Changing moods …

There is no doubt I’ve been a fool for the sounds of the harmonica, especially when it was blended to perfection in Hooker ‘n Heat, Hooker’s cords and Wilson’s silver.

“John Lee Hooker, the greatest of all bluesmen passed away peacefully in his sleep in the morning of June 21, 2001 at his home in the San Francisco Bay area, at the age of 83. Hooker influenced countless generations of musicians and inspired music fans around the world during his sixty year career.  

Alan Wilson’s premature death at age 27, just like Hendrix, Joplin and Morrison who all died at 27, robbed music of one of its unsung geniuses.  Though praised by John Lee Hooker as “the greatest harmonica player ever,” multitalented Wilson never received the recognition on the world stage that he so assuredly deserved.  

In February, 1971, the album recorded with Hooker entitled Hooker ‘n Heat was finally released. The collaborative effort was widely praised throughout the world and became Hooker’s biggest charting album at the time and is credited with revitalizing Hooker’s career and, to the end of his great life, it remained his personal favorite of all of his recordings.” 

Ode to a harmonica man

 Reaching inside
Knarled dreams
Solid wood
Sliding over
Cords

In the dim light
Smoke swirling upwards to
Unknown Gods

Reeling in your mind that
Low down blues man

Gone too soon
The harmonica man
Pushing life through
Silver
Tarnished from time

 In the dim light
Smoke swirling upwards to
Unknown Gods

 Reeling in your mind that
Low down blues man

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