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Monday, December 15, 2014

My Three Monster Rockin' Harley Cruisin' Songs

Heavy Metal Harley!
Now Whatcha RIDIN'? and Now Whatcha Playin'? 

I'm playing three of my favorite songs which are PERFECT for cruising on a Harley. Before I get into it, I want to mention that the following songs can and shold be adapted for bikers:

  • No Holds Barred - Ted Nugent
  • Highway Star - Deep Purple
  • Low Rider - War
  • Legs - Z Z Topp
  • Movin' On - Bad Company

Just adjust the lyrics a bit to appeal to bikers worldwide, that's all.

Number One, never to be topped is . . .

Yes, Steppenwolf's MONSTER anthem: Born To Be Wild.

And second on my list is this song which is so exhilirating that you have drive or fly! Perfect for Hog owners!

Number Two . . . 
Maybe their music is more for musle cars but Deep Purple's Space Truckin' seems to fit the feeling of flying on a Harley through the Milky Way. (If only . . . ahhh)

Number Three . . . 
Then I made my own Harley tune and I can't stop listening to it either. 

Heavy Metal Harley by Rob Lattin Music - YEAH!!!
Here it is:



Classic Rock and Roll - Robin Trower Style

Well, it's not whatcha "playin'" today, it's Whatcha Readin'. And I just started reading Classic Rock Music Writer interview with legendary guitarist Robin Trower. 

I saw Robin Trower at the Arie Crown in Chicago back in the 80's. Here we are in this historic building and there is Robin Trower with his guitar effects pedals all lined up on a 2 X 4. Then he starts playing some unbelievable unearthly guitar sounds breaking into Too Rolling Stoned.

If the audio wasn't enough to draw you into a different realm, the visuals would. As Robin Played his leads and solos, laser lights was beamed at his guitar and bounced all over the stage and the audience. This was the best laser show I've ever seen and it was all improvised and spontaneous. Yet it was Robin's master of the note that kept everyone intrigued.

Well, Robin is still at it and still strong as ever. In this Classic Rock Music Writer interview he discusses his new album and his roots. Go there and check it out. Go here and share >>>> Classic Rock Music Writer Ray Shasho Interviews the Legendary Robin Trower

Side Note: I just discovered Ray's blog and now I want to read about all my guitar heroes! There is so much to check out!

I also did some web searching and found this interview on Guitar Life Magazine (July 20, 2009 by Adam St. James). Here is an answer which Robin gives the interviewer about digital recording:

St. James: How do you feel about that whole world of PC based recording?
Trower: It’s a good experimental place, you know. You can do things that you can’t do in analog. But, overall, I prefer working in analog because the sound is just better, you know. It sounds much more beefy, the real thing.
Robin hits the nail on the head. And so, I believe, as well as Robin might, that if digital can reach the same quality as tape, then the ultimate in recording is finally achieved.



Monday, December 8, 2014

Robot from Lost In Space Sings in Tribute

Here is a great video I discovered on You Tube from a tribute to the late Bob May (the Robot from TV's classic show Lost In Space). 

I like this very much as you get to see Bob May and the Robot. 

In this tribute, the Robot sings and engages in banter with Bob.

There is also a little show at the end of this video. The dialogue is between a robotic Dr Smith and the Robot and it is excellent. 

The voice impersonations are excellent and the adding of the music just tops it off.

 related links: 
Revenge of the Robot
Can You Robot Dance?

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Friday, December 5, 2014

The Most Unusual Video

I came across the most unusual video on Facebook yesterday. Although this is not music based I just had to share it.
That is unreal, isn't it? SHARE THIS:

Thursday, December 4, 2014

New Music Player

Hey check it out! I got a new music player from CD Baby. With this one you can hear the full songs, not just 30 second clips. The songs are awesome, are they not?!!!! Play them and SHARE them. I've added a tab at the top so you click on it and you can pick and listen to whichever song you like. I bet I know which one the girls love!!!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Cannibal Bar-B-Que

Has anyone seen my wife???!!

Here's an oldie from 2009. Yes my wife and I were invited to a bar-b-que at the Kennibles. Naw, not really, just joking around. So Listen to this song.

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Christmas Song Preview 2014

Here's what I've been playing (recording and mixing) for the past week.

Last year I posted a demo version of one of my Chrstmas songs, "This Is The Birth" to see what people thought. I was shared a little late in the season so I didn't get much feedback. The feedback I did get was pretty good so I decided to finish the song and round it out.

It will be officially released December 2 on CD Baby as MP.3. IN the meantime I want to give you a preview of it. The offical CD Baby description of the song stats as follows:

Here is a simple song about the birth of Christ, described simply from almost a child's point of view. This song can be considered an "unfolding" of the life of Christ and his mission. Musically it's a folk/jazz backdrop with some rock-ish guitar solo. Not melancholy, but moody, almost like feeling the awe of first seeing the child and his mother. 

Well, you know Christmas songs are usually meant to explain the Nativity narrative of Jesus Christ in song. One thing that is common with most Chrstmas songs is that they are written in major key. (most, but not all.)

This song is not in a traditional major key. The chords are mostly major sevenths because they  have that bell-like quality. I puposely avoided using the over-used Christmas or jingle bell sound. Something can sound like Chrstmas without jingle bells. Refer to Frank Sinatra songs for proof, who was a master at singing a song and emoting it to sound like Christmas.

My vocal style is a little subdued and the original had a Rod Stewart type quality to it. This final version has new vocals which is my unique sound. I had to refrain from singing too deep and tried to get a nice mid range quality to it. It's not perfect, but hey, I'm a composer not a full-fledged Amercian Idol singer. Duh!!

I listened to the final just a few minutes ago and yes, now I see my Robin Trower influence. I'm more or less referring to his acoustic and light electric styles, as well as tempo. The man is phenominal and I've learned a lot from his songs.

Enough talk!

Here is This Is The Birth . . .

This Is The Birth . . . by Rob Lattin Music

Friday, November 21, 2014

Fire of Love Available on CD Baby NOW!

Rock N Roll Baby! FINALLY!

The album I've been telling you about is available NOW at CD Baby and soon at iTunes and elsewhere. 

It's entitled "Fire of Love" and has many of the songs I let you preview in their demo forms now complete and ready to bring you into pure listening pleasure.

Enough of the hype! What's on this album?

This 9 song work of love opens with 'The Gate To The Sonic Dimension" Classic rock and progressive rock meets on this song. Press play and close your eyes and you will soon visualize yourself travelling through time and space and quickly break through the gate-barrier of this reality into a groovy dimension. The Sonic Dimension.

Then, next comes my "Happy Dude" song. Crank it up, be positive, and rock on. I has that Detroit edginess and some nice fingerwork to dazzle you.

Enough of the hype already! (Sorry, I'm just too excited about this.)

Other songs include Heavy Metal Harley, The Rescue (an instrumental), Cortez, and the title track Fire of Love (9 minutes of sound starting in the jungle through searing guitar leads, ethereal vocals, and bass interludes.)

To hear snippets and to order go to CD Baby.

Don't forget to check out Shenanigans (also on Fire of Love) my tribute to the Three Stooges on You Tube.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Guest Bloggers Wanted - Blues, Jazz, Rock, And More

Guest Bloggers Wanted - Blues, Jazz, Rock, And More

Getting very busy with so many things on the table that I must resort to looking outside the box to find quality writers for my blogs.

If you know anything about the blues, then go to Chicago Blues Blog A Zine and read about article submission and conditions. The pay-off is in marketing exposure and the ability to sell your wares or generate a social buzz. You need not be a musician, but most definitely a lover of music.

You can write about "how to play the blues", what is the best blues harmonica or organ. Here are more suggestions:

Biography of great bluesmen, British Bluesman like Alexis Korner, the early blues of Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton, acoustic or delta blues, Joe Bonamossa, Hendrix, Catfish Hodge, Elvin Bishop, early Steve Miller, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Big Joe Williams.

I need articles to be ready monthly so I appreciate the help.

NOW, if you know anything about jazz, then go to Anything Jazz Blog-A-Zine.
The first article will appear within the week, but I'm looking for some real jazz enthusiasts to contribute.
If you are a musician and want to show off your music or video and talk about it - let's just say that that would be a jazzy idea. I would also write an intro to your piece. We both push it into social media. I get a quality article and you get all the glory.

If you are not a musician, but you understand jazz (if that's possible), then we'd love to hear from.
These blogs are a labor of love and in my world, the music comes first. But you may be a writer and writing comes first in your life followed by love of jazz.

You can blog about "piano jazz vs brass jazz", or jazz crossovers, or jazz rock, or jazz rap. How about an original biography (short) about Benny Goodman, or how to play "Take Five". How about "Elephants Memory - Jazz or trash pop", Pat Metheny or Automatic Man or the styles of Steely Dan.


And that's not all folks! Now Whatcha Playin' can use a few good writers. This blog is a potpourri of music: pop, instrumental, Christmas, classic rock, old Heavy Metal everything but country and rap.

Just email me and we'll take it from there.

Since the Cubbies aren't doing too well this year,
as usual,  it's time to get down to some serious work!
Again, for budding writes or experienced bloggers, musicians and others, this can be a great boost for you, or just a fun thing to do. So think about it and contact me.


Rob Lattin

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Going Under Construction

Howdy you all! My page and my Reverbnation profile is currently under construction.

Although you can still purchase my songs on Reverbnation, I've taken the full streaming versions off for now as I wanted to tweak some of the songs. I am busy working on my "Sonic Dimension" music as well as Mad Experiment.

In the meantime go to Chicago Blues Blog-A-Zine to read the first issue I just published

Introducing: Chicago Blues Blog A Zine

On Rob Lattin Music blog I updated you guys about how much time I spent recording, mixing, re-mixing my new album. I lamented the fact that I spent more time doing music that I could not do as much blogging or social media stuff. Just ask my Facebook friends.

Well, earlier this year I designed 2 new blog-a-zines that I had hoped to put out once a month. I wrote 2 articles, one for each blog. The first blog deals with Chicago Blues and the second one deals with Jazz.

I am publishing the first article today about my meeting Albert King.

Click on the Chicago Blues tab above and go directly there.

PSSST: I am also looking for guest bloggers for both sites, just fill out the forms or contact me if you are interested.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

In The Dead of Winter. More Snow!

Mid February . . . In The Dead of Winter
Got the Winter Blues?
 Get Over It!

One of the coldest and snowiest winters ever and it is not done. (Thanks to reverse global warming, btw!)

  • The South has been bombarded with so much white stuff and had traffic nightmares which usually only happen in Buffalo NY. Unprepared, and frightened, the Democrats were advising the townsfolk to blame it on Bush.
  • Chicago winter - same as always: below zero, cold, dreary, and dirty snow along the main streets. The Dan Ryan is as slow as ever, the only difference is that pot holes are filling up fast with snow, slush and an occasional Chevy Volt.
  • Iowa - most snow in 100 years, records broken for deep freeze. The school kids had so many snow days off that they'll be doing class double time in August.
  • Alaska - a mild season (ha!). There's been plenty of tailgating (on whale tale that is), seal barbeques, and a big thaw revealed 100 kegs of Hamm's Beer that was lost in a blizzard in 1979. Par-tay!!
  • Mid Missouri - many occasions of Ice Quakes - sonic booms caused by cold ground and ice due to sub zero temps. I've witnessed these phenomena. Everytime an ice quake occurred, my neighbor yelled "Get off my roof before I send my bloodhound up there! He thought he had a raccoon problem - we just sit back, sip hot apple cider and laugh.
  • Minnesota - well on my way to Rochester I was stopped the Abominable Snowman, so forget about it!

What's a non-Eskimo to do - but to listen to music. And watch some cool videos . . .

Friday, January 10, 2014

Christmas All Year Long!

Wouldn't It Be Nice?

Wouldn't it be nice if we could spread cheer and good tidings every day of the year?

Wouldn't it be nice if Christmas lasted all year long?

In a way it can. Be generous and caring to others. Worship and love your God. Turn the other cheek and go the extra mile!

Good News Bad News

I've got good news and bad people. First the Good News (usually we get the bad first, but bad is not really that bad). I have taken my two Christmas songs and have decided to keep them on this page indefintely. They are now below my posts and you can listen to them anytime you want.

Now the bad News . . . the FREE download period has expired. I even let the free period go 4 days longer than it should. Some people did the songs free and I thank all of you. Many have heard the songs and I got great reviews. NOW - you have to buy the songs direct from from me if you want them. 99 cents for the two - not bad ay? 

Potential Good News

Me and the little woman (with a voice like an angel) may get around to recording a Christmas CD this summer, hopefully in time for Christmas 2014. These two song may or may not be included on the album but we're hoping for something new and exciting. We need some financial backing on this as we may need to go to Nashville to record it. This is all a big "IF". 

Right now we're finishing up with the new Sonic Dimension album (these are not Christmas songs) so we'll see how things go.

God Bless You and Merry Christmas All Year Long!

This is from a poem I wrote two years ago which has turned into a song - the first part only

Christmas All Year Long!
(C)MMXIV Robert Lattin. All Rights Reserved

If you see a neighbor could you spread some cheer
or greet a stranger without some fear
or help a small child to cross the street
and smile at everyone you meet

If you can do these things, you can't go wrong
for it's like Christmas all year long!
So can you try these things and sing this song
so it's like Christmas all year long?

Pretty spiffy so far, huh?

  • Check out my Super Blog page Rob Lattin Music Super Blog  and click on the Licensing tab. Just added it - in case you want to collaborate or get license or just drop me a line.


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