Tuesday Tunes: Jimi Hendrix

You would be hard pressed to find anyone who knows anything about music who doesn’t think Jimi Hendrix is one of, if not the best guitarists we’ve ever known. I cannot imagine what it must have been like to see him play live. My dad was lucky enough to see him, among other rock gods of that era, and it just gives me goosebumps to think about standing there taking it all in.

photo by exquisitur

We have so many wonderful modern luxuries these days, but sometimes I think I’d trade it all to be able to go back in time and witness the music of the 60s and 70s as it was happening. So much of what is put out these days by the record labels is over-produced, technology-generated garbage. These guys, they had real, raw talent.

And with that, we’ll take it back to August, 1969 when Jimi Hendrix performed one of my absolute all-time favorite songs, Red House, in front of a crowd of what would balloon to over 300,000 at a little festival called Woodstock.

Can you even imagine paying just $24 to see three days of mind-blowingly awesome music? I think ACL/Coachella/Bonnaroo/Lolapalooza should take note!


  1. Mindy S

    If I’m ever on a game show you are my person I will call if there is a music question!

  2. Leslie B

    Thanks for starting my day off right! I am so very excited for this blog! I think I am starting a Composing Kate playlist on iTunes. May I suggest itunes.com/compsingkate? Just imagine! lol.
    You think it would be theraputic to have my kiddos listen to a little Jimi today, rather than our usual Classical Channel on Pandora?

  3. I love that you girls are reading my blog! You might be the only ones, but that’s a-okay with me! Mindy–I’m your gameshow gal. And Leslie, I think Jimi would be a great lesson for your kids–amazing talent, squandered by drugs. (although, his untimely death probably helped propel his legend…leave that part out). I think an iTunes playlist is definitely in order. I’ll get started on it!

  4. ShawnY

    Love music posts too. My cousin, who is an artist, has started posting a link to a black artist every day this month in honor of Black History Month. I am training my kids to appreciate music like Jimi Hendrix and others who really created something special that had the power to move people in unprecedented ways. Keep posting girl.

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