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Randomness is a wonderful thing.

Occasionally, the gift of randomly stumbling onto something completely out of the blue can pay enormous dividends. Perhaps “stumbling” isn’t the best word…”slashing” sounds better.

Today is one of those days.

Slash (birth name is Saul Hudson) is a living legend and icon, famous for his trademark curly black hair, black top hat and black aviator shades.

Oh, and he riffs on the guitar from time-to-time.

Slash’s talent is visionary and his wisdom is equally enlightening. Watching a documentary (Slash: Raised on the Sunset Strip) about his life growing up on the Strip is a must-see for anybody even mildly interested in the rock scene in LA. Some of music’s biggest names during the past 30 years explained their experiences and personal connections with this crazy good musician dedicated to his craft.

His musical portfolio, and persona, will survive the test of time. Slash is among a special collection of rock stars that will inspire future musicians to pick up an instrument in a music shop as opposed to a laptop (or enter a nationally televised singing competition) to make music that connects with people on a deeply personal level.

On that note

Randomness: The gift that keeps on giving.

Happy Monday!

Guns N’ Roses + Dave Grohl’s throne + Angus Young + an AC/DC classic =

Performing at Coachella this past Saturday night, Gun N’ Roses called up rock n’ roll buddy Angus Young from AC/DC to provide a little electricity (and Duck Walk) on-stage alongside Slash and Duff as Axl Rose was forced to sit with a broken foot. However, despite his limitation, it was recently announced that Axl will tour with AC/DC (lead singer has to rest with hearing problems) starting May 7th in Portugal. Once his crossover with his Australian friends concludes, the Rose of Guns N’ Roses will return for a U.S. stadium tour beginning mid-June.

Injury or not, rock n’ roll should always have a stage available with Fender amps ready to be blown out by a Les Paul.

Welcome to the New Week!   

Happy Monday!

Rock ‘n roll is as American as apple pie…

and Slash.

A product of the LA music scene during the ’70s and ’80s, Slash (Saul Hudson) rose to become one of the most greatest (and most iconic) guitarists in music history. His style is original and his talent is crazy incredible.

This past Saturday, college football rivalry games dominated our television sets. The Star Spangled Banner, a perfect song in its own right, was performed before each game as is tradition.

So, what happened when a perfect song received a special treatment from a living rock ‘n roll legend?

That’s America right there.

Have a Rockin’ Good Week!   

Happy Monday!

There are songs that just strike a powerful chord with us. Whether formally written on a sheet of music, scribbled on a napkin or a random riff during a rehearsal break, this sound accompanied by the perfect lyrics is one of the most beautiful rewards of music.

This is that “it” factor people always talk about. When you discover it…wow.

Speaking of which, one of my favorite songs is “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses. Have you heard Slash (its former lead guitarist) play this 1987 rock classic acoustic, with vocals by Myles Kennedy?

Now you have.

She’s got a smile that it seems to me
Reminds me of childhood memories
Where everything
Was as fresh as the bright blue sky

Now and then when I see her face
She takes me away to that special place
And if I stared too long
I’d probably break down and cry

Sweet child o’ mine
Sweet love of mine

She’s got eyes of the bluest skies
As if they thought of rain
I’d hate to look into those eyes
And see an ounce of pain

Her hair reminds me of a warm safe place
Where as a child I’d hide
And pray for the thunder and the rain
To quietly pass me by

Sweet child o’ mine
Sweet love of mine

Where do we go?
Where do we go now?
Where do we go?
Sweet child o’ mine

Have an Awe-Inspiring Week!