Michael Hedges, ‘Because It’s There’.

Makes me want a harpguitar every time I hear it.

So. Ridiculously.  Lovely.

Pretty simple, by Hedges’ technical standards, but then he would have been the first to remind you that he never considered himself a guitarist, but rather a composer who happened to pick up the guitar.

Which might sound a bit like false modesty, except Michael Hedges.

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Michael Hedges, ‘Two Days Old’.

Sometimes it can be overwhelming, to contemplate just how much great music has been inspired by Michael Hedges’ pioneering efforts.

But, regardless of that, and regardless of the continued technical development that players are now demonstrating…there’s no denying that there was only one Michael Hedges.  I’d forgot how chillingly moving this clip of “Two Days Old”, from his last show at the Varsity Theatre in Palo Alto (before it closed), is.

Mesmerising.

7/7/7 Day Two: Michael Hedges, ‘Aerial Boundaries’.

(Note:  this post is part of a series.)

Day 2. I am posting seven personally meaningful songs over seven days*. I can’t quite bring myself to “challenge” someone else to do the same over each of those seven days, so it won’t be a true “7/7/7” for any purists out there, but I may well tag someone here and there, and if anyone wants to pick up that torch and run with it, I will follow with interest. (I admit, I do love mental exercises.)

Day 2: Michael Hedges, “Aerial Boundaries”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4P9mmZyGb4s
http://craftygrass.blogspot.com/2010/12/things-that-change-your-life-8.html

Chase the Blogspot link above for a fuller story, but suffice it to say that self-described “violent acoustic” artist Michael Hedges is ultimately responsible for my interest in fingerstyle playing in general, and in a great many out-of-the-box musical ideas in particular. Unlike Coltrane, I did get to see Hedges before he was taken from us, and I can still recall the experience in vivid mental color.

His influence, along with a very few others like Preston Reed and Phil Keaggy, has spawned an entire genre of its own–and one that is notably brimming with creative ideas.

I became a player, not just a listener, within the context of Guitar Craft (which will make an appearance within the next few days), but when I listen to myself now, it is impossible not to hear the influence of both Hedges and the musical universe he helped inspire.