Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Jimi Hendrix: Was THAT the Guitar???

I’m a little late getting to this one, but still wanted to share…

This past July 4th, I was looking for some appropriate songs on YouTube to share on my Dirty Roots Radio page to mark the occasion. 

After Jimi Hendrix’s rendition of “Star Spangled Banner” came to mind, I watched a couple of different clips of his Woodstock performance, and my four-year old daughter overheard.

She loves the sound of a guitar in general and has pretty good taste in music, if I do say so myself.

She immediately came running over to hear better and said, “That guy is playin’ the blues!!!”  I was taken aback as it’s pretty well-known that Hendrix was deeply influenced by the blues.  And while Kate's got a pretty good ear for identifying various styles of music, I would have never guessed that she could hear the blues influence on Hendrix in this, of all songs.  As I was trying for formulate something to say back to her, she said, “This is BETTER than the blues!!  AND rock and roll!”

You got that right, little sister.

At one point, her eyes got real wide, and she asked, amazed by the sounds she was hearing, “Is THAT the guitar???”  Yep…and that’s the beauty of James Marshall Hendrix.

She asked me a few basic questions about Jimi.  I told her he was dead.

“He’s dead????  That’s too bad.  Well…at least we have these videos.”

Couldn’t have said it better, daughter.

SIDE NOTE: I believe the piece you just listened to qualifies as the greatest American protest song of all time.  But that’s a different discussion/argument for a different day…

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