I picked up my old Kay archtop the other day during the tropical storm power outage and this tune suddenly came to me in all its entirety. I love it when that happens! And of course, I had to record it! I had originally planned to add percussion and some keys but once I heard it back with only an acoustic guitar, I was sold on it. I am usually super picky about getting recordings out but I’ve decided I just really want to share more of what I create and worry less about technicality. So, here it is to share with you. You can grab a high-quality wav of the song for only $1 if interested but also more than welcome to stream as many times as you like and share it for free! Thanks for listening!
I finally had some time to crank out a few new promo video compilations this year. After doing a ton of video work for other bands and artists, I realized I needed to update my own stuff. Then, I realized I had to actually find the time to do it! As a musician that covers several genres spanning many decades of good music, it can be tough to tell someone exactly what kind of music you play. My answer is usually, “anything.” I, then, find myself with a pile of random song requests asking if I play this or that… Well, I guess that’s what I get for giving that answer. I might not know every song but I know enough good ones to be considered a jukebox!
Every since I bought the Sony HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder (Black), I have been packing it around to random gigs and attaching it to the mic or tablet stand and recording my entire gig. That’s actually the easy part! At some point afterward, I spend way too much time digging through the footage to find a few good quality songs and piece them together to make a diverse compilation video. This is where my profession in procrastination takes over. However, I’m quickly learning that if I want to take my business to the next level, there is no time for procrastination.
Over the past year, I have become comfortable with meeting a specific quota and just going with the flow. There is definitely nothing wrong with that but I feel like I am cutting myself short. I am beginning to learn the difference in quota and potential. I am ready to surpass quota and finally reach for potential. I honestly believe that the sky is the limit. I write these little blogs to not only share my story and my musical experiences with you but to hopefully inspire some of you to think for yourself and go beyond what you think you are capable of. It’s not an easy path to walk on or stay on but the rewards are incredible. Life’s a journey, not a destination! ~Steven Tyler
This old blues standard is always a fun song for me. I love the picking style during the unplugged spin that Eric Clapton did nearly two decades ago now. Its hard to believe its been 20 years. And I just had a birthday last week so I feel especially old now! Seriously though, I love entire whole ‘Unplugged’ album. That album was a turning point for me as a musician. I remember learning ‘Tears in heaven,’ then performing it while singing it at my elementary school. I ended up winning the 4H tournament. I think I was in 6th grade or something. After that, I became so obsessed with that style of picking and sort of created my own version of it and infused it with a blues and folk. This is my version of Clapton’s version.
The lyrics are great, too! Mostly because I can actually memorize them. I never knew it was such an old song until I heard on some old blues stuff one day. Apparently, it was written way back in 1923 by a guy named, Jimmy cox. Jimmy wrote the song from the perspective of a millionaire during the prohibition era and the ebbs and flows with that kind of lifestyle. After the United States depleted nearly everything to survive the post-effects of World War I, the country went into a recession, and food rations suddenly went into effect. From the lyrics, Jimmy’s fictional character must have lost more than a higher food ration. The lyrics always inspired me because in times of need, you learn who your friends are and in most cases ‘nobody knows you.’ I think we have all felt the feelings of being alone and desperate. I added a link here, ‘Nobody knows you’ lyrics, if you want to follow along with the lyrics. I’m sure I change a few words here and there but the meaning stays the same. Also if you haven’t had the chance hear it, I highly recommend checking out Eric Clapton’s ‘Unplugged’ album. JLW Photography.
This is one of my favorite albums of all time. I’m not trying to compare or anything, but I couldn’t leave out the inspiration that brought me where I am now musically. Anyhow, I hope you guys enjoy. It had a great response on Instagram, so I thought I would blog it. So, go follow the Ig and you’ll get to see more cool stuff that I do with photography as well. You can also follow my photography blog as well,
As a musician that plays a lot of cover gigs, it’s easy to lose sight of why we do what we do. I have always enjoyed writing music and lyrics as a form of expression. It’s been a constant outlet in my life for many struggles and hardships. ‘Give it all’ is an original song of mine I had put together over the past couple of years. The lyrics are in the youtube description in the video if you’d like to follow along. The song started out as some sort of a ballad that quickly turned slightly political and directed towards those with power. It’s not that I’m against power, I’m voicing my opinion against what is being done with that power. I never thought how relevant this song would end up being to how things are unraveling in our government right now. A lot of people have given so much to literally have it all taken away from them. It makes my heart ache to see our country divided and to see so much hate directed toward minorities in our country. These people are human beings and should be treated like so, whether legally here or not. Compassion does still exist among some of us. Anyhow, I don’t want to get on a political rant here, so go check out the song. Follow my blog here, give me a like on facebook, and/or subscribe to my Youtube channel.
I have been shooting most of my videos lately using this super lightweight and portable camera, the Sony HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder (Black) with Sony 32GB Micro SDHC Card plus Camera Case and Accessory Kit. The audio from this little guy is excellent and the video is def not too shabby as you can see in the video. It works great in almost any environment and does exceptionally well in low light conditions. I picked mine up on amazon and got a nice little bundle of accessories to go with it which work well to get you started. If you are looking for something similar to what I’ve been using it for, follow the link above and it will take you right to it. I’ve also included the link to these Martin MSP7200 SP Lifespan 92/8 Phosphor Bronze Medium Acoustic Guitar Strings
I have found that the tone and playability of these guys last significantly longer than any other strings I have used while agressively playing four nights a week. Go and give those a try. I guarantee you will love them!
Stay tuned for more performances of original songs and more of my favorite covers. If you’d like to hear me cover one of your favorites, leave me a comment and I’ll see what I can come up with.
Eric Clapton has been, by far, one of the greatest influences in my music career. His picking style hooked me back when he released the ‘Unplugged’ album. Of course, he is one of the best lead/solo guitarists in the blues genre but this style came a little later on for me. Here is a short clip of Layla, a famous tune by Clapton. I do it in my own version of his style. Hope you guys enjoy!
Here is another short clip from the video I got the other night out at Tin Lizzy’s. Im still impressed with the audio from the new Sony HDR-mv1. I have several new ideas/ songs in the making and might do some acoustic versions as I work on them digitally. So if you are interested in seeing those and what else is in store for 2017, hit the follow button, give me a like on Facebook, and hit subscribe on the YouTube channel. I’ll also be posting some video of other bands I’ve been filming around the Atlanta area on YouTube and they’ll be uploaded on my videography page and also putting a separate blog out on my photography page. Thanks for watching!
I was playing around with the new Sony HDR-MV1 at my gig the other night and cranked out a few cool covers I enjoy doing often. Although I do enjoy ‘time in a bottle,’ this is prob my favorite by Jim Croce. Thanks for listening!