Felt it was time to read a biography (I like to mix it up a little). Better still, an autobiography. Can't say I'm a bona fide "fan" of Eric Clapton (someone I can't miss in concert), but an interesting read nonetheless. Autobiographies are cool - like the-author-is-sitting-right-there-with-you-in-the-airport, coffee shop, comfy-couch at home, or wherever-cool.
In the process, a couple of records have piqued my interest. The first is Road To Escondido whereby Mr.Clapton moved in with J.J. Cale for a week at his house in the hills of Escondido, CA and hashed out the direction for their upcoming recording - "getting ready to play" as Clapton called it. I thought it was somewhat noteworthy as I get down that way in North County, San Diego quite often to visit my parents, having even done a gig there.
The other sample of musical coolness is Eric's Me and Mr. Johnson. This tribute album of Robert Johnson tunes was never meant to be released, but was originally just a way to "release the tension and just have some fun" in the studio while coming up with enough material for a "normal" commercial release.
Anything you'd like to say in closing, E.C.?
"The music scene as I look at it today is a little different from where I was growing up. The percentages are roughly the same - 95 percent rubbish, 5 percent pure...Music survives everything, and like God, it is always present. It needs no help, and suffers no hindrance. It has always found me, and with God's blessing and permission, it always will" ~ Eric Clapton