Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Birthday Jimi Hendrix

Remembering Jimi Hendrix who would have turned 66 years old on Thanksgiving day.

Jimi was born John Allen Hendrix on November 27, 1942 in Seattle, Washington. Widely believed to be one of the great musicians, and performers, of his time, Hendrix was a poet, a visionary, one of a kind; the Jack of Hearts.

As a teenager, in the late 1960's, I routinely ran away from home, and high school, to a little town in upstate New York which was soon to become legendary. It was in Woodstock that I ran into Jimi in The Elephant, a club I liked to frequent. He entered the room in the company of a couple of suits who, undoubtedly, represented him. It was magical to watch him detach from them, and detach so well even gravity couldn't hold him here.

Jimi Hendrix spent 27 years on a planet that wasn't quite ready for him yet. We're ready for you now, Jimi. Keep the fire burning on this rainy day, dream away.