Googs is the nickname of Paul Anderson, a guy from Calgary, Canada, whom I met online in the famous (for me and my net friends) Golden Board (it's Golden at the moment when I write, it can change colour with the season you know...)
He gave me a Cd of him at the start of the year, and from that and from the lyrics he wrote me I can say that he's got talent, ear for the melody, and lots to say, cos he can feel lots within himself.
He's one of those who, no matter how difficult life can be, still look out for a bright moment, for the bright side, for the bright people.
I can say I quite admire him.
And I am honoured to dedicate this little page to him.
Stay Supersonically cool man !
"There's a reason for a "All time Top 5 desert island
records" list. Take away all my money, take away my
posessions, my friends, job, and even my family. It's
all circumstantial. It may be difficult, but you can
get by without any of it. But the one thing that is
ingrained into every persons life is music. Grab a
pot and bang it with a spoon, guess what, you're
making music. It is one of the most basic forms of
communication. You don't need words to help get the
point across. There is no language barrier. Music is
in your bones from the day you're born, and it only
gets better from there.
On a personal level, music helps me sort my life out.
I've got a million different thoughts going in my head
at once, and sometimes I find it difficult to express
what I may be thinking or feeling. That's where music
comes in. All my favorite bands are able to put words
or sounds or, ideally, words and sounds to my
feelings. It helps me to explore myself and challenge
myself and push myself to new limits. it gives me a
reason to believe that there is more to this life than
just making money. More to it than making a "living".
More to it than owning the biggest house and the
flashiest car. Music makes me believe that I'm here
to make a life.
Take away all my money. Take away my possesions, my
friends, job and even my family. As long as I've got
a pair of headphones and a CD of my favorite band, you
can't crush my spirit.
Maybe I will never be
All the things that I wanna be
Now is not the time to cry
Now's the time to find out why
I think you're the same as me
We see things they'll never see
You and I are gonna live forever"
As I said above, I have got a cd from Paul with "Where are they now" and a cover of Hey, Hey, My My on.
From there I can have a proper judgement also on the way googs sings and plays guitar and all that I can say is that he's got talent.
Especially for playing guitar.
But also for his way to "live" the song, which appears clearly if you listen to his cover.
He made for instance the Noel Gallagher's cover of it just disappear for how greatly better he made it compared to the one of Oasis.
The reason, as I pointed out, stays in the fact googs is able to feel in his bones all that he sings or play, if he decides to do one cover, he tries to transform it in something apt to describe his feelings, his views, his mood.
I would love to add the mp3 of it here somewhere, but I have no tools for it at the current state.
You have two choices: to believe me, or to write me and see if I can send to you a copy of the bootleg: you'll miss the amazing artwork you can see in this page, but you'll please your ears totally :)
Paul is also a very funny man: when he posts in the Golden Board, it's not rare that I start to laugh sitting at my desk and my collegue aside starts to look at me like I am mad or something. But it's impossible to avoid to do it really!
This is an example: Mikael was talkin about getting older and going to Middle Age parties with L/N, and after a little series or replies, googs came and wrote this...
When I'm that age, I'm going to hang out at high school parties and try to pick up all the young girls. They'll all call me "Dirty Old Man Anderson", but still hang out with me cos I'll be cool in their eyes. I'll be like Matthew Maconahey (totally spelled wrong) in Dazed and Confused.
"That's what I like about these high school girls man. I keep getting older, they stay the same age."
By his admission googs really loves The Simpsons.. and in a thread where they where quoted , he came out writing something more about his music replying to Mikael who was asking how many songs he was having so far (those you can see aside.. this is what he wrote, and it explains a bit more about him :
"I actually don't have very many songs in my catalogue (that's a hard word to spell). Songs that I like 4. Songs that I don't like 2. Songs in progress, I think there's about 4 in various stages of completion. Some need only lyrics, some need everything except a cool intro. Where Are They Now is probably the mellowest of the ones I've got. Up In The Sky I've never got a version that I'm happy with, cos the bands that I've played the song to don't understand what I want it to sound like. But that one starts out pretty dark and sinister and gradually gets more upbeat and happy. Imagine Roll It Over becoming Roll With It. And the others are pretty much straight ahead rockers. "