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13.10.03 Who says we
don't do our best for our insatiable listening public? The bloody beaut
ABC, in the shape of the ever-patient Paul Petran and company, have recorded
some of the very best acts that have graced the stages fetchingly dotted about
the Queenscliff foreshore during the best darn little annual music festival
we've played at over recent years. And, waddya know, they managed to include
a Spectrum track. Hooray! AND they recorded an OK version of Second Coming,
which Ross Wilson e-mailed me to say is the best track on the album! (By the
way, keep Tuesday night 21 Oct. @ 11.00pm free - ABC-TV Studio 22 features Ross
Wilson & The Urban Legends live).
Other acts include Shane Howard (I'm listening to his track as I write), Chris
Wilson, the Revelators, the Badloves, the Cruel Sea, Ross Wilson of course,
and many more.
29.9.03 I'm a man who needs a deadline, otherwise nothing gets done. I
don't know if it's a disease specific to musicians necessarily, but I remember
Jim Webb mentioning the phenomenon in a chat he gave at the late lamented Continental
a couple of years ago. He said he'd do anything not to get started on a project
- even the gardening - but Jim 'the perfectionist' Webb had the added problem
of never feeling satisfied with anything he'd actually finished either, and
was always wanting to fix it up.
That's not my problem. Or, it might
be, but I go to some lengths to
avoid hearing the noises I've committed in the past, and, given that nobody
actually plays anything of mine besides I'll Be Gone
, that's quite
a deadline I'll idle along to the very last moment, then
in flurry of guilt-ridden panic produce the goods - just. Followers of our recent
attempts at recording will be familiar with the procrastination that's dogged
the multiplying list of projects I claim to be earnestly beavering away at.
Anyway, today Jenny brought over the fruits of just such a worrisome but spectacularly
brief gestation, something I can now proudly claim to be the first product of
the aptly monickered Accidental Music Studio .
is a deliberate obfuscation. It's one solitary song -
one quite short
song actually. It seems that even the act of writing
a song needs a massive jolt from the rear these days, even though this one had
a theme that I felt I could do something with from the beginning.
The theme, given to an assorted bunch of writers by Colin George (brother of
singer Linda George, whom I had a bit of a crush on way back when), was Fatherhood.
The reason I felt I should be inspired is that I'm over qualified in the father
department, having both a father and a step-father. There's got to be a wealth
of material there, I reasoned.
Time passed, and I idled along as usual. I'd given Jenny strict instructions
to pester me about it, and she was doing as she was told and was beginning to
annoy me. To shut her up, I came up with a fragment of music while going somewhere
in the van, and had to ring myself and leave a musical note on the answering
It seemed vaguely churchy, and I thought this was probably not a bad route to
take. Fatherhood is a serious business after all.
I struggled with it for days, but as worthy as the music seemed, the lyrics
simply weren't taking shape. The looming deadline was becoming burdensome, just
as Jenny's insistence that I get something, anything
to Colin, was
becoming bloody tiresome.
Then a curious thing happened. A stupid, happy refrain ambushed me when I was
idly picking at my trusty Canora. At first I didn't want this upstart to get
in the way of my churchy and worthy Fatherhood song.
art of horizontal bass playing..
Hi folks! And welcome to Bill's Twang #3. Well, the month started
out kinda normal, with lots of recording and a gig or two, plus our manager
Jenny moving house with three daughters and a dog in tow. This is quite a feat
- congratulations Klepfi!
Then one sunny afternoon, while lifting something rather light, I did myself
a nasty lower back injury, and have been in Horizontal Land ever since! I can
now tell you that my ceiling has four lights, seventeen paint cracks, two ventilation
grids with thirty-two holes in each, a hundred and eighty six points on the
cornices, eleven pin holes, two spider's webs and one squashed mossie. Viva
And then there was the Grand bloody Final.. It's all too painful. I'm going
to crawl under a rock (read 'pillow') and I'm not coming out till the Mighty
Tiges put Richo in the backline.
Record companies have made their position clear, initially adopting aggressive
measures to attempt to crush what appears to be a growing problem for the music
industry as a whole.
Musicians/composers are divided over the issue. Some see the Net a being a useful
merchandising device from which the music industry can learn and profit - others
see it as a long term threat to the very existence of copyright.
I fall into the first category, but I'm anxious to hear your opinions. Use the
form to relay your
views on this vital subject. your
Free music downloads -
have your say..........
This is one of the issues that we'll be dealing with on a continuing basis.
Because I regard it as the most important challenge to the traditional concept
of copyright (in my lifetime at least), I keep up with it regularly,
and, while there are developments almost daily, the fundamental issue remains
the same. Namely; with a generation emerging that regards the free downloading
songs off the Internet as a right, and attempts by the RIAA and ARIA to somehow
inhibit this activity as tantamount to criminal, and with CD sales dropping
by 30% since 2000, how should the music industry be dealing with the problem?
of the month
9.10.03 This month's dealer
isn't a CD retailer. Dale
Sherlock is the Sherlock behind Sherlock Amplifiers and the guy who services
our electronic gear - particularly stage gear like my Fender Deluxe amplifier
and Bill's Fender Bassman. Dale specialises in the ancient art of tube technology
and also makes his own line of equipment under the Sherlock banner, including
guitar amplifiers and the odd effects pedal. I have the Sherlock Tremit pedal
in my effects arsenal, which emulates the trademark tremolo that Fender have
bafflingly discarded from their current range, and my pedal board was made by
Dale and incorporates his 9v power supply. You can find Dale unhandilly located
in downtown Templestowe - check out his website at www.sherlockamps.com
Incidentally, when you go to Dale's site, amongst the occasionally catastrophic
spelling you'll find 'before and after' pictures of somebody's amp that Dale
has had to reassemble from the shattered remains he was given. That amp is
Bill's Carlsbro. Our relationship with the country's airlines has been tested
on occasions (e.g. my mandolin), but Qantas really did a number on
Bill's Carlsbro when we went to Lindeman Island a year or so back, and when
we arrived we opened Bill's rather optimistic cardboard box (or Chinese road
case) only to find the amp's cabinet was broken clean in two! Dunno how Qantas
managed it, but Dale fixed it! Next time you see us, check it out.
all the latest goss, check out
back to the top
You'll be able to buy
this at your local ABC shop, but I'll look into getting some to sell at gigs.
Spectrum tour the Rutherglen
Last Friday, Mike, Bill and Robbo, (Bill still nursing his
crook back) clambered into the moon buggy and set sail for Ruthgerglen and Corowa,
where they were booked to play Cafe Shamrock and the Corowa RSL. The Shamrock
is owned by Broc O'Connor's sister Karen and her partner and chef, Gerard. The
night there was hardly short of sensational, with terrific food and wine, a
receptive audience and friendly and generous hosts. We're looking forward to
the next gig there. The Corowa RSL? An RSL is an RSL.. more
late breaking news
Way 'Til You Drop Part 3
7.10.03 Tony Barber, author of the best-selling book with the
name Long Way 'Til You Drop, will be appearing with Mike, Bill &
Robbo at Angus & Robertsons at Knox City on Wednesday the 22nd from
12.30 - 1.30 and he and the boys will be signing copies of the said
meisterwerk until their hands drop off.
Only the best..
Bill and Robbo travel in style when in Rutherglen. Here they pose fetchingly
in front of their Rolls at the Woongarra Motel, just a few metres from the
gig at the Cafe Shamrock