Post by steveski Post by Nick Odell
I used to like Eric Clapton a lot when he played ninety million notes a
second blues breaks but from Edge of Darkness I'd concede that his
nickname "God" was entirely appropriate. I'd even call him the Samuel
Beckett of the guitar: the notes were important but the spaces between
the notes even more so.
And he nicked a lot of his stuff from others e.g. J.J. Cale . . .
"Nicked" is a tad harsh, I'd say. J.J. said that he was about to give
up when Clapton recorded Cocaine which revived interest in him (J.J.)
and allowed him to continue. Clapton was a good friend to J.J. too, and
organised a (largely very good) tribute album to him when he died.
I agree with Nick (to coin a phrase) but EC's last few albums have
been...well, variable, shall we say. Nonetheless, I am convinced
that he remains a major deity and he's someone I'm deeply glad to have
Speaking of which, I have agreed to go with a couple of friends tomorrow
to a chamber concert tomorrow. The first half is Mozart's E-flat
Divertimento K563 which I love and is why I said yes. The second half is
Schoenberg. Yes, Schoenberg. What *have* I done? It's Verklärte Nacht
which, from the few snippets I know, doesn't seem quite as Schoenbergy
as it might be but I'm still braced...
Sorry. Rambling now.
If anyone wants to read a very pained review of Old Sock, mine is
Sid (Make sure Matron is away when you reply)