At 6:59pm sharp he took to the dimly lit stage.
He plugged his guitar into the amplifier, flicking it on as the red light and electric hum filled the tiny back bar room.
He gazed blankly at the crowd assembled before him, focuing on the epic task ahead and at 7pm he played the first ear screeching, fret bending note of a guitar solo that would go on to last for the next twenty four hours and fifty five minutes.
After the 25 hour ordeal without sleep Austin guitar player and music teacher David Didonato walked away with the Guiness World Record for the longest guitar solo ever.
The crowd were encouraged to pay a dollar for every hour they stayed and David agreed to give anyone who stayed for the whole thing twenty five dollars from his own pocket. Congratulations David. Now go put some ice on your fingers.
David’s epic guitar solo got me thinking about the length of songs, after all you’d need a pretty long tune to house a twenty five hour guitar solo.
So on the blog today I’m asking you:
What’s the perfect length for a song?
Do you like em short, sweet and packing a punch like this from Sloan 2:18
Or do you like things epic and sprawling like this BSS classic 7:34
How long is too long for a song?
Can a song satisfy if its too short?
I think this Byrds song is the most perfect length song I have ever heard.
Its a goldilocks tune. Not too long, not too short. Just perfect.
Today on the show I'll play you the longest and shortest Canadian songs I know.
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on Jun 11, 2012