What’s on the Tele?

My friend Joel Lewis started building a custom Telecaster-style guitar, got it mostly built, and then gave it to me to finish. I put a Zebra-style Humbucker pickup at the neck instead of the standard single coil pickup normally installed at the neck of Telecaster guitars, so it has a different sound than a standard Telecaster.

Joel painted the guitar blue, but then we started discussing possibilities for the body. I sent him an image of a Telecaster guitar with the Sandias and a Sand Hill Crane on it that I had created as a mock-up. Then Joel suggested I do something with a Santa Fe Super Chief locomotive and a New Mexico Zia symbol. I found a nice stylized Zia symbol, a decent photo of a Super Chief locomotive, created the design, printed the images on vinyl skins and put the skins on the guitar.

The music video is a medley of three different songs with trains that cover different genres of music. I modified the lyrics a bit in each song to go with the Tele. You will probably recognize at least one, if not all three, of the songs.

Bufo Bluegrass in the Bosque

Everybody wants to get in on the Off Center & Not Even music scene these days. We came across a group of toads (Bufo woodhousii) in the bosque last night that call themselves The Kaleidoscopic Croakers, which is rather obvious from the photo I took of them under the light of our phones. They croaked out a bluegrass-like tune for us that they call A Chorus of Crazy Croaking.

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Me and My MX-5

Sometimes when a good deal comes along, you just can’t pass it up. And when the deal happens to be your dream car, you really don’t pass it up. I’ve been looking at the Mazda Miata MX-5 RF (retractible fast-back), but I figured it would be awhile before I bought one. I saw a gray MX-5 RF for sale in a lot on my way home Thursday, stopped, photographed the vin, and sent it to Tristan to get the history of the car for me. Tristan works at Garcia Honda in Albuquerque, and, as it turned out, they got an MX-5 trade-in that was a much better deal. I went up and drove it, and that was it, Tristan sold me the car Friday afternoon, and I picked up the car and drove it home this afternoon after the inspections were completed.  Now I’m the proud owner of a 2017 Mazda Miata MX-5 RF with 7,700 miles on it.  It’s like brand new.

After I got it home and got it insured, Laurie and I went out for a drive about 4:00 PM. We stopped at her parent’s house to show them the car, did a few photos (below), and then drove around with the Bose stereo blasting out tunes from my phone (bluetooth connection). After we got home about 6:00 PM, I decided I needed to write a song about the car. I scribbled down the lyrics, went into my darkroom/music studio, came up with the music, and recorded the song “Me and My MX-5” (above).

 

Me and My MX-5

Lyrics and Music by Timothy Price
TimothyPrice: vocals, lead and rhythm guitars, bass and electronic percussion

Me and my MX 5
Oh how we like to drive
Don a hat, hide the top
Drive and drive, we never stop

1st gear roars off the line
2, 3, 4, 5 takes no time
6th gear gets me in the jive
cruising along at 95

Driving my MX-5
Makes me feel like I’m alive
In Soul Red, black racing stripe
The really cool, sporty type