man...

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Willywagga said 4336 days ago (August 2nd, 2007)
lovely song
gentle light and fun, this is a really great song, lyrics are sharp and your voice comes across really well, nicely restrained and understated. Your voice here reminds me a little of Tom Chapin with a touch of Red Sovine, Tom T Hall and and Steve mentioned a touch of Lou Reeds lighter side.

Love it, well done
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guitapick said 4336 days ago (August 2nd, 2007)
Thanks Willy....
...(I still can't forget your classic explanation of your screen name).

I love all the artists you mention here and am really happy you enjoyed this.

Bob

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Bowman said 4336 days ago (August 2nd, 2007)
As a sometimes crazed news junky...
...this hits home. Too much of anything ain't good - even good news. Huh?. Well yeah in a way. But not too much of guitapick. Nope can't get enough of your fine songs.
Best,
Charlie
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guitapick said 4336 days ago (August 2nd, 2007)
Yep...
...I've got some friends with the same affliction. Got some mixed reviews on the tune from them...tell ya.

Glad you liked it, though. I'm off to Vermont tonight for a long weekend. Birthplace of this song. Actually bringing up my Stratocaster this time...want to work on an electric piece.

Thanks...

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Moviz said 4336 days ago (August 2nd, 2007)
I just
love this kind of tune. So well sung and played(of course) and the slide guitar too is a nice treat, M
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guitapick said 4332 days ago (August 6th, 2007)
Thanks so much...
...I've been remiss in visiting your site, recently. Bit under the weather and busy at the same time. Tough combo. Hope all is well and I'm looking forward to listening again.

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Shimky said 4335 days ago (August 3rd, 2007)
GREAT
That's a beautiful sounding guitar and a great, deep voice. You sound great "talking" your way through this and your voice really comes alive when you sing passages like "Bright colors and pictures fill up the page". I wish there was a little more of that in the song. Great guitar solo, too. All 10s from me. Great all round.
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guitapick said 4332 days ago (August 6th, 2007)
I'm still very new...
...on the vocal scene. As I get more comfy with it, I'm sure you'll hear more singing over talking (although I'm almost done with a talking blues that has NO singing in it, at all).

Thanks for the listen and taking the time out to comment...glad you liked the tune.

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composerclark said 4333 days ago (August 5th, 2007)
Irony
Really nice job here! One the one hand, you've got the simple, happy feeling created by your guitars, and the light touch with which you sing, and on the other hand you've got some pretty grim images in your lyrics... it creates a wonderful irony.

This reminds me of some of Tom Atwood's music... he's another MacJammer (no longer active), so it's easy to check it out if you haven't already.
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guitapick said 4332 days ago (August 6th, 2007)
Hi cc...
...yes, I'm an iron worker...
;-)
I'm glad you liked this. Lisa turned me on to Tom's music right after hearing this. I really like his tunes. Been seeing him turning up in some forums and replies, recently...but nothing new, in terms of music, as of yet.

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SmokeyVW said 4321 days ago (August 17th, 2007)
i like it
nice tune, i like singing and particularly the slide guitar.

i like how you spoke the radio voice rather than sang it. a nice touch.

you know, you could have left off the last two verses. let people think for themselves... if they don't get it, they won't even if you tell 'em.

thanks
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guitapick said 4314 days ago (August 24th, 2007)
Thanks...
...and yeah...I know what you mean about the last two verses. Giving that consideration. It's like adding an editorial to a documentary.

Glad you liked the tune, smokey.

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Joe Brady said 4174 days ago (January 11th, 2008)
I don't know how I ,,,,,,,,
Missed this; this is great Bob. Great pickin/ slide stuff. Yeah, turn that #$%^ off! Live life by playing by ear; not that lousy sheet music we're given. ;-) Great stuff Bob.
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guitapick said 4174 days ago (January 11th, 2008)
That's funny, Joe...
...I did a play on this for the first time in months, today. So glad you checked it out and liked it. And happy to have an ally against the relentless machine...

Enjoy your weekend, man...
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said 4041 days ago (May 23rd, 2008)
The Evening News
I just love the songs you write and sing about family life.
Love this one also.
I just saw you online and thought I must listen to another one of yours. I love whistling as well. Great Song.

We also have a News Paper here In England called
'The Evening News; I read it online sometimes.
type in Google - Manchester Online
and thats it.
All the gory news about whats going in in Manchester where I live. usally Shootings/ Robberies old ladies getting beaten and robbed.
Its Awful.
Might give you some ideas for another song about life. As we know it.
here. Its not all doom and gloom. it does have some interesting other stories in also. ok

Peace Dee .


guitapick said 4041 days ago (May 23rd, 2008)
I came into family life...
...late. Avoided it for a long time. It's turned out to be wonderful and a source of continued inspiration for me...

I'll check out your gory gloompaper when I come back from Vermont. Long weekend in the mountains...another source of inspiration...

It's really nice of you to drop by, Dee...thanks so much.
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BossHook said 4036 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
This is soooooooooooo
Prine! I knew Prine (well knew of him) when he was still a mailman in the suburb just west of me in Chicago.

Great tune and playing.
guitapick said 4035 days ago (May 29th, 2008)
Prine
Just add a "c" between the "n" and the "e"...

"Blow up your tv..."

I loved John Prine
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