Good day all,
When we think about the music we love there are some iconic images that we can always look back on and say”That is what Hard Rock / Heavy Metal was/is all about”. Whether it is an image of Kiss or Manowar standing in front of a wall of Marshall stacks, or of Jimmy Page pulling a violin bow across his Les Paul Custom or even Jimi Hendrix playing his Fender Stratocaster with his teeth, these are all iconic images of this music scene. If someone were to see just an image of any of the above they would know instantly that they were looking at hard rock/heavy metal, and the iconic brands that are in each of the photos is the reason why.
Jim Marshall died last week and with him the fathers of the hard and heavy sound have moved to the great beyond but left us with what certainly is an everlasting imprint on our lives. Think about that for a second, last week I had discussed songwriters and music’s effect on our lives, without these great men, we may not be talking like this about our music, or any other music. What has to be understood is that these men where not just producers of instruments or amplifiers, but also how the sound of hard rock and metal are made as well as how it is recorded. Les Paul himself did an enormous amount of work with early multi-track recording before it was even considered possible or functional. That is another great thought, not only did Les Paul make one of the most distinct sounds in music with his guitars, he helped ensure that when you heard a recording of it, it sounded clear and true. That my friends is a man who understood what his calling in life was.
These men were the pioneers of what makes the music that makes our lives that much better. From Slash playing the opening riff to Sweet Child O’ Mine to Deep Purple’s Smoke on the Water these men imagined, and then engineered their dreams to help keep ours alive. I wrote earlier about the iconic images we have all seen of our favorite musician and how one of the products created by one of these three men was in that picture, these images and the music created by the musicians made us stand in front of our mirrors pretending to be playing a Gibson Les Paul like Eric Clapton, or a Fender Stratocaster like Glenn Tipton, with a stack of Marshalls set up behind us. Granted my Marshalls were made of cardboard and my Fender was a broom stick, but I was jamming!
Although these three great musical minds are gone their imprint on the past, present and future of hard rock and heavy metal is indelible. They will forever be the pioneers of heavy and loud music and they so should be honored. Plus it is a good thing none of them decided to become just a piano teacher, we may have our next Beethoven or Bach but where would our music be? I shudder at the thought!
Song of the Day: http://youtu.be/HH8vjxFIUC4