Posts Tagged ‘Stevie Ray Vaughan’

GC Myers- Early Blues Study in wc and markerI love to watch the hands of guitarists or pianists when they are playing.  Maybe it’s just a desirous envy for a talent and dexterity that I will never attain or maybe it’s just the particular rhythm of the two hands working to create this sound that has a harmony and  life of its own.  I don’t really know but whenever I see films of piano or guitar players I am mesmerized.

I saw Stevie Ray Vaughan at a show in Utica, NY  back in  1986, I believe.  It was a great show although the quality of the sound was not great, poorly mixed with a lot of distortion.  From what I understand, this wasn’t uncommon for SRV shows.  I just wish we had better seats to better see his playing hands.

I came across this video on YouTube of Stevie Ray Vaughan playing acoustically for a French interview from 1982.  It’s shot in just the way I like, with the hands highlighted in a way that shows their syncopated dance.  Just wish it were longer.

PS–The image at the top is an older oddity, an experiment from the mid-90’s, painted in watercolor and a Sharpie marker.  The figure was a simplified and stylized representation of the way in which the figures from my early Exiles series were painted, composed from blocks of color.  It was never meant to be seen outside my studio but I like this for some reason …

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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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