Weekend Musical Diversion: Andy Timmons

October 24, 2009

I had the great fortune to see one of my favorite guitar players perform yesterday at a clinic here in Chicago…the very elusive and talented Andy Timmons. As a teen in the 80’s, I was very influenced by the heavy metal scene and Andy was in the band Danger Danger. However, I didn’t hear any of his music until about five years ago.  He’s put out a few solo instrumental albums and plays in Olivia Newton-John’s band.  I guess you can say he’s a virtuoso guitar player with a combination of amazing technical prowess and a magically melodic tone.

In person, I found Andy to be very down to earth and a very humorous storyteller as he talked about the craft of songwriting and musical influences. Afterward, he spent time taking pictures, talking and signing CDs.

The video below was for a song called “Gone,” which was written on 9/11/01.

For more information about Andy, check out his website here. For additional videos…

Andy seizes the day here.

Andy and Steve Vai play a tribute to Michael Jackson here.

Andy plays with Olivia Newton-John here.

1 Nadia - Happy Lotus October 25, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Hi Tim,

How cool and he sounds like a nice person. Watching something like just makes me think how cool it would be to create music.

I have always been intrigued by people who write and play music. You can tell those who are really passionate about it compared to those who just are doing it for the wrong reasons. He seems to be really into it and I respect people like that. Thank you so much for introducing Andy to all of us.

Hope all is awesome! 🙂

2 Lori October 25, 2009 at 4:24 pm

Hi Tim!
This video gave me the chills! I loved it and love his melodic style, too. Maybe knowing it was inspired by the events of 9/11 also made this video reach so deep for me.

I’ve always felt incredibly connected to music, and even more so when I see live or acoustic music. It reaches in to my very soul.

(Side note: Heavy metal of the 80s, anyone, anyone, totally, dude, like, totally my background, too.)

Thanks for this great post, for pointing me to another awesome musician, and for your efforts here at your blog, Tim.

I’m loving all of it!
Be Well.
~xo

3 Tim October 25, 2009 at 7:29 pm

Nadia: I’m glad you enjoyed Andy. At the clinic, he told us he was 46 years old and that he’s been playing since he was six. It is interesting that you bring up passion. I noticed how much he came alive when he was playing guitar vs. when he was talking at the meet n greet. My favorite guitar players are the ones who feel every note and give us some serious guitar-face when they play — and Andy falls into that category. It has motivated me to get back and playing my acoustic. Thanks for the good wishes and have a great week!

Lori: I’m glad you liked the video. Andy told us that when he wrote that song, he used chords that he normally would not have used and that the events of that day really shaped the song. I also wanted to include another of Andy’s videos called, “Cry For You,” which is another very melodic song…but it was about seven minutes. I know what you mean about connecting with music…I love many styles of music. When I listen to today’s popular music, I feel a little old because it is more difficult to find music I like (I know its there, but its just harder to find). Thank you for your kind words and I hope you have a great week!

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