I don't know why I pick such difficult songs to play.

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I don't know why I pick such difficult songs to play.

Postby Cedarview » Thu May 15, 2014 1:28 pm

I have a reel to reel tape that my father used to play that had Chet Atkins on it. He began one of his songs with a little conversation with the audience. He said something to the effect of: I don't know why I pick such difficult songs to play. If anyone remembers, or knows, the album this is on I would appreciate it. This is from my childhood so I am not familiar with anything else about the song, except this small quote. I do know it is when Chet Atkins played with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops. (Sorry about my spelling if it is incorrect.) I am very interested in acquiring this music if it is available. Any response with information would be appreciated! Hope to hear from someone soon! Thank you!
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Re: I don't know why I pick such difficult songs to play.

Postby awykle » Thu May 15, 2014 6:14 pm

Carol,

I remember it clearly for some reason. It was a PBS special with the Boston Pops. He said it I believe when introducing the song Misonera by Jorge Morel. I taped it off the tv when I was pretty young on a reel to reel too, but I don't know what ever happened to the tape. Someone here on the Chetboard may have copy of that show they would share with you. I'd love to hear it again myself.
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Re: I don't know why I pick such difficult songs to play.

Postby Richard Hudson » Thu May 15, 2014 9:57 pm

I remember him making a comment similar to that on the instructional video The Guitar Of Chet Atkins. I believe he was talking about the tune Happy Again in that instance.
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Re: I don't know why I pick such difficult songs to play.

Postby Ray Bohlken » Thu May 15, 2014 10:22 pm

I don't know if this will help or not, but here is a link to Chet's Album with the Boston Pops and Arthur Fielder. You can listen to all of the songs and maybe you'll remember the song you're talking about. I don't think Chet actually speaks during this album. so it may not contain the song you're looking for. I hope it helps, though.
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Re: I don't know why I pick such difficult songs to play.

Postby Terry Tolley » Thu May 15, 2014 11:23 pm

I have that video! I believe it was the tune Young Thing that he was talking about due the difficult fingering on the bridge where there is a boogie-woogie bass part going on with his index and middle finger while a reptetive melody is going on with the ring finger and pinkie at the same time! By the way, Richard, I thorougly enjoy your musical posts on those occasions when you share. Keep on pickin'!
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Re: I don't know why I pick such difficult songs to play.

Postby Richard Hudson » Fri May 16, 2014 7:28 am

You're right. It was Young Thing. I know that is not the instance the OP referred to, but sometimes Chet would use the same phrase again when he was talking.

Thank you for the nice compliment, Terry.
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Re: I don't know why I pick such difficult songs to play.

Postby bill park » Fri May 16, 2014 8:57 am

Carol Anne -
Chet said "I don't know why I select such difficult tunes to play when I perform, but I always do because it's a challenge. And sometimes it turns out to be amateur night and I come in last, you know". I remember that well. He said it after performing "Blue Angel" on the August 8, 1972 appearance of "Evening at Pops - The Pops Goes Nashville" on PBS. Here's the original TV Guide description of the show:
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The next tune he played was "Misionera", and he introduced it by saying "I hope you enjoy it...I hope I can play it."
Thanks,
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Re: I don't know why I pick such difficult songs to play.

Postby awykle » Sun May 18, 2014 4:10 pm

That's it! I had that page torn out with the reel to reel tape, in the box!
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Re: I don't know why I pick such difficult songs to play.

Postby emjaybee94 » Sun May 25, 2014 7:14 am

Chet plays that tune on UTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJRlgRxVnR0&hd=1
I'm sure I've seen the tab of it somewhere.
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