Sunday, August 19, 2007

Guitar Drama






There's not much to say, except that I can't publicly endorse the band Tesla without something of a disclaimer. They had their redeeming qualities: they wrote much better songs than your average hair band from the 90's, songs that dealt partly with Nikola Tesla (the sadly forgotten inventor about whom I know quite a bit), they never wore make up, they were partly responsible for the acoustic rock movement (MTV Unplugged) with their Five Man Acoustical Jam album, and they were the reason for the 8 hour road trip I made to West Palm Beach with my buddy Wade my senior year of high school (1991-92), which is when I bought the shirt. That would make that shirt sixteen years old.

It wasn't until a few months later that I found Marc Cohn and Toad the Wet Sprocket, who thankfully ended my exclusive hard rock listening habits. (Rich Mullins, PFR, Susan Ashton and the like came into my life about a year later, around the time I realized how much I loved (and needed) to sing about Jesus.) I like the music I'm making now much better than Tesla, though somewhere in there lurks the influence of everything I listened to, methinks. If you listen close you can hear touches of Dvorak and James Horner, and a little Extreme thrown in for good measure.

7 comments:

Mattie said...

Dude, I think I just traveled back in time. My mullett is back, my stonewashed jeans, and I can hear "Edison's Medicine" in the background!

That was CLASSIC!!

paz said...

wow, i am speechless..

actually, reading and watching you guys make my day brighter, the lighting falling from the heavens, classic.

i actually grew up on a strict diet of ccm, classical music and jazz. rock music was evil, until i hit high school..

thanks again for letting us know about the record, i am waiting for my copy of appendix m

Joy from the Prison said...

"You guys are such jerks," she said, laughing so hard that the day already looked brighter. Andrew, I just can't help but think that yours is coming soon.

eiszoe said...

The fact that you can still fit into a shirt you wore in high school makes me pretty envious.

My brother was in a hair band in the 80s/90s and opened up for quiet riot once, who were at that time exiled to playing in small bars. My brother was a pretty decent bassist, but they wouldn't even let him in the band till his hair was below his shoulders.

We should all do a travelog of our musical tastes over the years. Mine sure have varied.

Kirsten said...

I'm sure Andy will be ok with everything when he realizes how much this could expand your music video opportunities.

Rebekah said...

HA!!!! Apparently, y'all aren't wasting your sense of humour. Keep 'em coming.

Cheers,
R.

Tk log said...

Oh the glories of iMovie


and I really think you guys are onto something with the 'The Office/Arrested Development-type' videos... if these aren't put on some sort of DVD for purchasing pleasures... I might just cry... cause they are just plain classic. :)