Episode 142

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26th May 2020

May the Force Be With Us All on 12-String Rickenbacker with Bruce Hilliard

We all have a great big happy decade ahead of us. Let’s get er goin’. Hi, I’m Bruce Hilliard and this is comedians in cars getting coffee. In the immortal words of the Grateful Dead:

What a Long Strange Trip It's Been

It’s been a while since I did an episode that doesn’t feature a guest or a topic that’s not about me. But there comes a time when I’m left with little choice but to answer a few questions and I talk about myself.

Arrogant and self indulgent, maybe so. But anytime you talk about yourself you run the risk of sounding like “look at me I’m wonderful”--especially when it's a show thousands of people hear. 

If you want lockdown news, don’t come here. I’ll leave that up to someone else. But if you want to know how my EP is doing? It’s been everything I expected and more.

And, really it’s encouraged me to proceed with more music. I have several songs to follow up. Last week I published my first cover, Like a Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan. My dream is that Bob is out there quarantined in a beautiful home, rolling a doobie, all happy and listening to this song and thinking: Bruce Hilliard? He must be the guy I was thinking when I wrote “when ya got nothin’, ya got nothin’ to lose.”

I did the song, really as a spoof. I think Bob Dylan has a sense of humor he doesn’t let on to.

There's a super cool movie available on Netflix called Echo in the Canyon. This movie is appropriate on so many levels. The fact it’s hosted by Bob Dylan’s son Jakob adds to the mix. Echo in the Canyon. That would be Laurel Canyon, CA. It’s located in the Hollywood Hills region in Los Angeles. It was a hot spot for some of the best music to come out of the 60s, some of the best music ever.

It’s a look at how musical groups such as The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas & the Papas gave birth to the beginnings of the Laurel Canyon music scene and how their songs echoed across the world. The movie also has Tom Petty’s last interview. 

It inspired me to break out the 12-string Rickenbacker and throw this new original together. No words yet, just guitars and drums.

The song is incomplete but you get the idea. I’ll work on it and get back to you. But for now, if you get the chance, please go to Spotify and visit my site and bless my new EP Pawn Shop Boulevard.

It's free and easy. By going to Spotify and playing the songs, saving them to a playlist, or sharing, or any kind of traffic will let them know we're serious about quality music.

I have a surprise guest coming up. Until next time, stay cool and let’s put this virus to rest, hop on a moped and go to the beach!

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Bruce Hilliard

Host Bruce Hilliard has an appetite for music, “the soundtrack of our lives.” His personal journey has included opening for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame artists Heart, the Ramones and Dr. Hook. His degrees in music and journalism he says “are cool but everyday in every way, get better and better.” Interviews with everyone from young garage bands where it all begins, to seasoned veterans...all compelling. And there’s music.