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Friday, July 10, 2009

Goals, guitars, and Champagne

So, tonight is a celebration for me. Last January 23rd, I said I was going on a diet with a goal or losing 61 lbs and going from 247 to 185. Quite the task and I wasn’t sure I could do it. But this morning, I weighed 184. Success!! That calls for a celebration so I’m breaking the usual $25.00 price cap on my reviews and presenting Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut Champagne. It’s one of France’s best and ranges in price between $37.00 (my price) and $50.00. Wine magazines rated it as follows:
Wine News Rating: 92
Wine Spectator rating: 91
Wine Enthusiast Rating: 92

One of the marks of high quality champagne is the size of the bubbles: the smaller, the better. The Perrier Jouet is fresh and lively with tiny, spiraling bubbles, delicate citrus and honey bouquet, and subtle complex flavors of dry fruit, vanilla, and nuts with a hint of shortbread and butter. Very clean taste with no bitterness or aftertaste. A truly grand champagne…and I deserve it!

And to complete the celebration: some of my favorite electric guitarists. Jimi Hendrix version of Watchtower is, in my opinion, one of the greatest songs ever performed, although I still ling the studio version best. Stevie Ray’s Crossfire is one of his best songs and Scuttle Buttin is some seriously amazing picking. I’ve included a non-video memorial to him with Life By The Drop, which symbolizes his life and recovery from drugs and alcohol. Jeff Beck is one of the most creative guitarists I’ve ever heard. Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers is a classic. Also found a couple of duets of his with Eric Clapton, another of my fav’s. And last but not least, one of my blues favorites, Robin Ford. I love his song, “Start it up.” By the way, all you bassists, Robin’s bassist is Roscoe Beck, also one of my favorites. Hope you enjoy them.


P.S. if the links don't work, click on the link to my myspace site at the bottom of the page. tose seem to be fine.

Jimi Hendrix:
All Along The Watchtower:
Purple Haze:
Red House:
Machine Gun:
Who Knows:

Stevie Ray Vaughn:
Scuttle Buttin:
Texas Flood:
Little Wing:
In Memory of Stevie: Life by the Drop:
Willie the Wimp:
Mary Had A Little Lamb:

Jeff Beck:
Cause we’ve ended as lovers:
A Day In The Life:
Freeway Jam:
With Eric Clapton
Further up the road:
You Need Love:

Robin Ford:
Rumba Blues:
Start it up:
You Cut Me to the Bone:
Talk to your daughter:

1 comment:

Rick Daley said...

Another good collection. Hard to go wrong with these guys. I agree that the studio version of Watchtower sounds better, it's a regular on my iPod exercise playlist. I have a particular fondness for Dylan's songs when other artists are playing them.

I got to see Jeff Beck (with Tony Hymas and Terry Bozzio) and Stevie Ray Vaughn in a double-header back around 1988. It was a great show. I was a junior in high school, and didn't know that much about either artist at the time. I remember being blown away by Jeff Back, at the time the high energy struck me harder than the Texas Blues, although now I listen with different ears. I'd love to see that show again.