"I never had a reason to pick up a guitar till today!" (Frank Zappa)...
Do you remember the days when we were playing in a band, as young kids just starting out, the only time we hear about the loss of a famous musician is when an accident happened eg. plane crash... and we lost Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly, Richie Havens... and much later SRV.
Or in the sour events, we hear of them dying on drug overdose, for those who were unfortunate to think that drugs actually could make them play much better... wrong, and shame, we lost Janis, Brian Jones, Lenny Breau...
And yet another cause would be illness, we lost Ollie Halsall, Wes Montgomery, two of my favourite guitarists, from different genres, Wes was already great, but Ollie was one whom I think would have been as great as Jimi or Jeff or Eric, had he lived.
Today, it's different, we are losing them to old age... every month we hear someone who once influenced us to play the guitar or play music has left for the big sky. Who else is left? The ones gone include:
Chuck Berry (March 18, 2017)
B B King (May 14, 2015)
Alan Holdsworth (April 15, 2017)
Al Jarreau (February, 2017)
John Wetton (January 31, 2017)
Prince (April 21, 2106)
Leonard Cohen (November 10, 2016)
Jack Bruce (25 October, 2015)
Chris Squire (January 28, 2015)
Jon Lord (July 16, 2012),
Keith Emerson (March 11, 2016)
Greg Lake (December 7, 2016)
Michael Jackson (June 25, 2009)
Luciano Paarotti (September 6, 2007)
Frank Zappa (December 4, 1993)
Another one bites the dust
Another one bites the dust
And another one gone and another one gone
Another one bites the dust...
(Freddie Mercury (24 November, 1991)
There's not many of them left, huh??? that is why I am back to playing the guitar. (Feb 27,2017). Someone has to carry those axes.
"Hope I die before I get old" (My Generation, 13 October 1965). I would rephrase that to, "Hope I die before I get too old to play my guitar !"
Talkin' about my generation.
Well, people try to put us down.
Just because we get around.
The things they do look awful cold
I hope I die before I get old.
Why don't you all just fade away?
And don't try to dig what we all say
I'm not trying to cause a big sensation...
Ironic, things hasn't changed that much, only this time "people" could be referring to us "older generation"
John Sebastian – Younger Generation
Why must every generation think their folks are square?
And hey pop, my girlfriend's only three.
She's got her own videophone,
And she's taking LSD
And now that were best friends, she wants to give a bit to me.
But what's the matter daddy? How come you're turning green?
Can it be that you can't live up to your dreams?
But some things do not change:
Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won't come again
And don't speak too soon
For the wheel's still in spin
And there's no telling who that it's naming
For the loser now will be later to win
Cause the times they are a-changing...
Contributor: Matt Tan.
Matt Tan (left) with his friend Horace Wee in the 60's, also a frequent contributor to this blog.
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