Andy McKee’s playing is incredible. He’s one of the most original guitarists I’ve ever heard. In 2001, he was the youngest competitor to ever place in the top 3 at the Winfield National Fingerstyle Guitar Championships His videos are some of the most watched on YouTube. I believe he’s in the top five for the site so if you haven’t heard or seen him, there’s plenty of opportunity. Very listenable, but for a former bassist like myself, he can bring some pretty funky stuff. Again, if the links don't work, cut and past them into your browser. don't mis his playing!
Art of Motion: really fun, funky tune with great percussion and a nice melody to go with the beat. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmE3QaGetn4&feature=channel
Keys to the Hovercar: His mix of percussion and melody just amazes me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIzuSi3dEqI&feature=channel
Africa by Toto: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dt1fB62cGbo&feature=related
All Laid Back and Stuff: On of my favorites. Very sweet melody and beautiful harmonics.
Dreamcatcher: Very quiet, pretty tune. I could drift away on this one. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaiM8Fh-8kc&feature=channel
The Friend I Never Met: Plays a harp guitar here. Very intricate harmonics. Michael Hedges sounding tune. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f27megLOleQ&feature=channel
Yesterday was Valentine’s day and I have to admit, I broke my diet (I’m down 22 pounds in four weeks so what the heck). I saw that my local wine shop was clearing out overstocked inventory and had a 2004 Whitehall Lane Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon marked down from $50.00 to $33.00. I realize this is over my usual $25.00 price limit, but hey, it was Valentine’s day.
This Cabernet is a deep red color. It has a gorgeous nose of blackberries, plums, blueberries, and spice with cherry-vanilla undercurrents. Very fruity on the palate with cherry, blackberry and spice flavors jumping out at you. The finish is remarkably long with a velvety texture and subtle oak and tannins that don’t overpower. I think this is one of the best Cabernets I’ve ever tasted. My wife agreed. The Wine Enthusiast gave it a score of 91. Personally, I’d give it a 95. Next time you’re in the mood to spurge, try this one. You won’t be disappointed.