John McElhenney (www.buzzie.com) does a simple rendition of For the Summer by Ray LaMontagne.
“I’m falling in love with the idea of falling in love. The Ray LaMontagne song For the Summer just kicked my ass all day. I had to learn and record it. Sometimes music just touches me that way. You?” 2-17-13
Today a friend on facebook shared a link with me of our college dance band. Wow, I had no idea this stuff existed. Listening to an REM medly right now. The cassette tapes held up pretty well. Thanks to the keyboard player Karl Rehn for preserving this historical blast.
With the encouragement of two dear friends, I have begun processing some of the video from the El Ray show, oh, a few years back. This is the first instalment. The sound is about a 6 out of 10. It was shot on the tiniest video cam I ever saw. Just a fan. He contacted me after the show and offered to send it to me from JAPAN. He did.
This is a gift back to David Bash who has been so awesome to invite Buzzie back to IPO again and again.
Here is the 2nd song in the IPO installment, “I want to know you”:
Together it has been my pleasure to light up the amps and guitars with Robbie Rist no fewer than THREE times as BUZZIE. Here is the most recent collaboration as Buzzie at the International Pop Overthrow in Orange County this Summer, 2009.
Here’s the link to the Buzzie Pics on Jan’s Psych Central Myspace page where she’s got pics of tons of great musicians. I have put up screenshots of the photos here for ease of use. If you want to print or purchase (heh heh) one please connect with Jan via MySpace. And JAN, thank you very much for these!
Watching a rerun of Wilco on Austin City Limits I got to see a very pretty Gibson 339 that Tweedy was playing. I longed for my Epiphone that I sold in some down moment. “Never sell a guitar.”
I don’t know why I thought this would be an interesting post. But these are pretty focused guitars. And since I ain’t buying diddly squat during these low times I guess I figured that window shopping at Musician’s friend would be fun.
Here’s a long running desire. A Paul Reed Smith. The most balanced guitar made.
And finally the truly hybrid guitar by Godin. This one looks like a futuristic classical guitar but underneath are some electronics that translate guitar sounds into synthesizer sounds.
And so with that I will confess to having 3 of the most wonderful guitars ever made.
A ’72 Les Paul Standard.
A mid-90’s American Standard Stratocaster (clear maple finish).
A Taylor 614 CE Acoustic.
I am still working up to the Taylor, and I assume I will be for the rest of my playin days.
My son Jason shot some video of our show at the Orange County Fair. He wasn’t so focused on the show but was making some great comments along the way. I don’t know if he was going for an art piece, but he sure got one. This was shot on a Flip video camera and edited with iMovie. Click on the image below to watch the video on YouTube.
The Buzzie musicians are:
John McElhenney: vocals and guitar
Robbie Rist: guitar and vocals
Derrick Anderson: bass
Marc Joseph: drums