"Your guitar, it sounds so sweet and clear/but you're not really here/ it's just the radio."
The electric guitar of Jimi Hendrix spoke an odd language to everyone that heard it, world over, time and again. People were baffled. It was so foreign. Wasn't feedback to be avoided? Not long after Woodstock, I overheard my primary school teacher say of Hendrix, "What planet did he come from?" Yeah, there was much day-glo coloratura.
Notice his lyrics have a lot to do with outer space and distant planets, which makes sense considering the cosmic lexicon of his fingers.
|Getting the groove|
If ever there was tragic hero crushed between the tectonic plates of art and commerce, it was Jimi Hendrix.
Visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and stand before his stage outfits. He was slim-shouldered but held out for five years under punishing pressure. Oscar Wilde: "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."
New York Times: September 18 2025
Neptune probe reveals strange discovery
|Performing on Neptune. Where else...|
So wish Jimi well on his beloved Valleys of Neptune where every night forever he plays under the stars and the face of God...sweet and clear.