Music is nature's language. What it is telling you is to shut up for once and listen.

 

He is not even a musician. He is a preacher man. using a guitar instead of a bible in hand, and usually preaching the things you don’t really find in your round of the mill church, but he is an honest word of god southern preacher, and you ARE going to repent.

 

 

You cant sell news stories that have data and cautious predictions. Where is the panic? Where is the impending doom? C'mon people , give me something to work with here…

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..and as I was a yuppy marketing and advertising executive for the better part
of a decade, I am not really impressed with stories of selling your soul to the devil...

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Stevie Ray Vaughn - Live wire

You don’t need more than a couple of bars to get it.
He is not a guitar player. He is not even a musician. He is a preacher man. using a guitar instead of a bible in hand, and usually preaching the things you don’t really find in your round of the mill church, but he is an honest word of god southern preacher, and you ARE going to repent.

Stevie himself said in interviews that he is nothing but a tube through which the energy of the word flows. Well, maybe not is such a coherent manner, but this is what he meant. Believe me. I know preachers. I come from a place that is infested with them.

 
You see, we are here, as far as I can tell, to help each other; our brothers, our sisters, our friends, our enemies. That is to help each other and not hurt each other. "
 
 

On the other hand, maybe it's all crap, and the reason I like this story is that it makes me feel better. As a guitar player that is. He is the wrath of god (when Johnny winter is busy) and it is just energy going through him. There's nothing wrong with ME because I can't play like that.

But on the other hand (I live in Asia, you should see how many hands the gods here have) it doesn’t really matter, as any nice anecdote, story, joke or explanation is completely drown out the minute he picks that pick he picks so well.

The minute the flood starts, there is nothing really you can do but stare in awe. (or curse, if you are a guitar player) there is something that is more than magnetic attraction in his playing, as it is not something that calls you and brings you in, but more of a speeding train hitting you without really asking if you want to go on for the ride…

 
 

And the rhythm moves forward the wheels are crying under the weight of the bass as the riff is leaning forward with anticipation that you think if the songs stops abruptly now, the notes will fall off the guitar…

Oh, before I continue to talk about the music, you have to admit that the whole soul patch cowboy hat pimp look is worth some kind of acknowledgment. One of the things I always liked about Stevie is that he didn’t look like his whiter counterpart Eric Clapton… I always saw Stevie ray as Clapton's dirty sweaty devilish twin.

And with Stevie you can taste the sweat coming of your YouTube monitor screen… he's dirty, he's out of line, he's in a rude mood, and he doesn’t really have a problem with that. And neither do i.
A wilder younger Chet Atkins on crystal meth works JUST fine for me :)

But the truth is that my favorite Stevie song is life by the drop, which is a slow acoustic shuffle with a whinny sub tonalities to it and no shredding guitars. What can I say, I like simple things. One guitar, one singer. And in this example Stevie is showing the control and the discipline that make a real master.

 

 
But between sets I'd sneak over to the black places to hear blues musicians. It got to the point where I was making my living at white clubs and having my fun at the other places.
 
Because it is a shuffle in the end. The slowest fastest shuffle you have heard. Or the fastest slowest. It's like forcing a race horse to walk slowly…you can actually hear the guitar puff around the middle, probably trying to get away and go faster , faster. Like the Vaughan signature….but no…tighten the grip, slow down…

But I think the best compliment I can give good old Stevie before I will let you go and check the links, is that he is one of the few musicians that is better in live then studio work. Very hard to find this kind these days. Real musicians which are more than just performers, but actually creating the magic on stage. And he had pocketfuls of magic, god bless him.

And if you don’t tell anyone I will also admit that I like his singing. Yes, that constipated Dr.john wannabe whine and slur. It works for me. It's dark(ish), its rusty, its dirty. I like dirty.
(And once again, at least it's not Clapton's singing.)
 

Life by the drop http://youtu.be/H7ZPMScX9-k
BB King Etta James http://youtu.be/CHFJJM6mJSs
Soul to soul http://youtu.be/GhLB15whFck
Taxam - bee - http://youtu.be/xYfiK7gfyP4