Guitar Hero

Once again, my post has a dubious title. I am not going to write about the game, I am going to write about my guitar hero.

More or less from the mid of the last century until today, there has been a proliferation in the use of the guitar (both the old classical or the then recently develop “electric” one), increasing its prominence in the music industry. Or it might have been the other way round – the prominence of the guitar among musicians led to more people playing guitar.

This means that guitar players are usually the most recognized players of rock bands, sometimes even more than the lead singers!

Red Hot Chili PeppersI guess I can say John Frusciante is one of those guitar players. And with legitimacy – Red Hot Chili Peppers have existed and exist again without John, but they are totally not the same. All but one (the first) of the albums in which John participated had sales above 10 million, and still that first one, recorded when John was still 18, had sales 4 times bigger than their previous album (still with Slovak).

By this time you have probably understood that I am really a great fan of Frusciante and that he is my idol as a guitar player. So what I am going to say might be biased, but in my opinion he is the best guitar player of his  generation (here BBC readers agree with me) and one of the best since Hendrix (here there’s some people at Rolling Stones agreeing with me and others not so much)!

I will only bring you one song, I leave the others in playlists. It is not easy to choose one – I love lots of Chili Peppers and John songs. But bringing the choice to one, I decided to show you the most melodic solo I have ever heard and which I consider a masterpiece – the final solo of Don’t Forget Me live at Slane Castle:

Now, if you really feel like listening to the Chili Peppers, here’s a playlist containing many of my favourite Chili Peppers songs.

And one more with solo songs of John Frusciante, the man whose this post is about, after all!

At last, I leave you a video of John teaching how to play Under the Bridge and not only, hoping that this helps the ones learning guitar:

Yes, Tolstoi!

Yesterday I was driving home and this song passed in my stereo (not strange, as I had it recorded on the cd :P). It passed me such an intense feeling, soothing and calming me. I found myself singing to the wailing slide guitar of Steve Howe, along with the amazing Jon Anderson, something I failed to do when they played live in Lisbon last year, as they unfortunately didn’t play this song.

This piece of music has probably one of the best melodies I’ve ever heard, as someone said:  “Yes is what God listens to when He needs a break from gospel music.” 🙂

You probably understood the “Yes” on the title of this post, but why Tolstoi? Well, this amazing song is part of a 22-minute suite released in 1975 called The Gates of Delirium. This lengthy suite is loosely based on the novel War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoi, hence my reference. I won’t explain the book here, as I haven’t read it yet (I’m waiting for a friend to come back and lend it to me, right Catarina? :P), but Soon, representing a soothing prayer for peace and hope, is about the aftermath of the battle reported in the book.

Hope you liked it half as much as I love it 😀