Purple Haze, #520


If he were still alive today, Jimi Hendrix would have been 70-years-old yesterday.  He died when he was 27, which means he’s been gone for 43 years.  He did not achieve mainstream popularity until after is Monterey Pop Festival performance in 1967, and he passed away in 1970.

Oh my…if you think of it, Jimi Hendrix was only really popular for 3 years of his life.  That is amazing to me!  In three years, he swooned the world with his music and changed electric guitar playing for all musicians in the future.  He taught us to use feedback to our advantage and made the “wah wah” guitar pedal awesome.

It is so unbelievable what can be achieved in such a short time.  Jim Hendrix was an “out of the box” kind of thinker….a total original who left his mark on society.  It is a shame that he passed away at such a young age, and we are unable to see what other contributions he would have undoubtedly left to music.  Imagine what he could have accomplished if he had been a popular musician for 6 years of his life!

Anyhow….appreciating the legend today, so my song of the day is “Purple Haze.”  Click HERE to go to Youtube to watch Jim Hendrix perform the song.  Listen  and learn, fellow musicians, because this is the way music should be done.


About tucsonsongstress

I am a music teacher for children ages 6-weeks-old - 8th grade. I am also a camp songleader and a Jewish music specialist with and without my husband who is known as Shabbat Scott. We love singing with people of all ages all over Tucson. My "song of the day" idea originally started by playing music challenges on Facebook. I loved choosing songs, and my friends seemed to love reading and listening to my choices. I have decided to continue a daily blog (or as daily as I can manage) and tell you all some stories through some songs that have touched me either in wonderful ways or by annoying the heck out of me. Hope you all enjoy this blog! Happy singing!

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