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Today is Tax Day in the U.S. and I’m burning the stress candle at both ends between getting my taxes done on time, following up on some potential job leads, and doing some general spring cleaning of my home. The one fringe benefit of Tax Day is that it gives me an incentive to go through papers trying to find any documents I could use for filling out those damned tax return forms while I take that opportunity to throw old papers either in the trash or the recycling bin (depending on if the paper in question is recyclable or not).
In the course of sorting through old papers I came across a letter from last year notifying me of the death of my onetime divorce lawyer while saying that if there are any outstanding papers from him that I need I should go to the lawyer handling my late lawyer’s estate and get them immediately. (Luckily my divorce lawyer had given me all the documents I needed around the time of my divorce so I didn’t need to do that.)
Well, anyway, here’s a video break that’s appropriate for today. It was originally a Beatles song but the late George Harrison did a live performance of that tune during a 1992 concert in Japan that also included Eric Clapton on guitar.
As some of you may have heard, B.B. King has just passed away at the age of 89. This man is to blues guitar is what Leonardo da Vinci is to painting—a highly regarded expert. Any aspiring guitarist who doesn’t take the time to listen to at least three of B.B. King’s songs is doing him/herself a total disservice. B.B. King has left behind a huge body of work that will continue to influence guitarists for generations to come. Thanks to YouTube, anyone wanting to learn more about B.B. King can access his music anytime Here’s his most well-known song, “The Thrill is Gone.”
Here he is playing “Sweet Little Angel.”
Here’s “Let the Good Times Roll.”
Here’s “Stormy Monday.”
In his later years B.B. King did duets with younger musicians, which exposed his music to a new generation of fans, many of whom were inspired to research his extensive back catalog. Here he is with U2 playing the song “When Love Comes to Town,” a song that received extensive airplay on the rock radio stations back in the day.
Here he is with Eric Clapton performing “Riding With the King.”
And all of these videos are just the tip of a very large iceberg. One can easily spend a whole day focusing just on B.B. King’s extensive back catalog.