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stubbzzz

Nashville, TN (via Lima, OH)

Member since 13 August 2013 | Blog

professional musician living in Nashville, originally from Lima OH.

Favorites

  • SPORTS MOMENT: 2006 Ohio State vs Michigan ... GLORIOUS.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Touchdown Teddy Ginn Jr.
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Jamar Butler
  • NFL TEAM: Cleveland Browns
  • NHL TEAM: Nashville Predators
  • NBA TEAM: Cleveland Cavaliers
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds
  • SOCCER TEAM: Whatever preschool team my Nephews play for

Recent Activity

Comment 20 May 2016

One of my favorite albums.   February Stars! Such an underrated song.  

I'll never forget the day the music video for Monkey Wrench premiered.  It was a strange day in music history.  A bunch of my friends and I raced home after school to watch it.  There were like 8 of us gathered around one TV.  The video came on, it was awesome, we all cheered.  And then, immediately after they premiered the first Hanson video for MmBop.   We were all just dumbstruck.  Jaws dropped.  What the hell is this?  Is this a joke?  Who are these chicks?  

In my mind, that was the day that started the transition of top 40 radio phasing out angsty Rock music and phasing in Pop.  and for the most part, it's pretty much been that way ever since.  

Comment 03 May 2016

Man.  I wish I could afford to live there.  I'm having some seriously debilitating health issues every time it rains, the past few years in Nashville.  I am currently on day 6 of 6 straight days in bed, barely able to walk, just dreaming of sunshine.   

Santa Barbara seems perfect.  Not too hot, not too cold and right on the ocean.  Is Santa Barbara about as far North as you can go and it still not rain very much?  I'm looking for 20 inches or less a year, without having to live in the heat of the desert.    

Comment 14 Apr 2016

I don't know 100% but I think if you sample something, you have to give credit or you'll get sued.  The only reason you could get away with it, is if you didn't make any money off of your music,  so it just didn't come to the attention of any publishers, licensing companies or PRO organizations.  

Comment 14 Apr 2016

Yeah, literally every blues song boils down to the exact same chord progression.  There is only one.  It's called "The 12 Bar Blues".   Basically, all of the blues and classic rock guitar Heros out there simply mastered soloing over that one chord progression.   It's why so many guys can just sit in on a jam session and start improvising brilliantly.  All they need to know is what the key is, and then you know it's going to be the 1, 4, and 5 chords of that key, in the same order that they always are.

Comment 14 Apr 2016

My composition teacher in college used to write out music, jingles, and catch phrases in notation for his lawyer buddy to use as evidence in copyright infringement cases.   I didn't think you could write out the human speaking voice in notation, but then he proved it to me by notating out Tony the Tiger saying, "Thaaaaaaaaaat's  Grrrreat!"  He said it gets pretty ridiculous in those cases.   

But any way, he also told me that the only things you could copyright, from a song, that will hold up in court, are lyrics and melody.   This Led Zeppelin case is dealing with neither.   I mean, there are only 7 chords and 7 notes per Key.  And most pop music only uses 4, sometimes 5 of those chords.  There are only so many different combinations you can do before things get repetitive.  

Comment 14 Apr 2016

Ha!  I show that Axis Of Awesome video to all of my music students when I'm teaching them beginner song writing.  It's seriously part of my curriculum!

Comment 14 Apr 2016

You can't copyright a chromatic walk down.  It's just a staple of music and has been since Bach.  The only thing you can copyright is lyrics and melody.  Chord progressions don't count, and this basically boils down to just a chord progression.  Although it's definitely very similar.  Same rhythm in the same key even.  But , if anything, I would guess Led Zeppelin's version is a little more likely to be able to be copyrighted because Jimmy Paige took that chromatic walk down and added a bit of a counter melody on the high E string.  There's not much melody there but there's a lot more than Spirit's version.  

Comment 28 Feb 2016

I really want to like Curry but I struggle with it, because of the media coverage.  As a guy who first got into basketball because of Lebron, it's tough when a new guy comes along and steals all the glory from your favorite player.  Now, I know how Kobe fans felt when Lebron came along and dethroned him.  It sucks.  

If I don't have a dog in the fight, it's easy for me to just appreciate greatness, but it's tough when Curry and his team are constantly used to criticize Lebron and the Cavs.  

Curry has done nothing deserving of hate.  In fact, I loved him back when the Cavs were crappy, and before the Warriors turned into a rolling death machine.  But now they're a huge threat to my championship hopes and dreams. 

Comment 28 Feb 2016

Exactly.  This is the same reason other people hate Lebron.  As well as Tebow and some of the other athletes that get non stop media coverage.   It's not the players faults.  24 hour tv and radio and internet sports coverage, gets Really repetitive, Really fast.  Just like a tv commercial you laughed at the first couple times you saw it, and now it makes you want to pull your hair out.  Over exposure.

Comment 02 Feb 2016

Insects In-Sex.  

Comment 16 Dec 2015

I have a good Phil Keaggy story!  

When I was in high school, I had tickets to go see him at a church somewhere in his hometown, (I forget where).  I had just gotten out of the hospital and was in rough shape, on meds and unable  to drive, so my sister drove me down there and we watched him play.  We got to sit in the front row, and at one point he saw my sister yawn, and he made a joke about it from stage.  

well, about 5 or 6 years ago, my old band was playing at a festival that Phil Keaggy was also playing at, and I was hanging around the green room while he was there.  He's a super humble and approachable guy.  Kind of just a good natured, Hobbit type of guy.  You'd never know he was a big deal, if you met him.  So I go up to talk to him, and tell him how one of his finger style albums inspired me, and tell him about the time he embarrassed my sister.  Well, He actually remembered us and that whole story!  it blew my mind.  I thought he was super cool, and I was just standing there gushing over him, generally being a fanboy, as you do.  And then an older guy comes up and starts out fan boying me.  He goes " Phil, you might not remember me, but we played some shows together in the 70's and I've always been just a huuuuge fan..."   It was the lead singer from Foreigner!   I started laughing because here this guy was, probably way more famous than Phil Keaggy, yet he was gushing over him even more than I was.   And everyone there was looking at him like, "Whoa, who's that little hobbit guy?  He must be a big deal..."

Comment 16 Dec 2015

Greg Simpson is a legend in Lima!  I was in elementary school when he was a senior.  Like a decade later, my friends and I would still jokingly compare everything to Greg Simpson.  For example,  Me: "Hey man, you did a really nice job mowing the lawn"  my friend: "Are you kidding me?  I ain't seen lawn mowing like that since Greg Simpson, in '93!"     

It's dumb, I know.  It doesn't take much to make you bust up laughing when you're a teenager.  I mean, seriously, my old AOL Instant Messenger screen name was GregSimpson93.   

Comment 16 Dec 2015

How has no one said Stevie Ray Vaughan yet?  The gold standard of guitar tone.  

Personally, I make my living as a guitarist, and believe it or not, down here in Nashville, where everyone is mind blowingly good and technically proficient, the thing that sets you apart, or acts as a tie breaker and gets you the gig is your tone.  well, that and a trendy haircut.

I try to at least dabble in all styles of music, but I've made a little niche for myself down here as a textural/ambient guitarist.  which is all about the tone, and a lot of times playing with atypical tones that are almost unrecognizable as a guitar.  spacey, shoe gaze type stuff.  Crazy reverbs and effects.  My favorite and biggest influence in that regard is a band called Hammock.  They're not well known, but their guitar tones are just otherworldly.  So lush and gorgeous.   A lot of times it sounds more like a keyboard, strings or choir than a guitar.  It's really slow and sleepy, vibe out music, so it's not for everybody, but if you like that kind of thing, I recommend it for sure.

Comment 13 Dec 2015

in the past two games Teddy has 4 touchdowns to 2 drops.  I don't understand what people are complaining about.  I'll take that, any day.  sure, 4 TD's last week would've been nice, but can you really demand that one WR single handedly put up 28 points for your team? 

Ginn is my all time favorite.  It's amazing what happens when you actually feature him in an offense, with a big armed QB.  Duh.