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    “Do you even believe in other worlds?”
    “I find it a great effort to believe in this one,” said Sarima, “yet it seems to be here, so why should I trust my skepticism about other worlds?”

    - Wicked, Gregory Maguire

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    colbert_logo.gifDespite his own opinion, Stephen Colbert will always be a second to Jon Stewart.  However, last night he was at the top of my list: he had Rush on as guests.  It was alot of fun, Stephen had a great time giving his producer grief – or was his producer giving Stephen grief? – about how big a Rush fan the producer is.  One of my favorite moments was when the producer asked Rush “will you sign my host?”rush-wallpaper10_1024×768.jpg

    This is the first time Rush has been on US television in over 30 years, and Stephen did a good job giving them their due (did you know that Rush is 4th on the list of all time gold and platinum record certifications?). 

    You can see the whole show (and there’s enough Rush throughout that I think the whole show is worth watching) at:…


    Sweet Home Alabama

    The band I play in has made a decision about playing “Sweet Home Alabama” – we don’t. We took it off our play list a long time ago. Unfortunately, we can’t seem to get away from it, it gets requested at just about every gig. Well, Sam has steered me to a version I can appreciate.  It’s from a Finnish band called Leningrad Cowboys.  Here they’re performing with the Red Army Choir.  They’ve also covered Led Zeplin, Metallica, the Beattles, Uriah Heep and many others.


    String Quartet

    Lately I’ve been listening to a string quartet.  Here’s one of the pieces I like.

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    News from Rush

    Another tour!!!!
    From Rush’s website:

     After a hugely successful 2007 run, Rush are pleased to announce they will extend their Snakes & Arrows World Tour into 2008. The band will begin rehearsals in March to revamp the set list before kicking off the tour with their first ever appearance in San Juan, Puerto Rico in April…  2008 will see Rush tour in over 40 cities throughout the United States and Canada making stops in many where they haven’t performed in well over a decade including: Orlando, Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Austin, Jacksonville and Winnipeg to name a few. Along the way, Rush will play new venues in Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia and Seattle and will revisit some familiar ones in Boston, Washington and Charlotte amongst others.

    For the complete press release click below:

    Rush Press Release 
     Also, RUSH has been nominated for a 2008 Grammy in the Best Rock …


    Here’s a little something from the Four Rivers Band demo cd:  (Kris says I have to give a warning that it gets a little repetitious and drags on some at the end…)

    “Houses of the Holy” from Four Rivers Band

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    Good Luck, Josh

    Some of you know Josh; for those that don’t, he’s been playing lead guitar for us in the Four Rivers Band for some time now.  This month he’s decided to make the leap and move to Seattle.  We’re going to miss him a great deal.

    Here’s a piece from Josh’s second solo cd; it may not be his most intricate guitar work, but I like the bass line…

    “I Am I, You Are You” by Josh Terry

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    Church League Softball, from Tim Wilson

    Ahhhh, reminds me of the good old days playing church basketball.


    A Bass Medley

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    A Bass Medley, by Stu Hamm

    The other day I was golfing with Brent and we got talking a little about music. He’s a jazz fan and asked me about a couple of jazz bass players. It reminded me of this cd that my bass teacher had given me that included some things from Jaco Pastorius, Vic Wooten, and Stu Hamm. This is one of Stu Hamm doing a medley of songs. Remember, it’s one guy, on one bass, mostly finger tapping and hammering.


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    Wond’ring Aloud, by Jethro Tull

    Ok, so here’s a little something (that’s not Rush) I’ve been singing to myself the last couple of days.


    The Song in My Head

    Ok, it’s completely inexplicable, but the song in my head this morning is “I’m Winning” by Steve Winwood.  I don’t believe I even have a copy of that song, but it’s in my head.  Certainly an upbeat, positive song, but as to how it got into my head – I have absolutely no explanation.


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