21

Apr

by Mackenzie Eurell

Well, the second presentation, has come around. This time the song was one that I already knew something about, it was “Beat It” by Michael Jackson. This song was one that I had never really listened to although I had heard of it and of course, the current dealings with Michael Jackson. My first response to having “Beat It” as my presentation was let’s go and download the song now. While I was searching for the original version of the song I had stumbled across two other versions of the song a well.

I had found the 2008 version of the song which was Michael Jackson and Fergie singing “Beat It”. Then there was the Fall Out Boy and John Mayer version of the song, which sounds nothing like the original. Not only did I find interesting new songs, but cool new information about the original that I was not aware of. One piece of information was that Eddie Van Halen did the guitar solo in the original “Beat It” and he was not payed when he recorded it. Also right before Eddie Van Halen was about to begin his solo a janitor knocked on the door to the recording booth, say Van Halen inside and quickly shut the door. The mistake was noticed by both Jackson and Van Halen, but they decided to leave the mistake in the sing anyway.

I had more fun learing things about this song then I did about “Waterloo Sunset”. That is to say that it was something I was familiar with, not something that I had heard of once or twice.

21

Apr

by Mackenzie Eurell

We have had to do presentations lately for Rock/Soul/Prog. and the first presentation that my partner, Cat, and myself have done was the song “Waterloo Sunset” by the Kinks. I argued that the song was a rock song, albeit it was a rather weak argument. While Cat argued that the song was a progressive song. We had made a movie about the history of the band, the movie was in all actuality just a very well timed power point, but made with Window’s Movie Maker. Cat did most of that, seeing as I was away for part of it, I had helped come up with the images, and some of the information.

I feel as though we did a nice job of the presentation, even though there were some that were definitely better than ours, we were very determined to do our best. We will do better on our next presentation…that I am convinced of.

21

Apr

by Mackenzie Eurell

I would have to agree with Cohn’s opinion about the Rolling Stones being ‘honest trash.’ The easiest way to put that would be is that they do not present themselves to be anything other then trashy. Not by lyrics, but simply because of the clothing they wear, and how they allow themselves to be viewed by the public, in most cases drunk. This is not to say that the Stones are a bad influence but that their image is partly determined by the era they grew out of and into. They were also part of the British invasion, but had a very different look from the Beatles, the Kinks, and other groups that came over from the UK.

Being called Trash, as the Stones were, could either make or break a group’s reputation.

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