Aaaand we're back. Sorry about the recent hiatus: like the lot of us, I was preparing (read: cramming) for finals last week. But I'm ready to give you yet another gift from my goodie-bag of songs.
This song has been featured in the past in the Markfive Sampler Vol. 1, but has never been given the Song of the Week treatment. Let me start by saying the drumming in this song is amazing. Mitch Mitchell is one of my favorite drummers of all time, and he is one of the forces of the '60s that transformed the drums from a really complicated metronome to an actual instrument. That being said, the guitar is also amazing. Combined with the bass and drums, the guitar plays a sultry upbeat tune that was probably hated by parents of its day.
Back then, the lyrics would have been considered…sexual? Inappropriate? But today's lyrics leave nothing to the imagination; lyrics of the past are more suggestive than blatantly obvious. By now, you may have guessed whose song is being honored this week (by the name of the drummer I've dropped), but in case you haven't, take a look at this picture, which reveals both the artist and his…interesting…infatuation with fire:
Yes, it's another Hendrix tune, but lots of people today (namely this site's audience) need to be educated in the classics; and Jimi Hendrix is certainly a classic legend.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Fire (iTunes Music Store Link)
(From the album Are You Experienced released 1967*)
*Re-released as a remastered CD in 1997 on the Experience Hendrix label.
Here's a brief calendar for the future so you know what to expect:
On Tuesday, June 13, expect a review of Forgive Durden's debut album Wonderland
On Thursday, June 22, expect either a new song of the week or a new playlist.
On Sunday, June 25, I'll be leaving for ten days for a leadership seminar in Berkeley, CA. After I return I'll probably release a Song of the Week, but I'll then soon depart for Vancouver (Vansterdam), Canada for two whole weeks. I know you'll miss me, so I'll try to post some brief updates from there.