Hi, everyone. Welcome to this week’s edition of Music Monday.
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Today’s song is another one of those tracks that left an indelible mark on my soul. It is classic rock at its finest, a tune so exquisite it is as close to perfection as I have ever found. The songwriter and singer of this paragon celebrates birthday number 74 this week.
Steve Winwood was born May 12, 1948 in Birmingham, UK. His father was also a musician who schooled his son so well that the younger Winwood was in a band by age 14, The Spencer Davis Group. Next came his tenure with Traffic where he gave us gems like “Empty Pages”, “The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys” & “Dear Mr. Fantasy”. In 1969 he joined forces with future Traffic bassist Rick Grech and musical powerhouses Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton to form Blind Faith. And it is from this supergroup that we arrive at today’s pick.
It is a captivating performance by all involved, from Grech’s masterful bass line to Baker’s elaborate percussion to Clapton’s stunning acoustic guitar work to Winwood’s soulful vocal delivery of his moving, lonely & succinct lyrics. When I featured this track on Day 74 of my daily music posts during lockdown, I called it “a prayer for all of us who are lost that we may find our way home to wherever and whatever that is”. And I stand by that sentiment. I find this song so beautiful it hurts, the way a magnificent work of art should make you feel. And this is art at its very best.
So, happy birthday, Steve Winwood. Thank you so much for all your exceptional music but for today’s track most of all.
“Well I’m near the end
And I just ain’t got the time
And I’m wasted and I
Can’t find my way home“.
Blind Faith circa 1969 L-R: Steve Winwood, Rick Grech, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton. (Image found online. Original source unknown.)
Blind Faith: “Can’t Find My Way Home” (1969, written by Stevie Winwood).
Stay safe & well.