JTG: With songwriting, usually I start with a title and I try to write around that title. Sometimes I will do stream of consciousness writing, where you close your eyes, visualize a scene, and try to describe it in a way that fits your melody. Or sometimes I will start with a drum beat, because that gives me a feel, a groove. Those are really important. To me, if you don't have a groove or a feel, you are flying blind.
Fred: A band is not just a group of musicians. It is a group of musicians at a certain moment in their lives. John, Paul, George and Ringo in 1964 would have sounded completely different than John, Paul, George, and Ringo in 1978.
But there is also that musical DNA thing that musicians have. Everybody's place within the note is how they define themselves as musicians. Some drummers rush the beat. I rush the beat. I am on top of the beat all the time. Some drummers, like Ringo or John Bonham, they lay back.
July 30th at The Main Course in Columbia, SC! Tickets at https://smarturl.it/CM-July30-2021
A belated happy birthday to photographer Douglas Opbroek. Here he is on stage with us in Shreveport, LA giving Fred some help with the drums.
Fred: What we try to do with the show is to let people know that it’s OK to lose your mind. It’s OK to be just as silly as you want to be. There aren’t many places in the world these days that allow you to do that.
Running through sound check at The Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton, Florida. Can't wait for tonight! Are you with me?!
Fred: It is important to me to put out a positive vibe during our shows. That's something I do for me as much as for everybody else. Ultimately it is up to each person in the audience if they want to run with that idea. It's not up to me. It's up to them. I'm not looking to save the world. But if I am going to do this, I want to put out a constructive vibe.
John Thomas: I will never forget my mom and dad coming to our soundcheck at "Memphis in May," which is a big concert series down in the lower part of the river. My mom was sitting in a lawn chair outside our trailer. I came off the stage after soundcheck and saw my mom talking to this gentlemen. After a bit he went back to his own trailer. I said, "Mom, do you know who that was?"
She said, "No."
"That was Little Richard."
I said, "Well, what was he saying to you?"
"Oh, he was the nicest man. He was so sweet. He asked where I was from…"
Just this casual conversation. She had no clue at all.