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Mental Strummin's

by The Old Man and the Muses

Other than Wood and Metal ( Track 10 ), these are primarily acoustic instrumentals with a varying addition of synthesized effects. The bass and piano of Elevator Jude ( Track 7 ) is from a DVD that had a rendition of The Beatles' Hey Jude I added on to.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Squeaky Sneaker Stroll
2:24 $0.49
2. Hear and There
5:21 $0.99
3. Let It Slide
2:28 $0.99
4. Enter Lude
1:12 $0.49
5. Happie Hands
0:53 $0.49
6. "D" Uh
2:47 $0.99
7. Elevator Jude
8:08 $0.99
8. No Nose
1:50 $0.99
9. Remember
5:00 $0.99
10. Wood and Metal
6:18 $0.99
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Album Notes
Thank you very much for your tolerance, compassion, and generous taste in music : )

mental strummin's ( Lyrics + Songologies )

Wood and Metal ( Track 10 )

It's just Wood and Metal
Just like flesh and bone
and when it's in your hands
don't it feel
right at home

Let the sound wash over you...

It's just flesh and bone
Just like Wood and Metal
but when it's in your hands
don't it feel
like home

Let the sound wash over you...

Well, shine...through...

mental strummin's ( Songologies )

( Just a little side note - " mental strummin's " is an [ imperfect ] anagram for " instrum[m]entals " + minus the apostrophe. What can I say ? I'm an imperfect man in an imperfect world...or am I a perfectly imperfect man in a perfectly imperfect world ? Or ... )


If you've ever played basketball, volleyball, or had an occasion to run around on waxed wood flooring in tennis shoes, you'll easily associate with the sounds of the guitar strings on this one - Sure, I could've recorded it without all of the squeaks, but where's the fun in that ?! : )

Hear and There - Track ( 2 )

( No, it's not a typo ) ... All of my stuff is pretty basic, but I like it anyway.
This one, for me at least, seems somehow both relaxing and uplifting at the same time...

Let it slide - Track ( 3 )

Just a fun little tune with a decent amount of movement for the listener.
I like the rapidity of the wood block at the very end.

Enter lude - Track ( 4 )

( Play on " Interlude " )
In my overly generous imagination, this should be played as a continuous loop by itself or, ideally, by a large Marching Band : )

happie hands - Track ( 5 )

This is another one that would be best if listened to in a continuous loop ( ' cause it's SO damn short ! ).

" D " uh - Track ( 6 )

This one is supposed to evoke a " Movie Theater " type of feeling - Best with the lights down as low as they can go or off.

Elevator Jude - Track ( 7 )

I ordered a DVD from The United Kingdom that had several MIDI files of BEATLES renditions / interpretations using only a bass guitar and keyboards. After converting the files so I could use them in my home studio recording computer program, I added all of the additional instruments.
During my research to acquire the proper Copyright procedures, I uncovered some interesting facts, some of which, I was unaware of...
" Hey Jude " was first published in 1968. The song's original title was " Hey Jules " - short for John Lennon's son Julian. Apparently, it was conceived by Sir Paul McCartney as he was driving to John Lennon's home while thinking about young Julian dealing with the aspects of his parents' prior divorce.
I've also read that the name " Jude " was inspired by a character from the musical " Oklahoma ".
Other lyrics seem to steer toward a variety of different possible inspirations and interpretations.
" Hey Jude " was performed using a 36 piece orchestra ( who, incidentally, were paid double their normal rate for assisting with back-up vocals, among other things ).
Back when 45's ( plastic [ vinyl ] phonograph records with one song on each side - A and B ) were prevalent, The BEATLES song " Revolution " had been scheduled to be the " A " side, but was later swapped with " Hey Jude ".
After The BEATLES started their own ( " Apple " ) Records Label, they sent four records, including " Hey Jude " and three from other artists they were representing, to members of The Royal Family, The British Prime Minister, and to Queen Elizabeth II :o
" Hey Jude " spent two weeks on top of the charts before it was ousted by another group's song that Paul McCarthey had produced ( ! )
Richie Havens played an improvised chorus of " Hey Jude " as one of the songs on his set list to open The Woodstock Festival in 1969.
In November of 2010, " Downloadable " music first became available - " Hey Jude " was the most downloaded BEATLES song that day.

No Nose - Track ( 8 )

This is just the guitar progression to my song " No Nose Candy, Please " ( " Kiddie Diddies " album ) plus the added back-up vocals ( choir ) , of course, and a few additional lines of music.

Remember - Track ( 9 )

When I had first written the introduction to " Rock ' n ' Roll forgot " ( " Rock and stroll " album ), I attempted to record it before I had mastered the picking pattern I'd created ( that's why the intro to that song is made-up of my three best attempts layered on top of each other ). Once I'd become more proficient at it, I decided to make this tune. ( For whatever reason, I don't really care that it's so repetitive )
To me, it kinda has a " Far East " kind of sound to it...maybe it could be used for meditation or somethin' ( ? )

Wood and Metal - Track ( 10 )





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