I found out last week Jack Bruce Died. Oh no! Loved Jack Bruce. He had one of the most amazing voices in the rock world. Just soaring, way into the clouds… And a great bassist, composer, song writer. I felt very sad. All week I kept hearing his songs and Googled him and Cream and listened to him sing over and over again. Just last year I watched the YouTube concert reunion of Cream back in 2005 in England. A superb show with everyone in such good form. It didn’t seem that long ago.. Jack Bruce’s voice still strong and unique, his playing wonderful. Spent last Saturday listening to “Theme from an Imaginary Western”. Over and over again, the song is mesmerizing. The version with him on piano only. Then I discovered Felix Pappalardi’s version (with Mountain). Leslie West. Wow! I listened to that on and off for hours. What an incredible song. That gives you that huge ache in your heart, for what? You don’t know, can’t put your finger on it. A strange longing. The words are so simple but a thousand emotions and pictures start swirling in your head. But you feel it deep in your heart, even if your heart is very tired.
All week I kept wanting to talk about Jack Bruce. No one I was with knew who he was. What? How can that be? Of course T knows, he’s a musician and S would know. I even know some young kids who know about Jack Bruce.
Went to church and afterwards at the social hour talked to the music director who is getting his PhD in composing. A young guy but not that young…. After chit chatting about the new music (modern) he was doing for the late service, I brought up Jack Bruce. “Who’s That”? “Are you kidding me? You don’t know who Jack Bruce is?” Arrogant, I know but I was shocked that someone studying music, a musician and composer wouldn’t know.
Reminds me of a friend of mine who saw Patti Smith a couple of years ago in a small club in Chicago. Patti Smith! He described the small accessible venue and what a great performance she gave, and how it was one of the best musical evenings of his life. He and his wife and I were having dinner at the time and talking about music. ” Who’s Patti Smith?” the wife said. “What”? “You don’t know who Patti Smith is”? Both he and I lit into her… …. “No, never heard of her, who is she?” My friend rolled his eyes and said “Am I really married to you?”
All arrogant, opinionated, judgmental I know. But really Jack Bruce? Patti Smith?