|Jimi Hendrix/music appreciation debate
||[Mar. 10th, 2004|07:08 pm]
Recently someone (whom I will not disclose) said that all of Jimi Hendrix's music "sounds the same." Obviously he was exaggerating, and maybe it was partly because he knew only the hits, but I don't really see how anyone can make such a point. I have nearly all of his records and below I have listed example of songs which I think sound completely unique, and which I think prove his talent at songwriting.
To name a few:
Burning of the Midnight Lamp
The Wind Cries Mary
Little Wing ... perhaps his finest
Third Stone from the Sun
1983 (A Mermaid I Should Turn to Be)
Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)
Bold as Love
Spanish Castle Magic
House Burning Down
I Don't Live Today
And besides these original songs, hasn't he taken so many songs and almost "make them his own songs?:" ie: Star Bangled Banner, All Along the Watchtower, Like a Rolling Stone, Johnny B. Goode, Wild Thing, etc...
Yes, many of his songs are blues- based, he even called his music "freakish blues" and "electronic blues." Yes, Voodoo Child Slight Return is similar to some other songs of his, and many of his songs are riff-based, and Purple Haze is similar to Foxey Lady, but I think that those are exceptions and that they are all really distictive, yet I would say that at the same time you can pretty much always discern that its Hendrix. Furthermore, he was veering towards a much jazzier fusion-style of music before he died. Who knows where he was going?
Maybe I just am too into Hendrix, but doesn't it annoy you when people make sweeping generalizations about music, and say things they don't really know are true as if they were factual? Sometimes I have to stop myself from overgeneralizing...