Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Kaleidoscope of Sound: A

Bill playing a lead
on his custom Gretsch

As a writer, I am all about words. For me, words have power, connecting us to others, as well as to our own selves. However, I am married to a guitarist, who thinks entirely different. You could say we make pretty good music together, though. We make a great team. 

This year for the A-Z Challenge, I posted a song based on lyrical merit. I shared my song list with Bill, asking for his suggestions. We both like the same music, artists, and songs, though there are variations in thoughts. He had entirely different ideas for most letters. 

Finally, I challenged him. I told him that if he came up with his own A-Z list of songs, I would post his list after I completed the A-Z Blog Challenge. He could choose any songs that he felt should be shared.

Many of you know Bill through my blogging. We have been married thirty-six years (on June 6). He is a wonderful, hard-working guy, who loves his family and home. But, there is more to Bill. He is also a very talented, creative guitar player. He can play any genre of music, including rock, blues, country, jazz, and even polkas. He understands music theory and can read music, as well as play by ear. Obviously, Bill sees and feels music differently than I do. 

Bill has met my A-Z Song Challenge. I will post one song from his list every day, from A-Z. Bill would like to hear your thoughts. Please comment; he will be happy to answer questions, too. So, I present to you…Bill and his "Kaleidoscope of Sound"! Take it away, Bill!

"Okay! Letter A. This is Willie at his best. Just close your eyes and listen..."

"All of Me"
Willie Nelson

30 comments:

  1. It would certainly be boring if all minds worked alike. I wish that everyone could be appreciative of one another's different abilities as you and Bill are with each other. It would be a much better world if people were more tolerant and accepting of each other's differences.

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  2. All Of Me is an old favorite of mine, one i used to even sing as a lullabye to my children, and Mr. Nelson brings a special touch. Thank you, Bill, for sharing your love of music here!

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    1. Bill said, "Mimi, I am glad you enjoyed this one!"

      Mimi, I also agree. I love this one! Hugs!

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  3. A good choice Bill, I'm sure Annie will take all of you. You're the apple of her eye and a good sport.
    Hugs, Julia

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    1. Bill said, "If you like this one, please listen to the entire Stardust album. It is Willie's best work. If I am the apple of Annie's eye, she does need those new glasses!" *wink*

      Thanks, Julia! BIG Hugs!

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    2. Hahaha, that's funny Bill.
      Big Hugs to both of you.
      Julia

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  4. I love this. I'm pretty good with words ... but there are certain experiences ... certain feelings ... that I just can't put into words. For that, music and art have helped me to articulate my feelings and move beyond them

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    1. Bill said, "I can appreciate not being able to articulate with words. Music gives me a great way to express myself."

      Thanks, MK!

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  5. You can tell Bill that I am seriously jealous of his Gretsch. That color is amazing. :)

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    1. Bill said, "The Gretsch is a 1960 Anniversary Gretsch, made in New York. I got it in 1975, in very bad shape. It sat for over 25 years. Piece by piece I put together the hardware. For our 20th anniversary, Annie told me to take it to a shop and get it done! So, there it is. I set it up to sound like Brian Setzer, but it sounds a lot like George Harrison with the early Beatles'...which isn't bad either!"

      Thanks, LaLa!

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    2. I bought a pristine 1969 Gibson SG, in '81, and in '89 it was knocked over and it cracked below the headstock. It's been sitting in the case since then waiting for to have enough money to have it fixed. I hope my son gets into a graduate program soon because it would be nice for once to be able to spend my own money. Ha!

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    3. That is sad! Bill has a 1972 Gibson SG. He also has a 1963 ES 125. That is his first guitar; his dad bought it for him. He has a couple of 12-strings, a bass, and a Telecaster, too.

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  6. Boogie on Bill! We're looking forward to the rest of the list. My Dad loves the guitar too and he used to play back in the day.

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    1. Bill said, "Glad you are enjoying this. I look forward to your comments!"

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  7. Great photo of Bill. This is a great idea to do an a-z of his choices. I have never heard this one.

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    1. Bill said, "If you like this song, listen to the Stardust album. It is from 1978. Golden."

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  8. I always love learning more about Bill! And love that shirt!

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    1. Bill enjoys sharing music. Hawaiian shirts are comfy and colourful for gigs. Thanks!

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  9. What a great photo of Bill, and it's so cool that he's sharing his A-Z list now! :)

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    1. Bill said, "Yeah...the picture catches me playing Wooly Bully! Simple, but lots of fun!"

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  10. It is amazing to me how many long-time singers are doing these old standards: Rod Stewart and Bob Dylan are as well. We went to see Bob Dylan a few months back. We'd never seen him in person, and I was really looking forward to seeing him. I actually do love hearing these old standards, but that is not why we went to see him. He sang one of his classics, and the reminder of the time he "crooned" old classics. Now that I have complained about that, Willie Nelson did this song beautifully, and I think Bill picked a winner. I am excited and looking forward to seeing his selections. This is such a great idea, Annie, to continue with the songs that speak to him. Sending lots of love, hugs and prayers, Janet

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    1. Bill said, "Stewart & Dylan have turned into Lounge Lizards and gotten away from what made them great. I address that with Stewart later. Willie did this in 1978, and it may be his best. Thanks!"

      Hugs, Janet!

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  11. I would love to hear ghim and play with him! I know the Gretsh very well but could only aspire to it. Chet Atkins had one. I have a Gibson. It's a f hole concert top. I have had that one since I was 11 years old. I learned to play going for lessons. I have a good ear for music so I read music but play by ear as well. My two brothers were excellent guitarists as well.

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    1. Bill said, "I agree. F-holes are quieter. Each guitar has its own strengths. I grew up playing music with my siblings, and it is just more fun to have someone to play music with!"

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    1. Thanks, Patty! We hope you enjoy this! xo

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  13. I have always loved this song. My parents played a lot of Willie Nelson when I was growing up, and so many of his songs just feel like they've been a part of my life forever.

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    1. Bill said, "Good songs stand the test of time."

      Thanks, Roby!

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