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Jump on over to Get Jacked! episode #100, featuring Jack Elias. 

As a young DJ starting in the late 70s, Jack remembers the time when they actually got to pick and play music they liked.  He was a popular DJ in Colorado known as Panama Jack throughout the 80s.  Having been away from radio for a number of years, Jack is back in action with a great rock music podcast where he again gets to play exactly what he wants to play.  And that's the way it should be. 

This particular episode, Jack talks about the buzz with independent music and broadcasting.  If you have any doubt that there is some major energy going on with music today, listen to what Jack has to say about it on show 100.  People are out there making music and doing their own podshows--just because it's fun, because they have something to say, and there is an audience listening.  People are doing the right thing for the right reasons with passion and energy.  The happy result is quality music that has been absent, or at least unavailable.   And you know what?  Quality music and conversation improves the quality of life. 

Also worth a quick mention, on his momentus occasion, episode 100, Jack features 100 Year Picnic. He opened the show with the nifty and appropriately jacked-up theme song we created this week.  Go over and check it out...  And he played our song Everything.  Be sure to check out the other artists too, of course.  There's some very good stuff in there.
 

Thanks again Jack for supporting independent music!


For those of you in the area, I'm doing a free, all-ages show on Saturday, May 20, at TC Buzz, Bloomington, next to Best Buy and Parkway Cinemas. 

I'm doing a half-hour solo set from 9:00 - 9:30, plus I'll be sittin' in (on drums) with the David Berchtold trio for the rest of the evening, which starts at 7:30.  David is the area's premier acoustic fingerpicker, and TC Buzz is an awesome little coffeehouse with a great sounding room and a spirited audience.  It will be a fun experience, so I hope to see you there.

Speaking of David, check out his recent success with garageband.com.  David's song, Serenity, is in round 3 of the ongoing contest with a 4.5 (out of 5) star rating, which by the way is near to impossible to get from the fickle reviewers at garageband.com.  In the process, he's snagged some impressive awards from the site, including:

  • #25 Best Guitars overall, all-time
  • #8 Best Guitars in Acoustic, all-time
  • #9 Feel Good Track in Acoustic, all-time

Now, would you like to know something even better?  Serenity was chosen by a beautiful bride last weekend to be played live at her wedding as she walked down the isle.  Wow.

Come hear David play this great song, plus many more this Saturday...  If you have any requests for songs for me to sing, send 'em my way.

PS: Did you know David played on the 100 Year Picnic song About Everything But You?  It's one of my favorites on the record, and we are going to do this one together this weekend.


The Unharshed Mellow (mp3, Podcast Theme Song) Click to play or right click and 'save as' to download.

On the mellow...  On the mellow...  On the mellow...
On the unharshed mellow...

Seuss and Addie from The Unharshed Mellow were the first podcasters (outside of the hometown) to pickup a 100 Year Picnic song for their show.  They do a totally chilled-out, West Philly late night show with great independent music, mellow conversation, interactive beer tasting, plenty of laughs, and the occasional power belch.   And you gotta check out the title of this recent show.  I guess they like their theme song...

This particular little number features my good friend Brian Choban, playing an old-timey muted trumpet solo.  He nailed it on the first take, you see, because he is very good.  (By the way, you can also hear Brian's trumpet work on I Started Thinkin' and I'm In Denial.)

We had just finished playing a jazz gig for two hours at TC Buzz, and he so kindly popped over to cut this awesome little trumpet bit for the unharshed theme song.  (In addition to my 100YP eclectic pop labor of love, I've been playing drums in the Brian Choban Jazz Quintet, and I'm having a blast.  If you are in Bloomington, Illinois, (shameless plug) we play twice a month (shameless plug)--2nd Thursday at TC Buzz (shameless plug) and the 4th Thursday (shameless plug) at Chicago Style Pizzeria). 

So anyway, be sure to download the theme song and checkout the podcastic Unharshed Mellow...  Cheers!


His Name Is Red Boy (mp3, Podcast Parody of 'Bad Day') Click to play or right click and 'save as' to download.

"Who has the show you need the most?  A charming hostess, a congenial host
What do you do when you know someone that talks too much, goes on and on
Just give up, give them a microphone!"

Ok, I admit it, I'm a sucker for ridiculous parodies, and this one's for my friends Redboy and Absolute Amy over at the Redboy Podcast.  With all of their podcast chattering about American Idol, Redboy had this idea to change the words up for the now overplayed vote-off theme song, Bad Day. 

Red found the backing tracks on one of his radio resource sites, I wrote these silly words to go with the music, and of course, I did my best Daniel Powter impression.  Enjoy!


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from the album, 100 Year Picnic -- As Tall As The Sky
Copyright ©2001 Jeff Greeneberg

Lyrics

Mary, Mary Faye Tucker from Baltimore, Maryland
Insulting my children and selling me a timeshare
Five royal crown resorts in the middle of nowhere
But you can save up your points for a real vacation 
For a real vacation every other year, every other year

Mary, Mary Faye Tucker gets paid by commission
Her husband sells insurance, on sunday sells religion
She paints on a mascara, martini breakfast every morning
Now Mary’s taking her sweet time to ruin my vacation
Ruin my vacation every other year, every other year

She said “You’ll change your mind, I’ll show you where to sign
Don’t waste your hard-earned money on real estate, when you can buy some time.”
Mary Faye, Mary Faye

Every other, every other, every other, every other, every other year
Mary, Mary Faye Tucker thinks that I’m a sucker

Chord Chart
Verse Intro (Em  G  C  Em  G  C)
Chorus (A  C)
Verse
Chorus
Bridge (C  G  C   G)
Verse Outro

Musicians
John Ganser: Drums and cymbals
Jeff Greeneberg: Vocals
Greg Pare: Bass
Edwin Pierce:  Lead, rhythm, and acoustic guitars

 

 


from the album, 100 Year Picnic -- As Tall As The Sky
Copyright ©1998 Jeff Greeneberg

Lyrics

The wineglass is empty, ashtray is full 
Before you take her home, there’s something you should know

She is the talk of marilyn county
And there’s a thing or two i know that she’ll never do

Her neo-retro polyester velvet platform shoes
Her purple head, her shrink had said, should surely cure the blues

She is the talk of marilyn county
And there’s a thing or two i know that she’ll never do

The ring on her finger’s now in her nose
And in case you’re wondering, that’s her mantra tattooed on her toes

She is the talk of marilyn county
And there’s a thing or two i know that she’ll never do

Chord Chart
Intro (Dm  F  Dm  F  with guitar riff)
Verse (Dm  F)
Chorus (Bb  F)
Verse
Chorus
Instrumental Bridge 
   Ab  Cm  Ab  Eb  Ab  Cm  G  G
   Ab  Cm  Eb  Bb  Db  Ab  Bb  Bb  Dm
Chorus (with guitar riff)
Verse (break down)
Chorus-Chorus

Musicians
Chris Ahillen: Giant marshall stacks
Jeff Greeneberg: Vocals, guitars, drums, cymbals
Tommy O’Donnell: Pedal steel and six string duet
Clay Thompson: Bass

 


from the album, 100 Year Picnic -- As Tall As The Sky
Copyright ©2001 Jeff Greeneberg

Lyrics

I’ve got a warm home and a warm bed
Two amazing kids and everything you said is true
I’ve been thinkin’ about everything but you

Fulltime work and a whole lotta friends
A fine guitar and i will play it ‘til the end, it’s true
I’ve been thinkin’ about everything but you

Could it be that we are different now, as we learn about ourselves
Maybe we could find a compromise somehow

I’ve got a burnin’ heart for you and a question burnin’ in my head
What am i to do if you don’t buy into my plan, it’s true
I’ve been thinkin’ about everything but you

Am i everything you wanted in a husband, a father, and a friend
You told me all about your day and i missed every word you said, it’s true
I've been thinkin’ about everything but you

Could it be that we are different now, as we learn about ourselves
Maybe we could find a compromise somehow

Chord Chart
Intro
C#m

Verse 1
C#m  G#   A   F#m  A  E9
C#m  G#   A   F#m  A  G#

Chorus
C#m
B    A   F#m   E
C#m
B    A   F#m

Break
E9

Verse 2
E9   C#m   G#  A   F#m   A
C#m  G#   A   F#m  A  G#

Chorus (play 2x live)

Outro
C#m

Musicians
David Berchtold: Fingerstyle acoustic guitar
Jeff Greeneberg: vocals, drums, cymbals, synth, tapes, acoustic slide
Dan Meyer: Upright bass
Tommy O'Donnell: Electric slide
Shannan Sullivan: Violin

 


from the album, 100 Year Picnic -- As Tall As The Sky
Copyright ©2001 Jeff Greeneberg

Lyrics

I started thinkin’ there’s a mountain in the way
We started breakin’ down the promises that we had made
Times have changed but we’re the same as we’ve always been
Except that we won’t talk again
I thought that we would last forever

Chord Chart
Intro (A  Em  D  A)
Verse (A  Em  D  A  Em  D  C)
Chorus (C  C  Em  D  D  C  Em  D  C) 
Solo (A  Em  D  A  Em  D  C)
Chorus

Musicians
Brian Choban: Trumpet
John Ganser: Drums and cymbals
Jeff Greeneberg: Vocals, rhythm guitar
Greg Pare: Bass
Edwin Pierce:  Wah wah guitar
Ken Thornton: Backwards guitars


from the album, 100 Year Picnic -- As Tall As The Sky
Copyright ©2001 Jeff Greeneberg

Lyrics

Tie’s been broken and it’s feeling really hopeless
Tired and broken, can you feel it?

Tie’s been broken, can you feel it?
Maybe it wasn’t meant to be

Well I just don’t know what to think
When you keep pushin’ me away 
Where did we go wrong?
Tie’s been broken

And we just don’t know what to say
What to do to bring back yesterday?
What to do to bring back yesterday?
What to do to go back?
Where do we belong?

Tired and broken ties

Musicians
Jeff Greeneberg: Vocals, drums, cymbals, percussion, rhythm guitars
Steve Harris: Bass
Tony San Filippo: Guiro
Diann Thompson: Backing vocals
Ken Thornton: Rhythm and lead guitars