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Life By The Drop

You’re livin’ a dream
As though you’re on top
My mind is achin’
And Lord it won’t stop
That’s how it happened
Livin’ life by the drop

Life by the drop. Many musicians, especially in the rock/blues genre, experience this life directly. Many big names have died while doing so. Many remain obscure or unknown because of it. Some escape it. In the case of Stevie Ray Vaughn, he lived it for most of his career but licked it in 1987. Three years later, in August of 1990, his life was cut short, dying in a helicopter crash.

During his short life, both in and out of the blur of alcoholism and drug addiction, SRV became an icon in the rock/blues genre, producing some amazing music as part of Double Trouble that featured a unique blend of rock/jazz/blues primarily from Stevie’s guitar, but also from his one of kind of voice.

I almost missed it, not having discovered the Double Trouble sound until the late 80s just before his death, but I did discover it and immediately became a fan. Most folks think MTV was one of the worst things for the music industry ever, and they may be right, but one of the things I can thank the video channel for is that connection, my first experience of SRV being his video for Superstition, a remake of Stevie Wonder’s hit form the 70s.

What I’ve learned through TV shows and reading is that SRV was, at the least, two things: Double Trouble and a Texan. He could have left Double Trouble to play with David Bowie’s band in the early 80s (he contributed to the Let’s Dance album), but wanted to stick it out with a band he believed in – good move.

It’s a shame his life was cut short. There’s no telling how far his music could have taken him, especially after becoming clean and sober. Good thing about art is that it’s timeless and can live much longer than the artist itself. His music still rocks and this statue in Austin, TX, commemorates his contribution to it, as well as his loyalty to Texas. Glad I got to see it, but even more glad I have his music to enjoy in his absence!

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Wow! You and I used the same song lyrics in a post this morning. How weird is that? Gotta love Stevie!
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