Macro Monday 2020.07...
Woah...

Tu(n)esday/MFS: DLR...

As in David Lee Roth.

Diamond Dave.

The wild man with the high kicks and the distinctive gravelly voice. 

I have a strange history with David Lee Roth. I was more a fan of his band Van Halen without him than with. While his first full LP, Eat 'Em and Smile, is often considered his best, my favorite is his second album, Skyscraper. But my favorite song comes from his third and much beleagured album A Little Ain't Enough.

DLR-ALAE

That song is the title track "A Little Ain't Enough" and I love it because the lyrics contain some of the most ridiculous colloquialisms and whacked-out statements of any song he's written. Given his career of weird song lyrics that seemingly make zero sense, to say this is one of the tops is really saying something. But they resonate with me. To the point where one of the lines is actually my bio on Instagram.

 

A Little Ain't Enough is also the first album with new guitarist Jason Becker, formerly of Cacophony with Marty Friedman of Megadeth. Becker came on board after the departure of Steve Vai to join Whitesnake and then pursue a solo career. However, shortly after joining DLR and finishing this album, Becker was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig Syndrome) and was unable to tour. Although he has lost the ability to play a guitar in the traditional way, he is still making music and it's pretty inspiring.

Give it a listen and let me know what you think.

Author’s Note: I removed the original music video embedded above and replaced it with just the audio. Read why

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