Aaron Skogen en Acoustic Only, Music / Música Director of Operations, Consumer Division • The Toro Company 10/10/2016 · 1 min de lectura · 2,9K

Acoustics

Acoustics

 Last week Andrew Porter shared a post with a great acoustic version of "Diamonds and Rust" performed by Joan Baez.  Part of my comment included my disappointment that so few acoustic versions of songs are aired.  So, one again inspired by Andrew, I decided to post my first installment of "Acoustics"

It wasn't hard to me to choose these five, as I simply looked at acoustic only tracks in my digital music library and these five acoustic versions are the top five most played.  So I guess that would make these my personal favorites.  That said these five barely scratch the surface of great acoustic music.

One of the difficulties in this post was finding relevant videos.  Unfortunately, and adding a bit of fuel to my argument that acoustics are not played often enough, was that finding acoustic videos is much tougher than just finding the acoustic version.  Therefore, the first of these is simply the song, with a slideshow.


So, lets start with Stevie Ray Vaughan.  This is off of his 1991 album, The Sky is Crying.  "Life by the Drop" was written by Stevie's friend, songwriter and musician, Doyle Bramhall.  Stevie performs this tune with a 12-string acoustic.

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Next up is the second single released from the Stone Temple Pilots 1992 debut studio album Core. "Plush" hardly needs an introduction, as a year ago it still hung in at #7 on Billboards "US, Hot Rock Songs" chart.

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The third track today is from singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins.  Shawn broke through with his wildly successful single "Lullaby" from his 1998 album Soul's Core. While from the same album, the tune "Twin Rocks, Oregon", hardly received mention, yet it is a wonderful tune. . .

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What acoustic list would be complete without a little JT?  This is another tune that needs no introduction.  Released as a single off his second album, Sweet Baby James, in 1970 "Fire and Rain" climbed to #3 on Billboards top 100. While this video was shot in recent years,  the song still has it.

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Topping my list is Dave Grohl, and a naked version of "Times Like These". The song was released with the Foo Fighters fourth album One by One in 2003.  Yet it was in 2006 that Dave recorded and released the acoustic version.  Perhaps this one sits at the top of my list, as it was the first song I learned how to play AND sing on the guitar.

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I hope you enjoyed "Acoustics", and I'd love to hear from you in the comments.


© 2016 Aaron Skogen


 All Video's courtesy of YouTube.

Header image courtesy of Pixabay



Aaron Skogen 11/10/2016 · #14

#13 Thank you so much @debasish majumder! I am happy you enjoyed a little unplugged music! Thank you for reading and listening!

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debasish majumder 11/10/2016 · #13

lovely post @Aaron Skogen. enjoyed read. thanks for sharing the post.

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Aaron Skogen 11/10/2016 · #12

#11 what a great tune @Pamela L. Williams, while its not in my personal top five most played, I agree, you Can't go wrong with a little Clapton either! Thanks for listening, adding Clapton to the mix and the share! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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Pamela L. Williams 11/10/2016 · #11

these are great Aaron, but have to say, my favorite all time acoustic is Eric Clapton Unplugged. Can't help it, I get tears every time I hear his acoustic version of Pennies from Heaven.

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Aaron Skogen 10/10/2016 · #10

#9 Thanks man, I am really happy you enjoyed it. That Shinedown cover is fantastic. There is just something about the vocal energy Brent Smith brings to the song that sets it apart. I thought about including it on my covers post last week, but since I had written an entire post just about that one song, I decided to omit it from that list. Looking forward to hearing your shares!

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Andrew Porter 10/10/2016 · #9

#8 #7 I did enjoy them Aaron they were some really good acoustic tracks and I will be sharing so keep an eye out for them hopefully you will be surprised, thanks also for the credit although I think we are both passing some inspiration to others with our musical posts.

I have also viewed your post on Linkedin and I must say how you worked everything in with the lyrics of the song was pretty good, and the song was a very good cover....i was really impressed!

#6 Thanks @Gert Scholtz for the appreciation nice to hear you are enjoying the musical buzzes.

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Aaron Skogen 10/10/2016 · #8

#6 Thank you Gert! I am happy you are enjoying them, although I have to give the credit entirely to @Andrew Porter for the inspiration. JT has some great stuff, and this tune, while inspired by difficult times is certainly one for the ages.

I wrote a post on LinkedIn last spring, it was the first time I used music to inspire a post. You might enjoy it and there is a great video of Shinedown covering "Simple Man" at the end. . . https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/being-simple-man-aaron-skogen That, is my all time favorite version of the song "Simple Man" and should be on a "cover's" post sometime! Andrew, you might enjoy that one too.

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Aaron Skogen 10/10/2016 · #7

#5 Andrew, I hope you enjoyed them. I love Dave Grohl. He is, in my opinion, one of the finest musicians of my generation (X). Following the death of Cobain and the demise of Nirvana, and after bouncing around a little bit, he produced a "demo tape", playing all the instruments and performing all vocals on each track. That demo tape, after a professional studio mix, became the Foo Fighters first album. Anyway, I am glad you enjoyed a few of the selections. Yes, please drop by and contribute, I look forward to it!

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