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April 17, 2013
One sweet version of the guitar developed by The Wizard Of Waukesha, Les Paul.

One sweet version of the guitar developed by The Wizard Of Waukesha, Les Paul.

This blog has been in the crosshairs so many times for having an unfair focus on any one particular subject at one time.  First it was too focused on Todd Rundgren, then it was too focused on Adrian Belew, then it was too focused on A Day For Grace, and now we return the focus to Sam Llanas.  In defense of the blog, it cannot be helped if these artists are constantly on my radar, and if this really bothers anyone that much, again, simply do not read this column!!!

If that is not a convincing enough argument for the position this blog takes as to what will and what will not be covered here, please scroll down to the “categories” section of this page.  One of the “categories” selected will be “Opinion/Editorial”.  For those who don’t know, this means I am free, as dictated by the codicils of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution that guarantees me the right to free speech.  Many law enforcement agencies repeatedly attempt to quell the rights within the Constitution under the “Patriot Act”.

I defer to the founding fathers, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, et al.

This blog was born of a music review column.  We do all kinds of reviews, music, theater, television, and yes, societal events.

A founding father of modern music is a name you have to familiar with if you claim to know music anytime after the 50’s.  Les Paul.  If you have seen any musical act in just about any genre, from jazz to heavy metal, you have seen a Les Paul.  Jazz great Al DiMeola, plays a Les Paul guitar by Gibson.  Progressive rock icon Robert Fripp not only plays a Les Paul guitar by Gibson, but has developed a new standard tuning developed off of a drop C tuned to 7ths, and has begun to oversee manufacturing of his own line of “Crimson Guitars” loosely based off of the Gibson Les Paul.  Ace Freely of Kiss plays a Les Paul guitar by Gibson almost exclusively.  This list could go in indeterminately.

Modern music was able to grow and thrive, and the possibility for the multi-instrumentalist was made possible by Les Paul as he developed the (what we now know to be computer based) multi-track recording system, which allows musicians to record a track at a time and to layer instruments separately so that one man can play everything himself and play all the parts.  Paul used to do so with his wife, Mary Ford, who was herself a capable guitarist and vocalist.

Now, an old friend of BouleBlog has gotten his hands on some of Paul’s very own guitars for a very special video to his song “The Way Home” from the brilliant 2011 release 4a.m. (The Way Home).  The video for the song was filmed in association with the opening of the Wizard Of Waukesha museum opening in Wisconsin on none other than what would have been Paul’s 98th birthday, June 9th.

From a recent industry magazine, ProSound News:

To experience the video, check it out here:

Also, in case you missed Llanas’ recent appearance to promote not only the Museum and the Video, but also the current campaign to “Send Sammy To Broadway”.  “Send Sammy To Broadway” is a fund raising campaign which has actually (thanks to sports figures such as Matt Lepsis) met one of its primary goals and is speeding towards its next financial goal, all in the name of bringing a second run of the critically acclaimed play, A Day For Grace not only to cities where it was so well received, but new venues to assist in awareness of societal causes as anti-suicide, anti-bullying and sobriety awareness.  Llanas provides poignant musical interludes during …Grace with playwright Doug Vincent.  Check out Llanas’ Milwaukee appearance here:

In conclusion, we will continue to cover Sam Llanas, Gary Tanin, Doug Vincent and A Day For Grace as often as is necessary.  In light of recent events in Boston, human behavioral understanding is required perhaps even more so now than ever.  If A Day For Grace and the efforts of Llanas can make a difference in one life, then each and every letter in the continuing coverage of this blog will have been worth it!

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