I can’t wait to meet you so I can see you do the impression!
Unfortunately, I think it’s true.
not soon enough, but certainly not until your weather is reasonable.
The J45 doesn’t have a name. I have two guitars that have names:
A tobacco sunburst Masterbuilt Fender Strat named Simone, which is a nickname for for my wife. It has her autograph in gold leaf on the back of the headstock.
and, a 1949 Martin 0017 named Brownie, because its…….
(wait for it)
No doubt, you’ll see countless tributes to Etta James upon her passing today. Everyone will talk about her blues and soul records. Quite a few will talk about how they danced to “At Last” at their wedding. For me, the true power of her soulfulness is showcased on the “Second Time Around” record from 1961. Marvel at her Playfulness. Her Power. Her Joyfulness. Her Aching. Her Fearlessness. Though some would scoff at her singing over these types of arrangements, I think it shows true, deep and utter soul to bring what she brings on these 10 songs.
This record has had a profound effect on me, very much like Ray Charles’ explorations with Country music.
I hear this record and I always envision a 23 year old Etta in the studio in 1961, feeling maybe a little out of place, seemingly in the shadow of this huge band and orchestra….just KILLING it.
Soul music can come from anywhere you want it to.
Thank you, Etta.
For sharing your gift.
For baring such SOUL.
They won’t make ‘em like you anymore.
Rock on. Rock On.