Thursday, December 13, 2007

Doctor Gonzo Played Guitar

Earlier this morning, I heard a street singer strumming along on his guitar. He was playing a song that I didn't recognize, but it wasn't all that different from say, Crosby, Stills & Nash or Buffalo Springfield. His guitar was in tune, which is rare for street singers and also amazing, considering how cold and drafty it was in the spot he chose.

He had a pretty good voice, I'd liken it to Tom Waits crossed with Stephen Stills, yet...








...he enunciated like Benicio Del Toro channeling Fenster from "The Usual Suspects" or Oscar Z. Alcosta from "Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas." He made Bob Dylan sound positively crystal clear in comparison.

No, he wasn't a bullfrog and no, I didn't help him drink his wine.

Joy to the unintelligibles
Joy to the fruits and vegetables
Joy to those that make you wonder what you heard
Joy to those who garble every word

11 Comments:

Blogger Dale said...

Is he your new guitar hero?

Thu Dec 13, 10:12:00 AM PST  
Blogger BeckEye said...

Maybe he was covering "Oops I Did It Again," folk-style and was purposely concealing the words.

Dale has a bad obsession.

Thu Dec 13, 11:35:00 AM PST  
Blogger Bubs said...

This sounds like a perfect opportunity to use Splotchy's song identification service.

Thu Dec 13, 04:57:00 PM PST  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

Dale,

Naw, he can't enunciate like you and his resemblance to Benicio, is nowhere as near as yours to Eric's.

Becky,

Yeah, I guess all the street people would kick the crap out of him if he sung that.

"Dale has a bad obsession."

This cracked me up for a minute this afternoon, because I didn't have a reference to contextualize this with.

Bubs,

Tell me more, I have no idea what that is.

Thu Dec 13, 08:40:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bubs said...

I am an html retard that still doesn't know how to put links in comments, so you're going to get the whole url. It's from Splotchy's blog

http://isplotchy.blogspot.com/


http://isplotchy.blogspot.com/2007/12/sympathy-ear-for-radio-nurse-proposal.html

Thu Dec 13, 11:28:00 PM PST  
Blogger jewgirl said...

Love the lyrics. Was it really Dr. Gonzo? You know what I mean. He sounds like an impressive singer.

Sat Dec 15, 06:08:00 AM PST  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

Bubs,

There was something that was floating around Silicone Valley about eight years ago that could to that. I can't remember what it looked like or why it didn't catch on.

Katie-lah,

He seemed just a little too young to be the actual Doctor. The actual Doc allegedly had met a nefarious demise, so that would be cool if it actually he were actually alive.

Sat Dec 15, 02:45:00 PM PST  
Blogger chelene said...

Love your lyrics. Enunciating is a dying art...or at least that what I thought I heard the other day.

Sat Dec 15, 03:25:00 PM PST  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

Chelene,

Eunciating by itself is slightly overrated (note "Crank That" by Souljah Boy), but some is necessary for the audience to halfway relate to the artist.

Sat Dec 15, 05:09:00 PM PST  
Blogger angel said...

mwaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahaaaaaa...

i have heard so many beggars in south africa who know what the words sound like but don't understand them and can't speak the language!
makes for interesting listening!

Wed Dec 19, 10:40:00 AM PST  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

Angel,

Dutch makes my head swim as is, I couldn't imagine what it would sound like, when the person who is speaking it is soused.

Wed Dec 19, 05:21:00 PM PST  

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