Vince Gill on the Jake Bartley Band Album – LISTEN

Vince GillVince Gill on the Jake Bartley Band Album – LISTEN.   Vince Gill is playing the Peace Center tomorrow, Sept. 26, 2018, Vince Gil can also be heard on the debut Jake Bartley Band album. To preorder and take a listen, just follow the link.  Feel free to Stream it all night on silent, we love the streams.Jake Bartley Band

Greenwood is proud of Jake and the Gang!

Wok this way

American music has been influenced by many cultures. Like America itself, it is a melting pot of sorts. There’s the British Invasion, lots of lyrics from the land down under, and the rock of Gibraltar. But one culture which has supplied us with numerous musical influences, without receiving due credit, is the Orient. In addition to the obvious, like China Grove, Wang Chung, and I think I’m turning Japanese, there are many lesser known influences. Here’s just a few.

Jailhouse Wok – Elvis Pressley

Sushi and the Banshees

Chop Stick at Budokan

but perhaps the most overlooked oriental influence is the Mariah Carey song –  Ken Lee.

See if you agree:

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Do something nice for yourself today

Mondays can be tough. They often mean a long wait until the next weekend, hard work, less time with those you love,  and a bunch of other challenges. Bob Geldof and the Boomtown Rats immortalized an infamous Bloody Monday back in ’79 when a young girl shot up an elementary school because according to her, “I don’t like Mondays.” Perhaps this tragedy can be a reminder that we all need to take it easy every now and then, reward ourselves, focus on the positive, relax and listen to some good music . . . . like this.

Thanks Michelle for reminding me about this most excellent song.

Billy Joel and Elton John: Face to Face

Note:  My son made this video, and we edited it together. The first few frames are a bit shaky, but it settles quickly. I think you’ll enjoy it.

The years have been good to the piano men.

Sir Elton Hercules John  (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is an English singer-songwriter, composer and pianist. In his four-decade career, John has been one of the dominant forces in rock and popular music, especially during the 1970s. He has sold over 200 million records, making him one of the most successful artists of all time. He has more than 50 Top 40 hits including seven consecutive No. 1 U.S. albums, 56 Top 40 singles, 16 Top 10, four No. 2 hits, and nine No. 1 hits. He has won five Grammy awards and one Academy Award


William Martin “Billy” Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American rock musician, singer-songwriter, and classical composer. He released his first hit song, “Piano Man”, in 1973. According to the RIAA, Billy Joel is the sixth best-selling recording artist in the United States. Joel had Top 10 hits in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s and has 33 Top 40 hits in the United States overall. He is also a six-time Grammy Award winner, a 23-time Grammy nominee and has sold in excess of 150 million albums worldwide. He was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame (Class of 1992), and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Class of 1999).


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Read my guest post at What Does This Song Mean To Me and You.


 Read my guest post at What Doest This Song Mean To Me and You.


Remembering Bloody Sunday

Moving forward requires learning from the mistakes of the past.  Or as poet and philosopher George Santayana stated, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

March 7, 1965 was bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama.

On February 18, 1965, an Alabama State Trooper, Corporal James Bonard Fowler, shot Jimmie Lee Jackson as he trieBloody Sunday - March 7, 1965: Police await demonstratorsd to protect his mother and grandfather in a café to which they had fled while being attacked by troopers during a nighttime civil rights demonstration in Marion, county seat of Perry County. Jackson died eight days later, of an infection resulting from the gunshot wound, at Selma’s Good Samaritan Hospital.

In response, James Bevel (Director of Direct Action and Nonviolent Education) called for a march from Selma-to-Montgomery, which occurred on March 7, 1965 when 525 to 600 civil rights marchers headed east out of Selma on U.S. Highway 80.

The March to Montgomery had a significant impact on public opinion. Within five months of the third march, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 on August 6th at a ceremony attended by many civil rights leaders and activists, including Amelia Boynton of Selma. This act prohibited most of the unfair practices used to prevent blacks from registering to vote, and provided for federal registrars to go to Alabama and other states with a history of voting-related discrimination to ensure that the law was implemented. In 1960, there were only 53,336 black voters in Alabama, by 1990 this number had risen to 537,285. In Selma, with more than 7,000 blacks added to the voting rolls Sheriff Jim Clark was voted out of office in 1966 (he later served a prison sentence for drug-smuggling). (MORE)

In March 18 yrs later U2 released Sunday Bloody Sunday about another Bloody Sunday.




 Give Peace a Chance!

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This is how I kick start my Christmas spirit.

T minus 35 days and counting . . .

Call me sentimental, but I love holiday traditions.

And seeing TSO each year has become a holiday tradition for my boys and me.  Tonight we watched Trans Siberian Orchestra videos on YouTube for about an hour in preparation for our next TSO roadtrip/pilgrimage extravaganza next week. Thus beginning, at least in my family, the official start of glad tiding (aren’t all tidings glad?) and yule cheer (or Ya’ll cheer – here in SC).

The video below was the choice my boys made for me to post here. So here’s their gift to you.

If you’d like, share your traditional kickoff for the holiday season.  Unless you tell me otherwise, I’ll post them along with your web url below. By the way, I know some say happy holidays, but I prefer Merry Christmas. And this time of year, when somebody wishes me a Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, or Happy Ramadan, I wish them a Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, or Happy Ramadan right back.

Boston still Rocks!

Boston Rocked the Bilo Center in Greenville, SC last night. Tommy Decarlo was magnificient. Listen for yourself HERE. There was no denying his vocal prowess. Decarlo fit right in as he belted out Boston classics in true Delp-like fashion. Accompanied on vocals by former frontman for heavy metal Christian rock ban Stryper Michael Sweet, the show was a rock and roll party from start to finish. Check out the Sweet/Decarlo version of Amanda below.  Tom Sholtz, the mastermind of Boston and the only original member on this year’s tour, looked and played surprizingly like the 30 year old  rocker I saw 31 years ago just 30 miles north of last nights venue. Gary Phil was as awesome on guitar as he was instumental in pulling off a great stage production. Scholtz gives high praise to Phil for pulling much of the techy stuff together that Boston is famous for. Jeff Neal didn’t miss a beat on drums. As a drummer myself for 30 years, I feel qualified to say Neal was simply perfect. Beautiful Kimberly Dahme backed up the boys on bass and vocals; she proved to be a nice addition as well.

While I know all the lyrics to all of Boston’s tunes, I had only seen Boston one other time – in 1976 in Spartanburg SC. Thirty two years later the band has celebrated many successes (such as holding the record for best selling debut album with 17 million) and they’ve seen many challenges, the most difficult has been the loss last year of lead singer Brad Delp last year. 

A die-hard Boston fan,  I must admit I didn’t expect to be blown away because of a few less than stellar reviews. I’m pleased to report that not all reviewers know what they’re talking about. Those few who criticised the new line up were simply wrong. The fans last night, from 9 to 69 years young were on their feet, singing and dancing with cell phones a’swaying. Boston delivered on their promise: “Come on let us give your mind a ride.” While I’m a little saddened because I don’t know when the band out of Boston will tour again. They take infamously long rests between tours. One fact remains: Turn on any classic rock radio station and wait 40 minutes. You’ll hear the DJ say, “Comin up this hour another hit from Boston.”

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Mr. Jaws brings back memories

Mr. Jaws by Dickie Goodman was a novelty track made up of a sampling of popular tunes back in 1975. Goodman used snipets of popular songs to accomplish a muscial interview with a shark. The song brings back memories for me of fun in the sun on my first trip to Myrtle Beach, SC and an up-close and personal encounter with some sharks.

“You shouldn’t have seen that new Jaws movie,” my mom told me. “Now go back in the ocean and have fun.” What my mom was responding to was my cries that I just saw a group of sharks swimming pretty darn close to where I was riding the waves. 

It took my mom less than five minutes to convince me that I was just letting my imagination get the better of me. 

“You’re right,” I said as I waded back into the ocean, a little embarrassed by my immaturity. I was 12 at the time, and I had just seen the movie Jaws the week before. If I remember correctly, it had taken me a few days just to get back in the bathtub after that movie. I saw sharks everywhere; there were even a couple under my bed.

No sooner was I was back in my wave-riding position, when a lifeguard hopped off his stand blowing his whistle. He was waving frantically for us to come in. Then I noticed about five dorsal fins between me and the shore.  I realized I couldn’t go forward, and I didn’t dare go backward, so I stood there. The lifeguard pushed his white, wooden boat through the breakers; then he began to paddle out to where I was. There was an elderly couple out deeper than me.

Being that I was a boyscout at the time, chock full of courtesy, kindness, bravery, reverence and all the rest, I recall hoping with all my might that he would pick me up first.  But for the longest 3 minutes of my life, I watched as the lifeguard paddled right past me.

What I remember next must be an exaggeration of the facts because I clearly remember walking on water. As soon as I finished watching in disbelief as the lifeguard nearly ran me over, I realized the fins had temporarily vanished.

All I can remember next was seeing my mom’s shocked expression as I shot through the water like a torpedo.

A little while later, maybe 30 minutes or so, I noticed a few policeman running down the dock just beside where we had been swimming.  I later found out a couple of neanderthals had been fishing for sharks with pot roast soaked in blood.

Needless to say dumb and dumber got to spend the night in jail. I, on the other hand, got as much pizza as I could eat from my mom – plus the Eagles’ brand new album “One Of These Nights.”

Whenever I hear Mr. Jaws by Dickie Goddman, it brings me back to my first trip to Myrtle Beach . . . especially tonight just a few hours before I leave to take my 12 and 10 year old sons to Myrtle Beach – 33 years after my close encounter with Mr. Jaws.

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Word in music

Some don’t say a word;  some don’t believe a word.


Some spread the word; some must have the last word.


Some learn by word of God; some learn by word of mouth.


Some live for more than words; some live for dying words.


Some say “Word Up“; some say no more words.



— Rob’s Megaphone

“Signs” by the Five Man Electric Band

After the video, check out my tribute to

Silly Signs

“Signs” by the Five Man Electrical Band.

NYC Benefit Concert: The Who’s Musical Milestone

The Concert for New York City was a benefit concert, featuring many famous musicians, that took place on October 20, 2001 at Madison Square Garden in New York City in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks. Most of the attendees were families and fellow members of the New York Fire Department and New York Police Department, honoring those lost in the attacks and those who had worked in the ongoing rescue and recovery efforts in the weeks since then . . . Musically, the audience responded most fervently to The Who, roaring as they came on stage with a roiling “Who Are You”, drowning out the band on the famous “It’s only teenage wasteland” refrain of “Baba O’Riley”, and reaching a peak of excitement with a stunning rendition of “Won’t Get Fooled Again”. . . . In 2004 Rolling Stone magazine selected this concert, along with the earlier America: A Tribute to Heroes telethon, as one of the 50 moments that changed rock and roll. It was also voted the #4 greatest moment in the history of Madison Square Garden(Wikipedia).

Personal reflection: I remember watching the benefit concert on vh1. It was an electric experience. I remember waiting for the song “Won’t get fooled again,” and its famous drum crescendo followed by Roger’s  long scream (seven minutes and 40 seconds into the song). He can still hit the notes four decades into his career.  I’d rate this: my most memorable music experience.

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Funniest SNL bit, ever!!!! The only prescription is more cowbell!

This is one of my favorites.

Brand new video snippet from Hawk Nelson

“Friends Like That” is the first video release from the “Hawk Nelson Is My Friend” cd set to be released on April 1, 2008.  For the rest of the video click here.

In addition to a large Christian rock fan base, this pop, punk band from Ontario has also achieved mainstream success. They portrayed The Who on an episode of the NBC drama American Dreams, and they recorded the song “Bring ‘Em Out” for the 2005 motion picture Yours, Mine, and Ours. This song and another hit song “The Show” were used on Sunday Night Football comercials. “Things We Go Through” from Letters to the President was also featured in Yours, Mine, and Ours.

Hawk Nelson Is My Friend” was co-written by Trevor McNevan (Thousand Foot Krutch), along with a few others. The boys just kicked off their headlining Green T Tour, which also features Capital Lights and Run Kid Run.

 Hawk Nelson is Jason Dunn – lead vocals, piano (2003-present) . Dunn was born in Peterborough, Ontario, and now lives in Minneapolis, MN.

Daniel Biro – bass, backing vocals (2003-present). He hails from Barrie, Ontario.

Jonathan Steingardguitar, backing vocals (2004-present). Jonathan released a solo album called Fox Run. 

And new this year,  band member Justin Benner – drums (2008-present)

 Tour dates are listed at