"I love to go to the studio and stay there 10 or 12 hours a day. I love it. What is it? I don't know. It's life."

Happy Birthday, Johnny Cash!


Johnny Cash (26th February, 1932 - 12th September, 2003) was an American singer and songwriter. Cash was one of the most influential musicians of his time, playing music in the genres of rockabilly, rock and roll, blues, folk and gospel and especially country. Cash felt much sympathy for prisoners and played free concerts in many prisons, some of which were recorded as live albums. Cash was a devout Christian and explored his faith through several forms. Cash also experienced some brief run-ins with the law and struggled with drug addiction for much of his life. Cash was the youngest living inductee into the historical Country Music Hall of Fame and earned many awards for his music, including over fifteen Grammys. Cash died in 2003 after a long life of achievements and serves as a strong influential force in American music to this day.

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Photo-of-Django-Reinhardt-001Happy Birthday Django Reinhardt!

Jean "Django" Reinhardt (January 23, 1910 – May 16, 1953) was a pioneering jazz guitarist and composer who is often credited as the first European jazz musician who significantly influenced the genre. Reinhardt developed a new technique, sometimes known as 'hot' jazz guitar, that has since become a living musical tradition within French gypsy culture. His most popular compositions which have since become jazz standards, include "Minor Swing", "Daphne", "Belleville", "Djangology", "Swing '42", and "Nuages". (Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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A guitar that tunes itself! 

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Tuesday, 06 November 2012 02:44

John Abercrombie: Within a Song

"Be true to yourself; be true to what it is you're hearing and feeling and try to get that to come out in your music."

- John Abercrombie

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Terje Rypdal uses a cane to climb the stairs onto the stage at Le Poisson Rouge, for a rare concert in New York City. The crowd cheers and he waves his cane in recognition. He sits down, picks up his red Fender Stratocaster, and proceeds to unleash a barrage of color.

"When I have a really good guitar sound—like in New York--it sort of opens up and there is some brightness shining and colors."

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