Thursday, March 05, 2009

Sharp Dressed Man

Every girl's crazy 'bout 'em. That's why Esquire magazine listed their choices for the world's best. First, the bad news for all you Messiah-chasers out there, is that Obama placed fourth in the lineup. The top slot belongs to the heir to the British throne, HRH Charles, Prince of Wales.

"He is perfectly turned out in a double-breasted suit. Admirably, the prince keeps his wardrobe in appropriate style: we're told he has a room laid out like a tailor's shop..." Prince Charles, 60, keeps it simple and has worn suits by Saville Row tailors Gieves and Hawkes, complete with pocket handkerchief and silk tie, for years. Esquire said he was "always incredibly well dressed."

No, we don't have room for a picture of him. We can do better. While we're on the subject of sharp dressed men, let's give a shout to "that little band from Texas," ZZ Top, as they give it up for a kick-@$$-take-no-prisoners stage performance in the Lone Star State, complete with the signature subtle choreography during the guitar break. These guys are best known for their terrific music videos. Our research department simply couldn't come up with one. So a live performance is the next best thing.

While researching this material, we found that this piece was performed by a contestant on "American Idol," and has also been performed by -- get this! -- The Jonas Brothers. Anything to make underage girls swoon, I suppose. But it only goes to show, that chicks of all ages also dig guys who play guitar. That's why we are using this as yet another lame excuse, to feature another "garage band" workshop, from a guy who appears to know what he's doing. Note the importance of the distortion effect to give the electric sound the proper dosage of grit. You gotta be plugged in for this bad boy. Yes, ma'am. To find out more, write to this gent at "beginnerguitarlesson at yahoo dot com." Tell him who sent ya.

But before we go, we just cannot resist the opportunity to present an up-close-and-personal blues workshop with Billy Gibbons, the man behind the aforementioned magic. Notice the dual track approach of flatpicking the "walk" on the lower strings, punctuated by interspersed accents on the higher strings by up-stroking with the middle and ring fingers. This is geared for players of intermediate ability, but even for the beginner, this six minutes could very well change your life.

God bless Texas.

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