I am ecstatic to reveal that Pandora has added the majority of the Velcro Mary discography to their streaming platform. If you use Pandora, take my station for a spin. Your delicious user data will feed their hungry algorithms.
"Flight Risk" is another song recorded with my 3-string fretless cigar box guitar. This time I plugged it in for a dirtier tone. I added some percussive flavor to the song with an instrument called the vibraslap, which is designed to sound like teeth rattling in the loose sockets of a horse's jawbone. Seriously. You've heard it before in songs like "Sweet Emotion" by Aerosmith, and just about every song that Cake ever recorded. It looks like this:
Regarding gratuity, if you order a drink at a bar in the United States, etiquette dictates that you should tip the bartender at least $1. The bartender is already paid to be there, though usually less than minimum wage. For a task that may be as simple as popping the cap off of a bottle of beer, or pouring liquid into a cup, we as a society have decided that they deserve an extra dollar, and hand it over without much thought.
Meanwhile, musicians are scrounging for tiny fractions of pennies.
I used to write notes on the dollar bills I'd leave as tips at diners and bars. Little messages to the world. If one made it back to me after twenty years in circulation, I wonder if I'd even recognize it?
It was pretty cool to have "Stars In Eyes (Acoustic)" reviewed on CHILLFILTR today. In my mind, I always thought it was a pretty straightfoward love song, but perhaps there is a bit more depth to it, lurking under the surface.
When I was playing solo acoustic shows a couple years ago, I came up with a new way to play "Stars In Eyes" that made it fresh for me. Since then, it's become a regular in the setlist. When I later started to dabble in learning fingerstyle guitar, it seemed to fit perfectly. Recording it was a challenge, since the arrangement is so bare-bones in nature, but I'm very happy with how it turned out.