Thursday, January 29, 2009

RIP John Martyn

Bummer. I love John Martyn.

I got introduced to him when a friend surprised me with a stunning nuanced rendition of "May You Never" from his 1973 album Solid Air (lala) . I didn't even know this friend had a guitar, much less could play it so well, and most of my guitar playing friends do little but remind you that they can play guitar. This friend talked about English boarding school where he and his friends would sit around for hours and hours learning these songs. I asked him if he knew about Nick Drake back then, and he said yeah, sure, but we all wanted to be John Martyn. I've written about him here and here and here and probably elsewhere so I'll let the links do the talking.

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