I first became a fan of surf music as a teenager in Europe. It seemed to communicate California sunshine and beaches and that was something we’d dream of during stormy and often rainy days by the North Sea. I had just begin to play a little acoustic guitar, and my brother, sister and I had just started to make music together. One of the songs we loved doing from back then was an acoustic cover of the Beach Boys version of Sloop John B, since we we loved to sing 3 part harmony.
Quite unrelated to that, many years later in 2006, now living in Canada, just after I discovered the joy of remixing and remix culture, but just before discovering ccMixter, I had bumped into a talented musician from Texas online and we decided to write and record a couple of songs together. And the band name we came up with for that project was “A Minor Theory“. Not surf music, but remember the name!
I should also mention, that for decades I had given up playing the guitar in favor of synthesizers, before somehow being inspired by Dick Dale’s glorious surf guitar version of “Miserlou” in the late 00s, which I’d end up practicing for hours. That ended up being a key moment in getting inspired to pick up playing guitar again including putting together a pretty nice guitar setup over the next few years.
Fast forward another few years to 2016, and … Continue reading “A last(?) hurrah”