Some people have asked me how it feels to be in concert performing to a mass audience. As much as I would love to be able to explain verbally, the best way to do so would be to play a clip of an artist where you can actually “feel the euphoria generated onstage.” Jimi Hendrix is a musical cult hero. He had a following and a style that was rebellious in nature, but so acceptable to the public even in this day and age. He was a “phenomenal” guitar player who to me was a musical genius. Of course, his live concerts didn’t capture the full essence of his recordings, and that could have been because of the “induced state of his OWN private euphoria” that might have caused him to be that way. Everyone knows that Jimi was well known for performing high (under the influence of drugs), but his audience loved it. In this particular clip, Jimi is doing something entitled “Voodoo Child,” a classic hit of his that will last the length of time. While this particular clip feels much different from the actual recording, I want you to keep in mind that the main focus of this video is the “energy” that comes from it. Jimi and the band are in their element, and it doesn’t matter that they are incredibly loud. It doesn’t matter that they are somewhat unstructured. This video is showcasing the emotion of doing a “live concert.” Truth be told, this song is nothing more than a “jam session onstage.” The guys probably have no idea what direction the song is about to go into (and probably don’t even care). They just know that they have a slamming groove and they are prepared to ride that groove “off into the sunset.” Jimi himself is “absolutely in his element,” because he is jamming like crazy with his solos. You can check out the clip here:
Michael Jackson once said that there is no other feeling like performing onstage, and he was right. When your audience vibes to your music you feel a sense of invincibility and control. I never performed with Jimi (I am glad to say that I am not old enough to have been able to do so). However, I do have a fond appreciation for his contribution to music history. Whether you liked him or hated him, he is a musical legend. Hopefully this track will help you feel the excitement from performing a live concert. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.