It’s the sad reality that musicians I grew up with and admire will pass away.
This past week, Gregg Allman died at the age of 69. I featured his brother Duane Allman previously.
Gregg and Duane (who died in 1971) formed the Allman Brothers Band and was its lead singer and keyboard player.
Gregg Allman wrote “Whipping Post,” which first appeared on the band’s 1969 debut album. Here is a performance of it from the 2013 Crossroads Festival.
Rest in peace, Gregg Allman.
Last week, I featured the song “Layla” by Eric Clapton to highlight the guitar solo by Duane Allman.
George Harrison wrote “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and the Beatles recorded it for their White Album. The lead guitarist, however, was not George Harrison.
Who was it?
None other than Eric Clapton. 😉
Clapton’s solos appear at 1:57 and 3:35 until the end of the song.
The video is a montage of my favourite Beatle. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Have a great week,
“Layla” is a well-known Eric Clapton song, but the guitar solo is not him. It’s Duane Allman who plays the screeching slide from the 2:20 mark onward.
The melodic piano along with Allman’s guitar is one of the most haunting and beautiful pieces of music I know.
In an interview, Clapton referred to Allman as the “musical brother I’d never had but wished I did.”
If you listen to the song, you’ll understand how their styles complemented each other so well.
Hope you enjoy and have a great week,
Last week, I blogged about Janis Joplin who passed away at age 27.
Now, I’ll take you way back to another legendary figure who died at this tender age. Robert Johnson was an American blues singer who played mostly on street corners and juke joints. He enjoyed little commercial success or public recognition in his lifetime. It was only after his death that his work reached a wider audience. Many artists, including Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, and Fleetwood Mac cited Johnson as a huge influencer on their music.
I am the proud owner of his double-disc box set called The Complete Recordings—a great buy if you want to listen to more of this important blues singer and guitarist.
Here is “Cross Road Blues,” a song later popularized as “Crossroads” by Eric Clapton with Cream.
Robert Johnson died August 16, 1938, almost 77 years ago.
Sometime ago, one of the sweetest and most supportive authors I’ve met, Tim Dittmer wrote a book – The Valley Walker. I read it, loved it, reviewed it, and then he took it off the shelves to improve upon it. Well …The Valley Walker is BACK!
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And to celebrate its re-release, Tim is offering it FREE ALL WEEK starting tomorrow until Saturday – Sept 16 – 20! You must get it! It’s a terrific read and this is an incredible deal.
Since it’s Monday and I usually do a music post, I’m proud to feature Tim’s book along with his favorite musician. You see, I learned all kinds of fun things when I interviewed Tim last year.
I hope you like this song, Tim. 😀
Readers, listen to Eric Clapton (with a couple of other greats) and remember to BUY Tim’s book regularly at $2.99 or FREE for the rest of the week. Don’t you love it when I deliver good news on a Monday?
It’s National Poetry Month, so I’d like to talk about “poetic license” in songs.
A writer who takes poetic license deviates from the correct use of language to express himself/herself. Poets do this to achieve the effects of rhyme, meter, or some other desired outcome.
Did Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan, two iconic songwriters take poetic license when they misused the words LIE vs LAY in their songs? I’m not sure. These words are often confused with one another.
Clapton’s “Lay Down Sally” is grammatically incorrect. You lay down an object, but in the song, he’s talking to Sally and what he really wants is for her to lie down.
It’s the same with Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay.” The correct title should be “Lie Lady Lie,” though Dylan’s version rolls off the tongue much more easily.
Bad grammar aside, these songs are forever etched in my brain as they were written. I’d feel pretty foolish to sing them any other way.
Please share any songs you know where the writer has taken poetic license with the title or lyrics.
In the meantime, enjoy “Lay Down Sally,” and I hope you have a great week.
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Until my book is released, I’m featuring music to provide clues about its plot, characters, setting, mood, and more.
Sting and Eric Clapton in black and white, mysterious lyrics … all hard to beat.
“… When the world’s gone crazy and it makes no sense
There’s only one voice that comes to your defense
The jury’s out and your eyes search the room
And one friendly face is all you need to see
If there’s one guy, just one guy
Who’d lay down his life for you and die
It’s hard to say it
I hate to say it, but it’s probably me …”
To recap, the clues so far were:
The Tide Is High
You’re So Vain
If you want to read other genres I write in: erotica/romance, flash fiction, and short stories with a twist, check out the selection.
Have a lovely week,
Jeff Beck is one of three noted guitarists to have played with The Yardbirds. The other two are Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. Much of Beck’s music has been instrumental, and his sound has spanned genres ranging from blues-rock, heavy metal, jazz fusion and most recently, guitar-rock.
Oh, how I love this guitarist. I’ve seen him open up for B.B. King, play with and overshadow Eric Clapton, and traveled to see him at Royal Albert Hall. Recently, I saw him in New York’s Beacon Theatre where he performed with Imelda May and her band. The diversity of his playing is impressive, to say the least. He recently won a Grammy for a version of the Beatles’ “A Day in the Life” — a truly beautiful rendition.
What is incredible about how he plays is the ease with which he gets his guitar to moan, sing, and wail. There’s not a lot of physical acrobatics, nor a lot of the painful guitar face expressions. He makes love to his instrument with tenderness, with heart, and then bangs her hard for the climax. It’s a complete mind and body experience. Listen to “Hammerhead.”