Dylan went electric…. Norah Jones has gone electric guitar now…
Todd Wong shucks his accordion for a red electric guitar
It was a friendly music night at the home of Vernon friends, Jeff and Carol. Just before New Year's Eve on Dec 30, we had gone up for a music night of classic folk and rock tunes. I had taken my accordion. It was lots of fun, similar to the musical ceilidh of Christmas and celtic songs at the McMordie household before Christmas back in North Vancouver.
With my accordion we had played some Elvis tunes, blues tunes, folk tunes even classics like Four Strong Winds, Hotel California and Del Shannon's Runaway. We even sang accapella for Stan Rogers' classic North West Passage. I also played some celtic accordion tunes from my music books, as one of the musicians had led off on flute with The British Grenadiers. I also tossed off my standards of Hungarian Dance #5 and O Solo Mio and Tourna A Sorrento.
But I had left my music stand behind. So on January 2nd, Deb and I returned to the house and found ourselves at another music night – but without my accordion. Carol offered me her red electric guitar without even asking if I could play guitar – even before offering me the keyboard in the corner.
Wow! I hadn't ever played an electric guitar before. I have my own accoustic guitar that I have strummed occasionally since high school lessons – but never an electric hooked up to an amp, and with a session jam before!
My finger picking was decent and I tried out the chords to House of the Rising Sun. We played through Annie's Song, as I used to play a lot of John Denver back in the 70's. But I was hungry for some Johnny Cash music.
I think we really need to play a version of Ring of Fire, at the 2010 Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinner since I discovered that Johnny Cash had Scottish ancestry.