Guitar Hero

Once again, my post has a dubious title. I am not going to write about the game, I am going to write about my guitar hero.

More or less from the mid of the last century until today, there has been a proliferation in the use of the guitar (both the old classical or the then recently develop “electric” one), increasing its prominence in the music industry. Or it might have been the other way round – the prominence of the guitar among musicians led to more people playing guitar.

This means that guitar players are usually the most recognized players of rock bands, sometimes even more than the lead singers!

Red Hot Chili PeppersI guess I can say John Frusciante is one of those guitar players. And with legitimacy – Red Hot Chili Peppers have existed and exist again without John, but they are totally not the same. All but one (the first) of the albums in which John participated had sales above 10 million, and still that first one, recorded when John was still 18, had sales 4 times bigger than their previous album (still with Slovak).

By this time you have probably understood that I am really a great fan of Frusciante and that he is my idol as a guitar player. So what I am going to say might be biased, but in my opinion he is the best guitar player of his  generation (here BBC readers agree with me) and one of the best since Hendrix (here there’s some people at Rolling Stones agreeing with me and others not so much)!

I will only bring you one song, I leave the others in playlists. It is not easy to choose one – I love lots of Chili Peppers and John songs. But bringing the choice to one, I decided to show you the most melodic solo I have ever heard and which I consider a masterpiece – the final solo of Don’t Forget Me live at Slane Castle:

Now, if you really feel like listening to the Chili Peppers, here’s a playlist containing many of my favourite Chili Peppers songs.

And one more with solo songs of John Frusciante, the man whose this post is about, after all!

At last, I leave you a video of John teaching how to play Under the Bridge and not only, hoping that this helps the ones learning guitar:

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Song for the ladies!

Hi everyone!

After a long time not posting anything, I’m back! For now at least. School’s really been a pain in the neck lately…

Unlike my colleagues, I don’t appreciate most of the music types that they post (although they make awesome posts, be sure to check them ALL out!), I’m a much more contemporary guy! I’m the one who brings all of you the songs from yesterday, today and the songs that are yet to be composed! Yes, I’m that awesome…

Today I bring you a song from Kris Allen (Kristopher Neil Allen), winner of American Idol’s eighth season. It’s from his newly released album “Thank You Camellia”. I really enjoyed it and been listening non-stop for the past few days.

Hope you like!

Until next time, stay nice!

Folk’s passions

I must bring back folk to this blog once more!

A couple of years ago, I found (probably through Bob Dylan) one of the most beautiful voices I have ever known – Joan Baez.

Joan is a folk singer who started her career in 1960, being active until today. Despite the modest success of her first recording, her next 3 recordings went gold, which lead Joan to become a widely known star with great success in the 60’s  – maybe reaching a peak in her career with the participation in the Woodstock Festival.

She recorded many popular songs, as well as covers from other musicians – Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, as well as many others -, many of them with political lyrics.

Diamonds and Rust Dylan and Baez romanceHowever, and this of course is just my opinion, her best performance is in a song composed by herself, not related to politics at all! This song, released in 1975, was inspired in a romance that Baez and Dylan – who at the time was more interested in Baez sister – had many years before. Things did not turn out great in their relationship and it didn’ t last long. In musical terms, I am glad this happened, as otherwise we would probably not have the song I bring you today – Diamonds and Rust.

Note: If you don’t like this version, see the links below. Whoever sings it, this song is too great to be missed!

If you were one of the those who cannot really stand Baez voice, listen to Judas Priest or to Blackmore’s Night versions, also quite good ones 😉