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THE MUSIC

Album with both songs, and audiobook narrated by Ria Jones, now available!

 

Once I'd decided to self-publish The Boy Who Wanted to Rock, I thought it might be fun to record a few songs to help promote the book. Somehow I managed to assemble a veritable supergroup (excluding myself), comprised of friends and colleagues who kindly agreed to be tarred with the same brush as me.

Lead Vocals: Justin Matthew Sargent

 

Guitar, Backing Vocals: Tim Quick

 

Drums: Jamey Tate

 

Bass: Roland Guerin

 

Keyboards: David Weiser

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He Wants to Rock

Written By: Tim Quick and David Weiser

Produced By: Tim Quick

Mixed and Mastered By: Tristan Leral

Video By: Dan Dabek

Feeling down when he first tries

Six strings and dreams of a tour

Strum that axe* and you realize

It takes more than you bargained for

 

Don’t back down and

You’ll go far

 

He wants to rock and roll but he don’t know how

We’re gonna show you what you are

He’s gonna learn to play, and it all starts now

We’re gonna break the rules and make him a star! 

 

Kicked over the hi-hat

He can hardly even reach the ride

Who cares? You’re a cool cat

You can always find a good beat inside

 

Don’t back down and

You’ll go far

 

He wants to rock and roll, he’s got lots to prove

He’s bottled lightning in a jar

He’s gonna lay down a groove and make people move

When we break the rules and make him a star! 

 

Day after day and slow

Break down each piece then grow

In time you’ll get faster

Work hard til it’s mastered yeah!

 

He wants to rock and roll - and he’s learning now!

Someone get this kid a guitar!

He’s gonna make us say “wow” and he’ll take a bow

Once we break the rules and make him a star!

 

[* Axe = instrument] 

The Practice Song

Written By: David Weiser and Tim Quick

Produced By: Tim Quick

Mixed and Mastered By: Tristan Leral

Video By: Dan Dabek

Young Freddie King hadn’t learned a thing

He’d been at it from December through June

He stopped and blew his top when he tried to play and sing 

And then he threw his guitar to the moon

 

Practice makes perfect, yeah that’s what they say

I want to know if there’s another way

I’ve got some rhythm and some funk in my shoes

I’m gonna stomp it out and shake it for you

   

Little T. Rex* was feeling vexed

Every time he tried to rock properly

They said to hit the shed** but he but he was mad and perplexed

So he gobbled up his Flying V

 

Practice Makes perfect, yeah that’s what they say

That don’t sound easy - I just want to play

I’ve got some attitude and a fist I can pump

I’m gonna show you how high I can jump

 

Kid Chrissy Hynde found herself in a bind

When she blew her harp*** on Give Me Some Lovin’

Her throat couldn’t hit the notes that she heard in her mind,

So she fried it in a pan and threw it in the oven

 

Practice makes perfect yeah that’s what they say

It’s a drag now, I know but it will pay off some day

For now I’ve got some volume, I can give it some more

I’m gonna show you how loud I can roar!

 

 

[*Marc Bolan, but our son Arlen knows him as T. Rex. ]

[** Hit the shed = practice]

[***Harp = Harmonica]