Welcome to the inaugural edition of “Free For All Friday“, where we throw a bunch of stuff at the wall and see what sticks…
I’m Sorry…How Much?
Ever wonder how much money goes into making one of today’s hits? NPR’s website has a great article detailing the money that went into the making of Rihanna’s album, Loud, and, let’s just say, it was substantial. But big money doesn’t always guarantee big hits, even when you’re apparently paying off the radio stations. And I thought “payola” died in the 70s…
Yet Another Totally Subjective List That I’m A Sucker For
Whether it’s the NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2011 or AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies, I’m a total sucker for Top Whatever lists. I love the debate and I love the chance to learn a little something about some of the entries with which I may be unfamiliar. So I was pretty psyched to read Guitar Player Magazine’s choices for 40 Most Influential Rock Solos! Can’t say I’m in total agreement with all of them – that’s part of the fun, of course – but it’s great reading for all of you rockers out there.
My own personal “most influential” solos include “Crossroads” (Eric Clapton), “Kid Charlemagne” (Larry Carlton), and “Stormy Monday” (Duane Allman and Dickey Betts) – how’s about you?
The Value of Hustle
“You may have more talent than me, you may be smarter than me…but I will NOT be outworked, period. I’m not afraid to die on a treadmill.” There’s no doubt in my mind that, after his film career is over, Will Smith has a career waiting for him in motivational speaking. I found this interview with Tavis Smiley posted on Alli McKee’s Fitness Blog, but it immediately resonated with me in terms of playing guitar at a high level. If you’re ever looking for guitar lessons, Will, I’m your guy. Seriously. Call me.
See you next Friday, kids!