35 - DNS, way of the world, the other WhiteHouse 1 & 2, Hayesie memories, G's the key
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Robinson or, as it would appear, Jamie)
Upon reflection, as far as this song is concerned, I sense a penetrative but unconventional interest in waves and particles.
From: Thomas.Chacko@msnyuhealth.org (Chacko, Thomas)
Whether it's safeguarding an oil supply in a different hemisphere, squaring up over who's god is better (in many cases, which version of the same god is better), vendettas; about which no-one can remember 'who started it' and even if they can, it goes back to a different age with different values.
Then there's 'Might is Right', that pernicious slogan adopted by those with the biggest guns; 'My way or the highway' as they say, 'Neither, thank you very much' says the Underdog, who now befriends other Underdog types and starts yapping and snapping at the ankles of the 'Topdog'; in a desperate attempt to rid himself of these ex-friends, Topdog starts shooting himself in the foot. Guess what? Topdog's going to fall over, and that's no good for anybody.
Part of my beliefs are pretty well rooted in the need to be able to see violence as a primitive form of expression; it never solved anything in the long term, and our leaders are too self serving to see anything but the issues of their own lifetime. .....'and another thing I won't discuss is religion; it always causes a fight'.
Was it Janet Reno (?) who was forced to resign when she became the advocate for the masturbation debate in schools in America. The reactionaries reared up and foretold of campuses overwhelmed with lakes of seminal fluid and discarded batteries, and Janet was history. I believe you are right Tom, orgasmic relief is essential to a healthy approach to the day's activities. It is impossible to focus at length on constructive issues when you are feeling threatened (by young bulls) or bursting at the seams with euphemisms (call it testosterone or just plain horny); I know the answer but I'd never get it through our parliament (or the Castle full of Rascals, as I call it).
From: email@example.com (Bettina Demus)
Hi Ian! Have you already heard? Mary (Long)Whitehouse is dead! She has made it to get 91 years old. Who represents so long morals and decency will comes certainly into the sky! Have you you already choose a boiler in the hell?
Hi, Little Witch from Germany,
I can't say I would like to be in her part of the sky; no laughing, for sure. And she, sure as hell, wouldn't care to be in my section, which is liberally sprinkled with 'boilers from hell'. I'm not there yet, but I know where I'm going.
From: E.Pinner@btinternet.com (Edward Pinner)
P.S. My tickets Oxford Apollo gig arrived the other day (four rows from the front so don't forget to wave!) and if possible I would love to hear Mary Long 'live'. See you then (and maybe at the NEC, and possibly London? My wife will kill me!!)
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Alan)
And Wistow House was the Javelins' Thursday night residency. £5.00 for the gig.
Good to hear from you, stay in touch.
From: email@example.com (M V O)
I'm very interested in how you have done this during your musical career. Did you always pay a lot of attention to it or did you sing it just in the key the arrangements were in?
Is "getting the right mood" the raison why songs like "Smoke On The Water" and "Highway star" are in Gm and not in a more usual guitar key like Am or Em?
And your songs on Jesus Christ Superstar. Did Andrew Lloyd Webber transpose the songs for your voice?
Maybe you have some advice for me?
Within a band, Deep Purple typically, I tend to work around what's on offer. In other words the band will jam all day, Roger tapes it all usually and then we (Rog and I) will pore over it looking for hooky bits and generally ooh aahing at the playing. what we have to find is something that will be the root of a song. It's not that hard because the guys give so much.
Now to your question of key. I'm always searching for a natural tune, and that may be based around the seventh, or the third or the tonic, occasionally the fifth if I'm feeling oriental. Sometimes, because of the guitarist's preference regarding open strings or whatever, I find that the obvious tune is in the wrong key for me, so I try to construct something around one of the harmonies. This rarely works because you're not carrying the tune in the right place and the whole thing suffers as a result, in the sense that it is contrived. So you do your best with attitude and profound lyrics; occasionally you have to scream your nuts off in frustration.
There are times when you have to say 'Guys can we step it up a tone and a half?'. It's worth a shot, but for some reason, although it may be good for you, it doesn't often work with the instruments.
There was no transposition when I did JC Superstar; all the backing tracks were done already, and Tim Rice was urging me to improvise around the written parts, so I just went for it.
And finally, I seem to remember that G was Ritchie's favourite key.
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