I am pleased to announce that my schedule is beginning to fill up at the beginning of September, though I will always try to make room for more students. Those of you who have known me for some time know that I play in a few different bands, including The Agents and Boo City. I usually play saxophone in both bands but also do get to play some guitar with Boo City. Over this past weekend on 9/1/12, I got to play guitar with the band as our lead singer/guitarist was away. We worked out a short set of four songs to play at a block party in Providence. Following is a cover version of “I Want You (She’s So Heavy) by the Beatles. Our version is closer to the Eddie Hazel funk version which was where we drew our inspiration to play the tune.
Eddie Hazel was a guitarist who played some great funk music with Parliament-Funkadelic and also had a solo career. All my students should check out his music! Look him up and listen. I am going to be featuring many musicians in this blog that either inspired me in the past or that are inspiring me now. I hope many of you will learn and allow your ears to take in more great music. Listening to a lot of music is half the battle. You must get the SOUND in your ears!
Check out this video clip of my performance on 9/1 and then listen to the Eddie Hazel version as well. Of course I also dig the Beatles version very much too.
Thanks for reading,
Frankie “Ranks” Moniz
Boo City Video