Figuring out Nick Drake’s Fingerings: “From the Morning”

This entry is part 26 of 26 in the series 30 days, 30 songs

Thank goodness for the Internet; otherwise I wouldn’t have a clue what Nick Drake’s guitar chords were. As Curt Kirkwood of The Meat Puppets explains in the book Nick Drake’s Pink Moon, Drake relied on open tunings for most of his songs. Usually, a guitar is tuned at E-A-D-G-B-E, and when strummed it sounds like a mess. …

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Sneak Preview: ‘I’m in Love,’ Teenage Fanclub

Just as I write yet another post about Teenage Fanclub, word comes that they’re releasing their first album in six years. Entitled “Here,” the new album is due Sept. 9 and is available for pre-order at http://teenage-fanclub.tmstor.es/. Americans pre-order at https://www.mergerecords.com/teenage-fanclub-here. I’ve already ordered mine and gotten a T-shirt with it (as if I needed another T-shirt). …

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A Song I Can Play on the Piano – ‘Washing of the Water,’ Peter Gabriel

This entry is part 25 of 26 in the series 30 days, 30 songs

Peter Gabriel is known mostly for “Shock the Monkey” and “Sledgehammer”; for those with a 70s music background, they may know him as the makeup-wearing, headdress-wearing lead singer for Genesis before Phil Collins took over. But Peter Gabriel has a soft side. And nowhere is this more apparent than on “Washing of the Water,” a …

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