Thursday, October 25, 2007

It Was 40 Years Ago Today, Jimi Hendrix Taught the World to Play

The Wizard Of Was
I'm a music lover - and passable piano player. Passable means I played in the local pubs, bars, nightclubs, studios, events, weddings, etc. for 15 years and got paid for it. Got rich? Yes. But not monetarily. Got rich with ethereal moments and emotional highs. Connecting and resonating on stage "live" is an experience everyone should have. Occasionally it felt like I was someone else watching my fingers doing things on the keys that were wonderfully implausible -- even impossible. Prestidigitation. Magical. But ... that was before I saw Bruce Hornsby play. Then I wanted to chop my fingers off. That's another story. For another day.

It Was 40 Years Ago Today, Jimi Hendrix Taught the World to Play
Hard to believe it's been 40 years. But it has. Jimmy Hendrix at Monterey. Today the UK Telegraph published some remastered footage of the Monterey Pop Festival from October 25, 1967.

Resonating Riff
Nothing is more moving than a soul-vetting resonating riff. Storytelling isn't always just about words, pictures, or audio. Watch Jimi actually play a few riffs with his teeth in this video. Then close your eyes and listen to the same riff. That's a resonating riff if ever there was one .... Smoking. On fire. Sgt. Pepper probably watched this band play.

If ever if ever a Wiz there was the Wizard of Was is one because, because, because, because, because ... because of the wonderful things he does.

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