a musician, songwriter, and performer based near Chicago

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3rd floor balcony
Exposed for the sky, flashlight for the foreground

Wanted to share this shot I surreptitiously snapped as I was walking home from work. (and yes, I’ve noticed that my transition from home to work and work to home is a time of introspection for me).

On the surface, it’s a shot of a 3rd floor balcony and an exterior staircase from the ground.  The streaks by the power lines and through the middle of the roof are trails from airplanes on their way to O’Hare International. Time of day was around 6pm.

Ever since I took a photography class with my pops this summer, I’ve been focused on shooting in manual mode, exposing for the sky and either manually dodge or use a dialed-down flashlight to illuminate the foreground. I did the latter in this case (as can be seen in the shadows of the iron railing bars).

The vignetted top corners are either my lens hood or a crop from my sensor, I’m not sure which.

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