Skip to comments.Jimi Hendrix - The Wind Cries Mary - with Edward Hopper art
Posted on 02/09/2014 2:00:06 AM PST by deks
VIDEO: Jimi Hendrix sings "The Wind Cries Mary" in a montage with Edward Hopper paintings.
Taking a great song with poetic lyrics by Hendrix and combining it with great art by Hopper seems right, and I haven't found anything like it before.
The third Hopper painting shown is called "Nighthawks" and has been featured in past Freepathon threads. It looks like the paintings in the video have been processed with a photo effect that, while not unpleasant, is not the same as the original paintings.
But I think the effect here is that the mood of the Hopper paintings goes well with this song and the poetry of the lyrics. It's one of my favorite Hendrix songs, along with "Little Wing", "Hey Joe", "May This Be Love", "3rd Stone From The Sun", "Castles Made Of Sand", "Up From The Skies", and "Angel".
I like Hendrix's creativity as a songwriter with melody and lyric and his effective vocal delivery, as well as his artistry on the guitar.
Hendrix, Jimi (194270)
U.S. rock musician; full name James Marshall Hendrix. Remembered for the flamboyance and originality of his improvisations, he greatly widened the scope of the electric guitar. Notable songs: Purple Haze (1967) and All Along the Watchtower (1968).
Hopper, Edward (18821967)
U.S. realist painter. He is best known for his mature works, such as Early Sunday Morning (1930) and Nighthawks (1942), often depicting isolated figures in bleak scenes from everyday urban life.
The video link again (click at lower right to skip ad — it seems to default to its highest quality which is 480p). . .
Earth in Search of a Sun...
Freepathon reference bump :)
Interesting you would link that. I still have Jan Hammer’s “The First Seven Days” album from 1975. Do I detect some Hendrix influence on Jeff Beck’s playing in this live performance?
>> Hendrix influence
Hey, maybe we should break out some Trower/Dewar from their the Chrysalis years...
Check out the NASA link I posted. It’s really cool.
Yes, the very effective video montage of NASA clips and photos at #4. It works with the music. . .processed like a ‘light show’ effect in parts.
I guess I never got it. My generation, yes but Jimi, Joplan, an Morrison
were the kind of drug cool people I didn’t care for then and don’t
now. The Doors had some good tunes but to hell with the “self
indulgent, misunderstood” artists who helped to point the way to
the drug culture of the 70s. I’m simple minded I guess but Motown,
Surf music, ballads, and “sober” Stones music worked well.
I liked some of the music from Hendrix, although I could seldom understand any words. I totally dumped him when he trashed the National Anthem with that horrible guitar noise.
I also trash all others who violate the music of the Anthem when opening a sports event, in their vain attempts to make it “their” songs.
Would real musicians significantly alter Bach, Chopin, Beehtoven, Schubert, Clementi, etc., like whacked out druggies have done to the National Anthem and America the Beautiful at sports venues for 50 years?
Yeah... I know I’ll probably get flack from younger Freepers, who likely think the Beatles were innovative, even though the B’s, like that dolt Elvis, got their music from the Rythym and Blues musicians of the ‘40s-and ‘50s who were the greatest!
I like all that stuff y’all mentioned. I have an eclectic taste in music but I am selective, in that I look for quality whatever the style of music.
Great song and artwork in your Youtube link. You can tell the artist (ahem) admires the female form.
Ha - we think alike! (see #15)
I saw Hendrix do this live either in 68 or 69, (long time ago) when he had just come off the Monkee’s tour. I had to be dragged to the concert by my guitar player. It was mind-blowing. I had never seen a TRIO sound like a five-piece band. Hendrix was at his peak. A year later, I saw him again, and he was quite drugged out, could never tune his guitar, walked through the motions. But the first concert was a once-in-a-lifetime event. And yes, he played “Wind Cries Mary.”
Interestingly, just before his death he gave two interviews to Euro mags, about six months apart. Conservatives remember the second, which was pretty anti-war in general, but just a short time earlier he had chewed out the Euros over Vietnam, saying in essence we saved their butts, but they didn't want us helping the yellow man? It was brutal on the Euros. The consensus of both liberal and conservative music historians is that his mgt. got to him to tailor his story to Europe and Britain, but no one knows what happened. He generally had favorable things to say of his military service, and overall (a few exceptions) fond memories.
PS, the book is called "You Keep me Hangin' On."
Then you’ll like this story: I interviewed Tony Bongiovi (yes, Jon’s cousin) who owns/runs the Power Station recording studios in NY and FL. He was a teenage kid who was a genius mixer and wanted to be an engineer in the early 1960s, but in NY you had to have a college degree in electrical engineering to get a job at a studio. So somehow, he got hooked up with Motown, and he took a train every week to work at Motown-—the only white employee. Although young, he worked on almost all the great Motown hits of the Supremes, Temptations, Miracles, etc.
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