dreadnought guitar

anonymous asked:

Hi! Why do u think harry said SOTT was the most literal song on the album when literally sweet creature is?....

This is purely my opinion, but I actually don’t think of either song as very literal. 

I will use this video to discuss Sweet Creatures:

Information about the song:

Produced By: Tyler Johnson, Kid Harpoon, Alex Salibian, Jeff Bhasker
Written By: Thomas Hull, Harry Styles
Release Date: May 2, 2017
Recorded At: Jeff Bhasker’s Home Studio, Geejam Hotel Recording Studio
Executive Produced By: Jeff Bhasker
Label: Erskine Records distributed by Columbia Records

Sign of the Times was a song containing apocalyptic, eschatological symbols describing a separation and an impossible escape. 

In his Rolling Stone interview, the song was described as a mother’s parting words to her newborn:

“Most of the stuff that hurts me about what’s going on at the moment is not politics, it’s fundamentals,” Styles says. “Equal rights. For everyone, all races, sexes, everything. …  'Sign of the Times’ came from ‘This isn’t the first time we’ve been in a hard time, and it’s not going to be the last time.’ The song is written from a point of view as if a mother was giving birth to a child and there’s a complication. The mother is told, ‘The child is fine, but you’re not going to make it.’ The mother has five minutes to tell the child, ‘Go forth and conquer.’”

Perhaps there were lyrics that were literal in Harry’s biography. We’ll never know which ones they are. I think the same applies for Sweet Creature. Is it autobiographical? Maybe. I can only discuss what the song says and how it chooses to say it. 

I think the title of a song is always very telling. If I Could Fly is about a melancholic yearning, even though the refrain is “for your eyes only.”

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Red hair and black leather, my favourite colour scheme 

1997/98 Rickenbacker 360, turquoise-glo*

I love the incredible red-ish rosewood that only Ric seems to use.  No other (mass production) guitar companies (that I am aware of) seem to ever use any rosewood anywhere near this colour.  WTF?  Why are Ricky fretboards so red?!?  I love them…but WHY are the they only ones that look like this?!?

* The real name for this colour is just plain old “turquoise”, but that isn’t “Ric” enough for me.  So I took it upon myself to Rick-ify the name in the tradition of their well known finishes like “mapleglo” (natural), “fireglo” (sunburst) and “jetglo” (black).  See how much more fun everything is when you stick a “glo” at the end?  So, “turquoise-glo” it shall be for evermore.

PS: here’s a video that will help put the first line above in context..it’s not Richard Thompson himself performing it, but these guys do a great bluegrass-y cover version of Thompson’s incredible song “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”.  Dig it!

Pricefield Fic: Play Me Something Max

A/N: IF YOU DIDN’T THINK MY FICS COULD GET ANY FLUFFIER THEN YOU THOUGHT WRONG. I WAS A MESS AFTER I SAW THE TRAILER SO I NEEDED TO WRITE SOME COMPLETELY POINTLESS FLUFF. HERE’S THIS TRASH BYE.

(No Read More break cuz I’m on mobile & sorry if there are any typos as well)

“You know I actually know how to play guitar.” I said to Chloe.

“What? That’s hella cool Max! Where’s your guitar?” Chloe said with excitement.

“It’s in my closet, but-”

“PLAY ME SOMETHING MAX!”

“Nooo, I’m so comfortable right now Chlo.”

Which was true, I liked this position: laying on the couch, my head on her chest, listening to her steady, calming heartbeat; her fingers playing with my hair, our legs intertwining. It was heaven.

“C'mon Maxi Pad, pleaseee” She said, whilst giving me her pouty face & puppy dog eyes.

Goddamnit, I’m such a sucker for her baby blues.

“Fineee.” I said as I got up and searched for my guitar.

“Hella yes!” The bluenette said with a bright smile.

I opened my closet door, and there it was in the left corner: my Vintage Sunburst Dreadnought Guitar.
I had asked for one when I was 10, because I really wanted to play an instrument; I thought it would make me cool.

Oh, young naïve Max, you’re still a dweeb no matter what instrument you play.

I carried it and layed it on the couch. I strummed it with the guitar pick.

Thank god I had tuned it yesterday.

I sat with the guitar in playing position, pondering on which song to play.

I felt Chloe’s gaze from here, and immediately felt my face heat up.

“Um, so I don’t know what song to play.” I said awkwardly.

“You can just play chords or whatever, play anything, I know it’s going to sound hella awesome either way.” she said excitedly.

“Okay…”

I started playing some strumming patterns with a few chords, at first I was self-conscious, but then I felt myself get lost in the music. I did that for a few minutes and stopped because I felt Chloe leaving a trail of soft kisses on my neck. I giggled and let go of my guitar.

The bluenette took the opportunity and led herself to be on top of me.

“What are you doing?” I tried my best to say in between fits of giggles.

“You. look. so. cute. and. hot. while. playing” She said, in between neck kisses, I felt her smile on my neck.

After a while, she stopped and looked at me. Her hands on either side of me; all I could see was Chloe’s face and body on top of me.

I felt myself blush in embarassment. I instinctly averted my eyes from hers.

“You’re so beautiful.” She said dazedly, her face hinting at a blush.

“Are you looking in a mirror?” I replied slyly.

Chloe chuckled, her eyes squinting as she did so.

“Nerd.” She said, placing a soft kiss on my lips.

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More goodies from my cousin’s collection…including his newly-acquired 1966 Gibson ES125TDC.

  1. 1966 Gibson ES-125TDC.  "T" for “Thinline”, “D” for “Double Pickups”, and “C” for “Cutaway”.
  2. 2000-and-something Gibson ES-335 (satin finish)
  3. 2001 ES-135
  4. 2001 ES-135.  The colour on this guitar makes me weep with joy.
  5. 2012 Epiphone Emperor Swingster (aka “sphincter”)
  6. 1972-ish Gibson ES-325 in that glorious early 70s “walnut” finish.  (it’s pretty much identical to the one that guy in that band uses…or “used” I guess…he smashed it a couple of times.  The first time I know Gibson was able to repair it…the second time I am not sure.  Kings of Leon? Maybe?  Anyway, ES-325 abuse MUST be put to an end.  This is the 21st Century people.  We DO NOT abuse our vintage guitars in this century!
  7. 1974 Larrivée Dreadnought.  SO OLD that it was actually made in Toronto (the company moved out west to Victoria in the late 70s and then finally to Vancouver where they still are to this day. 
  8. “10 apart”
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As Samuel Taylor Coleridge once opined in the celebrated poem “Rime of the Ancient Guitar Player”:

Guitars guitars everywhere, and nor any amp to play!

Note: his second name was Taylor.  Other than being a major opium addict and reasonably good poet, he was also one hell of an acoustic guitar designer/builder!  

To business: 12th Fret, Toronto:

  1. 1976 Gibson Explorer
  2. 50s or 60s Martin dreadnought on the left.  A few back is an amazing “Kalamazoo” 12 fret guitar, made by Gibson in the 1930s
  3. I know very little about EBMM. but I must say I really dig the Armada design.
  4. For some reason there seems to be a news truck exploding out the side of the City TV studios in downtown Toronto!
  5. If I had more cash and was able to try out a bunch of different guitars without having to prioritize, I would LOVE to get my hands on a Larrivée RS4.  I usually dislike when companies who build the best acoustic guitars try and put out an electric.  They always try to be all distinctive and whatnot, and the results, from a purely aesthetic point of view (IMO of course) tend to be disastrous!  Take a look at a Taylor T3/T5, or any Ovation electric (I’d make an exception for a 1960s Martin electric, but not because I like its design but becasue it’s such an oddball it’s actually cool!), but I really like the RS2/4 - they made an electric guitar that actually LOOKS like an electric guitar!  Sadly, though it will probably never come to fruition as I have a LOT more to get to on my prioritized guitar-acquisition list before I get to “RS4”…  :\
  6. BILLY BO JUPITER!

PS:

Albatross!  

What flavour is it?  

It’s a bird, innit? It’s a bloody sea bird . .. it’s not any bloody flavour. Albatross!