A Commercial Pronouncement….

Finally found a harmonica that not only stays in tune with a tune, but also stayed in same key as both my playin’ an’ the rest of the band…. I personally… or impersonally for that matter… endorse this here harmonicky…. This is the Harriest Potterin’est Harmonicky Granger I’ve ever set my lips on and blowed…. Makes me feel like Ingrid Bergman in Casablankey…. No ‘scuze me…. I gotter go wet my whistler with some of that SUpremely sweet iced coffee from over at the Pho Shizzle located at the Faux Seasons Hotel in exotic downtown Whistler, Mississippi (Beat Four if’n yo’ kin folk….) So jus’ pucker up ‘n’ tell ’em Big Woody sent yo’ runnin’….

Signed,
Big Woody Johnson
Guest Harmonicophonist on Mico, Mississippi Moanin’ Stroll
World Renowned Studio Musician and Main Star Big Woody Johnson & his Big Johnson Blues Bandits

Talkin’ ‘Bout… Mico, Mississippi Moanin’ Stroll (Dedicated to Fresh Cow Patty….)

First of all… Fresh Cow Patty doesn’t really exist….
Not as any actual… REAL… person….
Of course… in Mico, Mississippi… there are a tremendous number of fresh cow patties….
So… in some sense… particularly the sense of smell… she serves as sort of an… EVERYCOW type of character… like from those ancient Mystery Plays….

Second (of all, too, probably…)… Mico, Mississippi doesn’t really exist either….
Not NOW anyway…. It DID exist…. Even had a Post Office….
But… not anymore….
Sadly….

The song is basically just a Blues riff/chord progression… with some frills….
The idea behind the song was to study how to use percussion to add some excitement and keep a repetitive song from becoming SO boring that it puts people to sleep inside of three minutes….

Also worked on using harmonica comping to create some excitement and sustain the song as well….

Briarwood acoustic guitar tuned in Open D played with a Jim Dunlop Bronze Slide…. Layered….
Muted cowbell….
Tambourine….
Hohner Blues Harp harmonica in key of G played in second position… which is key of D….
Song is in key of D….

Tryin’ out some new thangs… to add some new flavors….
Learn more about recording….
Learn more about arranging….
Learn more about music….
Not just worrying about the lyrics….
Working on composing, arranging and recording in isolation… just to see if THAT aspect is strong enough to carry a piece… at least for a brief period….
So THAT can be layered on to the lyrics and vocals to create a more meaningful composite….
A whole that is greater than merely the sum of the parts….

It’s a process….

Explaining… THE Ultimate Untitled Lost Love Song….

More snarcasm cleverly disguised as social commentary….

The “lyrics” were written to maximize the irony when contrasted to the music… which was in no way sad….
Except for the distorted and flanged Lap Steel Guitar at the end… that intentionally moves out of key… to introduce a dystonic element intended to set one’s teeth on edge….

The bass drives the tune….
Several layers of guitar… that progress towards more intensely distorted and flanged varieties… again to test how much one can toy with emotions… without the need for words….
The lead work is basically pentatonic minor progression with bending….

Not really a serious piece….
Unless you’ve been in the situation….
Then… you just GOT to laugh it off….

Notes on Julia (MAX Distortion D-Mo’ version)

Julia is a love song. About teenage love….
With lyrics like… Walk on cotton-candy clouds… Lips sweet as wine….

The version as recorded is Punked OUT!!!
Plethoric with SNARCASM!!!

Rocking out with bass… some pentatonic guitar work… and some chromatic elements as well….

The riff is moving semi-tones to give the song a very dystonic… deliberately delinquent… quality….
Add a HEAP of distortion… and flange it like the songs on FIRE!!!… and throw in vocals that are intentionally off key and off tempo… and ya get… SNARCALICIOUSness….

All THAT song needs is some more cowbell….

Because no snarcastic social commentary song can EVER possibly have too much cowbell….
Just can’t happen….

Notes on Beautiful Ewe….

I guess we’ll just call the key E major…. (Correction: A minor… which would be C major….)
And claim that the we used an extended Blues scale… into the province of Jazz….
Don’t ask the chords. We don’t know….

Noodling around last night… and found some interesting sounds… that sounded almost… chime-like….
Pensive….
Introspective….
Pastoral….

Lots of open strings…. Lots of ringing….

The idea for the some is something like a Madrigal….
A call… and a response….
Experimenting with Stereo….
Try listening with headphones… if you’ve got’em….

Playing with harmonics at the beginning….

Practicing Finger-style acoustic guitar….

The composer… the Mad Russian… doesn’t sound a bit mad on this one….

Mico, Mississippi Moanin’ Stroll (dedicated to Fresh Cow Patty….)

Tuff Scuffle Ranch Rustlers + rEd nExXx….
We Still Ain’t Got No Durn Album….
Composed & arranged (as always) by BaHR (Russian-2-Judgment)….
Recorded at the Chicken Coop Recording Studio just South of that Jasper County, Mississippi line on Highway 15 North in beautiful downtown Shady Grove….

Sounds like they were working on percussion….