Mix Six “That Classic Rock Mix”

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This was one of those mixes that started like the mix tapes I used to do in the 80s. That is to say I started with one song and then quickly searched for another song to mix in while the first song was being recorded. Well, now I have the luxury of being able to give these mixes a bit more thought, but this one came together pretty quickly. I suppose once you start on a classic rock vibe, you just gotta go with it. So, let’s get on with it!

“Destroyer” The Kinks (Download) Here ’tis! The song that started this whole mess. God bless Ray Davies.

“In the Flesh?” Pink Floyd (Download) This is one of those sledgehammer songs that takes me back to 1984 when I was a filmmaker geek in college. Our film club (and just saying “film club” makes me think of that one time at band camp…) did a fundraiser for a film project by screening “Pink Floyd The Wall” at the crappiest theater in Concord, CA. For those who are from this area, it’s the Capri Theater (or “Crapee”) on Willow Pass Rd. After paying for the rental of the film, we netted over $1000! Not bad for a bunch of community college wannabe film idiots. πŸ™‚

“Europa” Santana (Download) When I saw Santana in concert years ago, this song was supposed to be that chill moment where Carlos Santana wanted everyone in the audience to just connect with the earth and think about…stuff. But all I could think about was, “Hey! is that pot I smell coming from the row in front of me?”

“Grey Seal” Elton John (Download) Sure, I could have played one of the hits off Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, but that would be kind of boring, right?

“Day of the Eagle” Robin Trower (Download) What a cool song, eh? Truth be told this was the first song I played in front of a captive audience a couple of years ago. My friend Ravi works for KGO radio and they had a BBQ at the home of his boss, and a good chunk of the staff could play musical instruments, so there was a kind of individual talent show, and then a huge jam on classic rock tunes at the end. Since this was my first time playing in front of an audience, all I could think at the time was “Don’t mess up! Don’t mess up! Don’t mess up!” Sadly, I messed up. We never practiced the song with amps and with a full kit, so once Ravi’s son plugged in his bass, the sound was so muddy and loud that I couldn’t hear my cues from Ravi on guitar and vocals. Ravi’s wife came up to us after we played our set and said “That was wonderfully horrible!” Good times. Here are some pictures of the “wonderfully horrible” gig.

Me and Jai trying not to screw up!

Ravi wondering why we keep missing our cues.

“Rock-n-Roll Suicide” David Bowie (Download) What other way are you going to close out a classic rock set?

Have a great weekend, y’all!

–PK

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