Precisely, that was the underlying point I was trying to make, albeit facetiously.
All kidding aside, I am very fond of Maestro Hendrix, think him a powerhouse
of an artist, and took advantage of the opportunity to give him a plug.
Nancy Gish wrote:
> I'm not actually nominating anyone; I was trying to question the whole idea
> but it got taken as a nomination I guess. I don't think such claims can be
> Date sent: Wed, 19 Feb 2003 22:17:15 -0500
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> From: "D.Gregory Griffith" <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Poet's competition?! With a Tad of Irony
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> If we're nominating candidates for the "greatest poet of the 20th
> century," I'd like to champion Jimi Hendrix. He wrote some wonderful
> lyrics; I offer some examples, from some songs that receive less air play:
> Look at the sky turn a hell-fire red.
> somebody's house is burning
> down, down, down, down.
> Well, someone stepped from the crowd,
> He was nineteen miles high,
> He shouts "We're tired and disgusted,
> so we paint red through the sky."
> I say "The truth is straight ahead,
> so don't burn yourselves instead.
> Tryin' to learn instead of burn,
> hear what I say."
> ("House Burning Down" _Electric Ladyland_)
> or how about these:
> My arrows are made of desires
> from far away as Jupiter sulfur mines.
> I say my arrows are made of desires,
> desires from far away as Jupiter sulfur mines
> (Way down by the methane sea).
> I have a humming bird that hums so loud,
> you'd think you were losing your mind.
> "Cause I'm a Voodoo Chile,
> Lord knows I'm A Voodoo Chile.
> (Voodoo Chile, _Electric Ladyland_)
> In addition to some great lyrics, Hendrix took some wood, six pieces of
> steel wire, a few electrical components and made them speak (literally)!
> How many poets have made dumb wood talk--only one I know of (may the muses
> bless Black Orpheus, the real "Man on the Blue Guitar").
> And what came forth from that guitar....truly the "stuff of myth" my