-Are you a God?
- they asked the Buddha.
- No.
- Are you an angel, then?
- No.
- A saint?
- No.
- Then what are you?


"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure of
the universe"-Albert Einstein-

Om Mani Padme Hum

Matthew 25:40

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Matthew 7 1-6

1. Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4. Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5. Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
6. Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Hank Garland - One of the Best Electric (or Acoustic) Guitar Players...

I'm working on a post that's more serious but thought in the meantime we'd all enjoy watching Hank. Hank Garland was perhaps the best guitar player of his time who was in a near fatal car wreak and then suffered non voluntary electro-shock which brought his career to an early end in 1961 at 31. He lived to 74 but never regained his place in music. He recorded with all the greats in his time as well as performing everything from country to jazz. He was also one of the first white southern artists to have black artists in his band.  Watch his hands in the first one. Enjoy...

First is Sugarfoot Rag. Hank wrote and recorded  it in 1948 or 49 at the age of 19. I believe it started out as a warmup exercise to limber up his fingers that evolved into a hit recording.

The next is a change of pace Hank is playing Relaxing a straight jazz album, played by a real jazz quartet that included Joe Morello (drums), Joe Benjamin (bass), and vibraphonist Gary Burton  Prior to this a steel string country guitar player playing jazz of this caliber was virtually unheard of.

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