No more soul in my soles

In case you haven’t heard, the godfather of soul, Mr. James Brown died on Christmas day. It’s sad, but he was getting up there in his years. Also in other dying news our 38th presidant Mr. Presidant Gerald Ford died as well. He was much older than James Brown, but he didn’t really live the rock and roll lifestyle so that may have had something to do with it.

Many of the greats in music and other things are dying away. That’s why in the last few years I’ve made an effort to see these old legends in concert before they bite the dust. I’ve been fortunate enough to see B.B. King, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Clapton and Sir Paul. I almost saw Doc Watson this summer but it was on the same night as my 10-year reunion so I didn’t attend. (commence face-rubbing Phil)

If there were three four guitar greats that I wish I could go back in time and see they would be: Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Chet Atkins and Mike Bloomfield (man can this guy play..). One of the biggest names in guitar is still playing today even though he’s 91!! The man who invented the electric guitar, Les Paul. This guy was a shredder back in the day before they knew what shredding was. I’d love to see him as well, but he doesn’t play quite like he used to.

Here’s a taste from back when (go ahead click it, it’s only 26 seconds long)

If you liked that, take a look at this longer piece by him. Wow, watch the end.

Thank goodness for modern technology that can capture this stuff.

R.IP JB and GF.

6 Comments »

  1. Phil said,

    December 27, 2006 @ 8:25 pm

    Les Paul is the man!

  2. Billy said,

    December 28, 2006 @ 2:42 pm

    So you’re telling me if I get arthritis, THEN I can play fast?

  3. Phil said,

    December 28, 2006 @ 8:55 pm

    Oh yeah! You missed doc watson!

  4. Anthony said,

    December 28, 2006 @ 10:07 pm

    Simply classic…
    It just doesnt’ get any better than that…

  5. Phil said,

    December 29, 2006 @ 7:41 pm

    I beg to differ anthony. Pure Magic

  6. Aimzee said,

    December 30, 2006 @ 9:33 pm

    With all these awesome people passing on…I’m starting to feel way old :( When it’s my turn, I want a funeral like James Brown! Did you see that footage? It was like a party…a funeral that would be fun. Awesome! :D

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