Not Necessarily Stoned, But Beautiful…

James Marshall Hendrix would have been 65 years old on November 27, 2007.

What great music would he have given us since 1970 if he had stuck around a bit longer?

This is, IMO, the best song he ever wrote and played, and is the epitome of his guitar virtuosity:

Happy late birthday, Jimi…

If you can just get your mind together

Uh – then come on across to me

We’ll hold hands and then we’ll watch the sunrise

From the bottom of the sea

Trumpets and violins I can – uh, hear in the distance

I think they’re callin’ our name

Maybe now you can’t hear them,

But you will, ha-ha, if you just

Take hold of my hand

Ohhh, but are you experienced?

Have you ever been experienced?

Not necessarily stoned, but beautiful…

Can I move back to 1970 now?

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    • Edger on January 1, 2008 at 5:52 pm
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    • srkp23 on January 1, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    Thanks.

    He means a lot to me … to many of us.  

    • RiaD on January 1, 2008 at 6:29 pm
  1. (one of the few R&R greats I never had the chance to see)

    I am eternally grateful that he did not end up a lounge singer in Reno or something like that.

  2. always will…..

    some are never with us long enough…….

    • feline on January 1, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    and have often tried to imagine what could have been, particularly with his interest in exploring the therapeutic benefits of music (and color).

    But, then, he left a lifetime of therapeutic music in his short time.  I just wish I could send tell him “thank you”…maybe someday?

  3. I saw him live a couple of times in the ’60s.  I was absolutely thrilled when my kids started playing him about 10 years ago (they’re 18, 22, 26).  He’s still alive.  He’s still being played.  He still has a huge, amazed audience.  And you know what?  Nobody has ever touched what he was doing. Nobody.

    • Edger on January 1, 2008 at 8:35 pm
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    in a sky-splitter of a thunderstorm in the middle of October 1970, getting absolutely soaked, and not only not caring but enjoying the hell out of it. Jimi had died in the middle of September, and then Janis Joplin had followed about two weeks later on October 4…

    The spirit of Owsley had stopped by earlier in the day and all the people on the street looked something like this ————–>

    The lighting bolts were painting incredible multicolored pictures across the world, and we were imagining that the booming reverb thunderclaps were Jimi and Janis getting it on in that big Woodstock in the sky…..

    Sigh… what are your favorite Jimi and Janis songs, and stories?

  4. the first Candidate to use Hendrix’ rendition of the Star Spangled Banner to open a campaign rally.

  5. My new grandbaby’s father loves hiphop and rap and when Joshua was Christmas shopping for him we came upon a Hendrix T-shirt.  I explained to Joshua who he was and I suggested that he get it for Shane because I thought that Shane might really like it.  He did and he was wearing it today which made almost eight year old Joshua feel very proud.  He bought the gift with his own money that he gets for his weekly grades.

  6. A little something for you & all lovers of music. This is a tapestry I`ve had for years as a curtain over my office window. The light shining through creates a 3D effect, as if he was there with me.

    This is a great way to start the new year, with an uplifting diary. Thanks.

    I`ve read your stuff over the past year, but now I`ll look for you.

  7. /ha..

  8. they’re just hatching in Mexico, alas via pop music minus zal.

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