Come to think of it, the last tour in Britain was a great experience
for me again (and I?m not the only one.)
I always love the way people react to my Gtar playing, there?s just
a spark there, I find hard to discover anywhere else in the world
(not that I travel that much, cause I don?t want to, but nonetheless.)
The genuine interest in the ?mangling of the thing? is the biggest
Some people think I don?t like the blues, cause I made a remark in
some local pissoir to a Gtar mag publisher, that I?m not into that
colonial stuff, like the 3 bar shite and feel so sorry, that people
have to pay me for that and in the mean time copy stuff of ?that Gtarist?
to go down history as a musician? Too sad for words.
Nor do I choose to be part of the General Buckshot & the Blueswaffe
gang. (That was clear already.)
I just refuse to play that shite for the rest of my life; cause there?s
more to this animal music then meets the eye (ear), alas.
Just finished a couple of new pieces for my Jazzah project (The ballroom
Eskimo / Glad to see the morning / Rainy day Reggae) which almost
takes me a lifetime, but I love to experiment and rediscover old reggae
stuff and don?t be surprised ?Louis Armstrong!?
What a great musician, his phrasing etc. (it?s all been said before)
is unsurpassed and what strikes me the most that in this day and age
they always keep japing about blues and the way it should be played
(sorry I?m born, etc.) but if you are musical enough to comprehend
what Armstrong is about, then you might find out that he wasn?t the
first man was on the moon. (Pilgrim!)
The funny thing is that I never saw any black people in the audiences,
except on stage, during these super Blues shows over here or abroad,
not that it really matters but it rings a bell (I hope).
So in order to stay whom I am, I?m not going to pretend I could be
your plumber (black or white) or any regular punter in the street
in order to justify my playing or whatever, money or something. (Cause
everybody?s got the blues one way or another from China to Lapland
or the Aleuts to Burma and back) the privilege to express oneself
in different ways is an extra dimension which of course is against
all business rules but who gives a shite? Of course! The ones that
run that blues game and the ones that live up to those standards,
save the genuine players like BB.
Which is fine with me, but don?t accuse me, that I don?t like the
Picking up on ?Parker? again and talking about phrasing, I always
wanted my Gtar to sound like that, like, my phrasing in ballads comes
directly from him (I sometimes face the same troubles too, because
of that, I think.)
So, in other words I love blues, but coming from this end of ?the
big drink? (W.C.Fields) or Ocean, it?s evident I picked up other influences
Of course the rediscovering of the ?Delta Blues? or Chicago Blues
by the British players is evident too but the point is, that there?s
a much broader scale in that scene which is derived from the older
generations like Armstrong, Ellington, Basie, Jelly roll Morton, Bechet,
Holiday (Madonna sings about tit)
That era, I find very attractive, why? Cause it has more humor, musically
it sounds more surfacing, flatter, but in the meantime very musical,
tasteful and last but not least, thank God, It swings!
Now the same feeling I get listening to reggae but being the man that
I am, I hear Louis wailing through that stuff with Duke or Basie blowing
in the background, d?Jango soloing or Oscar Aleman. Just rediscovered
this genius on the Gtar by my engineer Neill Denholm, who only listens
to that stuff on tour or wherever.
Well, I like to thank Paul Barrington for helping out en route, same
goes for Clive Woodley.
Hope to see y?all in November in the UK, cause Don is booking already
as soon as I finished saying: "I love to come back to this country
more than just 12 days in May. (Less dust in the hay)