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Blow Yer Blues Away


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michael2

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Used to play in a band called Wink awhile back. We were like a gang of brothers, and had a great time for years. I posted this as our drummer Brian Keats, just died of colon cancer. He was a great drummer and a better person. Just a little tribute to him. He was only 45, leaves behind a family and I will miss him forever.

We were really into the Beatles, the Raspberries, Big Star, and a million other pop bands from the seventies. This song isn't really pop at all, and was actually my least favorite tune we did. But it was Brians favorite to play. I wrote it about those kids that killed themselves a long time ago after listening to Judas Priest. Listening to this makes me wish I still had my Supro amp. I have uploaded a dozen or so songs we recorded, if you are interested and would like them, here's a link:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1278591/wink.zip

We recorded this analog, and the band consists of:
Brian Keats - drums
Me - vocals & guitar
Michael Lockwood - guitar and backups
Tony Castillo - bass
Jason Faulkner - keyboards

A couple of these guys went on to be in pretty big bands, but never forgot where they came from. We'll all be at Brians Funeral on Thursday. Please send some good thoughts or say a prayer for Brian's wife and child.
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Hits: 3774
Comments: 59
Fans: 50
Plays: 1004
Downloads: 118
Votes: 2
Uploaded: Jan 15, 2010 - 07:37:09 PM
Last Updated: Jan 16, 2010 - 12:08:06 AM Last Played: Mar 15, 2017 - 11:52:20 PM
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RIP Brian (1)
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fender thinline, supro amp, vox ac30, les paul studio, hamer 12 string bass, ludwig drums, can't remember what kind of organ we used.
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Feter said 2626 days ago (January 15th, 2010)
Blow Yer Blues Away
MAN >...this just blew my mind ...how strong
and solid ...I m speechless ...I can say much
you are a true musician someone like me cant
say much but ..thank you for sharin such ART !
and ye ...thoughts and prayers to all for such
time ...to everybody !!!!!
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michael2 said 2626 days ago (January 15th, 2010)
thanks feter
you are a TRUE musician. i just posted this I guess as I wanted the world to hear Brian's talents one more time. thanks for listening.
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crissew said 2626 days ago (January 15th, 2010)
Michael, Michael
how does one guy create so much good music? Great tune man!
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crissew said 2626 days ago (January 15th, 2010)
and thanks for the DL
U ROCK
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michael2 said 2626 days ago (January 15th, 2010)
thanks man
the guys I recorded with are monsters. hard to go wrong with them. The original take of this had a scream at the end of the bridge, wish I had left it in there.
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Jarvoid said 2626 days ago (January 15th, 2010)
Great
song,shame to be listening to it under such sorry circumstances...nice to think that the guy slamming the skins was really into it and that's lifting.....we all play that bit better when we really like what we are playing and usually with a big grin
michael2 said 2626 days ago (January 15th, 2010)
thanks
that's exactly why I chose this one. i can picture him now, dressed like he was in the Kinks, with a HUUUGE shit eating grin on his face. thanks for the listen.
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jibes said 2626 days ago (January 15th, 2010)
Fantastic!
Thanks for posting this. So well done and solid. You have a great voice man.
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michael2 said 2626 days ago (January 15th, 2010)
thanks Jibes
very kind of you. thanks for stopping by.
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Reggie_Pole said 2626 days ago (January 15th, 2010)
Great song, sad occasion
Sorry to hear about your friend. I listened first, read after. Fantastic piece of work. You are one of the few who (in my humble O) seem to deliver music to this site that is consistently listenable and classy.
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michael2 said 2626 days ago (January 15th, 2010)
hey thanks
very nice of you to say. thanks for listening.
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ziti said 2626 days ago (January 15th, 2010)
nice work here !
sorry to hear of your loss...

this really sounds good, all the elements so well recorded and performed. Nice.

best regards
z
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michael2 said 2626 days ago (January 15th, 2010)
thanks ziti
thanks man, appreciated.
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Ibstrat said 2626 days ago (January 15th, 2010)
This
is a great sounding band.Really sad news about your friend.You guys play together incredibly well.
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michael2 said 2626 days ago (January 15th, 2010)
thanks
always loved playing with these guys. thanks for the listen.
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SmokeyVW said 2626 days ago (January 15th, 2010)
tribute
excellent tune... so sorry to hear the circumstances here, i'll send some good vibes your way

thanks
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michael2 said 2626 days ago (January 15th, 2010)
thanks Bill
thanks a bunch man.
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bud said 2626 days ago (January 15th, 2010)
Great song Michael
and a wonderful tribute to someone who died much too young. My condolences to you and his family and friends. Your guitar and vocals sound great - and I love the deep Beatles feel at 3 to 4 minutes. Excellent band.
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MarkHolbrook said 2626 days ago (January 15th, 2010)
Cool tune M2
Nicely done.
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ktb said 2626 days ago (January 15th, 2010)
Blow Yer Blues Away
with sympathy and prayer to Brian and his family. A beauty of a blues ballad. You guys sound simply incredible.


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Ed Hannifin said 2626 days ago (January 15th, 2010)
Sounds great...
I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of your friend...

I can sure hear the Big Star and Raspberries in this, and even, in a weird way, a touch of Aerosmith... Neat vocals and neat guitars...

Ed
egobandit said 2626 days ago (January 15th, 2010)
Just reached in
Tore a piece of my soul out from under me. My deepest condolences, You guys are tight young and lovin it! Remember the good times!!! Downloaded
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spitlogic said 2626 days ago (January 15th, 2010)
Excellent
Everything is on point here. Exceptional work.
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jiguma said 2626 days ago (January 16th, 2010)
Nudge nudge, wink .....
The Beatles influence is so clear and present here.

Very sad about Brian - it seems to be happening so often these days that relatively young people are dying of cancer of one sort or another. Very sad for his family and friends.

Lovely tribute posting this here.

Fantastic playing and singing too.

N
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particledots said 2626 days ago (January 16th, 2010)
Excellent
Listening to this on tiny lenovo laptop speakers at the moment and will listen on better gear when I get back from the UK - but even with limited listening equipment, this sounds great

Condolences to Brian's wife and family and best wishes for them for the future

Thank you for sharing this example from your music past Michael

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kingbee said 2626 days ago (January 16th, 2010)
blown away
Great stuff and you vox sound brilliant.
If this was your least favorite track the other songs must be bloody brilliant.
Will check them out when I have bit more time.
I hope your friend had a good life and good friends around him.
It looks and sounded like he did.
Condolences
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Outtaorbit said 2626 days ago (January 16th, 2010)
Sorry about your loss........
But a beautiful tribute none the less..... prayers to the family....
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Calchas said 2626 days ago (January 16th, 2010)
First things first.
Condolences for the loss of your friend Michael. 45 is just too damn young...A moment of silence for Brian Keats...

OK then. This is your least favorite? Wow. I like it a lot! Your vocal is stellar bro. Arrangement and mix is tight and clean. A fine piece of work through and through. I would have enjoyed seeing you guys in your heyday.

Take care my friend!
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cjdaley said 2626 days ago (January 16th, 2010)
Big star
sorry for your loss. Recorded people live for ever one way or another.
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magnatone said 2626 days ago (January 16th, 2010)
Blow Yer Blues Away
sigh .... what a sad story. thanks for this wonderful song michael!
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billykirsch said 2625 days ago (January 16th, 2010)
Brian
Oh, man. It hurts every time... so young...
My thoughts go to him, his family and friends, including the band.
You guys will be *always* awesome. A beautiful snapshot of a life to celebrate.
Thanks for sharing.
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lengold said 2625 days ago (January 16th, 2010)
Love this, downloaded, thanks.
So sorry to read about your friend, tragic.
Cheers
Len

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fasteddie said 2625 days ago (January 16th, 2010)
Crank it up
Great stuff. Super cool song on all accounds. Very nicely performed! Sorry to hear about Brian.
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Vic Holman said 2625 days ago (January 17th, 2010)
so i had to listen to the album first
this song blows me away. it has a cool Lennon style seeping throughout. this is a song that i wish i had come up with. although i would never be able to pull of the voc's anywhere as good as you do.

Sorry about Brian's passing. Thats a hard thing in life.
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Relic67 said 2625 days ago (January 17th, 2010)
great
Holy cow, that's one of the better vocal performances I've ever heard on this site. Well recorded song too, love the analog sound.
Is that Jason Falkner, power pop luminary of Jellyfish fame? If so, colour me impressed!
Condolences to all on the untimely loss of Brian.
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michael2 said 2625 days ago (January 17th, 2010)
thanks
thanks man, glad you liked. much easier to get a decent vocal track when you're playing in a room with your buddies (as opposed to singing into your computer by yourself). yes that's right; ason was also in the 3 o'clock, and a did a bunch of solo stuff. great guy, very talented.
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Lennon714 said 2624 days ago (January 17th, 2010)
Amazing
song. Like Michael Penn producing Lennon's "Imagine" album. I only got about 29% of the song. MJ must be having some issues. But I'm definitely going to check out that dropbox link.

I'm very sorry to hear about your loss. My heart aches for his wife and kid. I will certainly send out a prayer.
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Hickling_Stan said 2624 days ago (January 18th, 2010)
Absolute quality
I could here this playing on any classic rock station in the land. Superb but so so sad to be posting under such circumstances. Best wishes Mark
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ConnieO said 2623 days ago (January 18th, 2010)
Excellent tribute
to your friend Brian. I am very sorry for your loss.
Very thoughtful that you would post the song that was his favorite to play (although your least favorite)...says alot about ya.
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racerat said 2623 days ago (January 19th, 2010)
Man
Sorry to hear about your pal. That is a tragedy. You guys certainly had some chops though. This tune just drips with a slinky salty cool. Excellent job on the vox Michael. I mean very very tasty. Great raspiness. Thanks for posting it. Oh, shit, that Supro just kicked in on the lead, rippin'!
Philip
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tempie said 2623 days ago (January 19th, 2010)
sweet
man great concept but beyond that really terrific composition, i never would have paired this kind of ballad with that idea, and i never would have paired this kind of ballad with that glam crescendo, what a cool combination of genres. can't wait to hear the rest of this stuff, as cjdaley said everyone lives on tape. i'm probably the least sentimental person out here and the worst at condolences, but i'm sorry to hear about your friend.
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dave_b said 2622 days ago (January 19th, 2010)
Blow Yer Blues Away
Sorry for your loss, but posting this song here is a celebration of your friend's life and work. I'm glad I got a chance to listen to this as you are obviously all pros here at the top of your games, and it sounds fantastic.
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Moviz said 2622 days ago (January 20th, 2010)
What
can a person say in a situation like this... so, so sad and of course all thoughts go out for the comfort and welfare of those who are left behind, be they family or friends....This is an excellent choice for a dedication to Brian and an excellent piece of music... a great sound you all make together, thinking of you all, regards M
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michaelkoppenheffer said 2622 days ago (January 20th, 2010)
Great performance, great song
Sad circumstances, but posting it is a meaningful tribute. I've never been in a band remotely this good--you guys were terrific, and your vocals are pitch- (and timbre-) perfect.
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Go_Turtle_Go said 2622 days ago (January 20th, 2010)
What a loss
So sorry to hear your friend passed away. My thoughts go out to his child, his lover, his loved ones and you. You shine on this track, Michael. You really do.
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FrankAxtell said 2622 days ago (January 20th, 2010)
great
song here...wonderful writing and production...
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TERRAPLANE said 2621 days ago (January 20th, 2010)
Great Band!
Thank you for sharing part of Brian's legacy with us in this song. Best to you & Brian's loved ones coping in this trying time. Your vocals are tops. I need to check out more of your tunes,, Keep on keepin on,T
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guygrooves said 2621 days ago (January 20th, 2010)
You guys were TIGHT!!
Wow Michael, this is outstanding. cancer Sucks!! I have lost 2 people I love to cancer since May. I feel your pain brother.
Peace
Guy
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guygrooves said 2621 days ago (January 20th, 2010)
Thanks for all the songs
I just downloaded the others. Thanks.
Peace
Guy
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SuperStarSmith said 2618 days ago (January 23rd, 2010)
your
vox are cool. the instrumentation is tasteful. how did you record the drums? very nicely done
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Gaylen75 said 2615 days ago (January 26th, 2010)
Wow
I have listen over the last week or so a few times and assumed I'd commented. Must have missed it. This is a really great song on many levels. Thanks for posting it.
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wheelehouse said 2615 days ago (January 26th, 2010)
cool
you a jellyfish fan by any chance?...
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michael2 said 2615 days ago (January 26th, 2010)
you know
i was never a huge fan, but I did like what they were doing at the time. Jason played on this tune (but I guess you know that).
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wheelehouse said 2608 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
ha!
thats hilarious! i didn't even see that he played the keys on this before i asked you. you good friends with him? tell him i'm a great admirer
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Mcboy said 2609 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
super track!
sweet melancholy song.....raspy vocals sound great!...tight as any professional track out there ! u make that guitar cry in pain....soulful ending...u should have extended that vocal ending a bit longer yeahyeahyeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.....many bows!
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5GoneMad said 2609 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
Great song
The vocals on this are awesome, and the music is rippin' Sorry to hear about your friend.
TobinMueller said 2582 days ago (March 1st, 2010)
Keats
Good thoughts. Thanks for sharing this.
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Cheeto said 2542 days ago (April 9th, 2010)
Holy Crap...
WOW!! Love this song!! Great vocals, lyrics..drums...guitars....very well done!!
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alackbass said 2041 days ago (August 23rd, 2011)
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