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Options December 1, 2015: Forever (Neil) Young
Chris T. & Guitar Teacher Keith Hartel return to the basement for another guitar lesson, this one focusing on Neil Young.

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Today: Forever (Neil) Young
On today's Aerial View Pod(iatry)cast Keith Hartel returns to give me a third guitar lesson, this one focusing on the work of one of my favorite intuitive guitar players, Neil Young.

These lessons with Keith (here's the first and the second) are always about much more than learning scales or how to solo. During this lesson Keith and I hit upon these topics and many more:
  • Guns N' Roses
  • Aerosmith
  • AOD
  • The Ritz
  • The Capital Theater
  • The Clash
  • Bond’s On Broadway
  • Avoiding Your Family
  • Thanksgiving
  • Death
  • Neil Young
  • The Edge
  • It Might Get Loud
  • Jimmy Page
  • Jack White
  • Laurie Anderson
  • James Jamerson
  • U2
  • Bono
  • Legz
  • Apple Computer
  • Randy Rhodes
  • Powderfinger
  • WFMU
  • John Lennon
  • AC/DC
  • Bob Dylan
  • Steve Jones
  • Johnny Thunders
  • Frank Zappa
  • Amadeus
  • Steely Dan
  • Sam Phillips
  • Tom Petty
  • Paul Richard
  • Rhino
  • Orange Amps
  • Randall Amps
  • Poker
On a technical note, I'm on the left channel, playing my '68 Les Paul through my 1972 Orange Overdrive 80 combo amp (pictured below)...
...and Keith is on the right channel, playing his "Partscaster" (also pictured below) through my Plush amp.
I'm enjoying these guitar lessons and the feedback I'm getting says you are, too. Good thing: I have SO MUCH MORE to learn.
Last Week: Be Thankful For What You Got
Last week's Aerial View Pod(iatry)cast was all about thankfulness. Maybe you listened in the car as you went over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house for turkey? 

I'm thankful for this comment I received from Sean:

Hi Chris T.! I am thankful for your podcast! This is the first time I've listened to your podcast since you went off the air but I intend to listen from now on. Gotta catch up on that Josh Friedman episode. Thanks!

Again, please remember those who go to bed hungry and make a donation to Why Hunger.
Christmas 1999
"Why is she defending him?!
He's a piece of shit
and I'm her brother."
“I don't know.”
"He fucked up my girlfriend's car!
There's paint drips EVERYWHERE!
He broke all the fuckin’ retainin' clips!
He put in a SCREW
where he should've welded!"
"She's divorcing him."
"She's divorcing him."
"When did you hear this?"
"Friday... no—Thursday."
"You talked to her?"
"She said she's DIVORCING him?!"
"Holy shit."
"They've been together twenty-seven years."
"She should've done it years ago."

"I'm never getting married."
"Why not?"
"Because they're all ugly."
"Who's ugly?"
"You're only nine.
You might feel differently someday.
How did it go with your toy plane?"
"You don't want to know."

"Look what I got!
“These are cool!"

"Is my hair straight?
"It looks like an afro!"
"Why don't you like your hair?"
"It's too curly!"
"You don't like curly hair?"
"I can't brush it!"
"There are women who would
KILL for your hair."
"THEY can get a perm."
"Why don't you grow some dreadlocks?"
"I should.
I should just go Bob Marley."
"Who are you burning your hair for?"
"I'm not burning my hair!"
"I can hear it singe!"
"How does it look?"
"It looks dry.
You need something on it."
"I have that taken care of.
How does it look now, Uncle Chris?”
"It still looks dry.
Put more gel in."
"Why don't I just wait
until you do YOUR hair?
Then I can tell you how IT looks."
"I don't have any hair."
"My brother is in here
for FIFTEEN minutes
doing his hair."
"Men care more about their looks now.
Your brother’s WAY ahead of the curve."
"There are boys in my school,
Uncle Chris,
younger than me,
who bleach their hair!
They BLEACH their hair!"
"Does this Mike appreciate
all the trouble you go through?"
"I don't know."
“Can I give you a ride?
I want to meet him,
see if he's a creep
or a nice guy."

"But he CAN’T stop drinking, Patty—
he doesn't want to.
He says to me
‘No one else's wife
tells them what to do!’
Yeah, well, no one else's wife is
doing it all herself—
bringing in all the money,
taking care of the kids—
because her husband
can't earn a living.
I'm tired of it.
I'm tired of this shit.
I want a different life.
Can I call you back?
My brother's here and
we're about to have breakfast."

"It may be the coffee talking
but you have to do
what you have to do.
It sucks for them.
But how long can you do this?"
"Do you remember
what Nana used to ask us?
'How does a man
leave five children?!'
Mommy would give her the evil eye.
Like she wasn't supposed to
put it on us."
"I know it was him leaving her.
But it felt like him leaving us.
It made me feel.
like he didn't want us.
Like nothing,
Like nobody.
Because I don't remember him
coming around after that.
Except for that one Christmas
when he showed up with his
bell bottoms and long hair..
And that fucking Mustang convertible.
I'm just glad he didn't bring Stephanie."
"This is not the same."
"Of course not.
"When will you tell them?"
"After Christmas.
It will be a New Year.
And that seems like a good time.
Merry Christmas."
"Merry Christmas."

Artist Track Year Format
Neil Chris T. Young  Aerial Powderfinger View   Options 2015  WAV 
WFMU Literary Guild Meets THIS SATURDAY
This Saturday night, Dec. 5th, join me at the WFMU Literary Guild Meet, 8 pm at the KGB Bar in NYC.

Other readers include Yvonne Szymczak,  Amanda Nazario, Chris M., Scott McDowellH Faye Kahn (reading for the 1st time), Bronwyn Carlton, and Dan Bodah.

If you can't make it, have no fear: this Meet (or some portion) will be recorded for a future Aerial View podcast.
Obligatory Throwback Pic
Christmas, 1965:
L - R: Marc, Me, Joanie (RIP), Nana (RIP), Diana, Mario (RIP)
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