What up, six-stringers!
While I am hard at work writing some EPIC lessons to thrill and amaze you, to bring you the guitar info and entertainment value you’ve come to expect from my fine establishment, AND learning the entire score to “The Civil War” (for which I have been entrusted with the rockin’, slidin’, country-fried Guitar 2 part), I figured I would throw a few musical goodies your way at no extra charge.
Call it a pre-Turkey Day post, seeing as how no one’s likely to read a Free For All Friday edition this week. Because in the immortal words of Steely Dan, “When Black Friday comes…,” people will be rioting at Best Buy at 5 am. Not me, though. I’ll be snug as a bug and dreaming. Suckers.
Btw, don’t know if people in other parts of the country use the word “whatnot”. Don’t even know if it’s an actual word that ANYBODY should be using, but in these parts, “whatnot” is as much a word as pizza is a vegetable. (Ha! I knew I could work that in somewhere!)
And now…The Wednesday Whatnot.
The Civil War
If you like musical theater and/or you’re a history buff, you’re gonna love “The Civil War”. Tidewater Players in Havre de Grace is the first theater company in the area to produce and stage this awesome show, which features a great cast and pit band, and some incredible music, with elements of gospel, rock, folk, and pop. Very cool and unique!
“Drawing on letters, diaries, firsthand accounts, and the words of Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and Walt Whitman, “The Civil War” is a thrilling, gut-wrenching, and awe-inspiring “dramatic theatrical concert” that covers the enormous emotional landscape of the most difficult test our nation has ever endured. This epic thematic revue, reminiscent of Ken Burns’ acclaimed documentary, puts a human face on the greatest tragedy of American history, exploring not only the experiences of the soldiers and leaders who fought for their way of life and the lovers and families they left behind, but also the hopes and fears of the slaves whose freedom was at stake. It passionately asks us to consider our beliefs about freedom, honor, and faith.”
Here’s a Wiki link with more info: The Civil War
And here’s a nice article on the show from ExploreHarford.com: A musical take on the war between the states
The show runs the first three weekends of next month, December 2 through 18. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 3 pm. Follow the link to go to Tidewater’s website and purchase your tickets. And make sure to come up and say hi to your friend, JB!
I’ve Got You Covered
As usual, Guitar Squid provides something to enlighten and stimulate, to move us and make us think deep thoughts.
Nah – it’s just some fun whatnot! And something near and dear to my heart, for I do love me some good cover tunes.
Here are the Squid’s picks for the ten covers that are actually better than the original. One of the classic examples has to be Jimi Hendrix’s cover of “All Along the Watchtower”, which is pointed out in the opening paragraph to the list. But this Bob Dylan classic – originally performed by Bob on the John Wesley Harding album – has also been famously covered by U2, Dave Matthews Band, and Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam, just to name a few.
Follow the link to check out the list and comment away!
See you on a future Wednesday with more wonderful Whatnot!