Dear friends, I'm sorry to be joining this discussion so late. But you
inspired me to seek out more of Johnny Cunningham. All I could find was a few
Silly Wizard tapes that a friend lent me.
In my last posting I mentioned the magic of Lexy McAskill on Silly Wizardry.
On the Golden Golden tape I find the same magic in The Rose of Red Hill. And
the man's cuts are quite unbelievable, especially in McGlinchey's Reel.
Many of you referred to his technical facility. It certainly is evident in The
Laird O'Drumblair. His astonishing speed draws quite a gasp from the audience.
I wish we had such sophisticated audiences where I live.
IMO, the Golden Golden tape is flawed by TOO much guitar and bass.
Mt friend also lent me A Glint of Silver. I find no magic on this tape.
There's a great deal of overbearing synthesizer and bass on this tape. I hope I
don't start the old purist/non-purist debate again. Please believe me when I
say that I have nothing against these instrments *per se.* I just find them
too much on this particular album.
In the earlier discussion, some of you referred to the man's disconcerting way
of staring blankly around the room while playing. I wish to spring to his
defence on this issue.
When I play myself, I find that I can best focus on the music by closing my
eyes. However, for me this habit is recently acquired. I spent most of my
musical life, such as it is, staring blankly about me. This was my way of
I also have the disconcerting habit of screwing my mouth into all kinds of
strange shapes. I did this unconsciously for many years. It was only when my
sons became old enough to be embarrassed by it and draw it to my attention
that I became aware of it. I'm still mostly unaware of it, unless it happens
to cross my mind for some reason, that reason usually being the presence of one
of my sons.
Again, I beg you not to misunderstand me. I'm not comparing myself to JC here.
If I were one tenth as good as he, I wouldn't be earning my living as a college
I repeat the request of my previous posting. If any of you can suggest CDs of
JC that contain magic such as I have referred to here, please post the list and
let me know. I'm sure that others will be interested, too.
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