Thursday, May 26, 2016

Song Lyric Dissection: Nirvana, Smells Like Teen Spirit

Ok, the grunge anthem. The song that killed metal. The song that had the Generation Y crowd learning to play guitar, strumming 3 chords, and thinking they were guitar gods. You know, I was in a music store in the 90's trying out an effects rack that I was considering buying. There was this kid who came up and asked if he could try out a was one of those weird looking grunge special guitars. The guy at the music store plugged it up for him. He starts playing Smells Like Teen Spirit...badly if that is possible. I couldn't hear what I was doing, so I turned the amp that I was playing through up. Gen Y guy took that as a challenge. He turned his up again and does a very bad version of the guitar solo in that song, looks at me and nods his head, like he was something special. I looked at the salesman, winked, turned the amp up even louder, and proceeded to shred. I jammed. I played an un accompanied guitar solo worthy of an arena, and just shredded for about 30 seconds. The kid looked at me in astonishment, and said "Dude, you wanna be in my band?" (imagine a pimply faced teenager saying that with the typical teen nasal sneer with a puberty break thrown in) I said "No, but I would like to hear what I'm doing because I'm thinking about buying this effects rack. Think you could help me out with that?" The kid put his guitar back on the wall, and went back outside, grabbed his bike and pedaled away.

Now, on to the dissection. I think I'll use a rusty scalpel on this song.

Verse: Load up on guns
Bring your friends
It's fun to lose and to pretend

Sounds like an angry right wing militia as described by CNN. However, this is Nirvana, who is completely against the establishment, so that can't be it. The last line I think sums up what would be 'nirvana' for Kobain and company. They wanted to be unsuccessful losers, and they pretended to play guitar.

Verse: She's overborne and self-assured
Oh no, I know a dirty word

Smells like a certain California politician if you ask me...and I do know a few dirty words that would describe that woman. But, if Nirvana was so against normalcy, why not just SAY the dirty word. 

What a dirty filthy...word!

Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low? -Hi...I can hear you.
Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low? -Yes..I...I can hear you, Kurt! 
Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low? -Kur- Hey! I can hear you!
Hello, hello, hello ,hello 
Maybe you should get a new cell phone. I can hear you just fine. 

Chorus: With the Lights out it's less dangerous
Here we are now entertain us

How so? With the blast shield down, I can't see. How am I supposed to rock? Ok...Sorry for the Star Wars reference, but it fit. I'm not above the movie references. But, how can it be less dangerous with the lights out? I mean you could fall off the stage and break your neck!

Chorus: I feel stupid and contagious
Here we are now entertain us
A mulatto an albino
A mosquito my libido

Stupidity is contagious. Just ask the Gen-Y crowd anything about American history. Not sure where you were going with the mulatto to albino line. They are not opposites...unless you were trying to rhyme. That's ok. Not like this song made any sense anyway. And why would you compare your libido to a mosquito? That's not the image I want to portray about my sexual prowess. 

I'm .00003 inches, and will rock you for
the best half second of your damn life!

Verse 2-
I'm worse at what I do best...
And for this gift I feel blessed.

It shows in your guitar playing. You say you feel blessed now, but once you made it big, you started whining like a little bitch. No one felt sorry for you anymore. So you married Courtenay Love. I felt sorry for you fact if I married her, I'd probably take a similar approach to getting out of the marriage as you did.

Verse: Our little group has always been
And always will until the end

Been what? Blessed? If that's the case, your drummer got the best end of that deal. He's now in a VERY good band, and showed that there was actually one talented member of Nirvana.

Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, hello

Dude, get a new cell phone already! Or call me from a land line...or borrow the drummer's cell! Stop wasting MY minutes because your phone sucks!

Chorus: With the Lights out it's less dangerous
Here we are now entertain us
I feel stupid and contagious
Here we are now entertain us
A mulatto an albino
A mosquito my libido

Verse 3-
And I forget just why I taste
Oh yeah I guess it makes me smile

All these things combine to give you
the ability to taste.
Taste what? Or are you asking why people taste? Well, its because of those little taste buds on the tongue. Its so that you can differentiate what you are eating from one thing to another. And what exactly makes you smile? The fact that you can own apartment buildings, shopping centers, condooo-miniums...and you only know 3 chords??

Verse: I found it hard it's hard to find
Oh well whatever nevermind

What is hard to find? Oh well I'm not going to finish this dissection. Whatever, nevermind. If you don't care, neither do I.

Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, hello, how low?
Hello, hello, hello, hello
With the Lights out it's less dangerous
Here we are now entertain us
I feel stupid and contagious
Here we are now entertain us
A mullato an albino
A mosquito my libido
A denial
A denial
A denial

Yeah...You're in denial. You think you have a good cell phone, and that its everyone else's phone that

You know, this is the first time I actually read the lyrics to this song. Weird Al was right to do his parody of it. We all know, its hard to zwarg bargle zous with all these marbles in my mouth!


Sunday, May 15, 2016

My Take on Voting For Donald Trump

It really isn't that
hard to figure out.

I don't do a lot of political posts because I don't see how I could possibly say anything that hasn't already been said. But, whether what I am about to say has been said already or not, I feel it needs to be said in my words. At least, I'll be able to post a link on Facebook rather than getting into an endless game of back and forth.

All the people who are out there saying they will never vote for Donald Trump because they are mad because their guy didn't get the nomination are nothing short of suicidal.  Its mostly the so called conservative right wingers who are saying this. The same people who out of principle didn't vote for Mitt Romney in 2012. You know, the people who enabled Barack Hussein 0bama to be elected a second time. Thanks, guys!

I am a Tea Party conservative myself, and I voted for Ted Cruz in Florida's primary. But, let's face it...People are sick and tired of politicians. The Republicans ran on defeating 0bama's policies, and were elected in landslides that gave them control of both the house and senate. And instead of DOING what they PROMISED to do, they bent over, and let 0bama ram whatever monstrosity he dreamed up in that wannabe dictator brain of his right up our collective asses, with no lubrication, no dinner, no kiss, no nothing. So, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and any other conservative candidate who likely would have made a good president were swept (unfairly) away and lumped in with all the other lying politicians who only care about their power and paychecks once another option presented itself. Enter Donald Trump. 

Like it or not, Trump's success is the result of the frustration and anger of the US citizens.  He is someone who is not a 'business as usual' politician. He will not be able to be bought like every other Washington DC office occupier. Say what you want to about him, but he is the nominee. He has more votes than any other Republican in decades...and he accomplished this with 16 other candidates collecting votes as well. This was not the result of collusion, dirty deals, or any other shady political tactic. This was simply the will of the people.  

Now, I get it. He isn't a conservative. You have your principles But, now is NOT the time to stay home and have your principles like you did in 2008 and 2012. Granted, McCain was a poor candidate, but he got the nomination due to dirty deals! But Romney losing the election to 0bama was the result of millions of Republicans who stayed home. You standing up for your principles got us another 4 years of 0bama, and they will get us 4 to 8 years of Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. MY principles will not let me sit out, or vote for some third party candidate. That will guarantee another communist liberal wannabe dictator becomes president, and will also result in the House and Senate being lost to them as well. You know what else? The Supreme Court will be lost forever because there will likely be at least 4 justices retiring or dying over the next 4 to 8 years. Let's take a look at what will be made the law of the land if that happens:

  • The second amendment will be repealed.
  • So will the first, as it us heavily under assault now.
  • We will be taxed into oblivion, and the cost of everything will go through the roof.
  • Fringe minority agendas will be imposed on everyone (Like trans gender men using the ladies room) and any opposition to it will be deemed 'hate speech'
  • 0bamacare will not be repealed. It will be be expanded.
  • Illegals will continue to flood into the country
And, that's just the tip of the iceberg. Look at what is happening in Venezuela right now...That country was a wealthy nation not even 20 years ago. A socialist tyrannical government came in, and now, people are starving in the streets. THAT is what the liberals have in mind when they say they want to "fundamentally change" the United States. Sorry, but that's not a country that I want to live in. I'm already a criminal because I can't afford health insurance.

The fact of the matter is, you don't know what kind of president Donald Trump will be. He might be a dud, or he might turn out to be a great president. I think one thing that signals that he may be a great president is the fact that BOTH the liberals AND the Republican establishment hate him. One thing is certain...We DO know what to expect from Hillary or Bernie. Hillary has even said she is going to continue the policies of 0bama if elected. We've seen their vision over the last 7.5 years, and I've had enough of that bullshit. I think you have too. So, unless you would be okay with 4-8 more years of this super destructive regime, I suggest you support the Republican nominee. And, if Hillary (who is FAR more corrupt than 0bama) wins due to you principled angels staying home, you will have NO right to complain about the further destruction of this country. Because YOU will have enabled it. Support the nominee. Support Donald Trump!
....You know, speaking of the bathroom issue, I thought liberals were all for a woman's right to privacy. Guess not. 


Thursday, May 5, 2016

17 Year Old Blues Guitar Wizard, Jimmy Bez

 "In fact, if guitarist Jimmy Bezreh sticks
 with it, he could have the title 'Guitar God' 
attached to him by the time he is 25."
...Prophetic words from Yours Truly

....And, he is doing just that.

In early 2014, I reviewed a great band from Boston called 21st Century Fugitives. At the time, the oldest member was 17, I believe. Maybe younger. I was very impressed by them as a whole, but I was particularly blown away by guitarist, Jimmy Bezreh, who was 14 or 15 years old at the time. His skill on their album was better than many guitarists twice his age. The band is still together, and playing shows, but Jimmy Bez has branched out on his own, leading an incredible blues band, called simply 'The Jimmy Bez Blues Band.' 

Jimmy has stunned audiences in Boston with his incredible talent. His stage presence, ability, and even his lead vocal ability would make you swear that he was a grandson of one of the Allman Brothers. Except, his brand of blues is a little bit different. There is a guitar shredder in his soul as well. Listening to the lead guitar riffs and solos on his EP, Lies of a Sinner, you'd also swear that maybe he took lessons from Paul Gilbert. 'Shred' is an appropriate term to use for his brand of soloing. Its a very unique blend of the blues, combined with virtuoso. 

This pic reminds me of something cool. Not sure what though.

He started winning awards at age 12, and has been gaining recognition and respect ever since. He's been played on the radio, and gotten rave reviews from everyone who hears him play. In fact earlier this year, he was chosen to represent all of Boston in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, where he tore it up!

This isn't your stereotypical blues music where the band plays the same overused blues lick over and over again. I'm not much of a blues fan, and I would never go see that. However, I would go see different sounding songs with a genuine axe slinger and skilled song writer. Jimmy Bez is both. I'd go see his show in a heartbeat. I've listened to his EP at least 10 times so far, and will likely keep jamming it.
The first song on the EP, Don't Let Me Die in Vain starts off with a slow blues jam, then punches into a powerful lick. His scratchy voice comes in, and you honestly wonder how this one young man managed to get so much gift crammed into his soul. This 5 song EP consists of 4 original songs that he wrote all the parts and lyrics to, and an amazing cover of Have You Ever Loved A Woman. Track 2, I Don't Belong is more upbeat, and catchy. He doesn't belong in empty bars playing for free. He belongs in a packed house! Track 3, Keep Me Back is a little on the funky side. Keeping him back would be a crime. Ok, I'm done with my lame word play, I promise. Track 4 is the title track. Lies of a Sinner. Its more of a heavy groove. Of course, it would be a bit redundant to say that the guitar is incredible. The whole EP is full of WOW.

Making that Les Paul Scream!

I can't stress enough how much I want Jimmy Bez to hit it big. Like I said in my review of his other band, he is light years ahead of where I was as a guitarist at 17 years old. Hell, he's probably better than I am now at 42! So, if you get a chance, go see the Jimmy Bez Blues Band in concert. And, purchase their EP when it comes available.

Genuine prodigies don't come around very often. Catch Jimmy Bez while he still is one!

Soundcloud (Previw the EP)
Jimmy Bez Blues Band's Website