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gmichaelt
(45° 28' N / 73° 36' W)
Posted: Jan 06, 2018 5:47
 

 EdEastridge wrote:
Unrelated, but...

My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun; 
Coral is far more red than her lips' red; 
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun; 
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head. 
I have seen roses damasked, red and white, 
But no such roses see I in her cheeks; 
And in some perfumes is there more delight 
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks. 
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know 
That music hath a far more pleasing sound; 
I grant I never saw a goddess go; 
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground. 
   And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare 
   As any she belied with false compare.

"William Shakespeare's Sonnet 130 mocks the conventions of the showy and flowery courtly sonnets in its realistic portrayal of his mistress."
 
"You ain't a beauty but hey you're alright."
Bruce Springsteen

How times change!
Tomasni
(Stockholm, Sweden)
Posted: Dec 26, 2017 4:32
 

To me this is 9 - Outstanding  
timmywilson
(Northern Indiana)
Posted: Dec 14, 2017 8:12
 

heard a great story - that Jimi wrote this song as an apology to his girlfriend after he offended her by criticizing her cooking (something about mashed potatoes). Apology accepted!
timmywilson
(Northern Indiana)
Posted: Dec 14, 2017 8:12
 

heard a great story - that Jimi wrote this song as an apology to his girlfriend after he offended her by criticizing her cooking (something about mashed potatoes). Apology accepted!
TerryS
(Another SW)
Posted: Dec 07, 2017 19:43
 

 EdEastridge wrote:

Unrelated, but I think definitely offers up justification for an 8.9. Sometimes it's far more than technical prowess, far more than intonation, or the perfectly exercise in stage performance. Sometimes it's about raw unadulterated emotion. The guilty pleasure, the flame that's lit by something or someone that is perfect for you, regardless of what anyone else thinks or says. This is what perfection actually is.

My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun; 
Coral is far more red than her lips' red; 
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun; 
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head. 
I have seen roses damasked, red and white, 
But no such roses see I in her cheeks; 
And in some perfumes is there more delight 
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks. 
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know 
That music hath a far more pleasing sound; 
I grant I never saw a goddess go; 
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground. 
   And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare 
   As any she belied with false compare.

 And my rating for Mr. Hendrix here? A righteous 10. The world of music is better for him having been part of it.


 
Comparing Jimi with Mr Shakespeare is a bit rich.

ConradD
Posted: Oct 08, 2017 9:22
 

 SuperWeh wrote:

Rock 'n' roll isn't really about technical perfection.

 
You are so right! Music isn't about technical perfection at all! Art isn't about technical perfection - no never!
Queue
(ROKville, MD)
Posted: Aug 21, 2017 10:11
 

 jbuhl wrote:
Man I wish he would have lived long enough to do more material like this.

 
^^^^^  THIS!
coloradojohn
(Looking up at The Flatirons, Boulder, Colorado)
Posted: May 08, 2017 11:23
 

I just love how on this song, Jimi seems to be really trying to sing the trippy, powerful lyrics. The guitar is beyond godlike. A real GEM.
ESOXLUCIUS
Posted: Feb 05, 2017 14:09
 

Still revelation
EdEastridge
(Derby City)
Posted: Jan 12, 2017 14:05
 

 Kaw wrote:

I think you would not accept the 'style' of Jimi's singing if it wasn't Jimi himself. He sings with annoying habbits and the range is not impressive. The music itself is not perfect either. Imagine doing some B-artists singing and playing like this and you would call it pretencious.
I'm not giving it a 1. It's an 8 "most excellent" and that's still very good. Just not in the range of close to perfection or even perfect.

 
Unrelated, but I think definitely offers up justification for an 8.9. Sometimes it's far more than technical prowess, far more than intonation, or the perfectly exercise in stage performance. Sometimes it's about raw unadulterated emotion. The guilty pleasure, the flame that's lit by something or someone that is perfect for you, regardless of what anyone else thinks or says. This is what perfection actually is.

My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun; 
Coral is far more red than her lips' red; 
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun; 
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head. 
I have seen roses damasked, red and white, 
But no such roses see I in her cheeks; 
And in some perfumes is there more delight 
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks. 
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know 
That music hath a far more pleasing sound; 
I grant I never saw a goddess go; 
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground. 
   And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare 
   As any she belied with false compare.

 And my rating for Mr. Hendrix here? A righteous 10. The world of music is better for him having been part of it.

jbuhl
(Boulder,CO)
Posted: Jan 05, 2017 20:40
 

Man I wish he would have lived long enough to do more material like this.
SuperWeh
(Monaco)
Posted: Dec 06, 2016 5:57
 

 Kaw wrote:

I think you would not accept the 'style' of Jimi's singing if it wasn't Jimi himself. He sings with annoying habbits and the range is not impressive. The music itself is not perfect either. Imagine doing some B-artists singing and playing like this and you would call it pretencious.
I'm not giving it a 1. It's an 8 "most excellent" and that's still very good. Just not in the range of close to perfection or even perfect.

 
Rock 'n' roll isn't really about technical perfection.
Proclivities
(Paris of the Piedmont)
Posted: Oct 12, 2016 6:16
 

 Kaw wrote:

I think you would not accept the 'style' of Jimi's singing if it wasn't Jimi himself. He sings with annoying habbits and the range is not impressive. The music itself is not perfect either. Imagine doing some B-artists singing and playing like this and you would call it pretencious.
I'm not giving it a 1. It's an 8 "most excellent" and that's still very good. Just not in the range of close to perfection or even perfect.

 
"Perfect" is vastly overrated.  
old_shep
(Iowa)
Posted: Oct 05, 2016 7:26
 

50 friggin years.... such is the power of rock and roll.
On_The_Beach
(The Blue Planet)
Posted: Aug 06, 2016 15:39
 

 boontonite wrote:
Wow !!! Still sounds as good as when I first heard it. For my money this is Hendrix at his best.
 
{#Yes}

http://www.bbc.co.uk/staticarchive/94431f2140064be0c13f177c02becdc721d23478.jpg
davym
Posted: Aug 03, 2016 9:18
 

A 9 from me, still awesome after all these years
boontonite
(New Jersey)
Posted: Jul 16, 2016 18:31
 

Wow !!! Still sounds as good as when I first heard it. For my money this is Hendrix at his best.
coloradojohn
(Re-booting at the foot of The Flatirons, BOULDER)
Posted: Jul 16, 2016 10:12
 

EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS RECORD remains as astounding as ever, from the wild cover pic to the stony grooves; still drips big trips
Kaw
(Just above sea level)
Posted: Jul 06, 2016 0:42
 

 willmcnaught wrote:

pompous ass lol AVERAGE rating 8.9 lol spare us Kaw lol {#Drunk}

 
I think you would not accept the 'style' of Jimi's singing if it wasn't Jimi himself. He sings with annoying habbits and the range is not impressive. The music itself is not perfect either. Imagine doing some B-artists singing and playing like this and you would call it pretencious.
I'm not giving it a 1. It's an 8 "most excellent" and that's still very good. Just not in the range of close to perfection or even perfect.
iloveradio
(Idaho Panhandle)
Posted: Jun 14, 2016 13:46
 

 tomcool wrote:
Fellow RP listeners:

I've made a slideshow dedicated to this great song.

I'm claiming fair use for purposes of commentary, with the following particular comment:  the correct lyric is "And with this, crush this old age and its wisdom," not "And with this crutch, this old age and its wisdom," as is commonly reported.  The latter makes no sense.

Wind Cries Mary
 
Very nice images
I never realized how great this song really is
thanks 
hayduke2
(Southampton, NY)
Posted: May 13, 2016 12:00
 

wicked cool music/album cover/memory ignitor   : )
Dosequis
Posted: Feb 01, 2016 10:16
 

Great bass/drummer. Ok guitar/vocal. 
dew34
(Wisconsin-quite woodsy)
Posted: Jan 28, 2016 16:10
 

 Suzl wrote:
Not likely that I will ever grow tired of this song... 

 
Not likely I will ever hear the music that was made during this period as new and fresh again!
Suzl
(Boston)
Posted: Jan 07, 2016 12:01
 

Not likely that I will ever grow tired of this song... 
dubberdan
Posted: Jan 07, 2016 11:55
 

Pure class
drictor
(Victor, ID, Cultural center of the universe!)
Posted: Nov 30, 2015 13:21
 

Hmm.  Already rated it god like.  Where's the 11 when you need it?
4merdj
(donde el viento se devuelve)
Posted: Nov 23, 2015 13:38
 

Amazing what just three accomplished musicians can make together! {#Cheers}
haresfur
(The Golden Triangle Australia)
Posted: Oct 26, 2015 15:23
 

 stegokitty wrote:
Back in the early days of HBO, as a teenager of about 15 years old, I was watching the film "Heartbeat" (1980) in which I first heard the song "Purple Haze". That might've been the beginning of my reading-the-credits-to-the-end habit in films. I sat raptly waiting for a sign in the credits, of what that song was. I wrote it down and the next morning walked to the record and novel store and bought SMASH HITS, because it had "Purple Haze", and I figured it's probably safer to go with a "hits" album just in case it's the only good song on the album. Boy what a pleasant surprise. And as much as I liked PH, and "Cross Town Traffic", and "Fire", etc., I think I really liked "The Wind Cries Mary" the most. Those first few strums of the song were like "Wha ...? This is amazing ... yesssss". Anyway, that's my little story on how I met Jimi's music.

 
Reading the music memories is the best thing about the song comments.

My father bought us a crap stereo for the basement so he wouldn't have to listen to our music all the time. But *stereo* when the upstairs player was still mono. He wouldn't buy us headphones because he thought we would go deaf, but my older brother taught me how to put the speakers facing each other on either side of my head to get the full effect of this album. And that's my little story of how I got experienced
LowPhreak
(Divided Corporate States of Neo-Feudal Murikka, Inc.)
Posted: Oct 26, 2015 15:21
 

 Kaw wrote:
9 > 8, its not that good. I'm sorry.
 

 
What would you'd give a 9+ if not this?
willmcnaught
(Eugene Oregon)
Posted: Oct 26, 2015 15:18
 

 Kaw wrote:
9 > 8, its not that good. I'm sorry.
 

 
pompous ass lol AVERAGE rating 8.9 lol spare us Kaw lol {#Drunk}
BBoyes
(Utah: Gateway to Nevada)
Posted: Oct 23, 2015 8:38
 

It amazes me how he doesn't play a lot of notes, it sounds so effortless, and yet so complete. It's a very laid back tune, and yet so rich and hugely satisfying. Unique chord progressions and arpeggios. How did he figure this one out? Awesome.
stegokitty
(tree)
Posted: Oct 05, 2015 13:39
 

Back in the early days of HBO, as a teenager of about 15 years old, I was watching the film "Heartbeat" (1980) in which I first heard the song "Purple Haze". That might've been the beginning of my reading-the-credits-to-the-end habit in films. I sat raptly waiting for a sign in the credits, of what that song was. I wrote it down and the next morning walked to the record and novel store and bought SMASH HITS, because it had "Purple Haze", and I figured it's probably safer to go with a "hits" album just in case it's the only good song on the album. Boy what a pleasant surprise. And as much as I liked PH, and "Cross Town Traffic", and "Fire", etc., I think I really liked "The Wind Cries Mary" the most. Those first few strums of the song were like "Wha ...? This is amazing ... yesssss". Anyway, that's my little story on how I met Jimi's music.
healex
(Karlsruhe DE)
Posted: Sep 04, 2015 4:47
 

Jimi Hendrix forever{#Clap} 10++
stevesaw
(Northern VA USA)
Posted: Mar 30, 2015 17:17
 

 papajoe_aiea wrote:

My favorite is in verse 2:

The broom is drearily sweeping
Up the broken pieces of yesterday's life

Heartbreaking.  Jimi's best song. 

 
The lyrics seem very Dylan'isque; wonder if it was an homage as I think Hendrix was a big Dylan fan.
hempmandan
(Menlo Park, CA)
Posted: Mar 17, 2015 0:08
 

WOW. Even still
kh808
(HAWAII)
Posted: Jan 16, 2015 9:20
 

This tiny island sagged down stream and the street lights turned blue today ....MARY!
thewiseking
(New York, New York)
Posted: Jan 16, 2015 9:19
 

Class, pay attention to the solo. It is perfect.
birdland
Posted: Jan 16, 2015 9:17
 

 aristoteles wrote:
There is something in this song , the vibe, pure honesty art,...don't know, but it sounds godlike, I mean, this is the way the music should sound...

 
...yes. Exactly.
Kaw
(Apeldoorn (The Netherlands))
Posted: Nov 25, 2014 1:44
 

9 > 8, its not that good. I'm sorry.
 
Emwolb
(NJ)
Posted: Nov 18, 2014 12:39
 

it would be nice to segue to/from the Waterboys' "Return of Jimi Hendrix".....just a thought 
Lazarus
(Bethany)
Posted: Nov 18, 2014 12:34
 

Everybody in my alien space craft loves this song...
thewiseking
(New York, New York)
Posted: Nov 11, 2014 12:08
 

I suppose some of the provocateurs (certainly no musicians among them) be out here hatin on this just to piss off the rest of us. I respect that but ya gotta realize, just because your dad loved it doesn't mean you can't.
MojoJojo
(Indianapolis, IN USA)
Posted: Sep 13, 2014 7:52
 

I don't care for most of his music but I respect that a vast number of folks appreciate it. This is decent.
melkhyah
Posted: Aug 16, 2014 19:48
 

trash
Sloggydog
(UK)
Posted: Jul 23, 2014 1:10
 

 Peter_Bradshaw wrote:
{#Notworthy} G O D L I K E {#Notworthy}
 
God can dream
aspicer
(Chicago, IL)
Posted: May 21, 2014 8:44
 

A clear 9...ok 10 it is!
FrankDebbieCote
Posted: Apr 06, 2014 10:35
 

 Peter_Bradshaw wrote:
{#Notworthy} G O D L I K E {#Notworthy}
{#Notworthy} G O D L I K E {#Notworthy}
 
 
Yup, my thoughts exactly.
 
afrixluvguy
Posted: Apr 06, 2014 10:33
 

Whispers... Cries... Screams. 
janac13
(Brisbane Australia)
Posted: Feb 15, 2014 18:57
 

A perfect song for this very dry and hot Summers day.... Especially with a couple of cold pints under the belt... 
diannemck56
(Sacramento)
Posted: Feb 05, 2014 9:37
 

The track is an example of psychedelic blues-rock, as the song is in the key of F major, with a guitar solo primarily involving the F major pentatonic scale. Today, it is #379 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. It is said to have been inspired when Hendrix and his then girlfriend, Kathy Etchingham, had an argument over her cooking; after she stormed out of their apartment, Hendrix wrote “The Wind Cries Mary”, as Mary was Etchingham’s middle name.  (last.fm)