Need More Rock Music!

This is a website for my "rock friends" (yes, I'm a geologist). Below is a list of songs I've enjoyed playing with my friends around the country. Most are classic rock-n-roll songs. I can play "bass, rhythm, and core backbone sounds" with my keyboards. Below is a list of 100 songs I've played "with or without you" in the past couple years. I play by ear; if I know the song, I can usually play it in some fashion, usually in any key. I can read music, but I really like to improvise, especially with creative folks, who can move with the changes in rhythm and mood. I like to see and hear folks on their feet, dancing, singing along, and grooving to the beat! Do you write music?

Rolling In The Deep Adele
Someone Like You Adele
Dream On Aerosmith
Ramblin' Man Allman Brothers
Hold Your Head Up Argent
Deadbeat Club B52s
Love Shack B52s
Bad Company Bad Company
Brian Wilson (Song) Barenaked Ladies
I’ve Got A Feeling Beatles
Let It Be Beatles
While My Guitar Gently Weeps Beatles
Don’t Fear The Reaper Blue Oyster Cult
Knocking on Heaven's Door Bob Dylan
My Maria Brooks & Dunn
Across The River Bruce Hornsby
Born To Run Bruce Springsteen
The Rising Bruce Springsteen
For What Its Worth Buffalo Springfield
Mr Soul Buffalo Springfield
Bluebird Buffalo Springfield
Tubhumping Chumbawamba
Mr. Jones Counting Crows
Daylight Again Crosby, Stills, & Nash
Long Time Gone Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young
Tin Soldiers Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young
Clair de Lun Dan Fogelberg
Tell Me To My Face Dan Fogelberg
The Power Of Gold Dan Fogelberg
Sultans Of Swing Dire Straits
China Grove Doobie Brothers
Black Water Doobie Brothers
Soul Kitchen Doors
Already Gone Eagles
Hotel California Eagles
Peaceful Easy Feeling Eagles
Rocket Man Elton John
Madman Across The Water Elton John
Tiny Dancer Elton John
Layla Eric Clapton (both versions)
Sweet Dreams Eurythmics
Landslide Fleetwood Mac
Rhiannon Fleetwood Mac
Go Your Own Way Fleetwood Mac
Crystal Fleetwood Mac
Urgent Foreigner
Prisoner of Love Foreigner
The Masquerade George Benson
Found Out About You Gin Blossoms
Till I Hear It From You Gin Blossoms
Twilight Zone Golden Earring
Iris GooGoo Dolls
Somebody I Used To Know Gotye
China Doll Grateful Dead
Cassidy Grateful Dead
One On One Hall & Oates
I Can’t Go For That Hall & Oates
Cast Your Fate To the Wind James Gang
Midnight Man James Gang
Walk Away James Gang
All Along the Watchtower Jimi Hendrix
Red House Jimi Hendrix
Heads Carolina, Tails California Jo Dee Messina

Diamonds And Rust Joan Baez
One Of Us Joan Osborn
Turn To Stone Joe Walsh
Rocky Mountain Way Joe Walsh
Constant Craving K.D. Lang
Babe I’m Going To Leave You Led Zeplin
Stairway To Heaven Led Zeplin
Your No Good Linda Ronstadt
Long, Long Time Linda Ronstadt
U Can’t Touch This M.C. Hammer
Like A Prayer Madonna
Walking In Memphis Marc Cohn
Wild Angels Martina McBride
Safe In The Arms Of Love Martina McBride
Classical Gas Mason Williams
Beds Are Burning Midnight Oil
The Story In Your Eyes Moody Blues
Nights In White Satin Moody Blues
A Man Needs A Maid Niel Young
Cortez the Killer Neil Young
Cowgirl In The Sand Neil Young
Down By The River Neil Young/Michael McDonald
Diamonds Niccole Tiffany
Dancing Barefoot Patti Smith
Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd
Us And Them Pink Floyd
Time Pink Floyd
Comfortably Numb Pink Floyd
Pigs Pink Floyd
Meddle Pink Floyd
Call It Love Poco
Back On The Chain Gang Pretenders
Fresh Air Quicksilver Messenger Service
Loosing My Religion R.E.M.
29 Palms Robert Plant
Maggie May Rod Steward
Corizon Espinado Santana
Smooth Santana
Leaving Las Vegas Sheryl Crow
All I Wanna Do Sheryl Crow
Strong Enough Sheryl Crow
Riki Don’t Loose That Number Steely Dan
Finer Things Steve Winwood
Stray Cat Strut Stray Cats
Woman In Chains Tears For Fears
Up On Cripple Creek The Band
One Thing Leads To Another The Fixx
Love, Reign O’er Me The Who
Teenage Wasteland The Who
She’s Not There The Zombies
Breakdown Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
I Won't Back Down Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Mary Jane’s Last Dance Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Africa Toto
Happy Together Turtles
All I Want Is You U2
One U2
Where The Streets Have No Name U2
With Or Without You U2
Moondance Van Morrison
One Headlight Wallflowers
Werewolves of London Warren Zevon
Fade To Blue 38 Special

About me... Let's consider sound... I am a versatile keyboard player... played all my life (like my brothers, and my father and grandparents before me)... Preferably by ear, although I was subjected to Classical piano lessons as a child (which I admit both influenced me [somewhat], but ultimately helped get through those early years before we all "parted our hair in the middle."). The most influential bands of my youth were Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Yes ,CSNY, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, Led Zeplin, Fleetwood Mac, The Who, and Moody Blues... later U2, Pat Metheny (with Lyle Mays, who happens to be God), Bruce Hornsby, Steely Dan, Talking Heads, and many others. I like a lot of modern talent, but let's face it... nothing today stands out like the classic era of rock music.

Through college, I practiced playing about 2 hours every day, but realized that playing music in the Midwest where I grew up wouldn't pay the bills... I love nature and got a some geology degrees. After moving around the country a few years, I learned how much I disliked corporate exploitation of natural resources. I abandoned mess and became a librarian (2 other librarians in my family). I took a librarian job in a NYC high school for a dozen years (learn a lot about humanity, I aslo had 13 weeks of paid vacation every year, so I got to travel a lot). I finished a geology PhD and landed a job as a geologist with the USGS in the Bay Area. It was an interesting career. However, a number of years ago I was diagnosed with a strange lymphoma, went through treatment hell (including a stem-cell implant), amazingly survived, and managed to work out a retirement deal from the Feds. Since then, I've basically recovered (except for the loss of hair and a few brain cells).

Now I live in San Marcos, CA. Like Sheryl Crow sings... "All I want to do..."

If you can imitate Roger Waters, The Edge, or Mike Knofler on the guitar, I hope to meet you! Improv is good!

-- "Fossil" Phil
last revised: 2015