Monday, April 9, 2012

Said it better

 A few notes by EC in an interview about his new release titled Clapton.  EC talks about his influences and they are not surprisingly new, but incredibly poignant.  Each of us has something we want to share with the world, and in a fast paced moving society that is easily distracted, we would do better not to forget our roots.

When I listen to old time music I get the nostalgia and I kind of like it.  The themes of the music were different in the past than today, obvious statement, however what can we say about that that has not been said, that the past was better than today because girls weren't kissing girls, well I think they were, but they had the couth to not advertise it like a bunch of nose pickers. I still get a bigger kick out of watching the Woody Allen Movie Midnight in Paris or the thought provoking imagery of Pink Floyd's Live at Pompeii over the saccharinity of the day.  

One of my favorite artist of the day is Joe Bonamassa, who doesn't have a single hit, but he's out there and I am grateful that people support his bad ass music because he has refined it to an art and is keeping the flame alive for those that enjoy the blues and rock/roll and Jazz, to go even further Joe has a song that shares some Django themes.  I was at a dinner party sometime ago and everyone expounded on their lack of knowledge that this is still alive.  I deem that is because the music that is topping the charts now is designed especially for those people.  

Friday, April 6, 2012

Can't agree with Keith more

Good music comes out of people playing together, knowing what they want to do and going for it. You have to sweat over it and bug it to death. You can't do it by pushing buttons and watching a TV screen.
Keith Richards

40 to 1

First, the method for this blog page will be picking one of my favorite artist's youtube videos and giving a little feedback on em--hopefully something relevant.  Second, the title of this blog is 40 to 1 because I can think of 40 good things about Clapton to every one that I would change, just saying the guitar snobs out there who believe he is no good should just pass on this blog.

I believe Bell Bottom Blues was written by EC and Bobby Whitlock, 2 of the members of Derek and the Dominos--an amazing amazing ensemble of talent and rock power, still searching for the modern day equivalent  .

I really like the singing in this video.  Clapton's timing and blues rock phrasing is always perfect.  I've listened to much rock music over the years and when all the bands boil down to the same "look at me I'm a star" BS, Clapton delivers a musical performance every time.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Rock and Roll is Here to Stay

Here we have one of my favorite Jimi Jam's from his stint in England.  The title of the song suggest a sunny Baja surf trip that used a little Jimi magic to get totally hooked up on the natch.

The song is a jam from the beginning to the end, and the energy produced is wild.  Love it!  Want to play with this type of verve.  The sensation is similar to surfing. Nothing better, surfing all day in the tropics, and playing ping pong and drinking ice cold beer into the tropical night. The theme of the song reminds me of good times.