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Stevie

Yesterday marked twenty years since the death in a helicopter crash of Texas blues guitar god Stevie Ray Vaughan.  I always enjoyed watching Vaughan play.  There was a sheer physicality in his playing that seemed to bond him to the guitar body.  There was also a concentration in his playing that made it seem as though at that moment the only things that existed for him were himself and that Stratocaster, giving his work  a sense that it was more than mere playing.  It gave everything he played an added layer of depth.

With his death, he’s forever frozen in the public’s mind as he was when he died, a 35 year old at the height of his talents.  His growth and continuum ended that day and we’ll never know how his career and work might have evolved, for better or worse.  I haven’t followed his legacy through these years so I can’t comment on his influence in the world of music.  I don’t know how many 19 year olds out there even know who he was or if they’ve ever heard a single song by the man.

I guess it doesn’t matter.  The music’s out there and it’ll always be there, alive and above the whims of what is new and of the moment.  It will influence someone in some way at some point.

Here’s one of my favorites, Riviera Paradise

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