A robot frozen in pose with a tank on its head
A robot frozen in pose with a tank on its head

Ran into this guy on my walk to work last Friday. He’s stationed out in front of an auto shop across the street from Paddy Mac’s Public House. That puts him on Pulaski between Berteau and Irving Park.

He’s got an interesting expression, I think. Like he was about to meet his demise before he was frozen in time. Also, for those in the know with regards to The Dark Tower, I must admit I imagined him to be a twinner for Andy the robot (many other functions).

I got a little free time on Saturday morning and decided I wanted to spend some of it playing guitar. Lately, I’ve spent my guitar playing time alternating in genre between fingerstyle acoustic (a la John Fahey) and singer-songwriter stuff like Richard Thompson and Jim Croce. On this day though, I felt like learning something I could play with my Les Paul and eventually with a band. I suppose it kind of started as a joke, but I decided I wanted to learn, Chuck Mangione’s “Feels so Good.”

Chuck Mangione .Feels So Good [Show Tv] by capitainfunkk

And here’s the tab I’m using to learn to play it.

http://tp.ultimate-guitar.com/c/chuck_mangione/feels_so_good_solo_tab_online.html

I got through the melody lead sheet a few times to the point where I wasn’t making mistakes but it wasn’t exactly effortless either. The tabs for the rhythm part were actually pretty annoying to the point where I just went looking for the actual lead sheet to read the chord changes that way. I figured, I could interpret the chord voicings quicker that way anyway.

I’m not quite there but I think I’ll be ready within a week. I’m looking forward to a jam session with my bass playing brother-in-law, who I think could really slay that disco beat.


Here they are in the key of G.

Chuck Mangione Feels So Good Chords

G – Em7 – Am7 – D

Bm7 – Em7 – Am7 – F#m5 (add7) – B7

Em7 – Fmaj9 – Em7 – Fmaj9

CHORUS

G – Fmaj9 – Em7 – Em/C

Am7 – Am7 Bm7 – Em/C – C#m6- Dsus4

G – Em7 – Am7 – D7

G – Em7 – Am7 – G/D – C/D

The covered wraparound porch is a classic plantation style accent
The covered wrap around porch is a classic plantation style accent

Grabbed this shot on a walk late Friday afternoon in a North side Chicago neighborhood. I was walking west, looking for houses with attractive features as Heather and I put together a “wish list” for purchasing our own single family home.

I’ve said it a couple times but I really do like the wrap around porch on this one. The shade for the 1st floor rooms would be a welcome break from the undisturbed sunlight  we have in our condo, where the western exposure can be beautiful but intense.