The Haunted Guitar

She's in there
I swear
My sweet Lenore
Of my Orange Guitar

You should hear
The sound she makes
Late at night
From inside the case

It's not a muffled sound
Clear as a ringing bell
The chime of my guitar
As far as I can tell

My Orange Guitar

A Regal Song for a Regal Guitar
Exquisite in form
Exquisite in sound
My Orange Guitar
Wears a gold crown

King of stringed gourds
King inspiration
My Orange Guitar
High exaltation!

Friend of my fingers
Friend of my ears
My Orange Guitar
Bringeth great cheer

Halloween 666 Series #6: Halloween Bicycle Parade


The Full Set and Cast
Balcony Ghost Player Piano
Beautiful Bike!
Two Clowns on a Tricycle. Nice Entry!
OK – Brooms are Acceptable as Bikes
Last Train Leaves the Station Soon
Late Entry in the Parade
Drama Queen . . .
The Circus Seems to Have Unicycle Entry
The Raven is Perched on the KAW Radio AM-666 Microphone
Butterfly With Angel Wings – This Years Parade Winning Entry!
High Above The Madding Crowd

This was fun – I pulled out all the stops this year because I am so relieved (and eternally thankful) that we are healing from last year with its Smoke, Pandemic, Trump / Politics, Power Outages due to Fire Danger – have I left anything out?

Now lets pray for rain. I expect to do one Thanksgiving / Christmas set and photo shoot – but my thing is Harvest Festival and Halloween – and Thanksgiving – which is a Harvest Festival. I’m a Pagan I think . . . .

Time to Kill

If You’ve Got Spirit, Let’s Hear It!
Settle down, relax a bit
We have time to kill
Good things come to those who wait
So please be ever still

The early bird catches the worm
We don't have time to kill
Hurry up, don't be late
Don't be sitting still

A broken clock whose arms have stopped
Tells time two times each day
Time marches to its own beat
This earth we cannot stay
An Idea ….

Imaginary Puppet Theatre Set Design Sketch

Its All Falling into Place for This Weekends Photo Shoot

Today I have a song experiment – this is a version where I played guitar, bass, piano, lap steel and mandolin:

And here is just the guitar – which is the instrument I used to write the song:

Just the guitar
Guitar and Piano – closest to decent – I think . . .

Wow – adding the other instruments changed the song to a point where it sounds just like another song I wrote a while back. Verrrry interesting – and something I just learned about writing, playing and arranging. Basically, I clobbered the main intent of the song by laying down three tracks – bass, mandolin and lap steel that pushed the chord progression and melody so far down in the mix that it became way too similar to another recent song. If I just used the guitar and piano it would have been fine – in fact, if I just had piano only in the bridge, and guitar everywhere else it would be plenty enough of a song idea.

LESS IS MORE!

It also reminds me why taking a really roughed in song to a band to arrange could be the better way to go – at least in some cases, (and depending on how good the players are). The different approaches and experience of each player would create something far more interesting.

Cool beans . . .

In other Art News, I have everything ready for #4 in the 666 Halloween Series. Today I finished the bookshelves and I built a small table to go next to Ol’ Chrome Domes high back chair.

Designing and building sets is such a soothing and fun hobby. Living in an Art Bubble sure is healthier than a political, social media or TV bubble.

Twelve String Autumn

My Beloved Gretsch 12 String Guitar

I found more little hints of fall along my bike ride today. I also cut and painted what will become the Imaginary Puppet Theatre full moon with bats from a few blog posts ago. Big excitement here in Orinda this holiday weekend! Man, its so nice when you’re in your own world and loving it.

Today’s song is part of a love affair I’m having with my 12 String guitar because it somehow is lush like the Fall Colors.

Self Portrait – hahaha

I’ll do another photo shoot Sunday – it will be an early Halloween post, then I will probably do a Thanksgiving “pageant” set and finally Christmas. Stay tuned.

Lose to Win

Confuses Palm Readers

I’m losing weight, and its a lot of work. I decided to name this blog and song after some corny idea of a motivational speech on losing weight – or perhaps a goofy self help book that repeats the same three ideas for hundreds of pages.

Anyway, yesterday and today I had big fun with the 12 String guitar.

My Favorite Guitars

My Favorite – the Gretsch G5622T

My all time favorite guitar is my pumpkin orange Gretsch. Its part of their value line of guitars – not the cheapest but much cheaper than their pro line. Its made in Korea, and its fit and finish is as good as the only “pro” guitar I own. This is a good part of why its my favorite – its off the scale as far as value is concerned. It stays in tune nicely and is a joy to play. It also sounds great.

Weirdo Cheap But Super Fun Squier Starcaster

While not my favorite guitar, its one that is just super fun to play is the Squier Starcaster. Its an “offset” guitar, and while the fit and finish is not as good as my favorite Gretsch guitar, it feels great to play and its sound defies its cheap price.

I’m an amateur musician and I’ll never play live (I did in the 80’s and played at Hotel Utah in San Francisco so I got that checked off my list) . I’m glad I have one “pro” guitar, but I can say without a doubt that these value guitars make me very happy because I feel I can do anything with them and the value is way better than I remember guitars being back in the 80’s.

What a great way to start the day – coffee and fond guitar thoughts. Geez, I can’t wait to play!