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Any Guitarists Out There?

Posted by DNW on 2013/04/02


 

Ok. Been awhile. I’ve been busy tilting at metaphysical windmills, in an ongoing and probably futile attempt to get to the core, you know the real crux of the collectivist mindset.

You think after ten years I might have learned that deep down inside, there is no there, there, to their there. After all, they admit as much … as self-proclaimed moral nihilists and eliminative materialists. Leftism: a caravan to nowhere.

Speaking of caravans, and something a bit more positive in the way of one, I went to Youtube the other day to pull up a  video wherein Frank Vignola the amazing jazz guitarist  had guested with the Hot Club of Detroit jazz group. As I may have mentioned before, when I first saw that particular 90.3 FM WCPN video, I didn’t know who Vignola was, nor of his reputation.

I thought Evan and the Hot Club boys had some local to Cleveland rock band mop top sitting in [far right] as a courtesy gesture. Then I heard Vignola’s lead solo during Nuages. The reaction of the band members tells you all you need to know about Vignola’s musicianship. You might want to listen to the first 40 seconds of the clip which I have started with the lead handover.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7ZIF9f1pO8&feature=player_detailpage#t=315s

So anyway, despite the fact that I don’t much care for – to put it politely – French accordion, I thought I’d take another listen. That’s when I stumbled across a related subject matter video put up by a fellow named Jay Cunningham. He’d attended a luthiers’ convention (that’s ‘guitar builders’ to us civilians) in Woodstock.

What Jay Cunningham captured with his battery powered video camera was what looks to be an impromptu acoustic jam featuring Vignola, backed by his sideman, and one Julian Lage.

As with Vignola earlier, I had no idea who Julian Lage was. I figured he was some obscure grinning Frenchman having a turn at the guitar at a trade show jam. I was wrong. Turns out he’s an American, and quite famous – having been an official child prodigy, who somehow, he reports, had a more or less normal upbringing.

If you don’t like guitar work, skip the video. If old standards bore the hell out of you, skip the video. If you have never played any kind of musical instrument, skip the video. You won’t have any idea how amazing what he is doing is, since you will have no context in which to locate it.

If, however you know anything about musicianship, take a look. There are many fine and highly talented musicians in the world. This, is a little different. You are watching real genius. Take note at the 2 minute mark.

And thanks to Jay Cunningham and his video camera with its dying battery, some of that genius, apparently spontaneously expressed before what seems to be a small, casually gathered audience of trade show attendees, was captured for posterity.

 

 

 

7 Responses to “Any Guitarists Out There?”

  1. AOTC said

    Hi DNW !

    how’s stuff and things?

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  2. DNW said

    Hello AOTC. All is well. Other than the fact that somehow your comment didn’t show even though it was approved.

    Thought I’d take a break from my obsession with laying bare the logical structure of the leftists’ system of interpersonal claims.

    Hope you are doing well.

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  3. AOTC said

    heh, ive taken a really long break from ” leftist studies” . well, not really a total break. i did read several books by cs lewis this winter. “the problem of pain” i found especially enlightening. “a grief observed”, another of his books i had read a number of years ago and recently dragged up the courage to re-read it. seems having experienced grief since the last time i had read the book made it seem like a new book, and one i understood a lot better. there must be something to this ‘getting older and wiser” stuff. its not really a intellectual wisdom in my case (lol) but i find myself a little more at ease. i follow a few funny yet really thoughtful conservatives on twitter. Jonah Goldburg is hilariously funny and at the same time, dead serious about explaining leftism. i have only recently started reading his book “the tyranny of cliches”. its a great read. i found it a little easier to follow than his book ‘liberal fascism’ although that book is awesome too. so i guess i am still completely intrigued by leftist studies but it was nice to spend the winter chilling out with the ‘lite’ version.

    we are doing well here. we went to palm springs, calif. for our anniversary last fall. then the holidays came and went and were lots of family fun too. mr aotc had his defibrillator replaced the day after christmas, that went really well other than the fact it was a horrible blizzard and our trip to cleveland clinic was terrifying. mr aotc also had some major oral surgery last month and that is now all normalizing. we are gearing up for a trip to utah, new mexico, colorado and arizona, a road trip of sorts, with 4 other family members. work and business has been pretty good too. now that spring is sort of here, i try spend some time each week at the range. got my CCW this winter too. i had always used hunting rifles since i was a kid, a handgun is different. and too… my old eyes cant see the sights or if i use glasses i cant see the target. . ive had to learn vision coping techniques for pistol shooting. i have two words… crimson trace… heh

    anyhow… i hope you do a little “laying bare the logical structure of the leftists’ system of interpersonal claims” on occasion. for some reason the way you explain it i can understand. hey.. wait a minute…you aren’t really jonah goldburg are you?… hahahah

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  4. DNW said

    Glad to hear your husband is doing well. Give him everyone’s best wishes.

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  5. AOTC said

    so, the guitar video was lost on me. i liked it though for reasons i cannot provide. i LOVE music but do not have one molecule of musical talent in me. i know music i love when i hear it but really cannot tell you why i love certain music or songs. i am still holding on to a pair of 1998 cerwin vega vs120’s that i cant bear to part with even though there are supposed superior speakers out there. i have blown the fuse in them once or twice. i listen to music daily. i like a lot of different music. i have ultra keen hearing, almost to a fault and i relish nuance in music although i dont know the terms for any of it.

    this song came to mind as one i love when guitar is mentioned:

    this one is not highly remembered for its guitar i dont imagine, but there is *something* guitar-like about it that i like:

    this kicks arse:

    i am a musical cretin…LOL

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  6. DNW said

    “AOTC said
    2013/04/04 at 15:36 e

    so, the guitar video was lost on me. i liked it though for reasons i cannot provide. i LOVE music but do not have one molecule of musical talent in me. i know music i love when i hear it but really cannot tell you why i love certain music or songs. i am still holding on to a pair of 1998 cerwin vega vs120′s that i cant bear to part with even though there are supposed superior speakers out there. i have blown the fuse in them once or twice. i listen to music daily. i like a lot of different music. i have ultra keen hearing, almost to a fault and i relish nuance in music although i dont know the terms for any of it. “

    Sorry about the spam catching problems we’ve been having.

    The first two of your videos have that 80’s Rock/blues/jazz synthesis, or at least influence, that was popular during the early and mid-eighties … after people grew bored with the head banging stupidities of 70’s rock.

    I have no idea what 14 year olds were listening to in 1984.

    I recall seeing the Stewart video on MTV. And Rafferty had several big hits. The Black Crows, I don’t know. Geez.

    ” i am still holding on to a pair of 1998 cerwin vega vs120′s that i cant bear to part with”

    Hahah

    Run this through them. I’d link to the real music video but can’t bear to look at it. Makes the most bizarre looking of the old Nirvana vids seem easy.

    Youtube must have a video-less version. Fly caught in the Vaseline ..

    This is from Kimmel

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  7. AOTC said

    i confess, i do like the stone temple pilots, i especially like the ‘interstate love song” its a cool song.

    actually looking at my music collection i dont see an obvious pattern. ive been known to listen to the old jim reeves “welcome to my world” right after listening to black sabbath or blue oyster cult. then pivot to elton john, the bee gees, chicago, the carpenters, collective soul, the eagles, goo goo dolls, tammy wynett, george strait, ..

    i like this song…,my brother sent this link to me. i usually hate ‘christian’ rock music , this is awesome though. give it a listen:

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