There are many great guitarists we encounter in this life. A question posed to me recently was, “Who’s your favorite guitarist of all time? And where does Eric Clapton fall on the list?”
My response is that Carlos Santana is my favorite guitarist of all time. When I hear the notes from Carlos’s finger’s as he plays his Paul Reed Smith guitar I become happily transfixed. Carlos Santana invokes a spirituality that communicates, then transfers the healing power of music.
Musicians are the angel’s messengers and like a shaman they have the mission to cure people who are sick. We each receive a gift in this life that we are allowed to share with others. The gift that Carlos Santana shares with us is his energy and light. He expresses himself to the world through his instrument the guitar in recorded and live form.
I have seen Carlos Santana perform 20 times live in concert. Why see one guitarist play live that many times you might ask? Well it has everything to do with how his artistry and how healing I find the experience to be. It is often said that music solves what ails us. Life poses us many challenges and problems. For me, there is nothing like a Santana concert to remove the blues.
Speaking of the blues that’s where Eric Clapton comes into sharp focus. Eric Clapton has been a blues journeyman much of his life. He is a leading acolyte of the blues tradition. If I had to put together a short list of guitarists in rank order, it would be 1) Carlos Santana(20), 2) B.B. King (9), 3) Jeff Beck (3) and 4) Eric Clapton (4). I have been fortunate to see all of these guitarists live in concert on many occasions as denoted (). I rank Eric Clapton fourth on my list because that’s where he is situated in the music of my heart. I hear B.B. King and Jeff Beck ahead of him because that is how their guitar playing reaches me inside. It’s the nature of the strings and how they are strummed that makes us all one!
One of my favorite jam bands, Gov’t Mule has a really cool Halloween show tradition. The band will play an entire second set of music by a classic rock group on Halloween night. The tradition started with The Holy Haunted House set in 2007. Gov’t Mule performed Led Zeppelin’sHouses of the Holy album.
“I feel like it’s culminating in a really powerful way,” Haynes says of the band’s first studio album since 2009, which he anticipates will be released in early 2013. “We’re really happy with the direction of the new material. The sky is the limit.”
I was surprised to learn that Gov’t Mule recorded certain tracks at a Connecticut recording studio. I wonder where in Connecticut now and at whose studio that effort took place ;). Trusted roadie and guitar tech extraordinaire Brian Farmer took a bunch of recording pictures the week in May Gov’t Mule was in the woods of our great state.
I saw a video of Buddy Miles on my Web page side bar and clicked on the YouTube video to watch the performance.
This is how I remember Buddy Miles best. Giving off that great soul vibe, singing his heart out for his fans. Notice he is wearing a Fillmore East staff shirt 😉
The band shown in this video was who I saw him play with in December of 1970. I loved that he was playing with Charlie Karp and David Hull from Westport, Ct. The word of mouth on these local musicians was that they were stellar and that proved to be true. They are featured in this Helsinki 1971 broadcast television video.
“The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary tour meant so much to me personally; performing with the guys again was an absolute thrill. I’m so glad we captured it on film so that everyone, whether you were there or not, will be able to see what a historic event it was.” Brian Wilson
The new video presents a shortened version of the Beach Boys’ show with 21 songs, including classics and deep album cuts, from the band’s regular 40 to 50 songs sets each night of the tour.
What I love about this concert DVD is that we can get together and “Do It Again” and again and again 🙂