Brian Larsen - July 2022 - Evelyn, Evelyn (Amanda Palmer & Jason Webley) + First We Take Manhattan (Leonard Cohen) + Strange Life (Firewater) + Did You See Him Cry (Pavlov's Dog)

Enjoyable cover Brian of a great song.

I always thought the song was about the cold war and how to end it, you start in Manhattan and end in Berlin.


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@diademgrove Happy to hear from you, Keith. How’s the painting? That exhibition? Any music?

@brianlarsen apologies for the off-topic reply

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While it took a few days to digest the pinky wig video, a cool new one was blown out. Fantastic song, inventive interpretation, as always, bravo! Maybe a little bit too much distortion, but that’s a matter of taste.

You’re in good compagny, see Bowie during his Berlin days. Fascinating city, there is only love it or hate it, I love it.
If you continue your musical journey to the Berlin direction, maybe get some inspiration from the partly freaky earlier Element of Crime stuff :rofl: A lot of cracked lyrics :sunglasses:
Curious for more!

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Haha, told you it would do that - I still want one but it can wait!
You’re definitely making good use of it, looks to me like it now commands a lot of your attention; be careful your others don’t get jealous :joy::joy::joy:

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Couldn’t agree more, a country of extremes on both sides.

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Nice job. Loved it.

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@Digger72 Cheers, Stephen
(Let me know if I should stop tagging you out of your slumber :laughing:)
I spent a brief spell the happy bright sunshine today (I blame the wall-to-wall coverage of this heatwave :roll_eyes:), but have already drawn the curtains and am retreating to dark obscurity…
Regards to the other strange one :wink:

@ToshS cheers, man!
You (unknowingly) started the rock rolling on this one :laughing:

@RobDickinson "I think we’re gonna need a bigger community… " :wink:

@diademgrove Cheers, Keith,
Good to hear from you again (and I liked your ‘bathers’).
I think lyrics always work best when ambiguous/unclear (one of the reasons I often like foreign language songs.) Michael Stipe was the king of this :laughing:

@Helen0609 Vielen Dank, Andrea
I’m glad you recovered :rofl:

Indeed, here’s a post I shared about my musical memories of Berlin on the old forum.
Your suggestion prompted me to listen to an hour and a half of AnnenMayKantereit :smiley:

@DarrellW Jealous, schmellous :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
One day it will be frowned upon to play around with multiple guitars under the one roof, but until that day… :wink:

@RonG Thanks for the listen and thumbs up. Appreciated :smiley:

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Wow, that was worth reading it, what a cool report of a musical walk through a fascinating city. Did you transfer that somewhere to the new forum?

@Richard_close2u When this song came out in the late 80’s, I didn’t even realise the meaning of the lyrics of this song. I’m not a native speaker, so if I hear an english song, the lyrics often pass by, especially when the melody is appealing and I don’t realise the content. Sometimes I find myself singing along to a song, not even realising what the lyrics are about :see_no_evil:. I was a bit distraught as I became aware of the meaning of these lyrics. Strange inner thoughts of Mr. Cohen.

Haha, well I did now :rofl:

It’s easy to get hold of the wrong end of the stick in foreign languages, Andrea. (I spent many years doing exactly that in Switzerland :roll_eyes:). Richard was referring to a newspaper columnist in the UK with the same name, which I did not understand the reference to either.
I don’t think there’s much reason to be distraught though.

(Wiki) Cohen explained himself in a backstage interview at 1988:
“I think it means exactly what it says. It is a terrorist song. I think it’s a response to terrorism. There’s something about terrorism that I’ve always admired. The fact that there are no alibis or no compromises. That position is always very attractive. I don’t like it when it’s manifested on the physical plane – I don’t really enjoy the terrorist activities – but Psychic Terrorism. I remember there was a great poem by Irving Layton that I once read, I’ll give you a paraphrase of it. It was ‘well, you guys blow up an occasional airline and kill a few children here and there’, he says. ‘But our terrorists, Jesus, Freud, Marx, Einstein. The whole world is still quaking.’”

Great, might be interesting for others too, shouldn’t get lost in the dark black hole of the net :slightly_smiling_face:

That’s exactly what I’m referring to. It’s kind of a questionable statement in my eyes. I admit, that he’s qualifiying the statement further on but could be misunderstood. As always in music and literature, we shouldn’t overinterpret the intention of an author. And besides, I like the song anyway since decades…
Didn’t want to criticise your selection of music at all :wink:

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Much as I enjoyed the positive vibes and wonderful sixties sound from my collaboration with Pam, @pkboo3 , the sun splitting the stones on this hottest day ever recorded in the UK filled me with an urge to retreat to the shadows- or at least a bit of shade… :sunglasses:

This is a cover from the wonderful Todd A’s band Firewater


Hi Brian,
Sorry,…I don’t have any bad things to say this time :sunglasses: :clap:…or should I just say…"you’re very happy with your jengel-stengel aren’t you '. used for a while now at the end and then that happy face :smirk:…No it’s nice,… :bouquet:
on this sweltering day…record with you,… in France, …here the 2e highest after 2019…it’s a good thing that climate warming is a hoax, right? otherwise i would be really worried… :woozy_face:
( quote from…Mayfield & Hendrix Style Fills )

And luckily you are not in the figurative shadow again… :joy:

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I was dancing around the room to that! Fab. LOVE that guitar. GORGEOUS. :heart_eyes:

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@roger_holland You’re going to burn out if you’re not careful, young man :sunglasses: :fire:
Yes, jangling my Stengel is becoming my signature at the end, isn’t it? :rofl:
Having said that, Justin (and many other guitarists) often does that neck/body pulling to get a similar effect at the end of songs. This is my lazy fun shortcut :wink:
Hope you’re keeping well x

@Shell Hehe, I think that’s the first time anyone ever said they ‘danced’ to my music :rofl:
I’m presuming you are version of Michelle or Shelly as opposed to an oil conglomerate, so I shall thank you kindly for the listen and dance and pop over to find out more about you :wink:

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Hey Brian,

Didn’t know this tune, but it was really catchy indeed! I think this was a really great live performance from you.
You looked very calm and relaxed, and knew the guitar parts well enough for them to be on “auto pilot” while you performed, and put expression and feeling into the vocals. Great stuff!


Looking a little flush Mr L but sounded as cool a a cool thing. What a fun jolly romp twas that and treated to you monkeying around with your parabolic atrium and having a little judder at the end. A lot safer than doing the bendy guitar thang but too hot for exercise anyway !

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Another concoction whipped up in a trice from the Larsen cauldron. Keep 'em coming Gandalf.


That was really enjoyable Brian. A great beat you got going there.

As I was thinking to ask you whilst watching you play, you used your whammy bar right at the end and I thought that was a great way to finish.

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Hej @Kasper
What a cool comment on a hot day :sunglasses:
I admire your ability (and willingness) to appreciate others’ efforts in their own context.
Mange tak!

Indeed Monsieur. Normal service has resumed here in Blighty now.
Looking forward to hearing the fruits of your new toys when the initial ‘try everything’ phase has settled dowm :wink:

@batwoman Careful lady, lest I put a spell on you too :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

@SgtColon Cheers mate. No reason you can’t dial these in yourself now.
I forgot to mention when we were chatting. The genres on the Trio+ that I use the most are
pop (occ alt pop)
folk (this one :smiley:)
and rock, probably in that frequency.