Tuesday, June 9, 2009

anything goes

Now I need to take a piece of wood and make it sound like the railroad track, but I also had to make it beautiful and lovable so that a person playing it would think of it in terms of his mistress, a bartender, his wife, a good psychiatrist - whatever.
Les Paul (born Lester William Polfuss on June 9, 1915) musician, songwriter, inventor

in addition to guitar hero les paul 94th birthday, today is also the anniversary of the birth of the cole porter (1891–1964). les and cole were both ahead of their time.

I'm kicking myself for not going to a les paul salute concert last november which was part of the american music masters series. in fact, the only one of the american music masters series concerts I attended was the one in 2003 in honor of buddy holly. we went to that only because bud jimmie dale gilmore, was among the musical guests paying/playing homage to buddy. since I'm living in cleveland, I really need to make a point of going to these shows. another instance of missing out on special things happening right under one's own nose! none of you guys are guilty of that, right?

enjoy the vid, I think it's a kick in the pants! speaking of kicks here's another song of cole's that I get a kick out of!

photo: inside ithaca guitar works, may 2008


John Hayes said...

Fun post! Great clips with "Anything Goes," & that guitar store pic is some serious eye candy!

Roy said...

Oh dear, all those guitars in one place! Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my keyboard.

And Les Paul is The Man! Best guitar ever made, and the man himself is no slouch on that thing. Ever heard the two albums he did with Chet Atkins? Or his work with Jeff Beck? Amazing!

willow said...

Always love a Cole Porter song!

mum said...

oy oy oy so many great links, so little time! I'll be back for the concerts but thought Cole Porter being born in Peru Indiana was a hoot.

Les Paul? Deep, deep bow.

cheers to Cleveland.

Anonymous said...

Niiiice! The "Anything Goes" vid, well put to-gether. And had a server glitch, but finally got the Frankie vid to load :)Great tribute to two wonderful talents, kimy. You really rock!

tangobaby said...

Such a great song and I loved the video. I had a great time identifying my favorite stars and how many of those movies I've actually seen. Great fun.

Came here from our friend Adam's blog.


Ronda Laveen said...

Very interesting photo. So much to look at. I love Les Paul. He rocks!!

rosedale's 4 head said...

i'm a Hammond B3 organ girl (my adopted father--who is a master), but these pieces just make me want to rock the hec out and get it on...! i'm thinking chuck berry...axle rose... EH?

Merle Sneed said...

Great montage of old movie greats and Frank's great voice. Super!

Candie Bracci said...

Yeah guitar!!!!!