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Song Parodies -> "Shed your Load (A Eulogy for Bob Brozman)"

Original Song Title:

"Down the Road"

Original Performer:

Bob Brozman

Parody Song Title:

"Shed your Load (A Eulogy for Bob Brozman)"

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The Lyrics

Guitar virtuoso and ethnomusicologist Bob Brozman passed away on April 24 at his home in Santa Cruz, Calif. at 59, circumstances not released. I was moved to pen a tribute, using this calypso workout, one of his best-known live numbers.

Bob was not only arguably the world's leading solo exponent of National resonator steel guitar models, but generally recognized as the world's leading authority on them, technologically and historically. Any kind of guitarist who is not familiar with his playing should get started now, to learn how the full possibilities of the instrument, and of musical expression in general, can be explored. The performance link beneath the song is as good a place as any. 'Nuff said. I'll leave you with a favorite quote from him:

“The neuro-biology of playing a musical instrument is completely scientific, but it’s also an absolute miracle, that you’re taking basically a calcium bucket filled with salt-water that’s run by a weak electrical signal, and you’re using it to move your flesh around in order to manipulate an instrument which disturbs air molecules between you and the listener, and then the listener’s ears picks up those disturbed air molecules which generates a weak electrical signal to their calcium bucket full of salt water, and they feel a feeling. That’s miraculous, and that’s where I live.”
SHED YOUR LOAD (Eulogy for Bob Brozman)

Down the road, master, down the road
To our distress you've gone down the road
Your family saddened, loss do we feel
Music is eternal and we're bound to heal

Shed your load, master, shed your load
Guitar finesse and fun was your code
Our vistas you widened, National Steel
Resonator harnessed and it sounds unreal

Clapton played the blues and you know they went wild
With excitement, Page and Beck not mild
Stevie Ray Vaughan made our senses reel
Sounds infernally loud found appeal

B B King with his great attack
And Buddy Guy could play behind his back
Jimi Hendrix immediately
Earth-shakin' guitar royal aristocracy

Al Dimeola bite your fingernail
Eddie Van Halen stop and watch these hands flail
Musical walking talking carnival
Acoustically subliminal

On the road, always on the road
Rapt crowds address and move down the road
Our burdens lightened, how good we feel
Music is eternal and the sounds do heal

(scat interlude 1)

It was his choice to roam near and far
Sun, you did so glisten on his guitar
Articulate and realize
In that royal joy, music in every guise

No where in any far territory
Can one compete with his steel-string glory
Sliding strumming luminosity
Picking, drumming, humming virtuosity

(scat interlude 2)

When I got the news I took it to heart
Bob Brozman suddenly did depart
His vision was true, his heart as good as gold
But us children, we all have to leave this world

Down the road, you've gone down the road
Free of all stress, you've done shed your load
Your soul is now pardoned because we feel
Your gift is eternal and how your sounds can
Us who are earthbound can
Bobby you are bound to heal

Live performance on YouTube here.

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