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Author Topic: some guy playing Rev. Gary Davis  (Read 6534 times)

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Offline frankie

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Re: some guy playing Rev. Gary Davis
« Reply #45 on: May 25, 2015, 04:56:14 PM »
Just had to get this out of my system...


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Re: some guy playing Rev. Gary Davis
« Reply #46 on: May 25, 2015, 06:25:34 PM »
Great! One of my all-time favourite tunes, played wonderfully. I keep taking baby steps towards this one, and now I have more video to steal from. 8)

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Re: some guy playing Rev. Gary Davis
« Reply #47 on: May 25, 2015, 06:35:33 PM »
Lovely Frank
My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.
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Re: some guy playing Rev. Gary Davis
« Reply #48 on: May 26, 2015, 08:08:21 AM »
Thanks. A song like this is a complete course in humility.

"A man has got to know his limitations."

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Re: some guy playing Rev. Gary Davis
« Reply #49 on: May 26, 2015, 03:32:42 PM »
That was very well done Frankie. Children of Zion is one of the few songs I don't listen to as often in Davis' repertoire. But I gladly watched your whole performance.

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Re: some guy playing Rev. Gary Davis
« Reply #50 on: May 27, 2015, 03:24:54 AM »
Thanks, Eddie. It's an interesting song - kind of equal parts spiritual and work song. On top of that, you have the guitar stuff, which is fiery and unique. A friend of mine who plays music and is not overly familiar with Rev. Davis's music found this one harder to listen to than other things I play.

As a singer, I felt like this required a lot of me. There's not much happening melodically and the accompaniment is kind of stark - just leaves you right out there - so you have to put of much of yourself into the singing as you can dredge up.

My favorite recording of Rev. Davis doing it is the one on the Biograph LP. When I first heard the record years and years ago, I thought he sounded kind of tired, and I do think he was feeling pretty sick by then, but his musical imagination was still in great form. Listening again, being older myself, I now hear the depth and commitment in his voice. I tried to honor some of that.

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Re: some guy playing Rev. Gary Davis
« Reply #51 on: May 27, 2015, 02:01:30 PM »
Another great reading, Frankie. Well played, well sung.

I know exactly what you mean about the song--it has a certain starkness to it that I think even Death Don't Have No Mercy, on its face an equally cheery song, somehow lacks. While I'm no singer, I imagine that takes a fair amount out of you to both sing and play a tune like that.

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Re: some guy playing Rev. Gary Davis
« Reply #52 on: May 27, 2015, 03:38:13 PM »
let's just say that, in even approaching it, one is forced to confront all of one's native jivey BS.

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Re: some guy playing Rev. Gary Davis
« Reply #53 on: May 28, 2015, 05:40:49 AM »
Wow, Frankie,  what a great performance of the song!


Thanks for posting!

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Re: some guy playing Rev. Gary Davis
« Reply #54 on: May 28, 2015, 06:52:19 AM »
Excellent!

Cheers

Pan

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Re: some guy playing Rev. Gary Davis
« Reply #55 on: June 05, 2015, 09:37:56 AM »
Thanks, Pan & Zohar.

This kinda bubbled up outta nowhere the other day. I didn't spend a whole lot of time figuring it out, but sometimes you have to play just what's in you to play.


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Re: some guy playing Rev. Gary Davis
« Reply #56 on: June 05, 2015, 09:45:56 AM »
That's beautiful, Frank, so still.
All best,
Johnm

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Re: some guy playing Rev. Gary Davis
« Reply #57 on: June 05, 2015, 01:52:34 PM »
Another winner, and you're getting a great tone out of that guitar. You ought to consider making it, or one like it, a permanent resident.

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Re: some guy playing Rev. Gary Davis
« Reply #58 on: June 06, 2015, 07:32:04 AM »
Super nice, Frank. I prefer RGD's use of this accompaniment style for this song over Cocaine. Much more suited to it, IMO. I've had the same spontaneous bubbling up of the song before myself. Suffice to say yours is way better!

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Re: some guy playing Rev. Gary Davis
« Reply #59 on: June 11, 2015, 03:24:57 AM »
Superb.
"I ain't good looking, teeth don't shine like pearls,
So glad good looks don't take you through this world."
Barbecue Bob

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