Monday, March 22, 2021
#81 / Oh, Say Can You See
The New Yorker puts out a periodic newsletter with links to what might be called The New Yorker's "Golden Oldies." The newsletters revisit past articles, found in the magazine's archives, which The New Yorker has determined might have some current relevance or merit, or have some special resonance with our contemporary situation.
Here is a link to a story that was recently so featured - a classic article about music. "Rewinding Jimi Hendrix’s National Anthem" makes reference to an historic rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner," played by Hendrix at Woodstock in mid-August of 1969. A little over a year later, by September 18, 1970, Hendrix was dead.
In 2011, the editors of Guitar World named Hendrix's performance of "The Star Spangled Banner" at Woodstock the greatest performance of all time.
You can rewind the years and hear Hendrix's performance for yourself. Just click the video link at the top of this blog posting. The agony and the ecstasy of our national existence, as conveyed in Hendrix's performance, might make you think. It might touch your soul. It certainly has touched mine.