Songs You May Have Missed #317


Pat Donohue: “Would You Like to Play the Guitar?” (2011)

One of the world’s great finger picking guitarists relates a cautionary tale for would-be professional guitarists. As with the previous Donohue song I posted, this is a parody of decades-old song (“Swinging On a Star”, popularized by Bing Crosby).

Sadly, many younger listeners don’t know the older source music. In the case of parody, this means they might fail to fully appreciate the art of the parodying artist. In the case of sampling, it means they might fail to appreciate the lack of art in the sampling artist. (Jay-Z and Kanye are counting on it.)

I can’t resist Pat Donohue’s topical novelty songs, but if you want more of a taste of the kind of stuff he plays (and how he does it) check out the video below. It’s the kind of thing Steve Howe likes to do in his mid-Yes concert solo acoustic sets:


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  1. Trackback: Songs You May Have Missed #466 | Ed Cyphers

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