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JJ Rosa

Don’t know much about Jessica Rose Hancock aka JJ Rosa other than she’s from Stockport near Manchester and she’s a great guitarist.

Check her out on FacebookTwitter and Soundcloud.

Free Downloads – Step Aside [Live] here or the Live At The Deaf Institute EP here

 

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Former Pupils

Matt Wood: Kirkby Guitar Blues

I taught Matt Wood many years ago, when he was still at school. He started lessons on the recommendation of his school friend Joe Strange and I’m proud to say he wrote a song about his experience!

Recently we wrote two songs together for FAWM 2014 – This Is Real Life
and Unnecessarily Pimped-Out Horse TruckAs well as being talented songwriter, Matt also customises guitars.

Check out the Former Pupil Wall Of Fame

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Unnecessarily Pimped-Out Horse Truck

A sea of blue sparkle paint and too much chrome
Like Cab Calloway telling a shaggy horse story
Download     mp3 demo     Chords (pdf)     Lyrics (pdf)

Drivin’ to my baby’s for a red hot date
The traffic wasn’t movin’ I was already late
I craned my neck to see the cause of the jam
Thinking that maybe I should lend a hand
A sea of blue sparkle paint and too much chrome
It was a mobile equine luxury home
To my deep consternation I found myself stuck
Behind an unnecessarily pimped-out horse truck

It was an unnecessarily pimped-out horse truck
An unnecessarily pimped-out horse truck
It could not be overtaken, it could not be overtook
That unnecessarily pimped-out horse truck

People was a-cussin’ an a-honkin’ their horns
As I walked over to the driver, she was looking forlorn
I said “Ma’am, you got a unique boutique horse abode
But you really outta’ saddle up ‘fore you get towed”
She commenced to cryin’ I said “Why the long face?”
She said “I think my prize stallion has gone an’ escaped,
Would you pull up to my bumper baby, please take a look
Inside my unnecessarily pimped-out horse truck?”

My unnecessarily pimped out horse truck
My unnecessarily pimped out horse truck
Examine every cranny and probe every nook
Inside my unnecessarily pimped-out horse truck

Sure enough the back door was open wide
But to take a closer look I climbed up inside
I found a pair of busted handcuffs and some dudes pants
That was the moment that the back door slammed
I said, “don’t horse around ma’am I gots to skedaddle”
She said, “slow down stud, let me get back in the saddle”
She was some kind of pervert or some kind of crook
Drivin’ an unnecessarily pimped-out horse truck

An unnecessarily pimped-out horse truck
An unnecessarily pimped-out horse truck
The whole van shimmied, the whole van shook
That unnecessarily pimped-out horse truck

I was fighting for my honour but she wouldn’t back down
She was ridin’ me bareback like a rodeo clown
She had the bit between my teeth and her spurs in my ribs
I groped around and cried out for deliverance
That’s when a glittering trinket that was nailed high above
Fell down and crowned her with a terrible thud
A purple sparkle horseshoe sure brought me good luck
Inside that unnecessarily pimped-out horse truck

That unnecessarily pimped-out horse truck
That unnecessarily pimped-out horse truck
Goodnight sweet Princess, no, don’t get up
From your unnecessarily pimped-out horse truck

© Matt Blick/Matt Wood 2014

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Tom Waits On … Having Multiple Influences

Kathleen [Brennan – Tom’s wife] was the first person who convinced me that you can take James White and the Blacks, and Elmer Bernstein and Leadbelly—folks that could never be on the bill together—and that they could be on the bill together in you. You take your dad’s army uniform and your mom’s Easter hat and your brother’s motorcycle and your sister’s purse and stitch them all together and try to make something meaningful out of it.

Tom Waits on Tom Waits: Interviews and Encounters (p.256)

You know when you throw a party, you think people will show up and no one will like each other. It’s like that with music – parts of your musical psyche have never met other parts. You wonder if you should get them together.

Brainy Quotes

I have a kind of miscellaneous quality to myself

Interviews And Encounters (p.287)

More Tom Waits wisdom here

(you can find a lot of the interviews online at www.tomwaitsfan.com).

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Former Pupils Nottingham Sounds

Deeper Flint Communication Forever

The last few weeks have been a manic series of gigs – everything from a solo gig, a 6 year olds ukelele club playing in the open air, to Deeper Than Forever‘s BBC Introducing/Single Launch at the Old Library in Mansfield

The guys did brilliantly, and you can hear the single here…

…and on the NUSIC podcast here. The group I worked with last year New Communication were also on the bill. They’re turning into a formidable live band.

Both bands were featured on the BBC Introducing radio show along with Heather Flint, a former member of New Communication who was debut her new solo EP Interest in Me

Check out more former students here

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Let's Build An Airport EP

Let’s Build A Record Store

I missed this mini review from Indie muso Tom Slatter but thanks to google it eventually turned up. I’m thrilled to hear my EP described as “really rather spiffing”. Tom has some interesting thoughts about Record Store Day too.

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Tom Waits On … Finding Your Voice

For a songwriter, you don’t really go to songwriting school; you learn by listening to tunes. And you try to understand them and take them apart and see what they’re made of and wonder if you can make one too.

Brainy Quote

I listen to things and break a piece off of this, and a piece off of this, and I tie this to that, put these two together and then I take them out to meet the pieces coming down from the top and wrap it all in newspaper and set it on fire.

I’m not totally original. I draw from all kinds of sources and I listen to a lot of things … I would recommend that when you are starting out that you stay with your own stuff and find out who you are. And stay with you minding your own unique qualities and rather than trying to sound like somebody else . . . I mean you do start like somebody else and slowly you become [you] so it’s kinda like life, you know?

I think you have to work on yourself more than you work on the music. Then whatever you’re aiming at you’ll be able to hit between the eyes.

Tom Waits on Tom Waits: Interviews and Encounters (p.224, 284, 193)

You have to protect yourself. Most of us expect artists to do irresponsible things, to be out of control. Somehow we believe that if you’re way down there, you’re going to bring something back up for us, and we won’t have to make the trip. Go to hell with gasoline drawers on and bring me back some chicken chow mein while you’re at it.

Interviews And Encounters (p.249)

More Tom Waits wisdom here

(you can find a lot of the interviews online at www.tomwaitsfan.com).