Life By The Drop by Stevie Ray Vaughan

I hesitate to use the word legend to describe any musician who suffers an untimely and sudden death (Hendrix, Morrison, Cobain) because I think it’s more of a sentimental usage. Stevie Ray Vaughan on the other hand, was truly a legendary guitar player who played with such a ferocity and passion that he could make even the most technically fluent guitar players seem like mere child’s play. Passion. That defines Stevie Ray Vaughan. This particular track actually strays completely away from what most would consider his genre. As a guitar player, be it blues, rockabilly or just plain old rock and roll he tore it up like no other I’ve ever seen. What you don’t hear much about is his singing. Though not a particularly gifted singer or one that had a multi octave range, he had passion and belted out every word with all the conviction he could muster. Take a listen to this tune and listen not so much to the guitar (though I dare many others to attempt to get such a fluid sound out of a twelve string acoustic) but more to the vocals. Listen to the melody, the tone and sincerity closely enough and you’ll see exactly what I mean.

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