Re: [Harp-L] Old timers on harp
After reading the comments attacking Bobby Darin's harp playing, I went
back to the YouTube and played it a few more times.
I not only found no objections to his performance, I really liked it.
I think it works as part of the "Midnight Special" (more of a Sonny
Terry than Little Walter tune/rendition) and as a cross harp
performance. I don't care if the haters don't like him; Darin works for
Sure, Darin is no Little Walter clone; but who is?
Dylan, Petty, Springsteen, Morisette play chordal straight harp, as I
recall. Dylan is the only one I'm familiar with and it has been months
since I've listened to him.
From: Richard L Williger <rlwilliger@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: harp-l <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wed, Jul 8, 2015 9:31 am
Subject: [Harp-L] Old timers on harp
With respect to slamming Bobby Darin's lack of harmonica chops, I think
I'm not trying to spark a debate here) that the listening public tells
what is popular. Listen to Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen,
Morisette, and others who have "made it," and tell me what you think of
their harp abilities. However, look at where they are, and look at
are. I won't get into the discussion of "color" use of harp, or
Listen to early recordings of popular guitar - everything from Elvis to
Beatles, and everything in between. The lead guitar work in The Beach
60's stuff was, then, groundbreaking. Put it up against Eric Johnson,
Zappa, etc., and it sounds like the early folks were playing on the
had as kids.
Technique, like anything else, evolves. Bobby Darin's use of harp is
acknowleged, celebrated if you want, but don't dismiss it, lest you
link in the chain.
Just my two cents on a Wednesday morning.
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