Posts Tagged ‘Cocaine’

I was travelling when I read about the death of J.J. Cale. I’ve not been entirely up-to-date on doings in the cyberworld these last few days but I’ve not been completely out of it either. I’m astounded at the silence in the musical circles that I’m part of – musicians, enthusiasts, writers – on the man’s life, his music and his death. I had to check again to see if his death was a figment of my perverse imagination. Sadly, no. But then again, that was J.J. Cale – not much heard of and heard much less than he should’ve been. His seemed to have been such a self-effacing personality that he was almost a creature of myth. An inspiration to a myriad musicians; Eric Clapton, albeit the most notable, was not the only one – Lynrd Skynrd, Phish, Neil Young, Mark Knopfler counted Cale amongst their major influences. (more…)


One of the underlying themes of last week’s post set me off on this one. I find cover versions rich with potential for musicality. It’s tough for an artist to take an original and interpret it in his/her own way. Often the effort falls flat. Sometimes the cover versions strike a chord in us mainly because they stick quite close to a much-loved original. Not too frequently, cover versions are completely fresh takes on the originals – some surpassing them and others not quite as likable yet interesting.

In listing two of my favourites here, I have opened myself to hate on both sides of the ridiculous pop-rock divide. These are far-out takes of iconic songs of these two genres. (more…)