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Trey plays Cafe Club Misenska THIS FRIDAY 20:00 

Hello Music Lovers! 

A reminder that Trey will play the Cafe Club Misenska on Friday 23 March, starting 20:00.  

Trey will be playing a mix of acoustic and electric sets – with some audience participation too! 

There is a cover charge in the form of donations 50-100Kc, pay what you like. For that you get over 90 minutes of music plus memories of a lovely night out. 

Here's the address: 

Misenska 71/3, 118 00 Mala Strana 

And their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/misenskafe 

Bar number: +420 723 380

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Story of the Song – Hamlet's Blues 

Of all the bluesiest of Shakespeare's plays, Hamlet stands head and shoulders above the others. Especially if your name is Jorick.*

This tune is about how life's pleasures can shrink to meaningless things if you don't take a chance. Or maybe it's about a handful of simple chords with a tricky little alternate verse. Anyway, some nice phat bass, a cheeky guitar solo, and a horde of BVs on the chorus.

For those of you who think lyrics are the most important thing in a song, here ya go:

Close to a thrill as…

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Story of the Song – I Can't Bleed 

All the people you love leave a little bit of themselves – or a lotta bit of themselves – in you. For the good and the bad. But when it's been all good and you're struggling to move on, what are you to do?

This is one of my first 'alternate tuning' songs that didn't simply fall in love with the resonant open chords that even the pros fall for (am thinking Elvis Costello, sadly enough). Okay, strictly it's a drop-D tuning, but it was a start. Funny how we get all hide bound by conventions and our…

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Story of the Song – I Said Something (And Now I Know) 

I guess all of us have opened our big flapping gobs and said something we wished we hadn't. This may be a specialty for some (hmmmm?). But let us not get into the if I could turn back time groove. Rut. Snake pit.

I can never write a melody if the chords aren't telling me a story. The movement or suspense of each note is a conversation between a group of people, almost, and I'm merely listening in and taking notes. But that doesn't always mean each sequence and voicing has been sweat over – the verse chords…

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Story of the Song – In The Morning 

James Joyce wrote about Ireland from the comfortable distance of France. Similarly, I usually write about the good side of lovin' when am single.

Leastways, that's how I rationalise it. (whatever it may be...).

While I would love to pen one of those upbeat, uplifting peans to romantic love that encompass all the thrill and joy of finding Someone -– a la Holland Dozier Holland – it's those wee details of living with and around someone that make a love affair so sweet. This is the way I appear to express…

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Story of the Song – Under Influences 

No one needs to be taught that online dating is fraught with many a peril. A getting all gooey-eyed over someone from a profile pic is one of them.

Sometimes a photo captures a person, even when taken by an amateur – the cover for Subject To Change is a fine example, as it's a great composition, and probably one of only a dozen snaps my mum had probably taken in her life by then*. In the same way, this photo of a good lookin' woman sizzled with her poise and intelligence – and I had to laugh at myself…

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Story of the Song – Miss Dalton's Dream 

There's a old story of John Lennon wanting some kind of sound for I Am The Walrus, and saying something along the lines of, "Bring me the sound of a thousand chanting Tibetan monks!". Chanting, "stick it up your jumper". Deep.

(You're at this site and you really need a full refresher on that amazin slice of yellow mellow custard? Hm.)

There's Beck, mixing it up with his breakthrough LP Mellow Gold.

The actual egg of the song breaks open from the chord changes here, and the lyrics jump off of the…

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Story of the Song – Tumbleweed Love 

I was reading a thread on a well-know (in the community) skeptic website, with everyone basically lamenting their sorry love lives. Apparently, overweening know-alls can't score these days - go figure.

The moment of inspiration was one woman's post - simply a gif of tumbleweed blown across a desert road. It could even have been this very one:

via GIPHY

And any Big Lebowski reference, however slight and shoehorned in, is good by me.

Meanwhile, I was listening to a lot of Charlie Feathers, and reruns…

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Video Schmideo - Trey Finally Puts Em Up On YouTube 

Kicking and screaming into the 21st century,

Trey has finally posted up his tunes to that new-fangled flickering light thing people seem to really like when listening to music. Yes, YouTube.

But not without muttering to himself, 'Just close your bloody eyes and listen to the music. Best bloody video is your own imagination'. What a delightful old curmudgeon he is! Bless.

Each Tuesday until we run out of content, we are releasing an original hand crafted but hipster-free video. Dare we say - curated…

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Placeholder @ Stara Mydlarna – Story of the Song 

Trey's always turning over rocks to see what's underneath them. Musically speaking.

Real rocks are a bit too gooey underneath, or have biting spiders and cheesed off vipers. Or he's too puny to turn them over, which is why he sticks to musical ones. That's the real reason.

Regardless, he was noodling with ideas lifted from Frank Zappa, particularly the '2nd no third' chord*. From this, lassitude kicked in and he simply slid his hand up and down the neck, playing a pedal note (that's a note you keep playing…Read more