Saturday, 21 December 2013

Day 21 - "Little Drummer Boy / Silent Night / Auld Lang Syne" - Jimi Hendrix

"The tape recorder still running?" asks Hendrix as the drums strike up for this festive obscurity: it was and here's the result. Seven minutes, thirty seconds of a visceral denouncement of the season or nearly eight minutes of pointless noodling - you buys yer ticket and takes your choice, I guess.

The problem - if problem it is - with Hendrix is the man was a product of his time and the 'Last Post' echoes a couple of minutes into this, just remind us that the Vietnam War was still raging when he shuffled off this mortal coil in September 1970 and everything he did reflected the world that was going on around him at the time.

You can't help but wonder what he'd be doing had he lived. Live sets on 'Strictly' probably. Len Goodman: "Well, pickle me walnuts! I tell ya what Jimi, you still got it son". Who can say...

2016 Update: Sorry, for the 3rd year running the video and soundtrack has been pulled from YouTube. If I find an update I'll post it here. 

Meanwhile, I've found a link to part of the track on a Blog called 'Elsewhere' and you can gaze at a lovely summery scene as you listen. It's here at Elsewhere - Hendrix Christmas

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