A Conversation with John Slick

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Re: A Conversation with John Slick

Post by jmslick » Sat Feb 13, 2016 7:03 pm

fiendik wrote:I know that a while back I said that Lawry's music was better, but in review I find this is not true;
No need to retract that initial opinion. I'm sure that Mister Lawry was far superior in many ways. I'm just glad that it was him, and not some hack who could not have kept up. When I took my leave of absence, which became permanent, I wrote out all the parts for JL's use. I have been gratified to see that he retained most of those parts even up to Classic Petra years.

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Re: A Conversation with John Slick

Post by Mountain Man » Sun Feb 14, 2016 1:25 pm

jmslick wrote:Would anyone be interested in reading a few details about various musical elements- not just keyboards- used in various songs? For example, who ever knew that there's a pipe organ playing the complete Doxology over the bridge of More Power To Ya?
John, I think I can speak for everyone when I say that you could ramble on for pages and pages if you wanted, and we'd eat up every word. We're all crazy for Petra here, and it's great to have one of our "heroes" to interact with.

I think Bob Hartman might have posted here a few times in the past, but the guy rarely writes more than 5 words in a row, so your lengthy contributions are a real treat.

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Re: A Conversation with John Slick

Post by jmslick » Sun Feb 14, 2016 5:15 pm

dihigo wrote:So today I was listening to Not of This World, and I wanted to ask you about the interesting bass solo/instrumental break on "Blinded Eyes." That's something very unique and not heard on any other Petra album before or after. In fact, on Captured in Time & Space in 1986, everyone is given a solo except for Mark. I guess I'm asking if there's a story there.

Also, I always loved that song's use of a talk box. (Bob used one again 10 years later on "Underneath the Blood.") But again, that's very unique, and I'm wondering if you can shed some light on this song and unpack any stories for us. Thanks!
I don't know who suggested the bass solo, but I like it. I put in a few Hammond accents, but tried to stay out of the way. Mark was never one to overplay, but he had some very tasteful accents on a lot of songs.

I forgot all about the "talk box" on Blinded Eyes, which probably was a vocoder, patched in by JDB during post production.

He also took a sonic liberty with the piano on More Power To Ya, by running it through a watery-sounding phaser or something. No harm done, I guess, but that track has an annoying mid-range prominence. Maybe he purposely mixed it that way for Christian radio.

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Re: A Conversation with John Slick

Post by brent » Sun Feb 14, 2016 6:48 pm

Christian radio has a habit of being annoying to me, so it worked.

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Re: A Conversation with John Slick

Post by dihigo » Mon Feb 15, 2016 9:53 pm

John, I saw you wrote this on another thread...
jmslick wrote:Whadayamean, top 5, bottom 5 Petra albums?

I never heard of any other Petra albums but these three...
1 MPTY
2 NOTW
3 NSD
You mean to tell us that during your time in the band, especially when you guys were opening for Servant in 1982, you guys weren't playing anything off the first three Petra records?
What are ya lookin' for the Devil for when ya oughta be lookin' for the Lord?

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Re: A Conversation with John Slick

Post by jmslick » Mon Feb 15, 2016 11:02 pm

dihigo wrote:John, I saw you wrote this on another thread...
jmslick wrote:Whadayamean, top 5, bottom 5 Petra albums?

I never heard of any other Petra albums but these three...
1 MPTY
2 NOTW
3 NSD
You mean to tell us that during your time in the band, especially when you guys were opening for Servant in 1982, you guys weren't playing anything off the first three Petra records?
No, I mean to tell you that there are only 3 Petra records, that I know of.
All others, purported to be Petra, were probably made by some guy with a four-track cassette machine doing lots of overdubs.

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Re: A Conversation with John Slick

Post by sue d. » Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:12 pm

Sounds like you've been hanging around Brent too long! 8)
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Re: A Conversation with John Slick

Post by sue d. » Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:20 pm

Since this is a public forum and all - I'm thinking the Petra FB fans would LOVE to read these threads...

I DO have to ask - what IS that avatar? Maybe I'm behind the times but I can't quite figure out what that is....
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Re: A Conversation with John Slick

Post by jmslick » Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:27 pm

sue d. wrote:Since this is a public forum and all - I'm thinking the Petra FB fans would LOVE to read these threads...

I DO have to ask - what IS that avatar? Maybe I'm behind the times but I can't quite figure out what that is....

LOL, the avatar, "Meatwad". It was the only suitable image I could find to suit the size requirements.

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Re: A Conversation with John Slick

Post by brent » Wed Feb 17, 2016 11:51 pm

Oh. That's meat? I thought it was a hairball.

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Re: A Conversation with John Slick

Post by Mountain Man » Thu Feb 18, 2016 12:34 pm

I'll simply say that it doesn't look like meat. :shock:

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Re: A Conversation with John Slick

Post by jmslick » Thu Feb 18, 2016 1:09 pm

Mountain Man wrote:I'll simply say that it doesn't look like meat. :shock:
Yeah, I guess you're right. Time for a new avatar.

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Re: A Conversation with John Slick

Post by sue d. » Thu Feb 18, 2016 3:46 pm

I thought it was a turd! lolol
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Re: A Conversation with John Slick

Post by brent » Thu Feb 18, 2016 4:04 pm

sue d. wrote:I thought it was a turd! lolol
Me too.

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Re: A Conversation with John Slick

Post by BriGuyPEI » Sat Feb 20, 2016 8:58 pm

I thought it was a cookie.

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