Hail to all Nirvana fans!

As you already know, I’m a great fan of old-school rock. Today, there is a great variety of bands to any taste, but it’s not like those giant that used to rock the stage back in the 80’s )) It’s hard to explain what was so epic about those bands. I guess their secret is the incredible energy and rebellious spirit sweeping over the audience as they played their mind-blowing solos and making everyone feel as one. I really regret I weren’t born somewhere in the early 50’s to be a grown-up adult in the 70’s )) One of my favorite bands is Nirvana. And not just because it’s a music icon. Some might claim Nirvana is too unprofessional, too chaotic and outrageous. But let me disagree. Even though Kurt Cobain is largely self-taught, you can’t argue that he does have the vibe.

Here are five things I like about Nirvana:

  1. Dirty, lo fi sound.
  2. Riotous message.
  3. Emotional lyrics.
  4. Overwhelming energy.
  5. And, of course, Kurt Cobain’s legendary figure.

And that’s exactly what I wanna talk about…

Kurt Cobain in happy colors

I was surfing the web the other day and suddenly stumbled upon this picture. I must say I’m not a great fan of visual arts, but this canvas really impressed me. It’s not like any of Kurt Cobain paintings here I saw before. Just look at the colors! It seems that this entire painting is made out of vibrant strokes of paint. It’s like having a drug trip, only a good one 🙂 I guess, this work perfectly conveys the atmosphere of Nirvana concerts. I’m pretty sure that’s what you would feel if you attended one of their gigs! And although the band’s leader wasn’t a really happy person (and you can tell it from Kurt Cobain own paintings, by the way), these bright, cheerful hues seem unexpectedly to the point here. I was never very interested in visual arts, but this work caught my eye! As I found out later, it is painted by Leonid Afremov, a modern artist known for creating an entire series of such paintings depicting famous musicians and rock stars, all in a similarly exuberant manner.  I guess this is a great idea! I even think of starting my own collection of these portraits 🙂 Kurt Cobain’s will be the first I’m going to buy!

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A band that’s born once in a lifetime

I’m fascinated with unusual music styles. To my opinion, what determines the value of a band is not even its professionalism, but the energy it projects. Today, I want to tell about an incredible band called https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morphine­_(band). It’s really hard to describe their style. The band has a pretty unusual lineup.  It consists of a bassist (who is also a vocalist), a keyboardist and a drummer. The unique thing about it is there is no guitar. But you don’t even realize it while listening to their songs! While the band obviously uses some jazz elements, their style is hard to compare to anything else. I really love the low fi sound they managed to achieve. By the way, the leader of the band started pursuing music professionally when he was way beyond 30. That really leaves some hope for people like me )) But the most exciting – and tragic part – is that he died right onstage, while performing at the concert! Of course, it’s very sad, but admit it, it’s a true rock’n’roll death! Anyway, it’s much better than dying in your bed, old and ill. Too bad it’s too late to buy a ticket to a Morphine gig… But who knows, perhaps we’ll live long enough to witness the invention of a time machine and then nothing will stop us from travelling to the 70’s and 80’s and listening to our favorite bands while they are still young and rocking!

Hi everyone!

My name is Mike Anderson and I hope you’ll enjoy reading my blog. Well, I guess I should start by introducing myself. I’ve been living in Los Angeles for two years and I haven’t spent this time in vain. Ever since I started playing guitar, I dreamed of starting my own band. This dream came true in this wonderful city. I now play solo guitar in a cover band. We perform at various events and also play in local pubs. Our repertoire mainly consists of classic rock hits – The Beatles, The Doors, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and so on. And although I have little spare time, I try to find a few minutes to work on my own project. One day, I hope to play my own songs in front of a wide audience!