14-Slow Freakin’ Airs

 

A Slow Freakin’ Air is a Slow Air based on a rock and roll (or even better, punk rock) song. Some are loosely based. Some are more solidly based. Regardless, they share a title with the song on which they are based. And they’re set for tinwhistle. And — in case you didn’t know — a guitar effects work perfectly well with tinwhistles. Party on, Wayne, and party on, Garth.

Chris Stein, Joey Ramone, Markey Ramone, Debbie Harry. Musically, these four probably had more influence on me than anyone else. Ever. Pretty weird for tinwhistle player, huh?

  • Smells Like Teen Spirit (in D) Nirvana. Lame, too. I agree. But I’ve liked this song since the Benzedrine Monks of Santa Monica did it as Gregorian chant.
  • Sweet Home Alabama (in D) Lynyrd Skynyrd. I don’t want to hear it. I went to school in the South. Freebird was our class song. You can take the boy out of the country, but you cant — well… I don’t want to hear it.
  • Cheney’s Got a Gun (in D). Cheney’s got a gun. Cheney’s got a gun. He’s shootin’ straight at the sun. Cheney’s got a gun…
  • I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend Ramones. God bless them. Another slow air. I love these things.

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