[Slowhand] Couple of Comments

Jon Maclean Jon.Maclean at lands.nsw.gov.au
Mon Apr 2 01:19:00 EDT 2007

Whilst I don't disagree with anything you have written here, I am just
of the view that you may be expecting too much of the guy. He's 62, he's
performed over 2500 concerts (source: Slowhand Tourography), and has
undoubtedly seen more of life than most of us reading this list. I'm
certainly not saying that gives him an excuse to cruise, but how would
you still manage to develop genuine passion after all that? By the very
nature of performing, certain elements of it must become mechanical to
ensure consistency between shows. And that happens to all of us in life
to some degree. Many of us on the list (and I am surmising here) are
probably middle-aged and coming to terms with the "what have I achieved
in my life" syndrome.
It's not easy maintaining enthusiasm for any long-term job and Eric
cannot be expected to be an exception. I believe Eric tries damn hard to
give the best show he possibly can at each performance. On this past
world tour, 99% of patrons seemed to be happy with what they witnessed.
For the most part Eric still seems to enjoy performing and that
certainly is a blessing to most of us.
Check out the song on Escondido written with John Mayer (Hard To
Thrill). I can certainly relate to it, and obviously Eric does too.


-----Original Message-----
From: deltanick at aol.com [mailto:deltanick at aol.com]
Sent: Sunday, 1 April 2007 4:42 PM
To: slowhand at planet-torque.com
Subject: [Slowhand] Couple of Comments

Just a couple of comments related to a couple of recent posts by others:

Selvin's not putting Clapton down, but is criticizing him (Selvin's a
critic, and writes critiques) for not doing better. As I've written
before, I still like Clapton, but I've seen him when he's done so much
better, played so much more passionately. I believe that he's
shortchanging us; it appears that he's not trying very hard. Many
others have written here in the Slowhand Digest this past year that EC
seems to be merely cruising on auto-pilot, mailing in his guitar solos,
getting others (Bramhall & Trucks) to do the heavy lifting. I think
they're both fine guitarists. But I want to see and hear Eric Clapton
play, because he's SO much better, although he usually doesn't show us
how good he is.

Clapton still plays long fairly solos today, such as during "I Shot The
Sheriff, but he seems to be merely "noodling" 99% of the time, not
trying very hard at all ... too "balanced," with little passion. I
don't want to see and hear Clapton play "balanced" music. I want him to
rock! I want him to play with passion, not balance, to show emotion,
not restraint. The "balance" is the problem, and causes Clapton to hold
back! While I still enjoy much of EC's music, I find that he releases
his crappy stuff ("Back Home") rather than his better music ("Nothing
But The Blues"). And he's way too self-conscious about his singularly
unique talent: playing the guitar.

On "The Road To Escondido," there's a wonderful guitar solo on track 1,
"Danger," that is inventive, soaring, and passionate. If Clapton played
like that a lot more often, I probably wouldn't be typing right now.
But no, we've got to settle for less than his best. In general, his
music is good, but it could be SO much better. So, I believe that Joel
Selvin and I are stating the same: Clapton fails to live up to his
potential. An incredibly amazing talent, Eric Clapton decides to share
it with us only once in a while, perhaps only by mistake, when he
forgets to remain "balanced" and allows his passion to come through.


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