Today I’m posting a video of one of my original pieces entitled”Happiness In A”. I’ve gotten some pretty positive responses from videos of my original music and am really happy about that! Maybe in the future I’ll post things like it. This piece was inspired by the Jake Shimabukuro song “Missing Three”, in witch, as the title indicates, he only uses three strings. Although inspired by the concept of using only 3 strings, I ended up using all of them by the end of the piece.
Today I am posting my cover of “Third Stone From The Stone” written by Jimi Hendrix. Many people have covered it using only the song’s main motif. My favorite of these is Dick Dale’s version. My cover is influenced by both. If you listen closely to the original recording you can hear Jimi Hendrix say “..and you’ll never hear surf music again..” in reference to Dick Dale’s near death due to cancer. In the beginning of Dick Dale’s recording he says ” Jimi…I’m still here…wish you were too.”
For the past week I have been posting one video a day. Today, I’m covering “Pipeline” by the Chantays. I’m absolutely fascinated by 60s surf rock. Directly influenced by rock’n’roll, country, and instrumental rock from the late 50s, adding world influenced such as mariachi, hacienda, and middle eastern music, with tons and tons of reverb, all the while being played by self-taught teenagers, I can’t understand why more people don’t look at 60s era instrumental surf rock as a cultural phenomena.