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Thursday, May 19

Eric Clapton Announced Nothing Today! His new Album "I Still Do" is still going to be Released May 20th.

Eric Clapton Announced Nothing Today! His new Album "I Still Do" is still going to be Released May 20th. 
   

   Eric Clapton made a criptic statement today that basically said I am old and buy my new record on May 20th. I was of course paraphrasing his exact quote was; " "It's one of those things that's been haunting me... I love the song and I love the sentiment. Just in case I don't cut another record, this is how I feel. I kind of might be saying goodbye. But I've been doing that for a while."
   It reminds me of his virtuoso guitar chops that frustrate me and is a tragedy. He certainly knows how to play all the correct chords he just never makes a defining musical statement. In an interview with  Billboard, they make an editorial leap  with the  assumption that the last track off his new Album titled "I Still Do" is a cover of the staple "I'll  Be Seeing You". 
    If you care to read about how he is not getting any younger and how that day will arrive where he yada, yada, yada.  Billboard certainly seemed entertained with the boring conversation. I must admit that Eric Clapton is my biggest  musical blind spot. In my opinion since the late seventies he has been the biggest waste of talent in music.  The last time I saw him live was on his Old white Rich European Blues' tour. He sold out the pyramid on Beale in minutes. Which is equal to the time I spent observing him taking a shit on the street that gave birth to the music his tour claimed to honor. But he is the only old, white guy who opens with "Hoochie Coochie Man" on Beale Street in Memphis, TN.  The Boo birds greeted him like he deserved and was not expecting.I exited and still can't forget that awful sophisticated version of the Blues' nasty but perfect anthem. 
      
   I am not saying that Eric Clapton lacks talent or anything that resembles such a statement. Cream and Derek and The Dominoes is some of the best exploratory Blues ever played. But I do think one can play a Blues song note by note and it still suck. If his vanity manages to get misplaced like that horrific set of circumstances that led to his son's death. In his utter distraught state he wrote one of the most powerful artistic expression ever with "Tears in Heaven". My mother would argue he was motivated by a wonderful looking girl as well, but that song is bubble gum. He has every tool at his disposal to be one of the best guitarist in history. I know a majority of you are convinced that he is that good. Great news is that you are also correct. When Eric exploded into the musical madness his drug use filled in for what he lacks as a musician. If he only had a soul he would be a king of Rock and or Roll instead of a shell of a human with arguably the best chops of any guitar player alive. 
By Kevin Long