folk and blues music

The Zodiac Signs as Music Genres

Aries: Dubstep

Taurus: Jazz

Gemini: Hip hop/rap

Cancer: Blues

Leo: Pop

Virgo: Country

Libra: Folk

Scorpio: Electro

Sagittarius: Alternative Rock

Capricorn: Orchestra

Aquarius: Psychedelic

Pisces: Disco

Being a violinist

PROS:
•good finger dexterity

•tiny fingers

•toned arms (especially if you play fiddle music like damn)

•beautiful instrument

•you’re automatically smart if you play the violin. don’t ask why. it’s apparently a stereotype. just go with it.

•kids love you regardless. play something they recognize and they will love you.

•backpack cases

•you develop good hand-eye coordination and enhanced muscle memory

•covers sound 10000000x better when they’re played on violin. 100% confirmed by scientists.

•you get gigs VERY often when you’re for hire (seriously when did people get so demanding for violinists/fiddlers?)

•jam sessions!!!

•dexterity in fingers = 👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼

•music stores are your best friend

•electric violins are BAD ASS.

•violins are so diverse. they can be in jazz, bluegrass, classical, blues, swing, folk, gypsy, burlesque, ragtime, and basically every style of music.

•good vibrato sounds like heaven

•just basically a fun instrument to play. seriously.


CONS:
•calluses. calluses. calluses.

•HICKEYS. Hickeys. Yes they are a thing, don’t look at me like that.

•*shoulder rest decides to fly out from instrument while playing*

•backache. arm ache. backache. fingers are sore. neck is sore. everything hurts.

•"Can you play Beethoven?“

•don’t even bother going anywhere with customs. they’ll hold you back because your instrument case looks "suspicious”.

•*bridge decides to snap out from under strings while practicing*

•"Can you play Devil Went Down to Georgia?“

•no matter how hard you try to make that fourth octave C sound pretty, it’s still going to sound like you stuck a fork up a baby bird’s ass.

•"can you teach me how to play it?”

•doesn’t matter if you rosin your bow; slurring to the open E string will make a godawful squeaking noise.

•"I promise I won’t break it"

•watching movies/TV with a violinist makes you cringe because it’s obvious they’re not a real violinist. (seriously, when they’re playing whole note open G they’re playing eighth notes on the E string. what the fuck.)

•"I thought violin and fiddle were two different instruments!“

•that song may sound cool, but don’t bother learning it when it’s in the key of C#.

•up bow. down bow. down bow. up bow. down bow. up bow. down bow. Wait, fuck. *erase*

•"no, I did not slaughter a horse to make my own violin bow.”

•that soreness in your wrist is from your countless attempts to perfect that vibrato. oops.

•tuner? check. shoulder rest? check. mute? check. rosin? check. bows? check. instrument in tune? check. sheet music? check. Advil? yes.

•you’re automatically a stuck-up snob if you play violin. that’s also a stereotype. don’t ask why. I have no idea.

•when your string breaks, it’s the equivalent to having your life flash before your eyes.

•electric violins and their equipment are worth your entire bank account. js.

•"play this song! right now!“

•*bow hits microphone stand*

•"sorry, I couldn’t hear you since my instrument is always in my ear.”

•everything hurts.

CHRIST STOPPED IN DIXIE || [PLAYMOSS] [SPOTIFY]

Later he saw Jesus move from tree to tree in the back of his mind, a wild ragged figure motioning him to turn around and come off into the dark where he might be walking on the water and not know it and then suddenly know it and drown. 

- Flannery O’Connor, Wise Blood

Blood on my Name  |  The Brothers Bright   
Saint Elizabeth  |  Kaia Kater
Don’t Go into the Barn  |  Tom Waits
Oh Death  |  Rising Appalachia 
God’s Gonna Cut You Down  |  Johnny Cash
Old Time Religion  |  Parker Millsap 
Pretty Polly  |  Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn 
Devil Got My Woman  |  Skip James  
Way Down Hadestown  |  Anaïs Mitchell  
Nothing but the Water (I)  | Grace Potter & the Nocturnals  
Freedom Hangs like Heaven  |  Iron & Wine  
Red Right Hand  |  Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds  
Black Ghost Blues  |  Lightnin’ Hopkins  
Human  |  Rag n’ Bone Man

Billy Bragg On Skiffle, The Movement That Brought Guitar To British Radio

It’s hard to believe, but before the 1950s, guitars were rarely heard in British music. Billy Bragg says the first guitars to hit the British pop scene came as a part of skiffle, a musical movement inspired by African-American roots musicians.

Bragg, who’s written a book on skiffle called Roots, Radicals And Rockers, describes the genre as “a bunch of British school boys in the mid-‘50s playing Lead Belly’s repertoire… on acoustic guitars.”

One of the most pivotal performances was Lonnie Donegan’s 1954 cover of Lead Belly’s “Rock Island Line,” which Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin later described as a song that changed his life. But Bragg notes that the entire genre was transformative in that it opened the door for The Beatles, Van Morrison and other Brit rock bands that followed.

The House of the Rising Sun
The Animals
The House of the Rising Sun

5.18.2014

The House Of The Rising Sun by The Animals

Legend has it that 50 years ago today The Animals recorded their legendary cover of the English folk piece “The House of the Rising Sun”

A note on the album. I believe on The Animals’s American debut album (shown above) the song is shorter. I’m posting the long version which was introduced in later compilation albums
If The Sun Rises In The Morning
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If The Sun Rises In The Morning

If the sun rises in the morning,
Don’t wake me up, don’t wake me up
‘Cause I’ve been working through the darkest hours,
Tending all those orphaned fires,
So if the sun comes up tomorrow 
Don’t wake me up

I’ve been tearing down walls
I’ve been building a harbor
I’ve been waiting for the night to answer me
There’s been no rest at all
No moment of shelter
Just the moon and I in the darkness, singing

If the sun rises in the morning
Don’t wake me up, don’t wake me up
‘Cause I’ve been working through the darkest hours,
Tending all those orphaned fires, 
So if the sun comes up tomorrow,
Don’t wake me up.

And I’ve been burying bones,
I’ve been swallowing sorrow,
And I’ve been trying not to close my eyes.
Keep on breaking those stones,
Don’t save the work for tomorrow
Because God only knows what waits on the other side

If the sun rises in the morning
Don’t wake me up, don’t wake me up
‘Cause I’ve been working through the darkest hours,
Tending all those orphaned fires,
So if the sun still comes up tomorrow, 
Don’t wake me up.

Darling, if the sun comes up tomorrow,
Don’t wake me up.

Girl From The North Country
Bob Dylan
Girl From The North Country

I’m a-wonderin’ if she remembers me at all
Many times I’ve often prayed
In the darkness of my night
In the brightness of my day

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Bob Dylan - Ballad of Hollis Brown (1963)(TV Appearance)

I’ve always maintained that Zeppelin was the spaces between us. Bonzo was into soul music and Motown ballads; I was into jazz and classical music; Jimmy was into rockabilly, blues, and folk; and Robert was into blues and Elvis Presley. None of us had the same record collection. Nobody on the outside of the band could understand this.
—  John Paul Jones, quoted in Brad Tolinski, Light and Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page