Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tedeschi Trucks Band Let Me Get By

First of all, I am still learning this posting process, so apologies for any formatting issues or the sparse nature of this post, it will lack bells and whistles and other shit.

I was told I could write about music, so being one of the things I love and me being a huge fucking music snob, I jumped on the chance. I really as a younger teen and as a man wanted to play guitar. I was told I had a superior ear for music but unfortunately my hands don't want to cooperate. That being said, I have fallen in love with many guitar giants such as Stevie Ray Vaughn and Duane Allman as well as more modern heroes like Steve Vai and Joe Satriani.

In the end, it was blues, jazz and southern style rock that called to me most, Warren Haynes, Black Crowes, the jam band scene and eventually Derek Trucks. Derek is a GUITAR GOD, the man has been playing and releasing CD's since he was 13 or 14 and the further along he went, the better he got and the more his true voice was realized.

In 2010, Derek's band merged with the band of his wife, singer and guitarist, Susan Tedeschi, to form the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and this is their third studio album. While the 12 piece band has ripped up the concert stage and blew us way on CD, I believe this album is the beginning of their TRUE potential.

In a music industry and world filled to the brim with sugar filled throwaway "music", the soul and passion and power behind the 10 songs and the bonus CD (YES buy the deluxe package) flat destroys anything on the radio today.

This is how music should be, if you are a fan of the real deal, these guys, dear readers, are the real deal.
go throw money at them here.

I'll shut up, just listen.

All The Birds in the Sky By: Charlie Jane Anders

All the Birds in the SkyAll the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is gonna be hard to review. First of all, I read a TON, but rarely and I mean rarely, do I get touched by a story or characters. This story in spots hit me like a train and I loved the fact that as rich and totally weird as the world was, there were hints of more. That might have been my wreck of a brain trying to fill in holes, but as a total world building slut of a reader, that hit all my good spots.

IS this book perfect? In this humble reader's opinion, yes. Did I give it a perfect score, no. Why call it perfect and not rate it 5 then you moron??!?! (Geez...enough with the questions, hold on, I'll tell you.)

The only, only reason I docked a star on this wonderful work, is entirely personal. The main relationship hit a bit too close to home for me. A sign of great characters is when the reader can identify totally with what the writer puts on paper, and well there was a moment in this story that just plain hurt. I am not a fan of crying reading books, that being said, if you are a fan of any of the authors I review, give this a read.

No, scratch that... even though I told you damn near nothing about this story, if you are a child/adult of the past 30 odd years, you should read this story, give Charlie Jane Anders your money, then beg her to write more.

I leave you with this quote, and the only spoilerish thing I will ever state about a book. "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic". Arthur C. Clarke

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