Hi everyone. Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing. But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?
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I know we are in a serious situation, but I need a break from the gloom, doom and bullying by way of hoarding. Music has always been my refuge and watching those beautiful Italians singing to each other from their balconies reaffirmed my belief that music is the answer. So until the old normal returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day. And if this helps anyone else, even better.
Earlier this week drummer & percussionist Jamie Oldaker passed away at age 68. He specialized in a few different music genres including rock, blues and country. He played with a lot of diverse artists including Bob Seger, Leon Russell, Stephen Stills and Freddie King. But I will remember him best for all the work he did with Eric Clapton, including as one of his drummers during his Live Aid set. You can see both men in action by watching that performance on YouTube (they did three songs: “White Room”, “She’s Waiting” & “Layla”). Incidentally, that show took place 35 years ago this month. That is absolutely mind-boggling to me!!!
Clapton wrote a really sweet tribute to his former drummer on his Facebook page today, crediting Oldaker’s sound as the reason Clapton wanted to play music again after getting lost in his drug addiction for too long in the early 1970’s. Oldaker’s magic is heard on Clapton’s 1977 album “Slowhand” & 1978’s “Backless”. So when you hear songs like “Cocaine”, “Wonderful Tonight”, “Lay Down Sally” and today’s pick, that is Oldaker’s superb rhythm you are hearing. Today’s song has special meaning for me because for about two months when I was a teenager, I went to sleep with this record on every night. Every. Single. Night. I found it calming, soothing and a bit of a lullaby thanks to the “la la la” chorus. And falling asleep to Clapton’s voice was a guarantee of oh so sweet dreams.
Rest in peace, Jamie. Thank you for all the great music and for reuniting Clapton with his guitar. All of his fans owe you so much.
Eric Clapton (R) and drummer Jamie Oldaker (L) at the Live Aid concert at the John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia on July 13, 1985. (Images found online. Original sources unknown.)
Eric Clapton: “Promises” (1978, written by Richard Feldman and Roger Linn).
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