ok, so maybe it’s not really friday anymore…

now playing: jackson browne, “the fuse”

which brings us, in fact, to today’s Friday Top Five All Time List:

Top Five Recorded Moments In David Lindley History

(ok, ok, i know…it’s not really friday anymore, but this is the first chance i’ve had today, thus far….)

in no particular order, as usual….

1. (obviously) jackson browne, “the fuse”

this song just wreaks of drama and musical tension…it builds about as perfectly as a song can, and lindleys’ haunting lap steel is perfect on this tune…it starts off as an ornament early in the song, and then begins to build as the song does, kicking the rest of the track in the ass as the song builds to an abrupt, jarring end. there is something of a solo section in the song, but the steel fits the track so perfectly that you never really notice that the instrument has taken the lead.

this song is the leadoff track on jacksons’ album, the pretender. lindleys’ steel is featured on other songs on other albums before this one, but his work on this song set the standard for his tone for the rest of his recorded work with jackson. there’s a fluidity and a smoothness that’s missing up until that moment. after this song, though, it never went away.

2. warren zevon, “play it all night long”

were it not for lindleys’ steel part on this song, i wouldn’t be the least bit fond of it. it’s a nice chord progression, and it’s got a hook, but it’s one of warren’s blatant nods to his penchant for not really giving a shit whether he steps on any toes or not. it’s pretty raw stuff, lyrically. but i can ignore that, thanks to mister dave.

3. the bottle rockets, “rocket in my pocket”

holy shit.

really, that’s about it. holy shit.

if you play guitar at all, you owe it to yourself to hear daves’ work on this song. it’ll rip your head off.

that is all.

4. david lindley, half the tracks on win this record

this was the second el-rayo-x album, and it’s full of lap steel…from the ripping solos on the leadoff track, something’s gotta hold on me to the solo acoustic hawaiian weissenborn guitar piece that closes the record, look so good. it’s the textbook for anyone who’s feeling ballsy enough to tackle the instrument with even the slightest modicum of passion or intensity – if you still want to play after listening to this album, then you’re equipped with the proper amount of chutzpah to pull it off.

5. jackson browne, “hold on hold out”

ok, yeah…there are two jackson browne songs on the list.

but the fact is, i could’ve done a top twenty list like this with nothing but jackson browne songs on it. but i wanted to avoid all the obvious moments. i mean, really – singling out the amazing solo david contributed to running on empty on a list like this is akin to naming jeff spicoli as one of the pivotal characters in fast times at ridgemont high…i mean, isn’t that one obvious enough without me singling it out?

well, maybe to some people, i dunno. but not only that one…there’s also his solo on you love the thunder, his track on of missing persons….that one time only gnarling tone that he got just as his speaker was disintegrating into small shreds of cardboard on that girl could sing – i mean, all those songs deserve to be on this list. but they’re such obvious choices that i chose to go with the ones that i felt absolutely had to be on here.

the solo itself in the song hold on hold out is a master class in note selection and solo composition. it starts off with a phrase that gets your attention and it ebbs and flows with an absolutely zenlike precision. not a note too few or too many, and if you heard the song yesterday, you could hum the solo today.

it really is that good.

but then again, so are most of his solos. and fans of lindley will realize that i’ve singled out just one instrument for the list…i mean, we’re not even delving into fiddle territory here…that could be another entire list.

but, as phil donahue once said, that’s another show…

big day tomorrow (later today)…will try to break with tradition and sit down this weekend and catch up a bit more.


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