So you tell me, are we getting a storm tonight?
I was sad to hear about Allan Holdsworth. He passed away yesterday, but I still haven’t heard what happened. As a guitar player, there are a few people I listen to when I am feeling cocky who are so good I know they will knock me down a peg or two or 10. Allan Holdsworth is the guy the guys I listen to listen to to crush their own egos. He was that good.
I especially loved his stints in Bruford and UK. I loved that he distorted the holy hell out of his guitar, in a very un-jazz-like fashion, when he played leads. In the 80’s he got into guitar synthesizers and it took a lot of the fun out of things for me. Eventually he came back to his senses though, which was nice. The first time I heard him play was on a Jack Bruce record. It was just one song with Holdsworth on guitar, Bruce on bass and vocals, and Ginger Baker on drums. The song in question felt quite a bit like Cream, but Holdsworth just took things to another universe. The guy was special. Once in a lifetime special. Rest in peace, sir.
My work day today started out in Westwood. I was there until about 1:00pm and then I drove back to my desk in Waltham. As I was driving up route 128 North, I came to an overpass where route 16 crosses over the highway. The Boston Marathon route runs along route 16 for a while and it was swarmed with runners. So I didn’t get to go to the Marathon today, but in a small way the Marathon came to me. Congratulations to all of the clinically insane, mentally deranged people who ran today. What a gigantic accomplishment.
Right now the Bruins are playing game three of their first round playoff series against Ottawa. They are down 2-0 after one period. The looked pretty awful in the first period. I’m hoping for some serious adjustments.