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Wednesday, February 23. 2011
Saw him perform, as a lad. Bridgeport, Ct., in that stadium behind the county jail. Wrote the review for the local paper too. I am too dumb to write reviews anymore about anything. You have to be young to know what to say. Older you get, the less you have to say about anything: you just say what it is. I think that's wisdom, but maybe it's brain cell death.
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I can't play this now since I'm still at work, but I will always remember my first concert - Jimi Hendricks - when I was 15 or 16. Wow!
Great video, even though the song's not a particular favorite of mine. My favorite is "Red House":
I do believe that's the first time I've seen Hendrix play a guitar other than a Stratocaster.
I also didn't know that Noel Redding played bass with a pick. I spent a year trying to learn the bass, without much success, and I used a pick, which a lot of purists frown upon. I don't feel like such a doofus now.
I'm envious of anyone who ever got to see him perform.
In the "Mary" video, yes, but in "Red House" video I mentioned, he's playing what looks like a Gibson SG. That's the first time I've seen him playing anything but a Strat.
I was lucky enough to see Jimi perform live. Once. A near religious experience.
we are of the same cloth; I do not have that much to say anymore... opinions have been solidified into fact by decades of observation and no matter what anyone says about any subject if I know anything about it I will have an opinion. Dude, running 10 miles at your age? My wish!!! Former marathoner, triathlete, x-ski racer, college wrestler, I just wish the joints held out.... oh well, it is exciting to read your words daily... keep up the good work
I have lots of opinions - just ask my wife - Quote: "Must you have an opinion on everything?" - End of Quote.
(By the way, a point of order. Unquote is a non-sequitur. While unquote may be a "word", it is not logical to unquote something that you've quoted. This, by the way, is one of those opinions my wife talks about.)
What was the name of that stadium? I heard The Doors there probably just before the infamous New Haven, CT concert.
Over rated. While a good guitar player, it was his exotic personality and charisma that made his reputation - not that he was a "great" musician. Anything sounds good when your buzzed on cheap wine, hash or weed - just ask Willie Nelson. :>)
On the other hand, his "Hey Joe" and "Purple Haze" are terrific examples of his overall body of work.
I prefer Frank Zappa to Jimi Hendrix.
Heh Tom, I don't even consider what Frank Zappa did as music. It was more like practice sessions of intricate patterns that had very little melodic relations to one another. Over educated Julliard Grads impressing each other with their technically difficult yet melodically horrible exercise scales. Like Bach's 'Goldberg Variations' (bad) played backwards (worse).
I saw Zappa in Port Chester, N.Y. many years ago and i fell asleep during the concert. The girls sitting in front of me would periodically wake me up by punching me and hitting me with their purses because while sleeping i would start to stretch my legs out.
Nothing personal Tom, i've many friends who are also enamored with that late performer's creations as well. I can't stand the lyrics either too cynical, rich kids sneering. Maybe 'Susie Creamcheese' but that's about it.
It was more like practice sessions of intricate patterns that had very little melodic relations to one another.
That's the way I feel about The Grateful Dead.
Then again, Thelonious Monk made an entire career out of that style of music - must be something to it. :>)
Zappa isn't for everybody, that's for sure, but he did have a large influence on pop music as a genre and was a very talented musician and arranger. Kind of like Michael Nesmith actually - much too talented to be truly appreciated as a genius in their own times.
Over educated Julliard Grads impressing each other with their technically difficult yet melodically horrible exercise scales.
Ridiculous some of these "exercises" and musical contortions they go through. I do about fifteen minutes a day with scales warming up before I play - some of those musicians take fifteen minutes to play one scale. :>)
I saw him in May, 1969, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum and wrote a review for The Indianapolis News.
BirdDog thanks for sharing that. I didn't know he played there -- you are lucky to have seen that as others have said. Excellent video of JIMI. He was truly an innovator and original. I think his 'Who Knows' live performance was a path breaking, original take on beck & call. 'Rainy Day' both takes, 'Manic Depression'. His 'Cry of Love' album/compilation is under appreciated. He was setting out new sounds, riffs, and melodies there. What a G%d@^n shame he checked out so early. No Christmas album? Damn! Can you imagine the songs and melodies and ballads that he'd be gracing the airwaves today with? WE NEED THAT! None of this 'wall of sound' crap, just give JIMI a guitar and he'd give you the Piedmont Style, that's with one guitar mind you, 1 guitar.
Like some of the other Artists of that era (Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, etc.) somehow i think they knew they were going to pass on early, like their brethren in Vietnam, but along the way they were making paeans along with them, trying to push out different visions besides ongoing war and zero-sum game sh*t.
JIMI could take the simplest tune, listen for the echo, embrace the carom, and start to ricochet the rhythm into harmonic complexity that had subliminal sense.
Stevie Ray Vaughn probably took it and ran with it more than anyone else.
We're so lucky to have had him commensurate to when we plugged into electricity, Humanity plugs in, holy sh*t.
His Dad knew he wasn't going to be around for long going at the pace he was going and encouraged him to write a will. His Mother was a bright, in the musical sense, and loved to dance
Stevie Ray Vaughn probably took it and ran with it more than anyone else.
That is a very good point. Hendrix did have that ability to make something happen, but I'd have to give the edge to SRV's creativity. I've copied some of SRV's solo's and bridge riffs - the guy had an amazing ability to switch schema's from major to minor and back again and make it fluid and graceful. It helped that he had blazingly quick reactions and finger speed (along with a long reach), but still - very creative.
Yeah -well it has been a life long avocation starting at 8 years old. A lot can sink in over 55 years or so. :>)
Thanks for the compliment.
Heh Tom, sorry to post this follow up comment way past current discussion but i feel compelled to clarify that I happen to like The Grateful Dead and feel fortunate to have had their music as a companion as well as the acquaintance of so many great people i've met over the years via similar sentiment. So i feel like if i don't add this, i'm insulting them as well as Jerry and the rest of the Band and not being true to the experience that i had.
Have never recommended them to anyone and it took me a while to appreciate their style and am fully aware and am not unconvinced that they contributed to drug-addled communism and the ruination of lives -- yet taken at their innocence they provided many a person the chance to follow a band of modern troubadours, peacefully, and while having a good time.
Thanks for reminding me how bad he was. He wouldn't even make it past the first American Idol interview. Were we all high back then?
@gonewiththewind, too funny! Answer me this: Would John Mayer playing 'Bold As Love' win on that show?
Meself first heard Master Jimi sing the Last Name, Mary on the wind in Monterey, CA, June !967.