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The Old Jonny Booker Band monkeying around with Phil Rice's version of The Power of Music (1858).

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Comment by Wes Merchant on April 15, 2014 at 4:57am
Mighty fine!
Comment by Andy Chase on April 15, 2014 at 7:07am

Nice! These tunes really come alive with percussion.  When I'm disciplined enough to record with a metronome, it's fun to throw a track into GarageBand and play with drum loops.

Comment by Tim Twiss on April 15, 2014 at 7:10am

Good. I think this is an underrated tune, especially to have group participation and improvising, because it basically is a strong and simple chord progression. It has room for melodic embellishment. Certainly one to pull out for AEBG...with percussion.

Comment by Tim Twiss on April 15, 2014 at 7:49am

Rhythm...yes. So adaptable. Isn't this the groove to "Walk This Way"?

Comment by Tim Twiss on April 15, 2014 at 8:00am

So, a jazz man would see this as:

II:    V  I  /   V   I  /  V  I  /   V   I   :II

II:   IV  I /   V   I   /  IV  I  /  V   I   :II

Comment by Paul Draper on April 15, 2014 at 8:34am
Sounds good boys! I wish I could get a group like this together in my living-room...
Comment by Mark Weems on April 15, 2014 at 9:10am

Tim, It's a beat from James' old high school marching band! With this one we started with the beat, then placed the tune within it. We're doing a lot of experimenting with this sort of beat/rhythm thing.

Comment by Rob Morrison on April 15, 2014 at 10:17am

Good job boys.  I'm proud of you.

Comment by Strumelia on April 26, 2014 at 2:41pm

Wow, I really like what you guys did with this.  Nice pace, too.

Comment by CURTIS PAYNE on May 5, 2014 at 10:24pm

Mark I listened to this many times, it doesn't get old.  Greaat job once again.  Do you have a CD with all these great tunes?

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