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Music:


My musical performances

From roughly 2006 through 2014, I played two or three times a year at services of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Staunton, along with Matthew Poteat, Randy Hamblett, Colin Hester, and a few others. On September 21, 2014 (see August 8, 2016 blog post), I played with those guys at a peace rally in Gypsy Hill Park. Since March 2016, I have been playing at "open mic" events which are held each Wednesday evening at Queen City Brewing in Staunton, Virginia. I am grateful to Fritz Horisk and the Staunton Music Guild for providing this venue for aspiring musicians.

My own shows

Andrew at Bedlam Brewing 04 Jun 2017
  1. Jun 4, 2017 Bedlam Brewing ( + 7 open mic )
  2. Jul 23, 2017 Bedlam Brewing ( + 7 open mic )
  3. Sep 24, 2017 Bedlam Brewing ( + 4 open mic )
  4. Nov 17, 2017 Bedlam Brewing ( + 5 open mic )
  5. Jan 20, 2018 Valley Smokehouse ( + 3 open mic )
  6. Feb 17, 2018 Shenandoah Brewing ( + 6 open mic )
  7. Apr 20, 2018 Bedlam Brewing ( + 12 open mic ) *
  8. Apr 27, 2018 Shenandoah Brewing ( " ) *
  9. May 25, 2018 Bedlam Brewing ( " ) *
  10. Aug 31, 2018 Bedlam Brewing ( + 5 open mic )

Dates refer to the events, not the blog posts, which came later.
* Three separate shows, and 12 open mic events, were covered in a single blog post on July 28.

Original artistSong title# of times
I played
(at my own shows)
(traditional)Blue Ridge Mtns of Virginia1
10 CCI'm Not In Love2
Al StewartYear of the Cat1
Allman BrothersMelissa3
Andrew ClemBetter Left Unsaid5
ArgentHold Your Head Up1
AviciiWake Me Up1
BadfingerDay After Day1
BeatlesAll You Need Is Love1
BeatlesAnd I Love Her1
BeatlesCome Together3
BeatlesHere Comes the Sun2
BeatlesHey Jude1
BeatlesIf I Fell1
BeatlesLove Me Do2
BeatlesNorwegian Wood1
BeatlesYou've Got To Hide Your Love Away2
Billy JoelPiano Man4
Bob DylanAll Along the Watchtower1
Bob DylanLike A Rolling Stone3
Bob SegerTurn the Page3
Bobbie GentryThe Ballad of Bille Joe1
BreadGuitar Man1
Cat StevensWild World1
Chris IsaacsWicked Game4
Classics IVStormy2
Classics IVTraces1
Creedence Clearwater RevivalGreen River3
Creedence Clearwater RevivalI Put A Spell On You1
Creedence Clearwater RevivalProud Mary3
Creedence Clearwater RevivalSusie Q1
Crosby, Stills, & NashCarry On1
Crosby, Stills, & NashGuinnevere1
Crosby, Stills, & NashSimple Man1
Crosby, Stills, Nash & YoungHelplessly Hoping2
David BowieSpace Oddity1
Doobie BrothersChina Grove3
Doobie BrothersListen To The Music2
Doobie BrothersLong Train Running3
Duncan SheikhBarely Breathing1
EaglesBitter Creek1
EaglesCertain Kind Of Fool1
EaglesDoolin' Dalton1
EaglesHotel California4
EaglesLove Will Keep Us Alive2
EaglesLyin' Eyes1
EaglesOne of These Nights1
EaglesOutlaw Man3
EaglesPeaceful Easy Feelin'1
EaglesSaturday Night1
EaglesTake It Easy1
EaglesTequila Sunrise1
EaglesTrain Leaves Here This Morning2
EaglesWitchy Woman4
Elton JohnBennie and the Jets1
Elton JohnDaniel1
Elton JohnRocket Man1
Elton JohnYour Song1
Eric ClaptonNobody Knows You When You're Down and Out2
Eric ClaptonTears In Heaven2
Fleetwood MacThe Chain1
Fleetwood Mac Landslide 2
Fleetwood Mac Never Goin' Back Again3
Gerry RaffertyBaker Street2
Gin BlossomsFollow You Down3
Gin BlossomsFound Out About You4
Gin BlossomsTil I Hear It From You1
Gordon LightfootIf You Could Read My Mind2
Green DayBoulevard of Broken Dreams2
Green DayThe Time of Your Life2
Guess WhoAmerican Woman (Wigeon)1
Harry ChapinCat's In the Cradle1
Hootie & the BlowfishOnly Want To Be With You5
James TaylorYou've Got a Friend1
Jethro TullAqualung1
Jethro TullThe Teacher1
John Cougar MellencampPaper In Fire1
John Cougar MellencampPink Houses3
John Cougar MellencampSmall Town1
John DenverBack Home Again1
John DenverTake Me Home, Country Roads3
John FogertyCenterfield1
John FogertyThe Old Man Down the Road3
Johnny CashFolsom Prison Blues1
Johnny CashI Walk the Line2
Johnny CashRing Of Fire2
k.d. langConstant Craving1
KansasDust In The Wind4
Molly HatchetThe Fall of the Peacemakers1
Moody BluesThe Story In Your Eyes1
Moody BluesThe Voice1
Moody BluesTuesday Afternoon1
Neil DiamondKentucky Woman (Warbler)1
Neil YoungCinnamon Girl (Teal)1
Neil YoungHarvest Moon2
Neil YoungHeart Of Gold1
Neil YoungLike a Hurricane1
Neil YoungMy My, Hey Hey2
Neil YoungSugar Mountain1
New Riders Of The Purple SageLonesome L.A. Cowboy1
Nitty Gritty Dirt BandMr. Bojangles1
Ozark Mountain DaredevilsColorado Song **1
Ozark Mountain DaredevilsCountry Girl2
Ozark Mountain DaredevilsFly Away Home1
Ozark Mountain DaredevilsGypsy Forest1
Ozark Mountain DaredevilsHomemade Wine1
Ozark Mountain DaredevilsIf You Wanna Get To Heaven4
Ozark Mountain DaredevilsJackie Blue1
Ozark Mountain DaredevilsLeatherwood3
Ozark Mountain DaredevilsNoah1
Ozark Mountain DaredevilsStanding On The Rock3
Ozark Mountain DaredevilsYou Know Like I Know1
Pink FloydBreathe In the Air4
Pink FloydComfortably Numb3
Pink FloydHey You2
Pink FloydTime3
Pink FloydUs and Them3
Plain White T'sRhythm of Love3
PocoCrazy Love2
PocoHeart of the Night1
PoliceDon't Stand So Close To Me1
PoliceEvery Breath You Take 1
PoliceInvisible Sun2
REO SpeedwagonTake It On the Run1
Rolling StonesSweet Virginia1
Rolling StonesThe Last Time2
Rolling StonesWild Horses2
Rolling StonesYou Can't Always Get What You Want1
Seals & CroftSummer Breeze1
Sheryl CrowA Change Would Do You Good1
Sheryl CrowMy Favorite Mistake3
Simon & GarfunkleAmerica1
Simon & GarfunkleEl Condor Pasa1
Simon & GarfunkleMrs. Robinson4
Simon & GarfunkleThe Sound of Silence2
Soggy Bottom BoysMan of Constant Sorrow1
Steve GoodmanA Dying Cubs' Fan Last Request1
Steve GoodmanCity of New Orleans3
Stevie Nicks & Tom PettyStop Draggin' My Heart Around1
Stone Temple PilotsInterstate Love Song2
StyxLady1
Terry CashmanTalkin' Baseball (Willie, Mickey, & the Duke)1
The Who Behind Blue Eyes1
Tom PettyHere Comes My Girl2
Tom PettyI Won't Back Down4
Tom PettyInto the Great Wide Open2
Tom PettyMary Jane's Last Dance1
Tom PettyRefugee2
U 2In God's Country2
U 2With Or Without You1
Waylon JenningsLuckenbach, Texas3
TOTAL NUMBER(OUT OF 151 DIFFERENT SONGS)267

Other songs
(at open mic events only)

Original artistSong titleApprox. # of
times I played
(at open mic events)
Alannah Myles Black Velvet 1
Alice Cooper School's Out 1
Bachman Turner Overdrive You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet 1
Bachman Turner Overdrive Let It Ride 1
Badfinger Baby Blue 1
Beatles Eight Days a Week 1
Beatles Strawberry Fields Forever 1
Beatles A Day In the Life 1
Beatles Penny Lane 2
Beatles Lady Madonna 1
The Byrds Eight Miles High 1
Collective Soul The World I Know 1
Creedence Clearwater Revival Bad Moon Rising 1
Creedence Clearwater Revival Who'll Stop the Rain 1
Creedence Clearwater Revival Fortunate Son 1
Creedence Clearwater Revival I Heard It Through the Grapevine 1
Eric Clapton Let It Rain 1
David Bowie Rebel, Rebel 1
David Bowie Golden Years 1
Dion Abraham, Martin, and John 1
Eagles On the Border 2
Eagles New Kid In Town 1
Eagles Peaceful Easy Feeling 2
Eagles Take It To the Limit 1
Eagles Best of My Love 1
Eagles I Can't Tell You Why 1
Eagles Heartache Tonight 1
Eagles The Long Run 1
Eagles Please Come Home for Christmas 1
Eagles Long Road Out of Eden 2
Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 2
Bing Crosby White Christmas 1
Eric Clapton Before You Accuse Me 1
Eric Clapton Hey Hey 1
Eric Clapton Layla 1
Firefall Strange Way 2
Firefall Cinderella 1
Goo Goo Dolls Iris 1
(Lerner & Lowe / R. Burton) Camelot 1
Gordon Lightfoot If You Could Read My Mind, Love 1
Johnny Cash Folsom Prison Blues 1
Johnny Mandel Suicide Is Painless 1
Jose Feliciano Feliz Navidad 1
Linda Ronstadt It Doesn't Matter Anymore ** 2
Lynyrd Skynyrd Sweet Home Alabama 1
Martina McBride Independence Day 1
Mel Tourme The Christmas Song 1
Molly Hatchet Fall of the Peacemakers 1
Molly Hatchet Flirtin' With Disaster 1
Moody Blues Nights In White Satin 1
Neil Young Sugar Mountain 1
New Riders Of The Purple Sage Panama Red 1
Ozark Mountain Daredevils Southern Cross 1
Ozark Mountain Daredevils Beauty In the River 2
Ozark Mountain Daredevils You Made It Right 1
Ozark Mountain Daredevils It'll Shine When It Shines 1
Ozark Mountain Daredevils Black Sky 1
Ozark Mountain Daredevils Road to Glory 1
Ozark Mountain Daredevils Within Without 1
Ozark Mountain Daredevils Chicken Train 1
Ozark Mountain Daredevils Out On the Sea 1
Ozark Mountain Daredevils It's How You Think 1
Pink Floyd Brain Damage 1
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here 1
Pink Floyd Brain Damage 1
The Police De Doo Doo Doo, De Da Da Da 1
Sheryl Crow If It Makes You Happy 1
Sheryl Crow All I Wanna Do 1
Steve Goodman A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request 2
Ringo Starr It Don't Come Easy 1
Rolling Stones Ruby Tuesday 1
REO Speedwagon Ridin' the Storm Out 1
Ringo Starr You're Sixteen 1
Toto Africa 1
Toto Rosanna 1
U2 New Year's Day 1
U2 Pride (In the Name of Love) 1
Waylon Jennings Good Hearted Woman 1
The Youngbloods Get Together 1
TOTAL NUMBER(OUT OF 79 DIFFERENT SONGS)???

Other events

Montage bird song medley

On December 12, 2016 I provided musical entertainment at the Augusta Bird Club's 50th anniversary dinner, playing five songs (or parts thereof), four of which are marked with asterisks in the open mic list above for December 14, when I played them again (in full). On the first song, "Take Me Home, Country Roads," I changed "West Virginia" to "Augusta County," and "Shenandoah River" to "Shenandoah Valley." The next four songs were all abbreviated, comprising what I called a "bird song medley," in which each song title was altered, along with a few lyrics where appropriate.

At the April 10, 2017 monthly club meeting I played the same medley again, but replacing John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" with "Tern, Tern, Tern" ("Turn, Turn, Turn") by the Byrds.


ABOVE RIGHT: The four birds (Kentucky Warbler, American Wigeon, Cinnamon Teal, and Mississippi Kite) about which I sang.
BELOW: Yours truly, performing at the Augusta Bird Club's 50th anniversary dinner on December 12.

ABC 50th anniversary dinner - Andrew Clem, Stark & Jean Smith, Emily & Tom Britt

Musical instruments

I play the following instruments:

Instrument When learned My profiency
Guitar 1969 Advanced
Piano 1988 Beginner
Charango 2004 Beginner
Harmonica 2012 Intermediate

My favorite groups

  1. The Eagles (1980, 2008)
  2. Fleetwood Mac (1982, 2015)
  3. Beatles
  4. Rolling Stones (2005)
  5. Ozark Mountain Daredevils (1974, 2017)
  6. Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young
  7. Led Zeppelin
  8. Kansas (1979, 2011) (also see Kerry Livgren)
  9. The Police (2007)
  10. Elton John (2012) {Album list}
  11. U2
  12. Doobie Brothers (2011)

(Years in parentheses denote concerts I have seen, with blog links for concerts in recent years.) I play several songs from each of the above groups on guitar.


Best rock groups & albums
(Work in progress.)

Year Beatles Rolling Stones Fleetwood Mac The Eagles Ozark Mtn Daredevils Kansas
1963 Please Please Me . . . . .
1963 With the Beatles . . . . .
1964 Hard Day's Night The Rolling Stones . . . .
1964 Beatles For Sale The Rolling Stones Now! . . . .
1965 Help The Rolling Stones No. 2 . . . .
1965 Rubber Soul 12 x 5 / Out Of Our Heads . . . .
1966 . Aftermath . . . .
1966 Revolver . . . . .
1967 Sgt. Pepper's L.H.C.B. Flowers / Between Buttons . . . .
1967 Magical Mystery Tour Satanic Majesties' Request . . . .
1968 . . Fleetwood Mac . . .
1968 White Album Beggars' Banquet Mr. Wonderful . . .
1969 . . English Rose . . .
1969 Abbey Road Let It Bleed Then Play On . . .
1970 Let It Be . Kiln House . . .
1971 . Sticky Fingers Future Games . . .
1972 . Exile On Main Street Bare Trees The Eagles . .
1973 . Goat's Head Soup Penguin; Mystery To Me Desperado Ozark Mountain Daredevils .
1974 . It's Only Rock 'N' Roll Heroes Are Hard To Find On the Border It'll Shine When It Shines Kansas
1975 . Metamorphosis Fleetwood Mac One Of These Nights Car Over the Lake Album Song For America; Masque
1976 . Black and Blue Rumours Hotel California Men From Earth Leftoverture
1977 . . . . . Point Of Know Return
1978 . Some Girls . . Don't Look Down Audio-Visions
1979 . . Tusk The Long Run . Monolith
1980 . Emotional Rescue . . . .
1981 . Tatoo You . . . .
1982 . . Mirage . . Vinyl Confessions
1983 . Undercover . . . Drastic Measures
1984 . . . . . .
1985 . . . . . .
1986 . Dirty Work . . . Power
1987 . . Tango In The Night . . .
1988 . . . . . In the Spirit of Things
1989 . Steel Wheels . . . .
1990 . . (Behind the Mask) . . .
1991 . . . . . .
1992 . . . . . .
1993 . . . . . .
1994 . Voodoo Lounge . Hell Freezes Over * . .
1995 . Time ??? . . . .
1996 . . . . . .
1997 . Bridges To Babylon The Dance . 13 .
1998 . . . . . .
1999 . . . . . .
2000 . . . . . .
2001 . . . . . .
2002 . . . . . .
2003 . . Say You Will . . .
2004 . . . . . .
2005 . A Bigger Bang . . . .
2006 . . . . . .
2007 . . . Long Road Out of Eden . .
2008 . . . . . .
2009 . . . . . .
2010 . . . . . .
2011 . . . . . .
2012 . . . . . .
2013 . . . . . .
2014 . . . . . .
2015 . . . . . .
2016 . Blue and Lonesome . . . .

SOURCE: My own CDs as well as www.allmusic.com.
* In general, only studio albums are shown except for live albums that included new songs, marked with an asterisk.


The Eagles:
America's greatest rock group

In concert: May 21, 2008, Charlottesville, VA.

    Top Ten Eagles songs

  1. Hotel California
  2. Take It Easy
  3. Tequila Sunrise
  4. Already Gone
  5. Peaceful, Easy Feeling
  6. Desperado
  7. Long Road Out of Eden
  8. Lyin' Eyes
  9. Certain Kind of Fool
  10. Life In The Fast Lane

OFFICIAL WEB SITE: www.eaglesband.com

It all started in the early 1970s when Glenn Frey, a native of Detroit "Rock City," Michigan, and Don Henley, from Gilmer, a small town in eastern Texas, met in Los Angeles. Jackson Brown, John David Souther, and others collaborated on several of their early hits, as Henley and Frey formed one of the greastest creative musical matches since Lennon and McCartney. The group achieved commercial success and critical acclaim in creating a fusion of country and rock music, defining the "California sound," along with Fleetwood Mac. Their spectacular success in the late 1970s, culminating in "Hotel California," offered hope for humanity in the face of the soulless onslaught of disco music. Tragically, the group broke up in 1981 and did not reunite until "Hell Froze Over" (the name of their concert-based album in 1994. For a couple years the same five players as before were together, and then Don Felder dropped out, leaving just four.

Drummer Don Henley (www.donhenley.com) was always the more serious conscientious one, a characteristic that became more pronounced after the Eagles split up. He went on to have a prolific solo career, and his song "The Boys Of Summer" was one of the biggest hit singles of the 1980s. He went on to release other studio albums, including The End of the Innocence (1989) and Inside Job (2000).

Guitarist Glenn Frey (see his blog) was the more fun-loving half of the duo. He also had success as a post-Eagles solist, most notably "You Belong to the City." He also appeared in a couple episodes of "Miami Vice." On January 18, 2016, he passed away after a prolonged battle with intestinal problems; see my tribute blog post.

Bernie Leadon played guitar, banjo, and dobro on the Eagles' early albums, giving the group an authentic country "flavor." Ultimately, the group decided they wanted to go more in the direction of rock, and he was the first band member to leave.

Randy Meisner, from Scotts Bluff, Nebraska, was the original bassist with the group. He too was strongly on the country side of rock, and his unique vocal style stood out on "Certain Kind of Fool" (one of my favorites), "Take It to the Limit" and "Too Many Hands." He left the group in 1977, shortly after Hotel California was released.

Don Felder, a true guitar virtuoso, arrived during the recording of On the Border in 1974, and had a big impact on "Already Gone." He played with the Eagles on their "Hell Freezes Over" reunion tour (1994), but not after that.

The addition of Joe Walsh (www.joewalsh.com) in 1976 made the Eagles a true "super group." He came from the Cleveland-based hard-rock trio The James Gang, replacing Bernie Leadon. His exhuberant attitude added a lot to the group, which played his anthem "Life's Been Good" and other hits.

Timothy B. Schmit (www.timothybschmit.com) came from the mellow country-rock group Poco to replace Randy Meisner, whom he had also replaced in Poco. His soft voice added even greater depth to the Eagles' renowned vocal harmonies.

Eagles album covers
Year Album Drums Guitar Bass Guitar Guitar
1972 The Eagles Don Henley Glenn Frey Randy Meisner Bernie Leadon .
1973 Desperado Don Henley Glenn Frey Randy Meisner Bernie Leadon .
1974 On the Border Don Henley Glenn Frey Randy Meisner Bernie Leadon Don Felder
1975 One of These Nights Don Henley Glenn Frey Randy Meisner Bernie Leadon Don Felder
1976 (Their Greatest Hits, 1971-1975) Don Henley Glenn Frey Randy Meisner Bernie Leadon Don Felder
1976 Hotel California Don Henley Glenn Frey Randy Meisner Joe Walsh Don Felder
1979 The Long Run Don Henley Glenn Frey Timothy B. Schmit Joe Walsh Don Felder
1980 Eagles Live Don Henley Glenn Frey Timothy B. Schmit Joe Walsh Don Felder
1982 (Greatest Hits, Volume 2) Don Henley Glenn Frey Timothy B. Schmit Joe Walsh Don Felder
1994 Hell Freezes Over (mostly live) : 1 CD Don Henley Glenn Frey Timothy B. Schmit Joe Walsh Don Felder
2000 (Selected Works, 1972-1999) : 2 CD Don Henley Glenn Frey Timothy B. Schmit Joe Walsh .
2003 (The Very Best Of) : 2 CD Don Henley Glenn Frey Timothy B. Schmit Joe Walsh .
2007 Long Road Out of Eden : 2 CD Don Henley Glenn Frey Timothy B. Schmit Joe Walsh .

NOTES: All band members do vocals, but Henley or Frey usually sing lead. All band members play multiple instruments. Album titles in parentheses are compilations of previously released songs recorded in studios. Albums prior to 1990s were (analog) vinyl LPs.


Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac, an ingenious fusion of British blues with California pop-rock, played in Charlottesville, VA on March 15, 2015. All five members from their "peak" period were there: Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, and Stevie Nicks.

    Top Ten Fleetwood Mac songs

  1. Landslide
  2. Go Your Own Way
  3. Big Love
  4. Rhiannon
  5. The Chain
  6. Never Going Back Again
  7. You Make Lovin' Fun
  8. Gold Dust Woman
  9. World Turning
  10. Don't Stop
Fleetwood Mac in concert

Fleetwood Mac concert, Charlottesville, VA, March 15, 2015.

OFFICIAL WEB SITE: www.fleetwoodmac.com


Kansas

Kansas played a concert in October 2011 at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, accompanied by the JMU symphony orchestra..

Kansas at JMU

Kansas takes a bow after the show at JMU. (Roll mouse over the image to see a closeup of the band members signing autographs after the show was over. Photo retouched to remove obstruction.)


The Police


Police in concert

The Police led the retro "New Wave" rock movement in the late 1970s. Their November 6, 2007 concert in Charlottesville, VA was the first time we had been to the John Paul Jones Arena, which replaced University Hall as the venue for home basketball games in 2006.


"Sting" sings during The Police concert, November 6, 2007.


The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones played to a sell-out crowd at the University of Virginia's Scott Stadium in Charlottesville on October 6, 2005. (The group Phish, led by Trey Anastasio, provided the early music.) Ever since bassist Bill Wyman retired in the late 1990s, the Stones have consisted of: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood, and Charlie Watts (drummer); the bass player was one of the backup musicians. They played 20 songs altogether, including two from their recently-released album, A Bigger Bang. One song that was new to me was "Sweet Virginia," which of course elicited hearty applause from the audience. I was very impressed by the group's energy and skilled musical performance.

Rolling Stones at Scott Stadium

Rolling Stones concert at Scott Stadium, October 6, 2005.


Latin American folk music

This table of charango chords is based on a pamphlet that came with the charango I bought in Cuzco, Peru in March 2004. A charango is a very small ten-stringed instrument with a rounded body, roughly comparable to a ukelele but with a much richer, almost haunting tone. The numbers correspond to, respectively,
the index finger (1),
the middle finger (2),
the ring finger (3), and
the little finger (4).

Charango chords

Evolution of Rock music since the 1960s

1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s
Elvis Presley . . . . .
. The Beach Boys . . .
. The Beatles . . . . .
. The Rolling Stones
. The Doors . . . . .
. Led Zeppelin . . . .
. Creedence Clearwater Revival . . . . .
. . The Doobie Brothers . . .
. Crosby, Stills, & Nash .
. . Grand Funk RR . . . .
. . Three Dog Night . . . .
. . Lynyrd Skynyrd . . . .
. . Eagles . .
. . Kansas . . .
. . The Police . . .
. Pink Floyd . .
. . The Cars . . .
. . . The Pretenders . . .
. . Bruce Springsteen
. . Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers . .
. . Rush . . .
. . . Foreigner . . .
. . . John Mellencamp
. . . Bon Jovi . .
. . . Guns 'N Roses . .