Uncategorized : 2 cents worth

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.

27

Feb

by Mackenzie Eurell

The day we viewed the DVD Hail! Hail! Rock and Roll was one of my favorite class days. Not only did one of my class members get into contact with James Miller, but we had gotten to see the clip from that film where Chuck decides to say that he is never going to die and that he will live forever. This was especially humorous to me because he was saying this to a Rolling Stone, Keith Richards. Although I know now that Chuck Berry is more of legend then the present Rolling Stone, at the time of the viewing I still wasn’t quite sure who Chuck Berry was. Upon listening to the song that was being played live, in the clip I realized that I had in fact heard Chuck Berry before.

That is to say that I generally can name songs when I hear them, within several bars in most cases, but this one eluded me. My parents would have asked what was wrong with me for knowing who Chuck Berry was, this is mostly because they had me listening to this era of music since I was very young. Occasionally my mom will still play songs that we listened to, from when I was younger until I could distinguish my taste from hers, and she will ask me what the band name is and if I can’t name that then what the song title is. This is always exciting for me when I get it right, even if I heard the song not 10 minutes ago on my own iPod. I guess this just goes to show that he will live forever in music even if he does eventually ‘kick the bucket.’

7

Feb

by Mackenzie Eurell

I know this is a bit late, since it is no longer Christmas time but I felt that it was just one of those things that had to be shared since it sort of has to do with the class.

‘Twas the night before Christmas
And musicians all over
Were praying for Santa
To put them in clover.

Careers at a standstill
No jobs to be had
The clubs all closed down
The economy’s bad!

What is it we want?
St. Nick has to know
As he boogies in his sleigh
Through the Christmas Eve snow.

Hark! Here he comes!
And I hope he takes heed
As I lay it all on him
When I tell what we need.

“An album! A Grammy!
A number one hit, sir!
We’ll do road tours! Club dates!
Even a Bar Mitzvah!

A concert at the Garden
With Aerosmith as guest!
But first, money for the PA
So it’s not repossessed
Along with the van
Which is one of our fears:
That we’ll deplete all our assets
And get kicked in arrears!”

His eyes, they were glassy
His threads were real jive.
He smiled as he said,
“Hey bro, give me five!

I hear you’re in the market
For a few lucky breaks.
Well, I’m your main man
‘Cause I got what it takes!
I know Sinatra and Bruce
And Waylon and Willie,
Pavorotti, Barbra Streisand
And even Mickey Gilley!

I’ve partied with Miles Davis
And done time with Johnny Cash
And I used to gig with Jagger
When we weren’t smokin’ hash!

So just say the word
And I’ll put you in touch. . .
For a SMALL consideration.
I don’t ask for much.

Just a piece of your action
When you make it big.
So Happy Christmas to all
And to all a good gig!”

© 1985  Printed in The Music Paper, December 1985

7

Feb

by Mackenzie Eurell

I have recently begun competing in WGI (Winter Guard International) and AIA (Atlantic Indoor Association) class Independent A. In my first blog I wrote about the song Romeo and Juliet. That song is our show music, we have recently gotten our uniforms which upon first look seem to be quiet awkward. At the first competition Impact went to Oakton HS and recieved a score of 57.7 out of 100. We then went back to rehearsal for the next week. We then came out in the WGI Regional at Powhatan HS in Richmond, VA. We had to first perform in pre-lims competition and make it into the top 5 to get into finals. After some much anticipated waiting we had found out that we had made it into more than just the top 5, we managed to make it into the top 3 with a score of 66.2. Later that night, after an additional 2 hours of rehearsal, we went back to the regional to perform for finals. The run of our production seemed to be much more lackadaisical, seeing as we had been up since 6:30 that morning and it was now about 8:00. However we managed to keep our third place spot and have our score get raised by 2 points. We finished this passed weekend with a final score of 68.2. The next place we will compete is at the WGI Regional in Nashville. I’ve never been there, so its going to be a whole new experience for me.

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Me & Tony with our pre-lims score

the whole group after awards

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