Just relaxing with a couple of beers here (it is Friday night) & mulling over what you said earlier about how as far as instructional DVDs go you wouldn't have any plans to cover any of your own arrangements in the future & that you were only really interested in documenting what the original guys did & keeping the music alive.
Well I just thought you should know in case you were in any doubt about it that this music is alive & well & it's thanks to a few people like you, it may not be tearing up the ITunes chart but as long as someone as good as you is playing this stuff to audiences no matter how small & putting something down on tape or video its alive & here to stay for a long time.
You are doing a lot more than documenting a tradition, you are adding to that tradition & indeed you are now a part of that tradition.
I listen to your albums at least once or twice a week at home or in the car along side the old stuff, but I don't just listen to Ari Eisinger playing a Blake tune for instance because it's a modern recording & I don't have to hear through a bunch of surface noise.
I listen to it because it's great playing & it's honest & natural & not just some guy killing himself not to screw it up & fall off the tightrope at any moment.
Ari Eisinger's "Southern Rag" or "To do this you got to know how" has something more than or something else that the originals don't have.
This is more than mere documentary.
This is making the music your own.
You are one of those guys now.
Your arrangements of the tunes you have chosen to cover have become a really great part of the the story of this music, taking a randomn tune lets say a piece of fun hokum like "but they got it fixed right on" & making it even more fun by turning into a truly killer guitar tune with a great vocal performance ( I love your vocals too)....that really is something worth documenting.
I could go into every one of your arrangements, but I think you know what I'm saying.
Earlier I threw the question of which of your arrangements folks would like to see you do lessons on to the woodshedders over on Stefan's Forum & Stefan himself chimed in that he thought it was a really great idea & that he thought those arrangements of yours would make some really great lessons.
Don't mean to bug you, just thought you should know there's a real appetite for this as well as the historic stuff which is
Fantastic & we also need more of...
Give Mr Grossman a call, it might even help shift some albums, they really should be heard by as many people as possible.
Happy Silly season
O: Hi Ari,
: Thanks for the reply, I will look forward to
: any thing you release, especially if the
: rumours are true that you might do a lesson
: on the early Gary Davis recordings as I've
: been working on playing & singing these
: arrangements ( well playing at any rate,
: getting the timing correct & just being
: in tune is about the best I can do on the
: singing) as faithfully as possible for a
: while now so it would be fun to see how mine
: line up with yours.
: Kind Regards
: John Bradley
: --Previous Message--
: Thanks, John.
: I am planning to do some more instructional
: videos in the future, but I don't plan to
: include any of my own arrangements. My
: intent is generally to document what the
: original players were doing as best I can.
: Sorry to disappoint you on this. I am very
: pleased that you're interested in learning
: some of my arrangements.
: --Previous Message--
: Hi Ari I'm a big fan, got all your guitar
: workshop DVDs & bought your albums from
: your site a couple of years ago, just
: wondering if your going to do another
: Instructional DVD.
: I'd love to see a lesson with some of your
: own fantastic arrangements like: I've got my
: fingers crossed, Getting some fun out of
: life, Hot time in the old town tonight, You
: don't understand, if you see my saviour,
: & your version of piney woods money
: mama, maybe Church bells & I'm throwin
: up my hand too.
: Any chance we' ll see something like this
: any time soon?
: Kind regards
: John Bradley