Jimi Hendrix was a staple of your grandparents', or possibly parents', music scene in the psychedelic 1960s, but there is more to him than some steps along the watchtower.
Hendrix once said, .“I started playing the guitar about 6 or 7, maybe 7 or 8 years ago. I was influenced by everything at the same time, that’s why I can’t get it together now.” What? Hendrix couldn't get his guitar playing together? I wish I was that discombobulated.
While being a staple of the psychedelic movement, Hendrix felt more connected to the Delta River Blues. “I used to like Buddy Holly,” he said, “and Eddie Cochran and Muddy Waters and Elvin James… B.B. King and so forth.” But his great love was Albert King, who “plays completely and strictly in one way, just straight funk blues.
Probably more of a surprise to those lovers of all things Hendrix, when talking about his playing style, he said, “I don’t want anybody to stick a psychedelic label around my neck. Sooner Bach and Beethoven.” Yes, that classical music that you hear at the symphony or as a background track for romantic movies.
Classical music, opera, sailing, surfing? Is there something that you have mastered that people would not expect from you? What has it added to your life? Do you think you could ever do this for a living? Who are the influences in your life? As a college student, have you had time to engage in this activity lately?