|Concert Performances: Home and Away|
Page 4EDDIE [on phone]:
Leo Kottke just walked into my office to talk about the song "Rings."
LEO [to camera]:
He's on the phone.
EDDIE [on phone]:
You're the publisher, right? Have you ever heard his version? Well, you're the publisher, what do you mean you've never heard of his version? [Leo laughs] You say you've got it recorded so many times you can't keep up, I see, I see.
That's probably -- that's true isn't it?
EDDIE [to Leo]:
This whole song was written by Alex Harvey and I as a wedding song for a friend of ours who was getting married named Bob Hamilton.
Oh, a friend of yours? This isn't you and she's calling you back?
It was a specialized piece of material about them and we knew nobody would know what we were talking about. We sang it at his wedding reception.
LEO [slightly crestfallen]:
That's a totally different story than the one I heard. But now that I know it's a wedding song I see why -- some of the lyrics, I can see that they're specialized -- 'cause I had a hunch from some of the lyrics that's why she might have left you in the first place.
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After about half an hour, we decided that my version was better... This is called "Shortwave." I wrote this after hearing [looking up toward ceiling] -- excuse me, what the hell is that? [Still looking up] Well, I guess it has to be a light. I'll deal with that later. And get on with being a professional entertainer here.
I'd heard about a style of guitar called "dry guitar" which originates in West Africa. And I wanted to hear it. So I pulled out a radio that I'd had for some years and realized first of all that I couldn't be sure that I was even tuning into Africa, let alone West Africa, and if I heard any dry guitar I couldn't tell you whether I had or not. I don't think I did, and this tune is what I expected to hear if I did find it. I'll be anxious to find out how close I got.
[Adjusting the mike] Let's see if I can do this with one hand. [loosened mike stand collapses and mike hits stand with a thud. Leo laughs] I'm easily amused, so you'll just have to put up with that.
[Leo plays "Shortwave"]
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