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Old dogs with new tricks

Dave the Gnome 26 Dec 15 - 06:50 AM
Gurney 26 Dec 15 - 07:51 PM
GUEST 27 Dec 15 - 02:38 AM
GUEST,Allan Conn 27 Dec 15 - 04:09 AM
Will Fly 27 Dec 15 - 04:53 AM
Steve Shaw 27 Dec 15 - 06:12 AM
GUEST,allan conn 27 Dec 15 - 11:07 AM
Gurney 27 Dec 15 - 02:15 PM
Dave the Gnome 30 Dec 15 - 04:48 AM
Jack Blandiver 30 Dec 15 - 05:10 AM
Jack Blandiver 30 Dec 15 - 05:12 AM
GUEST,Musket 30 Dec 15 - 05:15 AM
Will Fly 30 Dec 15 - 06:21 AM
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Subject: Old dogs with new tricks
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 26 Dec 15 - 06:50 AM

I had heard quite a few tracks from Rod Stewart's new album 'Another Country' and David Gilmour's 'Rattle That Lock'. I had enjoyed them so they went on my wish list and I got both for Christmas :-) Not disappointed with either. Very different albums yet both are 'new artists' to me. I have not had an album by Rod Stewart before, apart from a greatest hits compilation and I have never been a huge fan of Pink Floyd so did not take much notice of David Gilmour. Both are very slick and professional as you would expect and both soung, to me, very fresh and up to date.

Any other old dogs out there that have either come up with new stuff like Messrs Stewart and Gilmour or any more old dogs like me who have listened to something new?


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Subject: RE: Old dogs with new tricks
From: Gurney
Date: 26 Dec 15 - 07:51 PM

I also share your surprise that as your age advances, your taste changes. One of the gifts for Her Indoors was to fix the stereo turntable, and the first LP, chosen at random, was The Carpenter's Greatest Hits, and what a splendid record it is. She is currently playing a Peter, Paul, and Mary LP and that's good, too.


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Subject: RE: Old dogs with new tricks
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Dec 15 - 02:38 AM

As old age advance our stunned turntable advance on the bridge and tastes the change of water. We cannot say what will Peter do with the SCUBA gear but Paul and Mary were stunned, like me, when
slick flooding outside our house produced a random carpenter whose random hits and stuff on old songs threaded the right fingers as the gnome left the Burney indoors for more heat.


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Subject: RE: Old dogs with new tricks
From: GUEST,Allan Conn
Date: 27 Dec 15 - 04:09 AM

I really like a lot of Rod Stewart's work though not keen on his 1980s period or his interpretation of the American Songbook. Apart from some of Barrett's songs and then in and around the Dark Side/Wish You Were Here periods and some of The Wall I don't get a lot of Floyd either. Tried to listen to Animals etc but just don't get it. I know Waters came up with the lyrics etc but for me post Barrett they always sound best because of Gilmour. I like his new album. His wife writes the lyrics now. There was a concert on I-Player as well as a documentary which I watched just a couple of weeks ago. Not sure if it is still there!

I am always finding 'new for me' artists too Dave. My wife is now seriously fed up with listening to Dr John over the past couple of weeks.


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Subject: RE: Old dogs with new tricks
From: Will Fly
Date: 27 Dec 15 - 04:53 AM

Whenever I'm on the lookout for something different, I go through my "folky" tune books and my printed sheet music archive (circa 5,000 songs and tunes from the 1880s onwards). There's always something to catch my ear there - it just takes time!


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Subject: RE: Old dogs with new tricks
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 27 Dec 15 - 06:12 AM

I spend a fair but of time chopping and splicing all manner of pop songs for our local dance teacher, to make them the right length, etc., for her choreography. It often involves listening to little sections over and over again in order to get the edits spot on. I must say, I'm staggered by the superb production standards of much of the music. I have yet to go as far as wanting to buy any of their albums, but most of my earworms are songs by the likes of Abba or Rhihanna, and I can "sing" "I Love It - I Don't Care" all the way through!


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Subject: RE: Old dogs with new tricks
From: GUEST,allan conn
Date: 27 Dec 15 - 11:07 AM

I can't read music Will so unfortunately sheet music is not much use to me apart from reading lyrics


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Subject: RE: Old dogs with new tricks
From: Gurney
Date: 27 Dec 15 - 02:15 PM

How odd. Both Dave's and my earlier posts were modified, but my misplaced apostrophe wasn't.

Will, I've been going through some of my traddy recordings from the 60s onwards, and Her Indoors may be right. Some of it IS "Music to slit your throat by."


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Subject: RE: Old dogs with new tricks
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 30 Dec 15 - 04:48 AM

I was once banned from playing Mirror Man by Captain Beefheart at home!


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Subject: RE: Old dogs with new tricks
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 30 Dec 15 - 05:10 AM

Can heartily recommend Scott Walker's recent work. His last album, Soused (2014) with Sunn O))) is a belter - it even has a sort-of Christmas song on it:

Scott Walker : Herod 2014

AND who isn't looking forward to David Bowie's new album??? Due January 8th (my wife's counting the days off on the calendar), reviews are good & we've had a goodly taster with the video for the title track:

David Bowie : Blackstar


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Subject: RE: Old dogs with new tricks
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 30 Dec 15 - 05:12 AM

I'm sorry, I'll post that again...

Scott Walker + Sunn O))) - Herod 2014


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Subject: RE: Old dogs with new tricks
From: GUEST,Musket
Date: 30 Dec 15 - 05:15 AM

Spooky, Dave. My old Mum took exception to my teenage practicing about the time I started learning Capt Beefheart's Smokin' Stones an' Beatle Bones...

I have always liked Rod Stewart, although the commercial disco smoochers were never my preferred listening. I reckon his "Reason to Believe" album is my personal favourite, especially his wonderful rendition of Dirty Old Town, although I can listen to his MTV Unplugged all day.

Pink Floyd spoke to me and that's not up for discussion! In fact the only album that I was disappointed in wasn't really theirs, but when Syd Barret left, he did an album which I wanted to like but couldn't. I reckon his brain was too fried by then. (He of course being the subject of Shine On You Crazy Diamond.)

I shall listen to both, I haven't yet.


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Subject: RE: Old dogs with new tricks
From: Will Fly
Date: 30 Dec 15 - 06:21 AM

GUEST, Allan Conn: I can't read music Will so unfortunately sheet music is not much use to me apart from reading lyrics

I'm not a great sight reader, Allan, and I never use music when I'm actually playing at a gig or at a session (preferring my ear), but it's a great help when wanting to get to serious grips with a tune. I'm glad I took the trouble to teach myself the rudiments all those years ago.


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