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lyrical phrasing

PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 9:02 pm
by Clifford D
Scattered ramblings

On the edge of sixty
With twenty in the wait
I feel the weight I've carried
Like hitchhikers that don't get off at their site
I feel the parasitic infusion in my normal life
At the edge of sixty
I smell the burning of my ever shrinking roach
Yea I wish it was better stuff
But that's all I had back then
Glad it lasted this long
At the edge of sixty
I've found my blues voice
Or should I say I rediscovered it
Because it was always there
Because I was always there
Funny how life is
I wonder what I've not seen
What has been there always
I know this much
At the edge of sixty
Blues is as fresh and great
As the first time I heard it
It doesn't wear down
I feel like a kid when I pick my guitar up
Hey look at that, lots of roaches
Hmm, what to do
Now can we jam
Are we in the groove
Do we feel our pain still
Or do we trancend
"Hey dude, shut the f*** up already"
At the edge of sixty
Still getting shit lol

the edge of sixty

Re: lyrical phrasing

PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:38 pm
by Clifford D
I've never been the Johnny Winter flash type of player. I could never do it. If I wanted to be in the game I had to find something that wasn't based in pyrotechniques like Johnny.

As a kid fast and bad ass was what was happening, and I wasn't so good at it, privately I started to find the players that did it for me. It was all the lyrical players like all the Kings, and so many others. These guys spoke with their guitars, almost with real words. Damn.

It was rock that introduced the speed thing to blues guitar, people like Jimi were exceptional in blending lyricism with r&r speed, he did it well, but the speed thing in so many others hands got to a point where blues was missing all together. Bummer for blues rock lovers.

Where do you stand on the flash in speed vs the passion in lyrical blues phrasing?

I have the soul of an old bluesman for sure.

Re: lyrical phrasing

PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:53 pm
by Clifford D
When it comes to the modern blues players I have to say Bonamossa leaves me flat. As exceptional a player as he is, for me he seems to be missing something, it's like he's too good or something.
In my experience next to Jimi for combining beautiful blues lyricism with r&r speed was the great Jeff Heally, that's over SRV who also was beautifully lyrical with the r&r thing but again like Bonamossa sometimes a bit to figured out. Healy was just fricken raw down to the bone.
He wasn't locked into a corral of signature phrases, he was far more free of that.
He was an amazing talent.
And then Peter Green, what can I say, probably, argueably the best euro guitar player of his genneration.
And it had little to do with speed, just beautiful lyrical player, a great singer of songs with it.

I could go on but the caffiene is wearing off and I've lost circulation in my legs lol.
Maybe I should make some money at some point.