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Hornswaggle is an alternate spelling of hornswoggle, an archaic word that means to bamboozle or hoodwink. I take my pronunciation from the late Harvey Korman in "Blazing Saddles" --

"I want rustlers, cutthroats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, conmen, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswagglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass kickers, shit kickers and Methodists!"

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Thursday, August 08, 2002

Musical note: trying to learn the intro to Neil Young's "Old Man." Neil has this funky way* of breaking chords apart and finger-picking them, a la "Needle and the Damage Done," which I learned painstakingly awhile ago. What I'm seeing right now is the same thing I saw when learning "Needle." There are a lot of implied notes: what he plays is much sparer than what you hear, until you break it down. At first you think there must be something wrong with the tablature, but it turns out he creates an aural illusion whereby your brain connects the dots and "hears" notes that aren't there, that are natural resolutions of the preceding notes. Anyway, that's that. I don't really know what I'm talking about but maybe it'll make sense to someone.

*He's funky in general. Here's an analagous situation: ever seen how he lurches around while playing guitar, especially during his solos? Only person I know whose body movements while playing seem to be completely out of time with what you're hearing come out of his instrument. But it still works and works quite well, thank you very much there, asshole.

.: posted by hornswaggler 9:41 PM

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