Welcome all! This is “Music Monday” for March 15th 🙂
There are some questions for which there is only one right answer. Who was the first president of the United States? George Washington. Who won the World Series in 1969? The New York Mets. What is the capital of Iceland? Reykjavik. And, who was the greatest rock guitarist of all time? Jimi Hendrix. Yes, that is the one and only right answer to that question.
I remember the first time I ever heard Jimi Hendrix’s guitar playing. I was maybe 13 or 14, listening to New York’s legendary old rock station WNEW 102.7 FM. These wonderful, interesting guitar sounds were piping across the airwaves. They weren’t loud, fast, or frantic, with no feedback or dissonance. Rather, they were sweet and melodic, like an angel was playing them. And the lyrics were really strange! Something about clowns and brooms and traffic lights. What is this song?, I wondered. And I had to know who that gifted musician was. So when the quirky, bluesy, psychedelic little rock song ended, the disc jockey Scott Muni announced to his listeners, “And that was Seattle’s native son, Jimi Hendrix, When the Wind Cries Mary.” I was, from that moment on, a die-hard Hendrix fan. One of legions.
Here’s a little gem from YouTube. Footage of Jimi Hendrix, the left-handed gypsy poet, playing an acoustic 12-string version of the blues classic Hear My Train A Comin’. I love the close-ups of his magic hands. His fingers are beautiful. I can’t tell if that’s a Gibson or a custom made job. Either way it is one fine instrument. By the way, has anyone ever looked better in a fedora than Jimi? I don’t think so 🙂