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Re: “Two guitars and a microphone

"Twin lead guitars have long held a place in the rock tradition. You'll find them on everything from Lynyrd Skynyrd..."
Too bad reporters/journalists/writers or whatever they call themselves seem to lack a certain trait these days which is the notion to research and educate. When that happens, history is lost and credit where it is due goes unpaid.
Skynyrd took a path already blazed by The Allman Brothers, who were the first ones to have southern roots and be recognized by the mainstream. Actually, one could not help but pay heed when the Brothers came on the scene. One of their trademarks was the twin lead guitar attack along with playing major scales over chord progressions as opposed to the standard rock/blues minor scale. The major scale gave the sound a country feeling, but the rhythm was rock. It has been called "Southern Rock" but Gregg Allman will say that term is like saying "Rock Rock". Rock was indeed a creation from southern born and bred musicians and rooted in the Blues.
The most notable song to feature twin lead guitars was "Blue Sky" (Allman's "Eat A Peach" LP) written by Dickey Betts. Betts is a guitarist who can play circles around most other guitarists and in many different styles. He also composed the instrumentals that were the Allmans biggest hits. Dickey was overshadowed by Duane Allman's legacy that grew from his untimely death. Betts, in the minds of FM radio listeners simply did not exist and was relegated to the shadows. Many don't realize that after Duane's death, Betts performed Duane's parts and his own in their songs on stage for some time until other guitarists were finally hired. Without Duane the Allman's had a gap, but when they fired Dickey a decade or so ago they became nothing more than a "tribute" band.
Dickey Betts however did not create the twin guitar technique (which would be two guitarists playing two different notes in a scale simultaneously creating a unique melody). Betts was influenced by Bob Wills' Texas Playboys and for anyone who wishes to listen I suggest finding Bob Will's tune "Twin Guitar Boogie". Listen to what was being played before Wishbone Ash or Lynyrd Skynyrd were born but are over-credited for in this "article".

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Posted by Robert Wyman on 09/06/2014 at 11:30 PM

Re: “Hexed-Mex: Serrano's replaces a classic Manitou Springs

Helpful and honest review. Thanks. I won't bother going there.

Posted by R. Smith on 09/06/2014 at 6:15 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Lamborn skips veterans' forum

Why would ANYONE continue to vote for Lazy Lamborn? He is a disgrace.

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Posted by R. Smith on 09/06/2014 at 2:40 PM

Re: “This could leave a mark

Must be something in the water!

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Posted by Ronald E Griffey on 09/06/2014 at 9:37 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Lamborn skips veterans' forum

When the military retirees and active duty that vote here realize that Doug Lamborn is not their friend, then and only then, can we make the changes necessary to improve military lives. Lamborn says he "FIGHTS" for us, but in reality he fights for only Doug Lamborn and financial backers that don't include 'the troops'. His voting record proves that. He's voted to cut programs that help our active duty and military retirees plus all cilivian retirees and young and not so young families.

Remember, at election time, Doug Lamborn is only for Doug Lamborn NOT you or me! We need to send Doug Lamborn packing because he's fed at the public trough (state & Federal) for too long. It's time for him to join the "private sector" to see if he can survive.

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 09/06/2014 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Cassiani chosen to lead "turn around" of Springs

As the Colorado Springs Forward movement builds, as a 'community cohesion building' process, interaction and cooperation with the next Mayor will be important. Of those who have expressed interest in running for Mayor of Colorado Springs, which do you feel might have the strongest chance at being elected? A "Quick Poll". Thank you.…

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Posted by Staci6 on 09/06/2014 at 7:54 AM

Re: “Cassiani chosen to lead "turn around" of Springs

"... organizers say only 7,000 jobs have been created here in the last 15 years while the population has grown by 20 percent, whereas 26,000 jobs have been created in Fort Collins, which has half the population of Colorado Springs" -- are these figures meaningful? What are the comparative net employment figures?

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Posted by RayK on 09/05/2014 at 9:02 PM

Re: “Shit hits the fan for Meadow Muffins

They used to have the best wings in town.. now, not so much. Went there for the first time in a while a couple of weeks ago.. too bad how far it's fallen... but ya gotta keep the name!

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Posted by ofrocker on 09/05/2014 at 7:36 PM

Re: “Shit hits the fan for Meadow Muffins

Meadow Muffins was a landmark for most of us west-siders. It was our "Cheers", where everyone knew your name. I remember standing in lines wrapped all the way around the corner at Michael Garmin's just to get in. It was ruined by the last owner, however. He completely changed it, and all for the worse. I'm sad to see Muffs go but excited to visit it once again under new ownership, as I haven't been there in years. It was a place where many of us got together and will hold a place in our memories forever. Those that were there know who you are, and "that" Meadow Muffins will be missed. This one will not. I understand the new owner is the current owner of "The Hatch Cover", another landmark bar and grill in town. To you sir, I say, good luck, and listen to your west-siders. If you haven't decided on a new name yet may I suggest, "Colin Brown's". He was a long time employee of the "memorable" Meadow Muffins that recently passed away. I promise you those of us who frequented Meadow Muffins then would flock to your doors in response to the name. Colin Brown's... It has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?

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Posted by timstires on 09/05/2014 at 4:15 PM

Re: “Public should vote on stadium, councilman says

There's already a city-wide boycott of downtown that's been in existence for decades. That's the perceived problem - but building a stadium is not the solution. Right now, from the comfort of your home, you can do something that will prevent our mayor and City Leaders from doing further damage to downtown. And it doesn't involve standing in a picket line. You can email city council and tell them to vote for councilman Miller's ordinance that will give US the right to vote the stadium in or out. Send email to all of them in one swoop at

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Posted by curious on 09/05/2014 at 3:45 PM

Re: “New biz group rides to Springs' rescue

Why not run for city council if they believe that our current city council; you know the council elected by the people is not doing a sufficient job. Or perhaps the problem is that council is doing what the folks that elected them wanted. I am happy to see the council fight for the people and stand up against these robber baron developers and their whore of a mayor. In the meantime may I suggest a boycott of properties owned by members of this group.

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Posted by obliosupercat on 09/05/2014 at 2:16 PM

Re: “Public should vote on stadium, councilman says

We can vote. We can vote to not patronize downtown. We can identify properties owned by the Jenkins and their robber baron cohorts and boycott them. We can inform tourists of the evil that is taking over this city and steer them in the Direction of Manitou. Mostly though I see people just leaving. Check out how Pueblo is developing, feels a lot more authentic than that bad rip off of 1980s mall architecture that is currently causing an eyesore downtown. How was a building so estheticlly unpleasing allowed to be built by developer who claims to promote the arts? I have lived downtown for 16 years it has become more generic and plastic every year. You think at some point these silver spoons would have developed some taste. Other than a taste for booze and cheesy places to drink it, judging by all the bars downtown that have come to replace the bookstores and art galleries

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Posted by obliosupercat on 09/05/2014 at 1:47 PM

Re: “Update from Andy Tirado on Open

We're planning THE BIG REVEAL for members only at 5:30p on Sept. 16 and then the public opening on Sept. 17.

Posted by Warren Epstein 1 on 09/05/2014 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Shit hits the fan for Meadow Muffins

We took our family there about a month ago on a Sunday afternoon for their delicious
( well used to have) burgers famous rings and a pitcher of beer..after we ordered- the waitress brought the pitcher (s) , she came to tell ys they are only serving single serve cheese pizzas! we decided to leave and tried to ask to be compensated for the beers and the bar tender lady was rude and said something so stupid that , "they don't buy back beer"..
we paid for the beer we didnt drink and left.
we have a big family so about 7 of us (our kids and their spouses).
Couldn't believe what happened.we are natives and been going to MM for years, not sure what happpened but aafter that I can see why They closed!

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Posted by Nativer on 09/05/2014 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Shit hits the fan for Meadow Muffins

Sad news! Great memories at Meadow Muffins. And some of us did go for music when it was live and early on a Friday night. Sorry to see the name go and hope the atmosphere of the front room kinda remains.

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Posted by TruB on 09/05/2014 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Shit hits the fan for Meadow Muffins

I worked there a little over a year ago, in the kitchen, and told my husband that the owner was going to run the place into the ground. He had no concept of how to run a business, and would not listen to logic. I can't wait to see what the future has in store! I loved that place growing up, and it deserves a little justice done to it. That kitchen has a ton of potential. If the new owner needs a kitchen manager, look me up!!

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Posted by Bree Macoubrie on 09/05/2014 at 12:17 PM

Re: “This could leave a mark

one sure way to make sure this doesnt happen folks...VOTE!!

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Posted by Darrell Maxwell on 09/05/2014 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Shit hits the fan for Meadow Muffins

My friends loved the fried pickles (?) right? bummer

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Posted by Liliana Petra on 09/05/2014 at 10:40 AM

Re: “See him run

How Should Christians Respond to Vicky Beeching? Like Jesus Taught Us (the Fruits Test)
Posted: 08/28/2014 H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D University professor, author, ordained minister

Evangelical Christian pundits are up in arms over the coming out of a popular writer and performer of Christian worship songs, Vicky Beeching, a British writer of Christian devotional songs, theologian and media commentator. Many conservative Christians who once sang along with her as they worshipped God together in Christian community now attack and revile her. Others are simply confused, having found her devotional songs to inspire them in their praise of God for many years. One Christian publication headlined a recent story on her fellow worshippers' struggle over her public announcement that she is a lesbian, "How Should We Respond to Vicky Beeching?" Those who previously were moved to worship by her music are reported to be asking themselves, "How could she do this to us?"

As a Christian who identifies LGBTQ, I've had to grapple with this question myself for decades. I've wrestled with it professionally as an academic theologian who has studied the scriptures both in the original languages and in multiple translations as well as the history of their interpretation cross-culturally and more recently as a pastor whose service is mainly in LGBTQ communities, not just privately but with countless others over the years (as a pastor, brother in Christ, and teacher). However, we are fortunate that the answer is simple and does not require knowledge of biblical languages or cultures nor a doctoral degree in theology. Jesus Himself gave Christians a direct and clear answer as to how Christians are to respond when confused by the actions, words, or identity of another Christian in the Sermon on the Mount.
"You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them" (Mt 7.16-20).

So what do Christians do with Vicky Beeching, who leads powerful worship experiences in the Christian community that inspire many to deeper connection to God? Applying what Christians sometimes called the "fruits test" of Jesus, it's simple: If you liked her music ministry and witness when you didn't happen to know she was gay, then you noticed her good spiritual fruits. Nothing has changed except your former unawareness of the gender of the person she loves, which really has nothing to do with your ability to connect with God through the spiritual gift of leading worship that God has clearly given her. The fruit is good, so the tree is good. She hasn't actually done anything -- let alone "to you." She is simply as God requires being honest, not bearing false witness. Coming out isn't about suddenly "becoming gay" -- it's about a change in others' awareness that you always have been gay. It doesn't change the fruits she has born and will continue to bear in ministry, which are gifts of the Spirit. The fruit (her songs, her worship) hasn't changed: It's still good. And the tree is still good, too.
Like Vicky Beeching, all the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender Christians continue to bear spiritual fruit in ministries of all kinds all over the world, whether they are closeted or "out," showing us that God gives good spiritual gifts to whomever God wills. Gay Christians and allies will be celebrating Vicky Beeching's spiritual gifts at GCN 2015 in Portland this coming January, the annual meeting of the Gay Christian Network. A bad tree cannot bear good fruit, Jesus tells us. If Christians are willing to be guided by the words and example of Jesus in this matter, it's time to stop cutting good trees (gay Christians) and casting them into the fire and to join gay Christians and allies in celebrating the good gifts of those whom God has blessed with them, regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation.

Follow H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. on Twitter:…

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Posted by guruD on 09/05/2014 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Shit hits the fan for Meadow Muffins

Wow place was nostalgic for those of us that have been here 30 or more years. Hopefully with new owners they can bring it back. Since the fire it's not been the same. And yes that smell could go to. :)

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Posted by Laura Tart on 09/05/2014 at 8:12 AM

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