After yesterday’s blather displaying my life long ineptitude regarding playing musical instruments it’s not surprising there have been many songs I wish I could play!
It will come as no surprise to anyone who knows my taste or has read much of this blog that I am a fan of the guitar and like countless numbers of teenagers I leapt around my bedroom miming the air guitar or using a tennis racquet if there was one to hand!
I am also a big fan of drumming, if I have a suitable position at a gig I find myself captivated by what the drummer’s doing (this of course depends on who I’m watching). One of the most impressive around at the moment being Brann Dailor of Mastodon.
As much as I would love to be able to play the guitar like Jimmy Page, J Mascis or a re-incarnated Jimi Hendrix or play the drums like Buddy Rich or John Bonham, I am glad I never learnt either as a youngster. This may seem odd but you have to bear in mind I lost the lower half of my left arm to cancer sixteen years ago so imagine how much more crushing that whole thing would have been if it had robbed me of such a hard earned skill?
I am going to go with the guitar for today’s post (surprise surprise!) and choose a track featuring J Mascis. Although better known for his role in Dinosaur Jr, he did a couple of albums under the name of J Mascis + The Fog and I’m going to choose the track “Say The Word” from the album “Free So Free”, purely because of its guitar solo that kicks in at 1:10, I would love to be able to shred like him!
J Mascis + The Fog – Say The Word