Weekend Music: Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock

This needs no introduction except to say:

  • Lots of people have tried to re-create this performance. There is no substitute for the original. Sorry, Joe Satriani, Slash, Steve Vai, Edge, and and all you other electric guitar virtuoso-type people. As much as I love your own music and appreciate your renditions of ” The Star-Spangled Banner,” you haven’t touched this. Even Stevie Ray Vaughan never touched it.
  • If you pay attention, you can hear him playing “Taps”  at about 2:45. You’d better believe the crowd noticed that in 1969.

 

 

Weekend Music: Queen, Wembley, 1986

In my opinion, this show is one of the greatest live performances in the history of rock and roll. If I ever have a time machine of my very own, I’m attending both days of it right after I witness the Big Bang and have an epic conversation with Lorenzo di Medici.

This was a good day.

I can’t think of many people in the entire history of Rock and Roll who had the kind of stage presence Freddie Mercury had, and the Wembley ’86 concert is a touchstone moment for me. I watch videos from it often, and the crowd amazes me. Here’s the finale. I wish I’d been able to see Queen live.

So, I posted three times today because this blog needed some words. The content was out-of-balance, and the three posts were sort of like giving a swimming pool a shock treatment. I’m gratified by the response. It seems that Twitter is confusing to more people than me. I’ll keep sharing what I know about it. No blogging about Twitter tomorrow, though. Tomorrow is a big day.

We celebrate our 6-month blogiversary on the morrow, and since this is a mostly-everyday blog produced by people with day jobs and personal creative projects, I consider posting every day for six months to be a real accomplishment. Celebratory posts both here and at The Writing Catalog are in order.

Thank you, sincerely, for reading, voting, commenting, tweeting with me. For liking and favoriting our posts wherever you find them in the wilds of social media. Thank you, most of all, for your kindness, friendship, and encouragement. I feel like a member of the WordPress family, and I hope our little band of miscreants is here to stay.

Destino: Where Are the Rock Goddesses?

That’s a very good question, and you can find a post here that discusses it. It  includes music videos and is loaded with links to metal and rock bands with female members.

Social media is a wild and crazy thing. I can’t remember how I discovered Destino, but it’s a blog I thoroughly enjoy. Its owner, @EvaDiva0516, is a great blogger to have as a tweep. Not long after we started tweeting together, the two of us managed to have a conversation with artist David Mack and I realized that in addition to music, photography, blogging, and humor, we share an interest in comics. That kind of made us buds. Her latest project is a blog carnival devoted to comics, and we’ll be submitting a lot of Jeremy’s work to it in the next week or so.

So, I was thrilled when Eva tweeted me that she was posting on a feminism-related topic. She was kind enough to drop me a link, so I figure the least I can do is encourage folks to read it.

Here’s a rock goddess for you: