Track of the Week: “Voodoo Spell” by the Michael Burks
July 27, 2011 2 Comments
Let’s start with the minuses:
- I recycle more newspaper than anyone on the planet. Unless it’s paper mache night at the Wood household, in which case we recycle more folk art than anyone on the planet. Or crab night, in which case we recycle more place mats than anyone on the planet.
- We have one television. Sometimes, Pam watches city council meetings on that TV set. My eyes bleed a bit every time that happens.
- “Fun” happy hours with Pam’s reporter friends aren’t fun at all. Rather, they are markedly unfun. They are like a behind-the-scenes episode of Meet the Press.
Here are the pluses:
- With all of the old newspapers laying around, I’m never without kindling for my next campfire.
- I never actually need to read a newspaper or watch the TV news because Pam is my sole news source. Everything I know about current events I get from her. She’s like my personal news service.
- Pam loves her job. I’m thankful to be married to a passionate woman who comes home from work everyday fulfilled. She’s happy and that makes me happy.
- I be havin’ awesome grammars and spellin’ aptidudinal skills wit’ her help.
And finally, the advantage to being married to a journalist that is most relevant to this article is:
- She occasionally brings home press kit leftovers like Michael Burks’ Make it Rain album. The final cut on the album is “Voodoo Spell.” Click on the screen capture below to listen to the song on MySpace.
I absolutely love the guitar tone in this song. Like Burks’ voice, it is raw and powerful. “Voodoo Spell” is a great example of what a well-recorded electric guitar can sound like.
It is also rare to hear a highly distorted guitar sound in a solo performance without the rest of the band. That kind of showcasing is traditionally left to acoustic guitars.
For more information about me and the guitar lessons that I give in and around Baltimore, visit www.ewguitar.com.