Journeyman


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EC_Journeyman

 

20 years ago my friend Tim tried to get me to listen to this album. It was one of his favorites, but I wasn’t hearing it. I was to wrapped up in the Nirvana of the time to see his wisdom. Well, I’m listening now. Wynton Marsalis, who recently played with Clapton in 2011 at the Lincoln Center and released a wonderful album of blues with him that same year once said:

“Music does not come to you. You have to come to it & you’ll walk away with something you didn’t have before.”

Journeyman is a fine set of rock originals and blues classics masterly preformed. Clapton returns to the style and prowess that brought him success in the 70’s with albums like Slowhand and Backless. He’s inspired here. The music is soulful, his playing is powerful and his singing is passionate and moving. Journeyman marks a turn in Clapton’s life and career. At the time, he was in the process of exercising his personal demons, and the album helped him see the importance of music as a pillar and guiding force in his life.

“I grew up with a strong curiosity about spiritual matters, but my searching took me away from the church and community worship to the internal journey. Before my recovery began, I found my God in music and the arts with writers like Hermann Hesse and musicians like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter. In some way, in some form, my God was always there, but now I have learned to talk to him.”

Journeyman clocks in at just under and hour and is great from start to finish. As usual, Tim was right. With this run, I’m thinking of you my friend.

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