Now an incredible 54 years old, Johnny B Goode is one of the most recognised songs ever recorded. It reached number two in the Billboard charts in March 1958, and has been covered by acts as diverse as AC/DC, Aerosmith, the Beach Boys, The Carpenters, Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Prince and The Sex Pistols. Continue reading
Another year, another NYE. I was just discussing previous New Year’s Eves with Him Indoors and we were listing off some of our favourite escapades. It gives us a good excuse to stay quietly at home this year – “I couldn’t possibly top 1999, so why bother?”
My form tutor in school taught me how to play this one – Is There Anybody Out There? by Pink Floyd. I had only been practising guitar for a few months – if that – so this was something of a challenge for me. I remember practising it over and over until I was crying from the frustration, my fingers blistered and swollen, and the sheer exhilaration I felt when I finally nailed it. It’s always the first thing I play if I pick up a guitar, which is something I’ve not done in many years.