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Gibson Basses / Re: L.A. Times puff piece on Gibson
« on: June 19, 2017, 12:27:06 PM »
LMAO @ Signature Series. 

Gibson Basses / Re: L.A. Times puff piece on Gibson
« on: June 19, 2017, 03:12:59 AM »
I think if you go ahead and include the profit from the carved AAA maple cereal, it does add up to 3 billion. 

Gibson Basses / Re: L.A. Times puff piece on Gibson
« on: June 17, 2017, 04:37:50 PM »
Something else from the L.A. Times--a very brief Gibson video.

Gibson Basses / Re: L.A. Times puff piece on Gibson
« on: June 17, 2017, 12:33:16 AM »
Henry is still fixated on self-tuning guitars that people don't like.  Tuning an instrument was never an issue with me.  Most of the time I just tune by ear anyway.  I'm talking about bass, although tuning a guitar is just as easy.  The challenge is playing an instrument well.  That also clearly doesn't bother Henry, either.  He doesn't care how well you play.  He doesn't want you spending your money on vintage instruments, either.  Just go with the flow and agree with the lifestyle stuff. 

The Bass Zone / Re: One lucky guy
« on: June 14, 2017, 09:11:18 PM »
She's a keeper!

These guys who find wives that are keepers--I don't know how they do it.  Even just keeping a girlfriend is usually a challenge for me.

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Real people. Not actors.
« on: June 13, 2017, 09:41:16 PM »
Now when I watch a Chevy ad on TV, I find myself wanting that guy to be in it. 

"An IV Drip Bar..."  :o

No way in hell would I ever have that done.  As hard as it is for them to find my veins, there has to be a real medical reason for somebody to try  something like that on me. 

After skimming through this article, my only conclusion is that Goop is even wackier than I ever imagined.

Gibson Basses / Re: Tried a 2017 EB Bass today
« on: May 30, 2017, 12:49:34 PM »
TBird cases fit on the back seat of my Landcruiser with a few inches to spare either side. I can fit so much in the back as well. Great vehicle. My Cruiser is a '99 model (had it since 2000). Not sure what I'll do when I have to change vehicles, as mine is getting on. New Cruisers are prohibitive and have all sorts of useless things as standard which add to the price- like auto, power windows, constant 4WD, independent wishbone suspension etc.

I'm not sure what I'll do when I have to replace my 98 Buick, either.  I've gotten used to not having to make car payments for a long time now. 

Gibson Basses / Re: Tried a 2017 EB Bass today
« on: May 30, 2017, 11:36:23 AM »
I think it's pretty common to hear people talk about how awkward it can be trying to put a Thunderbird case in a car.  On the other hand, that's a sacrifice to make for having one of the most iconic basses ever made.  But I would be hesitant to modify a case like that to put another kind of bass in.  Still, there might be a logic to it if you ran out of alternatives. 

It seems illogical that inexpensive basses like many Epis come with cases, but something like the 2017 Gibson EB doesn't.  People use gig bags more than they used to anyway, but I'm too clumsy to do that. 

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Just listening to ...
« on: May 30, 2017, 08:35:00 AM »
Maxwell's Silver Hammer sounded like something off Magical Mystery Tour, it really didn't fit the altogether darker Abbey Road stuff. Still like it as a song. It's English Music Hall, so what, Paul always had that in his writing.

It's true the dance hall music was part of what Paul wrote about.  It would be hard to imagine some of those albums without it.  It mostly seemed to be John who disliked it.  But he was often critical of many of his own songs, too.  As for "Maxwell's Silver Hammer," i think a number of people think it just doesn't fit the album.  It probably would have fit better with "Magical Mystery Tour."  That album is odd, but I have always  liked it.  Speaking of dance hall music, "Your Mother Should Know" is one of Paul's best examples of that, IMO. 

Gibson Basses / Re: Tried a 2017 EB Bass today
« on: May 30, 2017, 12:08:59 AM »
I'd want some kind of case for it and not just a gig bag, even if it is padded. 

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Just listening to ...
« on: May 29, 2017, 07:47:32 AM »
An article about "A Day in the Life" I just now ran across.

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Just listening to ...
« on: May 29, 2017, 02:40:16 AM »
I thought about Yellow Submarine before posting my message, but in truth I can't fault it. It's a soundtrack to a cartoon for Chrisssakes and the visuals and the music gel perfectly, mission accomplished! And there was always a childlike innocence to Paul's "fun songs", whether it was Yellow Submarine, Obladi Oblada or Maxwell's Silver Hammer - they resonated with me a s a kid and hearing them still puts me in an immediate good mood.

It's my understanding that the Yellow Submarine song was intentionally written to sound that way.  But others like Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da and Maxwell's Silver Hammer were especially disliked by John Lennon and others.  John called music like that Paul's granny music.  The one that I personally dislike is All Together Now on the Yellow Submarine album.  But that album was only done to fulfill a contractual obligation and was never meant to be a serious album.  It still has really good songs like Hey Bulldog.  When you look at the context of all this, I don't see anything really out of place.  I've probably seen the most complaints about Maxwell's Silver Hammer by people who think it didn't fit Abbey Road.  Ringo and John (who I've already mentioned) especially hated it.  John didn't even participate on the song.  Ringo called it their worst session ever and said the recording went on for f---ing weeks. 

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