THE ELM TREASON NEWSLETTER NUMBER 83
NOVEMBER 18, 2022
A BLACK FRIDAY FOR THE TREASON BOYS?
Everyone is doing a BLACK FRIDAY thing. Why not us?
So, it’s official!
We are doing our very first BLACK FRIDAY event … ever!
We were asking ourselves: “If we’re going to do this, what can we do to make it interesting – dare we say, COOL and UNIQUE – without sounding too salesman-y?” (Is that even a word?)
So here’s what we came up with.. and we promise to try to make this as BRIEF as possible…
We started with the easy stuff…. HUGE DISCOUNTS on Elm Treason stuff.
So, beginning this Sunday at 7:00am New York time at elmtreasonshop.com (lasting through to Monday the 28th), EVERYTHING in the Elm Treason Shop is on sale. Some of the discounts, frankly, are just stupid (considering we’re trying to stay afloat financially here).
30% off ALL hoodies and Sweatshirts (including our brand new “Play Loud/Listen Louder” hoodies and sweatshirts being added to the store this Sunday)
40% off ALL already existing t-shirts, hats, beanies, mugs and beer steins.
..and finally 50% off ALL MUSIC…including all vinyl, CDs, Blu-rays, DVDs and digital downloads.
Next… (the really really cool part of all this)..
We are kicking off a brand new tradition this year, and we hope you’ll want to be a part of it.
We call it the “Treason’s Greetings” series. (Clever, yes?)
Starting this year, we will be offering (for the duration of the holiday season ONLY) special, limited-edition t-shirts (both long and short sleeve varieties), hoodies and sweatshirts with a specially crafted “TREASON’S GREETINGS” logo on them. (T-Shirts come in multiple colors).
This will be the INAUGURAL offering in what will be a yearly release – an annual tradition. Call it a collector’s series, if you like. Each year, we will create a new unique design to add to the collection.
Think of these as those collectible yearly Hallmark Christmas tree ornaments with the year printed on it… only these look better when you wear them.
This new “TREASON’S GREETINGS” gear will also be on sale, offered at 20% off regular prices for the duration of this BLACK FRIDAY deal (ending Monday the 28th).
When the season is gone so will this year’s TREASON’S GREETINGS line.
It all begins Sunday at elmtreasonshop.com
– Ozzy Osbourne, Elvis Costello & the Imposters, the Black Keys and Spoon have been nominated for Best Rock Album at the 2023 Grammy Awards. ABBA, Bonnie Raitt, Christine McVie, Robert Plant and Alison Kraus, Megadeth, Blondie, Neil Young and Sheryl Crow are also up for awards.
– Graham Nash has announced his “Sixty Years of Songs and Stories” 2023 U.S. tour. He’ll also be releasing a new album called “Now” in the spring.
– Neil Young’s new album with Crazy Horse called “World Record” is being released Friday, November 18th.
– Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo will appear as special guests at several shows with Pink next year.
– After performing at both Taylor Hawkins tribute shows in September, Joe Walsh says he’d like to extend the James Gang reunion.
– Foreigner has announced their Historic Farewell Tour. It will kick off in summer 2023 with Loverboy in tow.
– Nik Turner, co-founding saxophonist, flutist and vocalist of the pioneering English space-rock band Hawkwind died at age 82.
Your Input: Making Music
Do you play an instrument? (Doesn’t matter how good you are) Do you make music in some way? Do you write lyrics? Do you sing?
If you are music maker of some kind – any kind – let us know, regardless of skill level, what you play. Guitar, piano, bass, drums, recorder, kazoo, pots and pans, vocals, whatever….
Hit that comments section, people.
We DESIRE to hear from you. Rock on, all!
Birthdays This Past Week
Some birthdays we did not mention on our Facebook page…
Singer/Entertainer Petula Clark celebrated her 90th birthday on Tuesday.
Singer-songwriter Marshall Crenshaw turned 69 last Friday.
Joe Leeway, of Thompson Twins, was 67 on Tuesday.
Happy 73rd birthday to James Young, guitarist for Styx. (Monday)
Frida, of ABBA, was born Anni-Frid Synni Lyngstad 77 years ago Tuesday.
David Ellefsen, bassist for Megadeth, celebrated birthday number 58 last Saturday.
Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger turned 48 on Tuesday
Blue Oyster Cult guitarist Buck Dharma was 75 last Saturday.
Brian Yale, bassist for Matchbox Twenty, turned 54 on Monday.
Musician, singer-songwriter Johnny Rivers celebrated his 80th birthday on Monday
On Monday, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker had his 47th birthday.
Answering the question…
Part TWO from the “A Different Time” File…
Last week, we shared a gallery of print ads that simply wouldn’t “cut it” today. Whether “politically incorrect,” “socially insensitive” or simply an innocent product of a different era, they’re still fun to look at and read through.
This week, we conclude our two part look at “A Different Time…”
Groovy Noodles Extra: From the Pen of Bobby Steel
This week, Bobby whittles down the endless books and courses and tutorials and You Tube videos on how music makers should be practicing into one sentence.
Plus, what’s the difference between practicing noodling and rehearsing?
Save yourself a ton of money on expert instructions on “the right way to practice” and check out this free article from Mr. Steel.
Check it out —> HERE <—-
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Wow.. Going WAAAAAAAAY back to February, 2013. This photo was snapped during the very first sessions for what we thought would be our first album (the “electric” sessions for “Days of Reaction.”). Those recordings remain officially unreleased… for now.
A PAPER CLIP IN A CUP OF WATER … BECAUSE WHY NOT?
7 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
The blues-rock band Eagles of Death Metal are in the midst of performing at a sold-out show at Le Bataclan in Paris, France, when terrorists attack the venue with automatic rifles, grenades and explosive suicide vests. It’s one of many attacks throughout the city.
12 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
FYI – Taylor Swift sets a record by becoming the first female artist to place 11 songs on the Hot 100 at the same time.
15 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
In a charity auction, a 25-year-old man from Scotland pays $170,000 for two tickets to the Led Zeppelin reunion show at the O2 Arena in London. Over a million people entered a lottery for the 18,000 tickets, which sold for a face value of $255.
16 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
Queen’s Greatest Hits is declared the most popular album of all time in Britain, with more than 5.5 million units sold. The Beatles come in second with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
25 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
At a Tower Records in-house performance in New York City, Green Day trash the store. Their label happily pays the $50,000 in damage as Green Day prove they’re still punk to the core.
26 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
The Beatles become the first act with three #1 albums the same year in America when their Anthology 3 compilation goes to the top.
31 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
Per Michael Jackson’s wishes, one week before his controversial “Black Or White” music video airs, a memo circulates at MTV instructing the network’s on-air personnel to refer to Jackson as the King of Pop at least twice a week during the next two weeks.
32 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
German producer Frank Farian admits that Milli Vanilli (Robert Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan) didn’t actually sing on the album Girl You Know It’s True. A scandal ensues and the duo are stripped of the Best New Artist Grammy.
39 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
Directed by John Landin, Michael Jackson’s 14-minute film Thriller debuts at the Metro Crest Theater in Los Angeles. It will become the most popular video in MTV history when the network begins airing it in December. The film gets a standing ovation and the crowd demands an encore, which is granted.
50 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
Creepy coincidence – Berry Oakley (bassist for The Allman Brothers Band) dies at age 24 after a motorcycle accident in Macon, Georgia, just three blocks from the site of Duane Allman’s fatal motorcycle crash a year earlier.
67 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
Billboard begins its “Top 100” chart, with the first #1 listed as “Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing” by the Four Aces. The magazine wouldn’t combine all its pop charts into one until 1959.
We’ve all been there…
Winter is Coming
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That info about the Allman Brothers band members is weird!~
I love “Melissa.” To me, it is the best song they ever did.
To me, Melissa is one of the greatest love songs ever written. Gregg is an underrated writer.
Could not agree more.
Wonderful song, indeed. So much soul. Great arrangement! Thanks, Lisa!
You may regret you asked this…
I play guitar well enough to write songs. Barely.
I’ve written lots of songs but mostly, just bits and pieces.
Here’s lyrics to one song I haven’t finished:
“I have this feeling that I’m doomed
I guess I always have assumed
that life to me was but a play
In which I didn’t have a say.”
An old friend has written some songs on piano and has asked me to come up with the lyrics and melody.
I’m waiting for more from him, but I completed one and rough drafted a half produced song.
I’ve completed the lyrics and melody but haven’t finished laying down the vocal tracks. here are the lyrics.
THE DARK PATH OF COWARDLY
YOU’RE WORKING OUT A NEW TOMORROW
WITH DYING MEMORIES ALL FROM WHICH YOU’VE HID
YOUR MIND IS ECHOING THE SUBTLETIES OF CONVERSATION
AND THE THINGS SHE SAID YA DID
YOU JUST WANT OFF THE GRID
JUST LONG ENOUGH TO FIND YOU A HOME
THAT DOESN’T REMIND YOU SO MUCH OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS
THAT STEERS YOU AWAY FROM MEMENTOS
AND BELLY LAUGHS
FROM BORDERLINE PSYCHOPATHS
WITH CONTRACTS AND PARAGRAPHS
THAT LEAVE YOU ALONE
GETTING USED TO NEW SURROUNDINGS
IS LESS A BLESSING THAN IT IS A CURSE
AND EVERY MOMENT WASTED ON THE WRONG INAMORATA’S
TIME THEY CANNOT REIMBURSE
AND NOW IT’S GETTING WORSE
DESPITE THE FACT YOU KNOW YOU SHOULD BE
INDEBTED FOR EVERY BLESSINGS BESTOWED ON YOU
GRATEFUL FOR ALL OF THE PATHS THAT YOU’VE TURNED ONTO
THIS LACK OF A BETTER VIEW
THAT YOU’LL NEVER MAKE IT THROUGH
WILL KEEP YOU ALONE
THE BLAME IS PLACED ON
A LOVE ERASED ON
HEARSAY AND ALLEGATIONS
YOU TRY TO STAY STRONG, BUT
REGRETS ARE BASED ON
THINGS THAT FILL YOUR HOURS UP LIKE
AND WORDS THAT GOT IN THE WAY
THE GHOSTS INSIDE YOUR HEAD WON’T MEDIATE THE PEACE
AND THOUGH YOU’RE TRYING JUST TO LET IT BE
YOUR FRIENDS ARE OFFERING ADVICE FOR FREE
ABOUT THOSE CREATURES LIVING IN THE SEA
AND SUCH VARIETY
BUT WHEN THEY MEET YOUR UNAFFECTED, SHATTERED STARE
AND FEEL FOREBODING FLOATING IN THE AIR
THEY COME AND GO JUST LIKE A SOLAR FLARE
IT’S NOT LIKE YOU’RE THE LAST MOHICAN
THIS STANDARD CASE IS NOT A BIT UNIQUE
TRUTH ELUDES YOU EVERY TIME
YOU TAKE A BLIND STAB AT IT
WHILE YOU’RE PLAYING HIDE AND SEEK
YOU’RE FEELING LIKE A FREAK
A SIDESHOW ACT THAT’S LOST IN AN AGE
WHEN SANITY LIVED IN A SLOW STATE OF ATROPHY
THE POWER OF DENIAL IS YOUR RULER, ETERNALLY
YOU NEVER THOUGHT YOU’D SEE
THE DARK PATH OF COWARDLY
WOULD LEAD TO ALONE
On a brighter note, I also write songs in commercials. Here’s one I wrote a long time ago. The Electric Fence Blues Sung by a character I call Fernando the Bull:
My main squeeze, Bessie’s owned by Farmer Brown
I sneak on over when he leaves town.
It’s just somethin’ a Bull will do
Make all the Heifer’s moan and moo
(You know it’s true)
But there’s something that he’s installed
That makes Fernando most appalled
Sneak on over for some satisfaction
Two days later woke up in traction
What’s a poor old bull to do, I got the
(Moo, ouch, hey that hurts)
Shocking my tenderloin Blues.
Really enjoyed the lyrics. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for saying that, man!
The chorus to a completed song I finished called Plain Bad News
I’m a Friday night special on a Saturday night
I’m a Kamikaze pilot on his fortieth flight
I’m packing hard core confusion at the end of my fuse
The king of delivering the Blues
Plain Bad News
Very good line about the kamikaze pilot. Very clever.
Thanks for the Plain Bad News comment. I was hoping you’d get it. You gotta be a bad ass if you can walk away from a death crash 40 times and live to tell about it.
Very interesting words. Great work, Bill. There’s a nice flow to the words. They’re not clunky. I mean that as the highest compliment I can muster… Lyrics need to sound fluid as much as much as they need to say something. The way the vowels roll off the tongue, the rhythmic feel of it…
The sounds of the words matter. Long a, short E, long I… All of that.
Seriously, very well done. Appreciate you sharing that here. I hope others will read it as well.
Thanks very much, Andy. I love the fluidity of words too. I noticed that in your work. Your response really encourages me. I have no expectations with my writing, but like you and Bobby, I MUST be creative. Next to my daughter and her two kids, it’s what brings me the most happiness.
Thanks for the “Extra” Bobby. You’ve got my number, that’s for sure. I’ve always hated to practice anything and so I never did. If anything can remedy that, being okay with sucking, to the point of embracing sucking, surely is the key. I’ve always had a hangup with that. It’s why I never got better at golf, guitar or vocalizing.
Being happy with what we do, or maybe even just content, is the key… You have to know the destination, be willing to take the journey, whatever that might be…
Not everybody needs to go dancing at the Copa… Sometimes eggrolls and spareribs at the Hong Kong Gardens is perfect…
But trust me when I say… I hear all the work I’ve done in Elm Treason, and elsewhere, and I’m never satisfied. There’s your temperamental artist for you…
Hendrix was never satisfied. I’m sure that list is to the moon and back. I think it’s part of the creative process.
Woo hoo, I need to check the world clock…..
I want another Treason top!
So very cool to hear, Penny. Hopefully circumstances will afford you the opportunity to land one! Thanks for the killer enthusiasm!
responded in the wrong field. sorry
So ya I play drums and sing. My band face in the hall broke up last year so I’m currently focusing on my standup for my stage time. Also karaoke every Friday. (I have always craved the spotlight) But I have been a musician for like 22 years and I still write songs from time to time on my ukulele. I have been able to jam with some friends since the band broke up, but I don’t have a spot to setup my set so I have been only playing once every few weeks. I was just telling a friend this morning that I gotta find a drum set soon. No matter how long in between sessions though I will always be a drummer at heart. Plus I’m still pretty damn good I think. I think in my next band I’m gonna push to be the lead singer. I wrote all the lyrics for the last band but let our bassist take lead because I was behind the set. Probably too much info, but y’all asked.
Face in the Hall is a cool band name. It’s great that you’re continuing the writing. I think the world is ready for another singing drummer. ( Levon Helm passed , Don Henley and Phil Collins are getting on in years and won’t be around too much longer). Go for it. And send us a sample of the new stuff when you get it together. Much success to you.
Absolutely love hearing from you. Dig the detail!
Sorry about the band breaking up. Truly.
Like you, I love to perform. It’s just some thing that’s always been in me. But I think I love writing and recording more. Not by much. But I love the creative process in studio.
I agree with Bobby. You must keep writing. There is so much music out there just waiting to be made.
And like Bobby, I agree that it’s quite OK to want to be a singing drummer. Make it happen, Captain
Then please, always feel free maybe to share any creations you have. Make the music, man.!
I’ve been playing drums since a teenager and branched out into guitar and mandolin, acoustic and electric.
Fantastic Michael. Happy picking and strumming !
Very very cool, Michael. Do you write and record music? Do demos? Do you play in a band at all?
I sing (alto, I’m a great harmonizer), play flute, piano, dulcimer, a little ukulele, and I know 4 chords on the guitar 🙂 Oh yes, and I love to drum on just about any surface 🙂
you’re a one woman band! Four chords will make at least 100 pop songs, so you’re good to go. Always wanted to try a dulcimer myself. They look like fun
Sounds like you’re ready for a session musician work. May we ring you up if needed?
I have always been a huge fan of the dulcimer. Just adore it.
And like Bobby said, those four chords will carry you a mighty long way!
And by the way… You’re right. Any place you can serve as a makeshift drum kit. Just ask my wife’s left thigh. I can’t understand why she doesn’t like to sit next to me anymore.
Love the jokes this week.
Being in Colorado, I’m getting in early on that sale!
Just bought the Elvis Costello CD, have heard of Spoon, may have to check them out.
Happy Thanksgiving y’all!
Gotta have some jokes to get through the week. At least for us it’s our survival. Ahhh the lovely state of Colorado. Always wanted to get out to explore Colorado Springs. One of these days I’ll make it happen. Let us know what you think of the new Elvis and Spoon.
And a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!
Marvelous to hear from you, Kim.
Cannot thank you enough for the wonderful support.
We think a little chuckle here and there is a good thing. Newsletters don’t have to be boring. Trust me, I know… I get them all the time, flooding my inbox. And the thing is, I like getting newsletters… I just wish most of them weren’t so bland.
Anyway, we appreciate having you out there. A very very happy Thanksgiving to you and yours… Loud love from the Big Apple to Colorado!
As a big fan of Hawkwind, I’m very sad to hear about the passing of Nik Turner.
RIP Nik. Gone but not forgotten.
Very sad, indeed.
I have been a Drummer since age 11, over 40 years now and counting. Been a long time since I jammed with other musicians. I still play regularly by myself on my 1976 Ludwig kit that I bought used in 1986.
Occasionally I sing and have sung but drumming is my specialty. I took a crack at guitar playing but drumming is so natural to me, it’s where I belong.
I miss the years playing with you Bob, best of times. Making and creating music with you and other members of our then band was magical. One of the greatest moments in my life was the gig we played at CBGB’s, I still talk about to this day.
I am proud to say Bob Steel of Elm Treason is one of my closest friends. We were band mates for years when we were much younger. He has inspired me to be a musician and better person.
God bless you and Thank you brother….Rock on…!
I wish I had a time machine. Those were magical days indeed. We were children. You and John were there during my formative years as a musician and songwriter; but especially you. You’ve watched me develop over the years; you were a part of that, always supportive and for that I’m eternally grateful. How the years fly. You’ve inspired me to be a better musician, songwriter and person as well. I thank GOD every day for you.. I love you , brother.
CBGBs!! Man that was unforgettable. We tore the joint down. The bathroom, however, I’d like to forget 😀 Imagine , we stood on the same stage that legends have. Incredible.
I used to play the piano. But with my MS, my hands don’t always obey my brain and sometimes it can be an exercise in frustration. So I bought some easy level books and I’ll play occasionally when the mood strikes.
Hi Katie! Really appreciate your comment. I truly admire your perseverance and your strength. I mean that. Making music, no matter what it is, no matter for how long, no matter how simple or complex, touches something in us. It’s part of who we are. Your challenges are, undoubtedly, tremendous… But it sounds like your spirit is high. You are an inspiration…
Thank you, Katie!