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Michael H Geimer
Apr-19-2004, 3:51pm
Hey Gang,
I haven't put this up at the Yahoo! site yet, as that will have to wait until I get home. But I spent another 'lost weekend' behind the microphone working on an oldey-but-goodie. I sent it off MikeB for approval, and he 'OK'd' it, so here goes. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

I like the genreal feel I put to it, but I can't say that it has any basis in tradition. I've always heard this song done with clawhammer and/or fiddle. I wonder if I'm not a traditionalist's nightmare with all the liberties I take on these tunes.

For example, with the verses in this particular order, I don't think this song is even about cornbread and beans anymore? http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Keep My Skillet Good n' Greasy (http://home.earthlink.net/~mgeimer/music/skillet_good_n_greasy.mp3)

- Benignus

P.S. Special Thanks to Ken Sager for the Gibson Sam Bush strings. They sound great on this Weber!

Mike Buesseler
Apr-19-2004, 4:33pm
Dear Gang,

When you hear this recording, you will see why I "OK'd" it. #(That's Benignus' little joke....) #I actually pretty much RAVED about it! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Apr-19-2004, 4:37pm
Sounds great benignus. Nice fills and counter harmonies on the mando. Its got the three T's for sure; tone, taste and timing.

Michael H Geimer
Apr-19-2004, 4:47pm
"Its got the three T's for sure ... "

Yeah, that fourth " T " is a tough one for me. It gets so bad some days, my band gets billed as " Slightly Out of Tune Rock-n-Roll ". LOL!

MikeB ... I work in the graphics industry, where nothing ships out without first getting an approval. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Thanks for the comments!

Bobbie Dier
Apr-19-2004, 8:14pm
Man, that sounds awesome. I played it for my hubby too. He seconds the vote!! WOW!

Apr-20-2004, 7:07am
Standing Ovations!!!!!!!! Loud Cheers!!!!! Bravo Benig!!!

Absolutely Three T's. Very accomplished from the guitar, to the vocals and the smooth mando just flows like water. I would pay to come and listen. Heck I would pay to sing and play like that

Keep'em coming Ben


Michael H Geimer
Apr-20-2004, 9:11am
Hey, Thanks everyone!

I asked Craig to take down my Landslide Mp3, and replace it with Skillet. To my thinking, two songs of mine up there at a time is plenty. Furthermore, I think I want to keep working on songs that are within the public domain*, especially when there is so much Old-Time material to work through.

- Benig

*Of course, having just written that, I looked up the next song I want to record, and ... yep ... copyright 1963!?!

Apr-20-2004, 12:40pm
benignus, #here's the Tim O'Brien (http://www.timobrien.net/storedetail.cfm?rid=8) version i was telling you about. #it's from "songs from the mountain". #you definitely do it justice!


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Apr-20-2004, 5:16pm

I've always been a big fan of Timmy O. - that said, I'd choose your take on that tune over his in a heartbeat! Don't look at it so much as taking liberties with tradition... think of it as a matter of interpretation. You've given the tune a bluesy, "Tom Waits" kinduva feel (I'm a big fan of him, too!), and I'm diggin' it to no end!

Well done, my friend... very well done!


...now, if I can only get that tune outta my head!...


Michael H Geimer
Apr-20-2004, 6:01pm
" (I'm a big fan of him, too!) "

Oh Yeah! Tom Waits has been a HUGE influence on me over the years. I think I really learned how to 'tell a story' by listening to him. I realized that I could just be myself, and tell the story, and *that* alone could be entertaining.

IMHO ... most everything *else* about a song is just so much 'spit and polish', good for looking at your own reflection and nothing much else.

So ... Thanks a WHOLE bunch! That compliment means a lot to me.

David Horovitz
Apr-21-2004, 11:45am
Superb job Benig! Makes me want to jam again like we did a couple weeks ago. Although I doubt I could play mando as tastefully as you do on that recording. Nice work.

Apr-22-2004, 8:39am
You did a great job. The playing is excellent as is the singing. Great Job!!

Apr-22-2004, 11:33pm
Once again, a great job! Sounds so smooth and unhurried...I feel so spaz every time I try to record. I like your version hands-down better than Tim O'Brien's...not often you can say that, eh? And that nice job you did on Sally Goodin (a song that I have NEVER liked) but I could listen to your version all day.
You play with a group, or all just solo? You got any CD's for sale?...I'd buy one!
Keep it up and keep 'em coming!

Michael H Geimer
Apr-26-2004, 8:15am
"You got any CD's for sale?...I'd buy one!"

LOL! Ya' know ... it was only *after* I had abandonded all commercial pusuits involving music, that I truly started to grow as a musician. So, I will likely never head back in that direction. My band is even hesitant to *book* gigs, as we would rather just play for free, on a whim, when and where we choose. We have never been turned away, but once we picked up our marbles and moved on to another - less intoxicated - audience. I don't think you can do that and still get paid.

So, in every sense of the word I am a 'free' musician, and much prefer it that way.

Thanks a heap for the compliment!

- Benig