Thursday, March 14, 2013
Still Got The Blueses
It was like a scene from a movie. I was in the back seat of a taxi, riding home on a late Friday night. And while I'd rather keep the details to myself, it wasn't a good ride and it wasn't a good night. The odds that the driver would be my age and a rock fan were slim, as any taxi hailing New Yorker can attest to. But that was the case and he had his radio on. This was the very first time I heard "Still Got The Blues" by Gary Moore. Being a Thin Lizzy fan and always loving Moore's guitar playing, I would have loved this song in any circumstance. But the scenario here couldn't have been any better....or worse, actually.
That was 1989, or maybe 1990. More than a few years back. Yet I can never hear this song without immediately thinking of that cab ride home.
Eric Clapton has just released his 623rd record. It's called "Old Sock." It might as well have been called "Another 45 Minutes Where I Just Phone It All In." But I'm not here to talk about Eric, his missed opportunities or his musical choices as he grows older. I love the man and his playing, and his brief but stirring performance with Willie Weeks and Steve Jordan at the 12-12-12 benefit has stayed with me just as the aforementioned cab ride has. Good music trumps all. It's really a shame that that trio couldn't have been recorded for "Old Sock" instead of the light reggae sounds and lazy standards that make up most of it. But... there is one winner.
I never thought I'd want to hear any other version of "Still Got The Blues." Gary Moore owns it. But Old Slowsock delivers something tasty and different. Not quite what I felt in the taxi, but Clapton still has the power, when he's in the mood to whip it out.
I guess I am here to talk about Eric, his missed opportunities or his musical choices as he grows older.
Both versions are below.