Friday, April 10, 2015

A Better Man for learning Pearl Jam songs

PEARL JAM IS one of those bands that you either really love or you really don't. I've never quite got the whole grunge and power plaid shirt thing, and it killed my beloved 80s hairband music. So be it.

I do like Eddie Vedder. One night I was driving with my daughter and she put in his ukulele CD. Yup, Eddie Vedder did an album of uke songs, and it's about the coolest thing ever. His "Into The Wild" soundtrack is also very well done.

The mark of a good band is how it plays live. I've never been to a Pearl Jam concert but people rave about them and their fans are passionate. I love the video below from a 2010 concert - 20,000 people singing your song for you is an amazing thing.

Cori Lyssy and I are playing at One Restaurant tonight. She insisted we learn "Better Man" and we'll give it a wing tonight. I actually used it in lessons this week - I love the different shaped D chord and the progression - it's cool and looks hard to do, but it isn't.

The more I do this the more I discover good music is good music, no matter the genre or your particular tastes.

I'm a better man for it!

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