NPR

Listening to the lower half of the dial this afternoon. Some guy is interviewing a jazz pianist about harmony, and then they interview, and I am not making this up, an interior designer about harmony. WTF? How are these things at all similar aside from the attachment of that dual-meaning h-word? Then I found myself wondering what kind of person still finds the non-news portion of NPR relevant. If that person exists, I bet I wouldn’t like them.

Fink Ployed

I went to see some Pink Floyd tribute band tonight at the State. I was drawn like a moth to the promise of bright flashing lights and music that I knew all the words to. I suppose it was okay and a decent way to spend an evening. It wasn’t $17 okay, however. Of the 11 musicians that took the stage, I would say that 6 pass muster: the three backup singers, one of the keyboard players, the sax guy, and the drums. Here is what is wrong with the rest:

  • I am better than the lead guitarist. Moreover, it really irks me when guitarists use that method of vibrato where they grab the neck tightly like they are trying to strangle it, then they move their fingers back and forth along the string instead of bending the string. For me that is the tell-tale mark of a novice guitarist as it produces almost no vibrato on a fretted instrument and it also looks really dumb. Hey I even read an interview of David Gilmour once who said he hates when guitarists shake their fingers as fast as possible instead of making a smooth, easy vibrato.
  • The singer was merely okay. He didn’t quite have the voice of Roger Waters (and I thought I would never say that of anyone).
  • The rhythm guitarist sucked, but that’s expected of rhythm guitarists.
  • The bass player did fine most of the time, but sometimes his attacks were jarring. Passages that are legato in the original sometimes came out staccato which made me want to hurl an audience member at him, perhaps one of the couple that was sucking face right in front of me the whole time.
  • One of the keyboardists, the one who played on Time, ironically had no notion of time. And many of his samples just sounded wrong.

Also the band wasn’t as tight as they should’ve been. If we had the good keyboardist and the backup singers, Soundriver could definitely take them.

A new theory of everything…

Sometimes I think an increase in irony is just as inevitable as entropy in this universe. That might explain the force that causes me to buy Chick Corea, A Tribute to Bud Powell, together with Dr Dre, The Chronic.