BILL AND SUE-ON HILLMAN: A 50-YEAR MUSICAL ODYSSEY
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Bill Hillman Guitar No. 30
Epiphone Gibson Les Paul
Serial No. 101032411
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Epiphone Gibson Les Paul

Xmas 2011
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This Christmas guitar giving must stop!
Sue-On did it again on Xmas 2011 . . . she even added a gutsy little 20 watt Fender Mustang I amp.
Gibson Les Pauls have always evaded my grasp,
but here's the next best thing - the Epiphone model. . . with Bigsby.

Here's a little game that guitar lovers might try.
After taking the photo of the guitar in our music studio
I noticed that there is a jumble of music related items in the background.

See if you can spot:
Fender Mustang I amp
Hillman Buckskin Stage Sign
Corner of a Fender Twin amp
Garnet Randy Bachman Herzog
The original Vox Wah-Wah pedal
Cry Baby Wah
Boss Volume Pedal
Link II Steel Guitar
Link II Guitar Bootjack
Cowbell
Hohner Piano Bass 2
Roland E-70 Synthesizer
Roland D-10 Synthsizer
Electroharmonix Mini-Synthesizer
ElectroHarmonix Electric Mistress effect box
Roland TR-707 Rhythm Composer
Marshall DRP-1 Direct Recording Pre-Amp
Hammond Organ
Wooden case containing Electronic Bagpipe Unit
Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive Pedal
Boss HM-2 Heavy Metal Pedal
Boss CS-2 Compression Sustainer Pedal
Fender Rhodes Piano
Beltone 5-String Banjo
Tel Ray Organtone FX Box
Roland Digital Syn Drums Controller
Robin's Trombone Mutes
Percussion instruments from Mexico, Greece, Australia and China
Our Free Spirit Vinyl Album
Our On Stage In England Vinyl Album - No. 9
Bodhran Celtic Drum
Mirror Image of Hillman CDs No. 11 and 12 (framed)

Meeting Les Paul
(June 9, 1915 August 13, 2009)
Broadway's Iridium Jazz Club
May 2006 ~ New York City
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It was a thrill to finally meet Les Paul
-- the 91-year-old guitar and tech legend --
at his regular Monday night performance in this intimate Broadway club.
We caught Les's reaction on camera when he learned I that I play a Fender Telecaster.
Our table mate Nathan's young son had the foresight to bring a pick-guard from his
Gibson Les Paul guitar which Les autographed for him.
This was almost six years before I finally added this Les Paul guitar to my guitar wall.

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HOW TO SING THE BLUES 
1. Most Blues begin, "Woke up this morning."

 2. " I got a good woman" is a bad way to begin the Blues, 'less you stick something nasty in the next line, like " I got a good woman, with the meanest face in town."

3. The Blues is simple. After you get the first two lines right, repeat them. Then find something that rhymes ... sort of: "Got a good woman - with the meanest face in town. Got teeth like Margaret Thatcher - and she weigh 500 pound."

 4. The Blues are not about choice. You stuck in a ditch, you stuck in a ditch; ain't no way out.

5. Blues cars: Chevys and Cadillacs and broke-down trucks. Blues don't travel in Volvos, BMWs, or Sport Utility Vehicles. Most Blues transportation is a Greyhound bus or a southbound train. Jet aircraft,  skidoos, an' state-sponsored motor pools ain't even in the running. Walkin' plays a major part in the blues lifestyle. So does fixin' to die.

6. Teenagers can't sing the Blues. They ain't fixin' to die yet. Adults sing the Blues. In Blues, "adulthood" means being old enough to get the electric chair if you shoot a man in Memphis. That's the cut-off.

7. Blues can take place in New York City but not in Hawaii or any place in Canada. Hard times in St. Paul or Tucson or San Diego is just depression. Chicago, St. Louis, and Kansas City still the best places to have the Blues. You cannot have the blues in any place that don't  get no rain.

8. A man with male pattern baldness ain't the blues. A woman with male pattern baldness is. Breaking your leg cuz you're skiing is not the blues. Breaking your leg cuz an alligator is chomping on it is. Losing your leg to necritizing fasciitis is not the blues. Losing your leg to a shot-gunblast from yo' woman is.

 9. You can't have no Blues in an office or a shopping mall. The lighting is wrong. Go outside to the parking lot or sit by the dumpster. Go down to the Greyhound bus-station.

10. Good places for the Blues: a. highway  b. jailhouse   c. empty bed  d. bottom of a whiskey glass
    Bad places: a. Ashrams  b. gallery openings c. Ivy League institutions d. golf courses  e. Hooters

11. No one will believe it's the Blues if you wear a suit, 'less you slept in it. If you wore a backwards baseball cap, even one time, you're disqualified for life.

12. Do you have the right to sing the Blues? Yes, if:  a. you're older than dirt  b. you're blind  c. you shot a man in Memphis  d. you can't be satisfied
     No, if:  a. you have all your teeth b. you were once blind but now can see  c. the man in Memphis lived.
 d. you have a retirement plan or trust fund.  e. you use a blow-drier

13. Blues is not a matter of color. It's a matter of bad luck. Tiger Woods cannot sing the blues. Gary Coleman could. Ugly white people also got a leg up on the blues.

14. If you ask for water and Baby give you gasoline, it's the Blues. Other acceptable Blues beverages are:
 a. wine  b. whiskey or bourbon  c. muddy water  d. black, black coffee (NO cappuccinos)
    The following are NOT Blues beverages:  a. mixed drinks  b. kosher wine  c. Snapple  d. sparkling water  e. Gatorade

15. If it occurs in a cheap motel or a shotgun shack, it's a Blues death. Stabbed in the back by a jealous lover is another Blues way to die. So is the electric chair, substance abuse, and dying lonely on  a broken-down cot. You can't have a Blues death if you die during a tennis match or getting liposuction or listening to Shania Twain.

16. Some Blues names for women:  a. Sadie  b. Big Mama  c. Bessie d. Fat River Dumpling

17. Some Blues names for men:  a. Joe  b. Willie  c. Little Willie  d. Big Willie

18. Persons with names like Sierra, Sequoia, Auburn, Rainbow, Skip,  Jennifer, Jason, Murray, Bosley, Shania, Madonna, Cher, or Engelbert can't sing the Blues no matter how many men they shoot in Memphis.

19. Make your own Blues name (starter kit):  a. name of a physical infirmity (Blind, Cripple, Lame, etc.)  b. first name (see a above) plus name of fruit (Lemon, Lime, etc.)  c. add last name of President (Jefferson, Johnson, Fillmore, etc.)  For example, Blind Lime Jefferson, or Cripple Kiwi Fillmore, etc.  (Well, maybe not "Kiwi.")

20. I don't care how tragic your life is: you own a computer, you cannot sing the blues. You best destroy it. Fire, a bottle of Mad Dog spilled on the keyboard, or get out a shotgun. Maybe your big woman just done sat on it. I don't care. Get rid of it. And don't ever sing about it.

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5. Roots
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