Music Is the Message

Andre Reid cuts hair at Midway Barber Shop. On lunch breaks he plays saxophone on the sidewalk outside the Perk.

He likes Jr. Walker and Cannonball Adderley. Coltrane of course.

He closes his eyes when he plays. He says music fills him up.

Photo: Andre Reid cuts hair at Midway Barber Shop. On lunch breaks he plays saxophone on the sidewalk outside the Perk.</p>
<p>He likes Booker T and Cannonball Adderley. Coltrane of course.</p>
<p>He closes his eyes when he plays. He says music fills him up.

Ohio Choir Loves the Perk

Members of the Baldwin Wallace University Motet Choir – in town for a Friday concert at Duke Chapel – dropped by the Perk.

Michael found Houses of the Holy. Sarah loved her cup of hand-crafted pourover coffee. Evan rocked out to Boston.

A good time was had by all.

Keeping it real etc.Photo: Members of the Baldwin Wallace University Motet Choir - in town for a Friday concert at Duke Chapel - dropped by the Perk.</p><br />
<p>Michael found Houses of the Holy. Sarah loved her cup of hand-crafted pourover coffee. Evan rocked out to Boston.</p><br />
<p>A good time was had by all.</p><br />
<p>Keeping it real etc.

15 Things I am Thankful For

1. Isaac Hayes
2. Dental floss
3. David Foster Wallace
4. The hole in the center of the record
5. My family
6. Les Paul and Mary Ford
7. Smiles
8. Dual direct-drive turntables
9. Tomas Sosa coffee beans
10. Comfortable shoes
11. Patsy Cline
12. Annie my dog
13. All our customers
14. Roger Dean album cover art
15. Good health

and Louise Parrish’s pound cake

keeping it real etc.

Eli’s Coming

It’s only a matter of time before they isolate the gene that creates guitar gods. Until then we must rely on empirical data.


Eli Odom
… have axe, will teach

Exhibit A, on the left, is Eli Odom. At age 8, he grabbed a beat-up acoustic guitar and banged out a serviceable rendition of Back in Black. Which is how these things usually start. From there he became a Carolina low-country phenom, graduated from the Atlanta Institute of Music, toured with rising pop star Gabbie Rae and taught everything from jazz to mathcore at Thunder Road Music Studios.

Eli has just opened his very own Professional Guitar Instruction shop in Duluth GA. But you don’t have to travel south to learn from a master. He can teach you online. Learn how here.

Now comes the genetic part.

Eli’s dad Hugh plays guitar too. Maybe not as flashy as his son. But back in the 70s I was riding with Hugh in a Datsun B210 down a South Carolina blacktop when suddenly he jumped out of the car, pulled a piece of scrap lumber from a ditch, and built a guitar from it. A really good guitar.

From such humbucking wizards are guitar gods spawned.

Want to learn to play guitar? Or play better? Call Eli.

Meanwhile, keep your eye on the ditch. You never know what you might find there.

Flash 1973 – Double Shot of Hipgnosis

Prog-rock bands of the Golden Age understood the importance of presentation.

Flash “Out Of Our Hands” 1973

The album art and packaging of records by King Crimson, Gentle Giant and Genesis complemented the experimental music inside.

A glance at Roger Dean’s mind-blowing covers for Yes gave you a taste of the surreal sounds within. And the prism cover of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon has become an iconic image found on bumper stickers and t-shirts worldwide.

Consider the 1973 release “Out of Our Hands” by Flash (featuring ex-Yes guitarist Peter Banks). The trippy gatefold cover – designed by Hipgnosis – might be sand dunes, a lunar landscape, or the knuckles of a human hand.

It is whatever you want it to be.

It is also remarkably similar to a photograph that appeared two years earlier on the cover of Look magazine (January 12, 1971 issue).

Look Magazine Jan 12, 1971
Ernst Haas photo

Here they are side by side. 

Copycat covers? Cosmic coincidence? Creative convergence?

Or maybe –  as Flash says on Side 2, track two – it is simply Psychosync.

Flash on American TV 1972 – Children of the Universe.