Appreciating Javanese Music

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I will not try and define this music. All I can say is that it is so beautiful and I connect on a spiritual level. Maybe you'll take some time and listen.

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The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll ~ An Appreciation

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Bob DylanAs of late I've been haunted by the amazing song 'The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll' by Bob Dylan and, after reading about it in depth today, thought I'd write an appreciation.

With a dry, sparse, heart-felt 1964 folk energy, Bob Dylan sings about a wealthy white jerk who, while in a drunken stupor, physically and verbally attacked a 51 year old black woman who subsequently died later that night. The song/recording is haunting and relentless, forcing the story into the listeners consciousness.

After hearing it yesterday for the first time in a long time, the song won't leave me. It's chorus rings in my mind ~ the lyrics put together in such a poetic and inspired manner, Dylan's magic resounds.

hattie carroll headstoneWikipedia says, ""The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll" is a topical song written by the American musician Bob Dylan. Recorded on October 23, 1963, the song was released on Dylan's 1964 album The Times They Are a-Changin' and gives a generally factual account of the killing of 51-year-old barmaid Hattie Carroll by William Devereux "Billy" Zantzinger (whom the song calls "William Zanzinger"), a wealthy young tobacco farmer from Charles County, Maryland, and his subsequent sentence to six months in a county jail."

zantzingerTake a few minutes and have a listen. Think about his melody, think about how the lyrics are written, how he repeats certain phrases, how his voice and guitar create such a unique sound. Read the lyrics below and go on the journey as he unravels the injustice and makes it plain how complex the tragedy truly is.







William Zanzinger killed poor Hattie Carroll
With a cane that he twirled around his diamond ring finger
At a Baltimore hotel society gath’rin’
And the cops were called in and his weapon took from him
As they rode him in custody down to the station
And booked William Zanzinger for first-degree murder
But you who philosophize disgrace and criticize all fears
Take the rag away from your face
Now ain’t the time for your tears

William Zanzinger, who at twenty-four years
Owns a tobacco farm of six hundred acres
With rich wealthy parents who provide and protect him
And high office relations in the politics of Maryland
Reacted to his deed with a shrug of his shoulders
And swear words and sneering, and his tongue it was snarling
In a matter of minutes on bail was out walking
But you who philosophize disgrace and criticize all fears
Take the rag away from your face
Now ain’t the time for your tears

Hattie Carroll was a maid of the kitchen
She was fifty-one years old and gave birth to ten children
Who carried the dishes and took out the garbage
And never sat once at the head of the table
And didn’t even talk to the people at the table
Who just cleaned up all the food from the table
And emptied the ashtrays on a whole other level
Got killed by a blow, lay slain by a cane
That sailed through the air and came down through the room
Doomed and determined to destroy all the gentle
And she never done nothing to William Zanzinger
But you who philosophize disgrace and criticize all fears
Take the rag away from your face
Now ain’t the time for your tears

In the courtroom of honor, the judge pounded his gavel
To show that all’s equal and that the courts are on the level
And that the strings in the books ain’t pulled and persuaded
And that even the nobles get properly handled
Once that the cops have chased after and caught ’em
And that the ladder of law has no top and no bottom
Stared at the person who killed for no reason
Who just happened to be feelin’ that way without warnin’
And he spoke through his cloak, most deep and distinguished
And handed out strongly, for penalty and repentance
William Zanzinger with a six-month sentence
Oh, but you who philosophize disgrace and criticize all fears
Bury the rag deep in your face
For now’s the time for your tears

Copyright © 1964, 1966 by Warner Bros. Inc.; renewed 1992 by Special Rider Music


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My much needed Telecaster

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In the past year I've realized that I need to add a Fender Telecaster to my guitar collection. Yes, I do love guitars but they are, after all, tools. The Telecaster has a very distinct sound and playability that I am craving. Since most of my music career is composing and recording music, I need all the tools I can get to attain inspiration and achieve the sounds I'm after.


UPDATE 10-5-2013

I got my Tele! A 2013 American Standard in Jade Pearl Metallic. Brilliant!

Jay Yarbrough Telecaster 6-16-2013

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Fake Old Guitars and Posers

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Fender Stratocaster RelicLately I've been having a powerful craving to purchase a Fender Telecaster and have been scouring the web looking at different models, configurations, colors, options, etc. I've seen many-a-plenty Tele's and as my desire and knowledge have grown, with it I've begun to feel more and more disgusted with the relatively new trend of brand new, factory made "Relic" guitars.

These "Relic" guitars are manufactured to look as if they are very old, heavily played and worn & torn. Apparently they appeal to a certain end user who wants to pretend. Someone who wants to have their friends come over and see the guitar on a stand and say, "oh wow, cool old guitar, man". Maybe they want to stand on stage (prolly playing cover songs) and have the audience get the impression they've been playing that guitar forever and will think it's fucking cool, bro.

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Got Wine and Cigars Open mic, Dunedin, FL

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Tonight I checked out what appears to be the best acoustic open-mic in the Pinellas county, Clearwater area. The place is called Got Wine and Cigars and has recently moved locations due to their landlord suddenly deciding he wanted to use their space. Ouch. Oh well, it worked out rather well and now the new location has a full liquor license and the location seems to be more accessible.

I arrived rather late (almost 10pm) and watched two groups of musicians go at it.

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