Re: Rockabilly vs Surf guitar!
- Zen with his guitar was my choice of words and not a philosophy of
my fathers in any way. What i meant to relate with this descripticve
was that he could play anything once he had heard it once. Dick was a
latchkey kid only having a mom who had to work all the time since he
was a baby. His mom had a guitar which he was not aloud to touch. But
being home alone all day and half the night with no one around and
not mutch to do Dick started messing with his moms guitar. He taught
himself how to play from listening to the radio and imitating it. He
never had any kind of lessons or instruction.
I remember several times in the 80s playing something for him i
know he had never heard before one time and he would be able to
duplicate it almost exactly after one listen and play it once or
twice. Then he would play it again and add a bunch of riffs and stuff
to it to add his own touch to it.
My mother says that all Dick ever wanted to do was make music,
from the time he got up in the morning until he went to bed. When i
was about 9 or so I was going to spend the night at the Ushers house
one time after his son Damien and i finished football practice and we
were Singing Barbara Ann in the back seat of the car on the way
there. I would sing the lead then have Damien come in for the second
chorus. I kept starting over telling Damien the timeing was off or to
sing it like this instead and Gary Usher who was driving looked back
at me and said to me you sound just like your dad. He always wants to
have everyone do it the way he thinks best and will stop and redo and
redo and redo until its sounds like he envisions it. Then Gary Smiled
and started singing Damiens part the next couple of times to show him
the timing. Then we all three sang it the rest of the way to the
Ushers Estate and were jamming as mutch as a couple of 9 year olds
can. It sounded good to me at the time. Good Memories.
--- In Dickcampbell@yahoogroups.com, "Barbara Ann"
>become a "zen" artist. I also took voice lessons from the same
> No wonder! he was a "zen" artist! Wow!
> No wonder he was so versatile! I was just
> wondering what he liked to play the most.
> One time in piano class, my college teacher told me that I would
teacher. I now play the electric guitar.
> I just love rockabilly and really think that one day I'll move onto play a rythm guitar.
> truly remarkable! thanks Gary!