I have already dealt with all the Level 1 musical loves of Sean’s life, so to speak – his genuine heroes. I now move on to Level 2 … artists he really liked, and listened to a lot at one time or another.
One of these was Jimi Hendrix. We bought a two-CD set called The Jimi Hendrix Collection some years back, and used to listen to it in the car or in the house. The first CD has a lot of Hendrix’s classics; the second is live, and quite dull, meandering and poorly recorded in parts.
Sean particularly liked the riff in ‘Highway Child’, which he would hum around the house. He always loved the classic Hendrix version of ‘All Along the Watchtower’. Others he enjoyed included ‘Purple Haze’ and ‘Voodoo Child’.
A Hendrix-related memory … earlier this year I collected Sean and Clio in Virginia quite late at night. Due to a misunderstanding, I was waiting perhaps half an hour for them (I don’t have a mobile phone). When they showed up, Sean expected me to be annoyed, and was defensive … I thought he was being rude, things escalated, and soon I stopped the car and told Sean to get out, which he did. I said I would take Clio home but not him.
In the event, I managed to squeeze a begrudging apology out of him, and he got back in the passenger seat. We drove the six miles home in stony silence, except for some particularly turgid tracks on the live Hendrix CD, which happened to be in the player … both of us were too stubborn to change it.
We were alike in a lot of ways, as Pauline always said … we were both quite obstinate. But when we had these flare-ups we always sorted them out pretty quickly. There was underlying friendship and respect that never changed.