|Concert Performances: Austin City Limits, Show #2|
[Leo plays medley of "Available Space" and "June Bug"]
I know I should say something. But I generally say too much, I've learned this lately. More than a couple people have come back after a show and told me "Leo, we came to hear you play." They may have a point. But this much I have to do. I have to at least, out of courtesy, say hello and welcome you hear. I never have anything to say at this point, that becomes obvious to all of us.
[Audience member asks him something]
Where am I from? Is that what you said? Oh God, you don't want to know about that do you? Hunger, that's a good one, I've always -- I remember that one. I started playing guitar in Oklahoma. [some applause] I had been abused by a trombone for the preceding six or seven years. The guitar seemed fairly benign to me.
I wanted to hear some other guitar, which was at the time hard to hear in Muskogee. I found a record that had Montoya on one side and Sabicas on the other. These are two guys who rarely meet. And I put Sabicas on first and the first thing I heard was a rooster. So the first record I found while looking for guitar music contained a lesson in production for me that I didn't learn to appreciate 'till many years later when I had the urge to add animal noises to my own record.
[Leo plays "Arms of Mary"]
[Leo plays "Oddball"]
John Hammond was playing somewhere one night. He was behind a curtain. He was introduced -- "Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome John Hammond" -- the curtain went up and John Hammond's guitars went up with the curtain. So I'm all right.
But I think David Lindley told me the way to get a tune out of your head, especially the kind of stuff that you might have to play on a session that was unpleasant but paid well, is to play it backwards in your head. Figure it out, run it backward, and it -- being 180 degrees out of phase with the previous input -- will cancel itself, erase, and you'll be free of it. This actually works, I think. It works for me at any rate.
But I have a problem which is what I want to get out of my head is a lick, it's not an entire tune. And the lick is sort of complicated and thoroughly repellent to me. It's Woody Woodpecker's lick. I don't know if anybody else is haunted by that idiot bird but I hear it too often. And since all bad jazz sounds like Woody Woodpecker I thought I'd come up with -- join that club. [While noodling on guitar] That's bad jazz. I tried Woody Woodpecker backwards. I don't think I figured it out properly.
[Leo starts playing "Peckerwood." In the middle of the song, after repeating the infamous "ah-ah-ah-HA-ha" lick in reverse about five times, he asks the audience "Had enough?" and then continues to play ]
[Leo plays "Jack Gets Up"]
Thank you very much. Thank you for listening and thanks for coming.
[Leo plays "Times Twelve"]
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