Giving It the Gas
This is a double treat. It came about after Mark Evanier wrote here about the Mason Williams song, "Classical Gas." Williams was a writer on the Smother Brothers Comedy Hour, who had a big hit with the guitar instrumental. Mark embedded a video of the song which he said helped make it a big hit. I always have loved the song, but honestly I not only had never seen the video, but I don't think I'd ever knew it existed.
Where I first became aware of the song is on the radio and Williams himself performing his song on TV, I think during the Smother Brothers summer replacement show that was hosted by Glen Campbell.
I went to track down that recording, and think I found it. But all the better is that the person who uploaded the video attached it to another video of the song.
Now, on the surface, it would almost seem "sacriligious" to have another recording of the song since it is SO iconic to Mason Williams. But when I say this other interpretation is brilliant, you should understand that it's performed by perhaps the favorite guitar artist of my longtime pal Dr. Greg Van Buskirk -- a fellow named Tommy Emmanuel. At Greg's repeated suggestions, I watched several videos of Tommy Emmanuel, and they've all lived up to his high praise. This one of "Classical Gas" is a virtuoso performance. And it's world's different from Mason William's original, yet the foundation is there throughout.
I wouldn't say which is better. The technical achievement of Emmanuel is remarkable. The purity of Mason Williams is poetic. It's not only personal taste which you prefer, but I'd suggest that they are companion pieces that support each other.
The only thing I know for sure is that if Dr. Buzz has not seen this version by his beloved Tommy Emmanuel (which he may well have, including live in concert), he is going to be in heaven.
10/3/2019 10:53:42 pm
Great pairing -- like a progressive wine flight! Right you are -- I've seen him live and on YouTube doing this, but not this particular recoding. "Heaven, I'm in heaven..."
10/4/2019 08:47:54 am
We are not shocked that you've actually seen Tommy Emmanuel perform this live. And that you loved it...
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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