Showing posts from July, 2017

The Broker - John Grisham

Finished reading The Broker in 3 days. It was a good, fast read. Hadn't read Grisham in a while so I can't really compare with his previous work. I was a big fan and read his first five novels in the 90's.
This novel was ok, although what I really liked about it was it's love for its location which just happened to be Bologna, Italy. Wonderful descriptions and history had me googling for images and info. I kinda liked the main character, Joel Backman and don't know if Grisham has used him in other novels. Although I won't go into too much detail so as not to spoil it for anyone.
Now I've moved on to a Dan Brown novel, Deception Point.

Live @ TIn Marin Aug. 19, 2017 10pm


Hold On Loosely / Caught Up In You - 38 Special

Lately I've been revisiting a lot of the songs that first turned me on to music and guitar playing in the 80's. I was lucky to grow up listening to a lot of the music that my older cousins listened to like The Beatles, The Eagles, Abba, plus my father had a vast record collection which included a lot of Motown, Funk, Pop as well as lots of salsa, merengue and Spanish singers like Julio Iglesias, Camilo Sesto, Nino Bravo and their South American counterparts like Sandro, Leonardo Favio. They all had their own distinct singing styles and each in their own way influenced the way I approach songwriting.

Now, when MTV started in the early 80's it opened up another musical front and brought lots of music from all over specially live music. Weird UK artists, or Australian and lots of Southern Rock.
Caught Up In You is one of those songs that listening to it now I realize how much the guitar soloing on that tune influenced me. Jeff Carlisi's phrasing on that song, his melodic …