Since the On the Economy blog is on hold for the moment, I need to revert back to the old music feature I used to post regularly here.
First, I was just walking down the street and it seemed like every other person had a big hello for me, which put me in mind of this great, old classic from Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong.
But my main feature today is an amazing performance that I strongly suspect you’ve never heard. It’s the classical guitar master (and my old pal) Ben Verdery playing Jimi Hendrix’s Purple Haze (with bits of other Hendrix tunes slipped in; I thought I heard references to Little Wing, Voodoo Child) with, not a stack of Marshall amps, but just a little old guitar. To my ears, he totally captures the energy and innovation of this amazing music I first heard 50 years ago. And can we talk about that ending??