Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Heads Up For January.

A few months back, I contributed some guitar tracks to the super new Mystics Anonymous album, Dreaming For Hours. It's slated for release in January, and there is going to be a very cool double release party on the 10th of said month for it and the equally great new album from the band Frost Heaves, called Contrariwise.

Image courtesy Mystics Anonymous and Frost Heaves. Click to embiggen.

The show's going to be at the historic Shea Theater in Turners Falls, Massachusetts. Here, CLICK THIS to learn more about the event without me blatting on about it. But do check it out, and yes, I'm posting about this here partly because I'm very likely to make a guest appearance. But really, you should go anyway. This is good stuff.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Armistice Song.

Image courtesy of The Guardian

In honor of the day, I've posted Armistice Song from the Wednesday Child album over on Bandcamp. (NOTE: This has since been removed.) Here are the lyrics in case you'd prefer a silent remembrance.

We were under the gun
But now the fighting's done
And it's all tea and cakes in the noonday sun
Everywhere we went
Every day was spent
Bending our backs until our backs were bent

Fill in the trenches, boys
Let’s fill ‘em all in again.
Let's fill in the trenches, boys
Let’s fill ‘em all in again.

We are all doing well

In our corner of Hell
And there is no sweeter sound than an armistice bell
Some have gone to town

And some are six feet down
Pushing up poppies in this Flanders ground

Fill in the trenches, boys...

We were not ones to quit

And I did my bit

But I wonder if any good is gonna come of it
When I'm old and grey

And I pass away

Will you visit my grave on Remembrance Day?

Fill in the trenches, boys...

© 2010 Rick Murnane • Buttonshop Music (ASCAP)

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Guitar Geek.

I've had this Gibson SG for nine years now, and it's a wonderful guitar, lightweight and versatile. It can go from jazz tones straight through chimey jangle and on into the crunch of heavier rock with ease.

I recently had occasion to do some regular maintenance on it, and while I was doing so, I lowered the neck pickup's height so that it had the same apparent output as the bridge pickup (the neck had always been a bit louder). This cleaned up the tone of the neck pup, and it now has an even more pleasing clarity than ever before.

I'll be playing this guitar at Mocha Maya's on Sunday, along with my parlor acoustic, if you'd like to hear what it sounds like.