Thursday, June 14, 2007

Anyone can play guitar

Today I thought of some more lyrics I am always mishearing

In the song Anyone Can Play Guitar, I always thought Thom was singing "I want a better band when I get to heaven". Imagine how relieved I was to discover it was actually "I want to be in a band when I get to heaven", as I always wondered how the rest of the band felt about him slagging them like that.

For a while now, I've been looking at the offspring's largely ignored guitar thinking that I'd like to start tinkering with it. I did take a few weeks of guitar lessons in grade 6 but lost interest after realizing that I wasn't going to be Gordon Lightfoot without a bit of work.

But I think I am ready to give it another go. I'm all grown up now and no longer have that silly notion about wanting to be Gordon Lightfoot. Now I want to be Jonny Greenwood.

I absolutely love the violent blasts of guitar that precede the chorus on Creep. And that was long before Jonny learned to play like this (you need to watch the end - seriously, can't you just picture me shredding and making those other-worldly sounds like that?)

I think I've got a wee bit of catching up to do.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Now that I have a bass, I want to be Richard Hell.
I don't even have to play well! Just be awkward lookng and literate. I can do this!

mellowlee said...

I want to play some geetar too!!! :O)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Anony, honey, you are halfway there! Good choice on Richard Hell, because Jonny Greenwood is a tough one to emmulate. No matter how much straightener and conditioner I use, I will never have lovely hair like that.

We could start a band, Mel. And have shredding wars and stuff.

Beth said...

I'm seriously considering starting guitar lessons this fall. Then you and I could have a guitar-off in the spring!

BeckEye said...

I don't think the guys in Radiohead would've considered Thom's lyric as you heard it a diss. After all, Heaven has a pretty amazing band. Unless all the great musicians who are supposedly dead are really still alive, and then I guess it's all harps and chanting.

Allison said...

I dashed my dreams of guitar playing, I just gave away my guitar. I put some good years into it. I'm now concentrating on perfecting the tambourine and learning how to whistle.

With a combined effort we could all totally make a band though :) Now, all we need is a name ;P

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh sure, pile on the pressure, Beth! I'm going to assume that you are going to be able to whip my ass at actually playing that thing, so I'm going to concentrate on perfecting my guitar chick moves.

You are sure right about that, Beckeye. There are a pile of exceptional musicians hanging about in the ether. One could make a killer dead guy band.
I actually have a cd of Gregorian chants, which I quite like. Not big on the harps though, I'm with you on that.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Good thinking, Al, tambourines and lips are much more portable. It's hard to whistle on command, especially on stage.

One of the first posts I ever wrote was a contest to make the best band name. We might have to resurrect that before our first gig.

justacoolcat said...

Playing guitar is fun, but don't go down to the cross roads.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm no Robert Johnson, Just A, so I doubt that I would ever have any interesting encounters at the crossroads. Still though, I am open for offers.

Deb said...

Can I join your girl band? We could be Zombies in a Box or Boxed Zombies or something.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Zombies in a Box is a very fine band name, Deb! Too bad I didn't know you when I posted the first band name contest. You woulda been a contenda.

New and Used Records said...

Nice to know Thom wasn't slagging off the boys. Then again, I think you see a pretty great leap from Pablo Honey to The Bends ... so maybe the band was like, "I think Thom doesn't like us, we should get better." Thom's so shy, maybe he was dropping subtle hints for everybody. "Yesterday I woke up ... better learn the drums or I'll replace you all with a machine ... a lemon..."

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You see, Will? That's exactly why you are going to go far as the big record label pres - you know how musicians think. And all this time, I thought that leap in quality from Pablo Honey to the Bends was voluntary.