Monthly Archive: March 2013

Mar 30

HOW TO HANDLE GUEST SINGERS

HOW TO HANDLE GUEST SINGERS About 25 years ago when i started playing music professionally, I was working with a duo called “Who’s Who?” with my friend, Zac Hilon on vocals, and myself on guitar. It was quite common for people to come up and ask us would they mind if they sat in and …

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Mar 27

THERE ARE ONLY 2 TYPES OF MUSIC: GOOD MUSIC AND BAD MUSIC

THERE ARE ONLY 2 TYPES OF MUSIC: GOOD MUSIC AND BAD MUSIC. A commentary about snobbery among musicians. My favorite line in the original Blues Brothers movie is: “There are only 2 types of music…Country and Western.” When I was a music student in South Africa, my lecturer’s favorite quote was “There are only 2 …

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Mar 20

PAYING YOUR DUES

Patrick Wight Paying his dues

PAYING YOUR DUES Paying your dues is a term that was constantly used in the eighties when I was staring out in the music business. Unfortunately its a term that you don’t hear any more. We live in the day and age of big TV talent competition with instant stardom and success.  The Simons and the Garys are so quick …

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Mar 16

THE FIRST IRISH PIPER ON THE MOON

Direct From the Moon

THE FIRST IRISH PIPER ON THE MOON My real claim to fame is that I was the first Irish piper to play bagpipes on the moon. Here is the photo to prove it. And here is the real story…. Two years ago I got this birthday card from some really good friends Bob and Chloe. …

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Mar 14

THE STORY HOLLYWOOD COULDN’T DREAM OF WRITING

Sixto Rodriguez

THE STORY HOLLYWOOD COULDN’T DREAM OF WRITING. A film review of SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN   This  story so amazing, it could only happen in real life.  The story of Sixto Rodriguez as told in the multi award winning documentary film Searching for Sugar man,  including the Oscar for Best documentary. In a nutshell,  Rodriguez is a …

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Mar 07

FUNNIEST AND MOST EMBARRASSING GIG MOMENT

FUNNIEST AND MOST EMBARRASSING GIG MOMENT One of the funniest and most embarrassing moments at a gig happened about 20 years ago. I was still living in South Africa. It was a wedding at a weird castle called Kyalami Castle near to Kyalami race track (motor racing).  The castle had been built by a very …

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Mar 05

DON’T BITE THE HAND THAT PLAYS LADY IN RED

 DON’T BITE THE HAND THAT PLAYS LADY IN RED I had to learn the hard way that to earn a living as a n hotel musician that you can’t necessarily play the music you want to play.  Even if you play it exceptionally well.  People on holiday don’t want to be educated about good music. …

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