Passion and Warfare….Musicians Never Give Up Their Art


So I just read an article a contact on facebook posted about BB King. Apparently he was booed while performing in St Louis. Well thats a fucking shame. BB King is a fucking legend. Now let me get the the story though. Keep reading…

Well its no secret BB King is old. Yet he still plays guitar and tours. Thats how he makes his living. He obviously loves what he does or else why would he have kept playing guitar all these years? The point I really wanted to make early was this……all those people that went to see BB King live im sure expected to hear a great set. Now I dont know how it went because all I heard was some snippets of the show. The point though is, why would people boo BB King when they clearly know they are going to see a man nearly 90 years old? I seriously doubt most 90 year old men look like 30 year olds. I doubt most 90 year olds fuck like their 50 still. I bet most 90 year olds can barely walk now. Age does take its toll on us. Surely we all wont be the same as we age. BB King doesnt perform by himself. He plays blues licks rather than full songs. Even if he gave a sub par performance i’d still have respect for him. Im sure for BB King performing is his way of staying alive. Most older people like to get out rather than just stay home and get old. People in nursing homes just sit there. Never going anywhere. Eventually they die. Maybe because of old age but probably also because of depression and boredom. They dont get exercise. 

Rather than those people boo BB King they should have given him a standing ovation for even performing. its not easy im sure for him to play shows now at 88. Maybe one day he will call it a day but for as long as he can walk onto a stage and he still enjoys picking up his guitar he will continue to do it. I pick up my guitar and play random shit. Sometimes it sounds amazing. other times it sounds like shit. That doesn’t mean i will put the guitar down and never touch it again because some fucktard says my playing sucks or whatever. hell most people that criticize probably dont even play the instrument! 

The blues is a changing style of music. Every blues musician plays it differently. They even play their own songs differently. They play according to their feeling that day or that moment. SRV is one of my favorite guitarists even though he has been gone since 1990. He played whatever his fingers wanted. he improvised his sets. Eric Johnson does the same. Its a freedom that musicians welcome. Performing songs the same way throughout a tour can get boring. Artists like to change it up. Slow down parts….add parts….change lyrics… its all improv. 

Anyways it just really pisses me off that people would do such a thing to a legend. Maybe he didnt sound as great or maybe he sounded horrible but at least he gives it all he has. Im 38 now. Ill play guitar until the day i die or my hands wont work anymore. I want to mention a friend of mine that died years ago. His name was Freddie Everett. One of the most influential local guitarists ive ever heard. He looked like a re-incarnated Jimi Hendrix and sounded like a cross between him and Stevie. Freddie loved playing guitar. Then suddenly as his life was about to change. He had signed a record deal and then he was diagnosed with ALS. Jason Becker also has it and is still alive today although paralyzed. Freddie played guitar until his hands wouldn’t let him anymore. News stories showed Freddie sitting in a wheelchair with his family staring at his guitars. Im sure wishing he could pick it up and play. He could play any style of music. He was amazing. When he became paralyzed he couldnt even talk anymore. Music still lived inside him. He wrote music using his eyes. With the help of friends composed it and created art even with ALS. He died but left behind a legacy in Houston. To this day I find myself playing his acoustic song Someday or his hit True Revenge. One day at the music store I was playing some bits of True Revenge and this guy was like….DUDE THATS A FREDDIE EVERETT SONG! Yes it is! Long live his memory. Freddie played til he couldnt play anymore. He wrote until his last day alive. Its a passion that only a musician would know. I mean whatever you do im sure you have a passion for it if you truly love it…..am i right?

 

 

Thought so….

 

 

Cheers

 

Gill

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