Friday, June 27, 2008

Today's Music is Just not as Good!

Where Has the Music Gone? A Tribute to the Late Vintage Guitar Greats by Dan DeRoeck

The 60's and 70's era brought us a plethora of vintage guitar greats. Anyone living during those turbulent times can probably still remember the feeling they got when Red House or Voodoo Chile played on the radio or a record. To this day, I listen in awe when either of these two great songs are played.

Jimi Hendrix is certainly one of the more famous guitarist to make his mark during the 60's music era, a period which we have come to know as Classic Rock. He was one of a kind that not only had a flair for the performance, he was a musical genius in his own right. He had total command of the fretboard and a dexterity matched by few. He of course later became known as "the Master of the Stratocaster." Jimi's talent was probably not fully appreciated until after his untimely death on September 18th, 1970.

The music of this era will continue to hold a special place in our heart and soul for many years to come. Sure the era was filled with dissension, war and bigotry. But the music played during this period was performed with such zest and pure love for the music itself, it somehow made us forget about the negative things going on around us. The fact that today, we still hear the songs from the 60's and 70's played over and over is legendary proof. Will today's music be played 30 or 40 years from now? Maybe, but I doubt it. Longevity is certainly a prime indicator of greatness and this music passes with pychedelic colors.

Although many of the guitar greats are still alive today such as Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, and Carlos Santana. Others such as Jimi, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Ronnie van Zant and George Harrison, just to name a few, have gone to a place where they can play the guitar forever. A melancholy feeling resonates from the 1974 Righteous Brothers hit song Rock and Roll Heaven, "If there's a rock and roll heaven, well you know they've got a hell of a band," certainly tells all. Whenever I hear that song, I can't help to think that Jimi, Stevie Ray, Ronnie and George are looking down upon us smiling.

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Listen to a couple of Hendrix's all time greats Red House and Voodoo Chile at

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