Jim Guittard’s Place

Keepin’ At It!

Posted in Music by guittard on May 29, 2007

It’s been awhile.  I normally don’t post about teaching and I still won’t.  I have maybe a month left until summer vacation.

But I’m very excited to be working on the Ragas projects.  It’s interesting.  We make many good noise.  Henry and I speak Vindaloo talk.  We came up with this while eating at some Indian restaurant on Sunset Blvd. a few years ago. 

Here’s some examples:

“Raga group no like bad vibe.  We like parry good vibe.”

“Byrd group is many cool.  You no like Byrd group, I call many cop.”

“We eat many Vindaloo Curry spice.  It many good and taste.”

“We make many joke with vindaloo.  We save world by eating vindaloo.”

“You no know what Vindaloo is, you look ups on Wikipedias.  Wikipedia make world more smarts.”    

I guess we were playfully imitating our Indian waiters.  It is funny.  I’ve been writing much new stuff for the Ragas now.  I have much free time here at the flat so I just do this.  We’ve been posting all new lyrics and everything at the Ragas myspace.  I uploaded a live show we did that you can find there and Henry sent me a really cool picture of us.  In the picture you will see my great Jumbo Guild 12 string guitar that was stolen by hoodlums, if you will.  Broke my heart.

We’re digging the scene again with the Beachwood Sparks, Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Tyde, the Quarter After, the Lilys, and Wiskey Biscuit.  Music business seems so sketchy.

The Ragas Approved Fab Movie List

Posted in Movies, Music, Society, The Arts by guittard on May 23, 2007

Easy Rider,
The Kids Are Alright,
Monterey Pop Festival,
Woodstock – 3 Days of Peace & Music (The Director’s Cut),
Concert For Bangladesh,
The Band’s Last Waltz,
Harold And Mod,
This Is Spinal Tap!
The Graduate,
To Sir With Love,
The Beatles Anthology,
The Beatles – Let it Be,
The Beatles – Help,
The Beatles – Hard Day’s Night,
The Beatles – The First U.S. Visit,
The Beatles – Yellow Submarine,
The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour,
The Beach Boys – Endless Harmony (2000),
Shindig! Presents: Sixties Superstars (1964),
Shindig! Presents: British Invasion, Vol. 1 (1964),
Shindig! Presents: The Kinks (1964),
The Trip,
The Monkees – Head,
Riot On Sunset Strip,
Gimme Shelter,
Midnight Cowboy,
Stephen Stills and Manassas: The Best of Musikladen Live,
Mayor Of The Sunset Strip,
The Party,
Alice’s Restaurant,
Don’t Look Back,
Bob Dylan: No Direction Home,
I Love You, Alice B. Toklas!,
Gimme Some Truth,
John Lennon’s Imagine,
Pink Floyd: Live at Pompei
Wilco: I Am Trying To Break Your Heart
The Forever Changes Concert,
The Rolling Stones – Rock and Roll Circus,
Psych-Out – 1968

Fear Is Nothing New

Posted in Music, Neo-psychedelia, Poetry, Psychedelic by guittard on May 21, 2007

Fear is nothing new.
Fear is nothing new.

Rise up from the heavy sleep.
You’ve been so far into the deep.
Make the sweet noise for today.
It will carry you the right way.

Your confusion will disappear as you trust.
Leave your ancient fears in the dust.
They will be covered over in time.
Speak your heart with rhyme.

Fear is nothing new.
Fear is nothing new.

With courage, you will strum again.
Unload all the trash into the bin.
Set your eyes up to the sky.
Always tell yourself, I’ll try try try.

Dark times are there no more.
There awaits you an open door.
Don’t let the fear get to you.
Set your heart on something true.

Fear is nothing new.
Fear is nothing new.

Your fans wait with excitement.
How has your time been spent?
Write again about the Tymes.
It’ll clear up any fog burnt mind.

Jim Guittard 2007

Confusion Is Nothing New by Beachwood Sparks