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So, out of pure luck and circumstance, we saw Paul McCartney perform live in Brooklyn, NY…!!!
By pure chance, in the small window of time we spent in New York City for our honeymoon in June, it so happened that Paul was performing on his “Out There!” World Tour. So, as if our honeymoon in New York and Hawaii was not going to be memorable enough, we saw a Beatle perform some of his best compositions in a 3 hour set, including 2 encores.

The set list performed was as follows:

  1. Eight Days a Week (Beatles song)
  2. Junior’s Farm (Wings song)
  3. All My Loving (Beatles song)
  4. Listen to What the Man Said (Wings song)
  5. Let Me Roll It (Wings song) (“Foxy Lady” snippet)
  6. Paperback Writer (Beatles song)
  7. My Valentine Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five (Wings song)
  8. The Long and Winding Road (Beatles song)
  9. Maybe I’m Amazed
  10. I’ve Just Seen a Face (Beatles song)
  11. We Can Work It Out (Beatles song)
  12. Another Day
  13. And I Love Her (Beatles song)
  14. Blackbird (Beatles song)
  15. Here Today
  16. Your Mother Should Know (Beatles song)
  17. Lady Madonna (Beatles song)
  18. All Together Now (Beatles song)
  19. Lovely Rita (Beatles song)
  20. Mrs. Vandebilt (Wings song)
  21. Eleanor Rigby (Beatles song)
  22. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! (Beatles song)
  23. Something (Beatles song)
  24. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (Beatles song)
  25. Band on the Run (Wings song)
  26. Back in the U.S.S.R. (Beatles song)
  27. Let It Be (Beatles song)
  28. Live and Let Die (Wings song)
  29. Hey Jude (Beatles song)
    Encore 1:
  30. Day Tripper (The Beatles song)
  31. Hi, Hi, Hi (Wings song)
  32. Get Back (The Beatles song)
    Encore 2:
  33. Yesterday (The Beatles song)
  34. Helter Skelter (The Beatles song)
  35. Golden Slumbers (The Beatles song)
  36. Carry That Weight (The Beatles song)
  37. The End (The Beatles song)

Not only did Paul not break a sweat, he was flawless… not a single note played incorrectly or sang flat or sharp. Paul was faultless and pitch perfect. All of this was only a few days before his 70th birthday, so performing in front of large audiences is clearly in his veins.
This was an event that will remain with me for the rest of my days.


Latest projects…

Posted: September 15, 2011 in Art, Guitar, Music, Rant, Work

You would think that now I am working practically fulltime, and everythign is picking up pace in the approach to the Christmas rush of the advertising and design market, that I would simply not have any spare time to spend on much outside of work, especially in the creative areas, given that I am working in the industry (and perhaps manage to get it all out at work!)…

You would be wrong…

Firstly, my writing is a bit slower than I would like (on the novel, anyway, but it is fast approaching 10,000 words, so thats fine as far as I am concerned) however, I have been writing some new song lyrics. Mostly in the blues genre, but not in the traditional sense. When I write a song, specifically the lyrics, I get the tune in my mind as I write the line of words, so compared to some who write lyrics then music, or music then lyrics, my writing sort of progresses with both areas equally, albeit slower.

I have been doing a fair bit of photoshopping and contouring of photographs (precisely cutting out backgrounds etc) as a part of an upcoming project I will be launching soon via my RedBubble site. The results of this project will be available to anyone as cards, prints, canvasses, posters and perhaps even tshirts, if I decide to do the extra work involved in that part…

New art pieces are eventuating, original art pieces, not copies of others. I have been having many thoughts on pieces, even ways to tie them together into a themed exhibition, or similar. I have never had an exhibition, so to do one would have to be a goal of mine…

I have almost finished building a new guitar (lapsteel slide guitar, so not a regular one!) with plans to build a Bass guitar (a left-handed Paul McCartney bass) in the not too distant future. Other woodwork projects are to build a bedhead (photos to follow!) and possibly a dining table. My desk is starting to get a bit ratty, so thats another idea too…

I have finished reupholstering the couch by hand, including the framework, handstitching the cushions and polishing the timber armrests. VERY comfy! I have also finished an iPod speaker unit in an old ammunition case, reupholstered and rewired the rear parcel shelf in my car, and I have been rather busily making paper bricks to burn in the open fireplace (although not so much need for them anymore, with Summer peeking around the corner…)

So as you can see, my creative bug cannot me squashed with a full time job, nor can it be squashed by any one of my individual projects… now if only I could finish more of them…!


Music Player

Posted: February 13, 2011 in Art, Guitar, Music, Personal

Here is a player containing all of my music so far! 😀
standalone player

Music Industry rant

Posted: November 16, 2010 in Art, Guitar, Music, Rant

I have often wondered exactly at what point did the music industry lose hope…

I mean, watching the ARIA awards the other night… has Australia lost it’s way? where are all the long-term talents like Jimmy Barnes, Paul Kelly, The Sports, Jo Jo Zep etc?

My theory is that when Michael Gudinski decided to move on from Mushroom Records, and spend more time with his family, that this was the death rattle of good-quality Australian music. Granted, the music scene seems to be a rather talentless place, compared to what it was in the 1950’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s (and for the earlier part, even the 90’s!). Gone are the long-term music talent; the rock-star. These people who worked hard, poured their blood sweat and tears, both figuratively and in some case, actual blood sweat and tears, into their music and their talents have now been replaced with fast turnaround, limited experience and talent (Justin Beiber, Gaga, Simpson, Spears, etc) who, in some cases are on a world tour mere weeks after their album or single is released in the country they are touring, being publicised as the next best thing, sell sell sell, tour, then fade into the shadows of someone else who can fill their shoes.

Not only is this a sad thing for music lovers, but it can also turn out rather dangerous. For example, Susan Boyle, who not-so-recently won the Britain’s Got Talent conglomorate, to be catapulted into stardom, from a life of loneliness, home alone with her cat, never really been on a date. To go from that life, and in a mere few weeks, be on a world tour, meeting Royalty, performing for said Royalty, signing autographs, being mobbed by the notorious British paparazzi, and eager fans who want to meet her, talk with her, and congratulate her… is it any wonder she had a mini breakdown? Lashing out at reporters, losing her cool for the paparazzi’s delight and profit, all because she went from nothing to everything in a short time.

Of course, there is always the perfect example of being pushed into show-biz and being successful at it. Look no further than Michael Jackson. A young boy from a tough upbringing, little to no spare money, living it rough in the ‘burbs. Michael was still a child when the band started getting serious, and never experienced what most of us take for granted; a childhood. As a consequence, he later lived his adult life as an outcast, befriending children and trying to get back his lost childhood. He suffered deep psychological issues, but these were not diagnosed. simply from starting show-biz so early, being shot into stardom, and not learning from what was happening to him.

A true musical talent is not created, they experience life, learn from life, adapt, and should be eased into it.

Musical celebrities like Buddy Holly, Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, BB King, Ray Charles, Freddie Mercury, The Beatles, and countless other groups have learned from their experiences, progressed, and grown from their experiences. Granted, some of the people on my short list of examples DID die young, however some were accidental, some were misadventure. none were suicide. They simply seemed to have forgotten at the time, that too much of a good thing can sometimes kill you.

Recording companies need to learn some moral responsibility, learn that people are behind that song they heard and think could make them a lot of money. People with lives, a family, issues, and fragility. Not knowing this, or simply not caring will result in more and more one-hit-wonders, depressed musicians, and of course, lower the talent pool for what the next generation gets to idolise.

In short, labels need to start raising the bar, making it more difficult to get a deal, a tour, a million sales etc. although at first the money will slow, when people realise the old saying ‘Quality not Quantity’ and perhaps rediscover music for what it has essentially always been… a talent that should be nurtured and admired by all, whether they possess it or not.

bit of an update…

Posted: August 20, 2009 in Art, Guitar, Music, Work

hi everyone
well, what to say? been busy lately…
work has died down a bit lately… working at a CD / DVD Manufacturer, so if anyone needs anything printed… a demo, an EP or an Album, or even a DVD, informercial, video of their cat… let me know! 😀
Finally took the plunge a few months ago and bought a G5 Mac!! (Another reason I haven’t updated, I only update from a 3rd party, I hate typing heaps on a website… so FINALLY found a good mac client!)

Since getting the Mac, I have been hard at work converting all of my old recordings to a new program on Mac, which I am finding heaps better to use… much more flexible, and much better results to be honest… so look out for the next album which will be out around Xmas time (I hope!) with some totally unexpected stuff on there…

I have done a few more canvasses, mostly for home. thats probably it for home, as we are running out of wall space now! 😀 but if anyone wants any canvasses done, I am happy to still do them for you guys! Pics are on my Facebook page, if anyone is interested…

Have been making a fair amount of progress on the latest guitar! The Brian May Red Special (think of Queen, this is Brian May’s guitar… all of that Queen sound was that guitar, no effects, all guitar!) so that should be done by Xmas… maybe in time to record some Queen tracks for the album 😉

I also retrofitted my amp with vintage components… who KNEW that such a small little thing can effect the sound of something SO MUCH!!??!
I blew it up (only a fuse) from cranking it too loud to hear the awesomeness, but once repaired, I will be uploading some sounds… using the Vintage Fuzz Face pedal I have also built (think Jimi Hendrix Distortion) using original vintage parts…

To cut a long story short… I have been feeling creative, and have had a lot of time on my hands lately…

Some other points that I cant be bothered writing much about at the moment…

• I have tickets to AC/DC in melbourne
• I have not been exercising as much as I should, and have gained some of the weight I lost last summer, so that coming off in Spring, when its not too cold to work out outdoors…
• Thinking of starting up a home business… a proper one, not just freelancing… Will keep you guys posted if/when it happens…
• Is trying to self-learn piano…

Thats about all I got… if you are STILL reading, well congrats to you!!

OH check out my NEW WEBSITE at ::::AXEMAN GRAPHICS:::: (will open in a new window)

~*Axeman Out*~

2008 Xmas CD

Posted: December 25, 2008 in Guitar, Music, Personal, Shenanigans, Work