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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.

Date Song title Original musician / group Harmon- ica? "Grade"
March 9, 2016 Colorado Song Ozark Mountain Daredevils D
March 9, 2016 Tequila Sunrise Eagles B
March 9, 2016 Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out Eric Clapton B
March 9, 2016 Bitter Creek Eagles D
July 13, 2016 Country Girl Ozark Mountain Daredevils Y C
July 13, 2016 Standing On the Rock Ozark Mountain Daredevils Y B
July 13, 2016 Follow You Down The Gin Blossoms Y A
July 13, 2016 Doolin' Dalton Eagles Y B
July 20, 2016 Train Leaves Here This Morning Eagles Y A
July 20, 2016 Long Train Running Doobie Brothers Y B
July 20, 2016 Like a Rolling Stone Bob Dylan Y A
August 10, 2016 Ring of Fire Johnny Cash Y A
August 10, 2016 Harvest Moon Neil Young Y B
August 10, 2016 Beauty In the River Ozark Mountain Daredevils Y A
August 10, 2016 Homemade Wine Ozark Mountain Daredevils Y B
August 17, 2016 You Made It Right Ozark Mountain Daredevils Y A
August 17, 2016 Interstate Love Song Stone Temple Pilots Y A
August 17, 2016 Never Goin' Back Fleetwood Mac B
August 24, 2016 Wicked Game Chris Isaac Y A
August 24, 2016 Crazy Love Poco A
August 24, 2016 It'll Shine When It Shines Ozark Mountain Daredevils B
August 24, 2016 Rhythm of Love Plain White T's C
September 14, 2016 Fly Away Home Ozark Mountain Daredevils Y B
September 14, 2016 Black Sky Ozark Mountain Daredevils Y B
September 14, 2016 America Simon & Garfunkle A
September 21, 2016 Mrs. Robinson Simon & Garfunkle A
September 21, 2016 Road to Glory Ozark Mountain Daredevils Y B
September 21, 2016 Barely Breathing Duncan Sheikh A
September 28, 2016 Talkin' Baseball Terry Cashman C
September 28, 2016 You've Got to Hide Your Love Away The Beatles Y A
September 28, 2016 If You Could Read My Mind, Love Gordon Lightfoot A
September 28, 2016 Baker Street Gerry Rafferty Y B
October 5, 2016 Simple Man Crosby, Stills, & Nash Y A
October 5, 2016 Within Without Ozark Mountain Daredevils Y A
October 5, 2016 The Story In Your Eyes Moody Blues B
October 12, 2016 It Doesn't Matter Anymore Linda Ronstadt C
October 12, 2016 Lyin' Eyes Eagles B
October 12, 2016 I Can't Tell You Why Eagles B
October 26, 2016 Heartache Tonight Eagles B
October 26, 2016 Guitar Man Bread Y B
October 26, 2016 Piano Man Billy Joel Y A
November 2, 2016 Co Cubs, Go Steve Goodman B
November 2, 2016 City of New Orleans Steve Goodman A
November 2, 2016 Elected Alice Cooper B
November 9, 2016 Take It Easy Eagles B
November 9, 2016 Tuesday Afternoon Moody Blues A
November 9, 2016 Heart of Gold Neil Young Y A
November 16, 2016 Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald Gordon Lightfoot Y B
November 16, 2016 Constant Craving k.d. lang Y A
November 16, 2016 My, My, Hey, Hey Neil Young Y A
November 16, 2016 On the Trail of the Lonesome Pine Ballard MacDonald and Harry Carroll C
November 16, 2016 I Should Have Known Better The Beatles Y A
November 23, 2016 Lonely People America Y B
November 23, 2016 Long-Haired Country Boy Charlie Daniels Y B
November 23, 2016 Out On the Sea Ozark Mountain Daredevils Y B
November 30, 2016 Helpless Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Y B
November 30, 2016 Love Me Do Beatles Y A
November 30, 2016 Boulevard of Broken Dreams Green Day B
November 30, 2016 Sweet Melissa Allman Brothers A
November 30, 2016 I'm the Only One Melissa Etheridge B
December 14, 2016 Tin Man America B
December 14, 2016 And I Love Her Beatles A
December 14, 2016 One of These Nights Eagles C
December 14, 2016 Take Me Home, Country Roads * John Denver A
December 14, 2016 Kentucky Woman * Neil Diamond A
December 14, 2016 Cinnamon Girl * Neil Young B
December 14, 2016 American Woman * The Guess Who Y B
December 14, 2016 You Belong to the City Glenn Frey Y B
December 14, 2016 From the Beginning Emerson, Lake, and Palmer Y A
December 21, 2016 Please Come Home For Christmas Eagles Y A
December 21, 2016 Gypsy Forest Ozark Mountain Daredevils Y B
December 21, 2016 Sweet Caroline Neil Diamond Y A
December 21, 2016 Saturday Night Eagles B
December 21, 2016 Norweigan Wood Beatles B
December 21, 2016 Helplessly Hoping Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young B
December 21, 2016 Peaceful Easy Feeling Eagles Y A
December 21, 2016 Space Oddity David Bowie A
December 28, 2016 I Walk the Line Johnny Cash B
December 28, 2016 Heart of the Night Poco Y B
December 28, 2016 I'll Have to Say I Love You In a Song Jim Croce Y A
December 28, 2016 I'm Looking Through You Beatles B
December 28, 2016 Certain Kind of Fool Eagles A
December 28, 2016 Spirit Doobie Brothers A
January 4, 2017 The Sound of Silence Simon & Garfunkle A
January 4, 2017 Desperado Eagles B
January 4, 2017 Colorado Song ** Ozark Mountain Daredevils Y A
January 4, 2017 Pink Houses John Cougar Mellencamp B
January 11, 2017 Time In a Bottle Jim Croce A
January 11, 2017 Only Want To Be With You Hootie & the Blowfish B
January 11, 2017 We Can Work It Out Beatles B
January 11, 2017 Country Girl ** Ozark Mountain Daredevils Y B
January 11, 2017 Sister Golden Hair America Y C
January 18, 2017 The Boxer Simon & Garfunkle Y A
January 18, 2017 Love Is Blue Paul Mauriot Orchestra Y B
January 18, 2017 The Last Time Rolling Stones B
January 18, 2017 We'll Meet Again Vera Miles B
January 18, 2017 Day Tripper Beatles A
January 18, 2017 Already Gone Eagles A
February 1, 2017 Refugee Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Y A
February 1, 2017 Come Together Beatles - A
February 1, 2017 Never Goin' Back ** Fleetwood Mac A
February 1, 2017 It Couldn't Be Better Ozark Mountain Daredevils A
February 1, 2017 Standing On the Rock ** Ozark Mountain Daredevils Y A
February 1, 2017 California Dreamin' Mamas & the Papas B
February 8, 2017 Rocky Mountain High John Denver B
February 8, 2017 Carry On Crosby, Stills, & Nash A
February 8, 2017 The Chain Fleetwood Mac A
February 8, 2017 The Ballad of Adlai Andrew Clem B
February 8, 2017 Paperback Writer Beatles B
February 8, 2017 Sandman America A
February 8, 2017 It Doesn't Matter Anymore ** Linda Ronstadt B
February 8, 2017 New Kid In Town Eagles A
February 8, 2017 Peaceful Easy Feeling ** Eagles A
February 15, 2017 Love Will Keep Us Alive Eagles Y B
February 15, 2017 Camelot (Lerner & Lowe / R. Burton) A
February 15, 2017 Guinnevere Crosby, Stills, & Nash B
February 15, 2017 Southern Cross Ozark Mountain Daredevils Y A
February 15, 2017 Eight Miles High The Byrds Y C
February 15, 2017 Turn the Page Bob Seger Y A
March 15, 2017 Fly Away Home Ozark Mountain Daredevils Y A
March 15, 2017 Back Home Again John Denver A
March 15, 2017 Back In the U.S.S.R. Beatles A
March 15, 2017 Take the Long Way Home Supertramp Y B
March 22, 2017 El Condor Pasa (using the charango) Simon & Garfunkle F
March 22, 2017 Saturday Night ** Eagles B
April 5, 2017 Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out ** Eric Clapton (cover) Y A
April 5, 2017 Gypsy Forest ** Ozark Mountain Daredevils Y B
April 5, 2017 Landslide Fleetwood Mac Y A
April 5, 2017 Sweet Virginia Rolling Stones Y A
April 12, 2017 Talkin' Baseball ** Terry Cashman B
April 12, 2017 Chicken Train Ozark Mountain Daredevils Y A
April 12, 2017 Bennie and the Jets Elton John Y A
April 12, 2017 All My Loving Beatles B
April 12, 2017 Beauty In the River ** Ozark Mountain Daredevils Y A
April 12, 2017 Rhiannon Fleetwood Mac A
April 19, 2017 Here Comes the Sun Beatles B
April 19, 2017 Rocket Man Elton John A
April 19, 2017 Your Song Elton John A
April 19, 2017 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Elton John B
April 26, 2017 Centerfield John Fogerty C
April 26, 2017 The Old Man Man Down the Road John Fogerty Y B
April 26, 2017 Proud Mary Creedence Clearwater Revival Y A
May 3, 2017 Bad Moon Rising Creedence Clearwater Revival A
May 3, 2017 Green River Creedence Clearwater Revival B
May 3, 2017 Who'll Stop the Rain Creedence Clearwater Revival A
May 17, 2017 Susie Q Creedence Clearwater Revival B
May 17, 2017 Fortunate Son Creedence Clearwater Revival A
May 17, 2017 I Heard It Through the Grapevine Creedence Clearwater Revival Y B
May 17, 2017 Best of My Love Eagles A
May 17, 2017 Long Train Running ** Doobie Brothers Y A
May 17, 2017 Love Me Do ** The Beatles Y A

* Song also played at December 12, 2016 event; see below.
** Song played more than once on Open Mic Night.

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)
  6. Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young
  7. Led Zeppelin
  8. Kansas (1979, 2011) (also see Kerry Livgren)
  9. The Police (2007)
  10. Elton John (2012)
  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 . .