Jimmy Page, 70? WTH!

jimmy-page-3How can legendary Zeppelin Guitarist, Jimmy Page, be 70???????

Better than the alternative!

Happy birthday to one of the truly great and innovative guitarists of the rock generation! Here’s to many many more!

Happy Birthday Tony Gwynn, “Mr. Padre”

Wishing Tony Gwynn a happy birthday today.

You may ask why a baseball player is being featured on a music website…

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Visit Tony and Wife Alicia’s Foundation!

If you follow this blog you probably know I am a huge sports fan. Growing up watching the San Diego Padres, was/is not much to root, cheer, (insert verb) for!

But in 1982 along came Tony Gwynn. As a kid you watch and cheer for your favorites. But over the years of following the team there was a ‘Tony Gwynn’ work ethic that was always discussed.

Tony was a tireless worker at his craft…hitting a baseball. He spent hours and hours watching film, studying the game and working on his game. That made a huge impression on me growing up.

It made me want to work that hard at guitar and I began to listen to guitarists who had that same work ethic. The guys who put in HOURS & HOURS day in and day out playing guitar.

Not only that he was and is a loyal citizen of America’s Finest City, San Diego! My hometown!

So that said Tony was a huge influence on me personally and professionally and that is why he is being a wished a happy birthday from me.

Thanks Tony and Happy Birthday!

Willie Nelson 80 Years Old Today, Happy Birthday!

Willie NelsonGrowing up a rocker I never had much interest in country music or Willie Nelson. In 2002 a movie called, “The Rookie,” was released. Dennis Quaid starred as an aging high school baseball coach who, egged on by his students, tried out for the big leagues and made it all the to MLBs Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Good family movie and a true story.

The movie is centered in the American Heartland and I remember hearing, “City of New Orleans,” a Willie Nelson song on the soundtrack.

That is when it hit me…the intrigue and value of Willie Nelson…he is a true piece of Americana… The more I listened to his music the more I became a fan. The musicianship is there too. The guy is an American Legend and a great musician! I even went to see Willie live…great show!! He tours constantly and I highly suggest you see him. If you are not a fan of the music go just to see what it is all about, cause there will never be another like him again. Don’t miss your chance to take part in Willie’s legacy while he is still gracing our planet!!!

80 years old! Life is definitely too short.

Happy Birthday Willie….here’s to many more!

Happy Birthday Eric Clapton, 68

Young ClaptonHappy birthday to guitar man Eric Clapton, 68 today!

What is your favorite Clapton song? Are you a Cream fan, Derek & the Dominos, late to the party and love songs like “Tears in Heaven?”

I would have to say one of my all time favorite Clapton songs isn’t even a Clapton song. It’s the Beatles, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” Yep, for those of you who did not know EC is the axe man on that incredible slide guitar solo.

The first song I ever knew by Clapton was, “Lay Down Sally,” so that is what I included here.

Enjoy!

Ozzy is 64

So weird to see all these rockers getting in there 60’s & 70’s, but it beats the alternative.

Happy birthday to Ozzy!!! I wanna know where you get one of these cakes??

Photo: 110yrs of Gibson!!!!

Happy Birthday Joe Walsh, 65, Life’s Been Good

I remember being a little kid listening to Joe Walsh’s, “Life’s Been Good.” It was the coolest song ever at the time. Cool guitar riffs(yes I was hooked on guitar even as a kid) and funny lyrics. I have mentioned before in my blogs that I am not much of lyrics guy, but, c’mon what little kid doesn’t laugh with their friends over lines like, ‘I have a mansion forget the price …Ain’t never been there they tell me it’s nice.’  Actually, the tune has held its own for 34 years now….so it wasn’t just for kids.

I will always think of Joe Walsh, as mentioned above, as a combination of iconic rock guitar riffs and a silly side, including some of his performance faces…he took the ‘guitar face’ to new heights. To me he is the redeeming musician in the Eagles. His stylistic rock licks lifted the Eagles from country band to Rock Supergroup status. His mark is most notably etched on tunes like Life in the Fast Lane, The Long Run, In the City and his shared guitar work on the epic Hotel California solo.

Joe’s been at his career for just under 50 years now. He has achieved legendary success as a member of The James Gang, The Eagles and his solo gig.

Here is to Life ‘Being’ Good for years to come…keep rocking Joe!