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Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Apr 23, 2013 - 07:59am PT
Musicianship is about communication. Maybe he wasn't the best on the guitar, but we was a fine musician. At least he communicated to me.

Besides, anybody that needs TWO pick guards has to be awesome. RIP
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Apr 23, 2013 - 08:01am PT
Locker is known to miss the boat musically. Thinks he's all Mr. Critic and what not.



FACT!! LOTS of people did Dylan songs better than Dylan did.
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Apr 23, 2013 - 08:06am PT


FACT!!!...

The dude was AVERAGE at BEST!!!...


Shall I start posting who I think is BETTER???...


I'll start with the "E's"...

for EVERYONE!!!...




EDITED:

He got famous for that AWFUL crap he did at the Woodstock Festival...

After that (Actually before that, too), it was all down hill...





The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Apr 23, 2013 - 08:07am PT
Lots of soul, style, creativity, rhythm, and a powerful voice. I think these alone can make a good musician. His simple strumming and use of open tunings enabled him to be a solo player and fill the air with a unique and nuanced sound.




locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Apr 23, 2013 - 08:10am PT

He used open tunings because he couldn't play worth a crap...

He was OK!!!...

That's about it in my book...



The rest of you that feel he was some great and accomplished musician feel free to give me sh!t for my...

OPINION...

;-)

survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Apr 23, 2013 - 08:10am PT

FACT!!!...

YOU are AVERAGE at BEST!!!...


BWA HA HA hahahaaaaa!!!
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Apr 23, 2013 - 08:14am PT

"FACT!!!...

YOU are AVERAGE at BEST!!!..."
...(FACT!!! As a "CLIMBER", I am BELOW "Average"...)



FACT!!!...

As a "Musician" I fuking SUCK!!!...

But I can play one fuking hell of a LOT better than that strumbing MoFo could...

But then so could a five year old after a two week lesson...


"BWA HA HA hahahaaaaa"...






LOL!!!...

He was OK and I DID listen to his stuff MANY years back...





The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Apr 23, 2013 - 08:14am PT
Be nice Locker - the man just passed away.

Would you admit he gave hope to technically impaired guitarists at least?
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Apr 23, 2013 - 08:16am PT


"Would you admit he gave hope to technically impaired guitarists at least?"...


That's a bit of a stretch...

LOL!!!...

survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Apr 23, 2013 - 08:18am PT
Thanks Kevin. Being a technically impaired guitarist, vocalist and composer myself, I can appreciate such sentiments.
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Apr 23, 2013 - 08:21am PT
Exactly!
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Apr 23, 2013 - 08:21am PT


EDITED:

Richie Havens was the most accomplished Musician in the World bar none!!!...



Disengaging in 3,2,1...





phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Apr 23, 2013 - 10:05am PT
Locker, since I'm not a musician myself, I can't say if he was average or not. But I do remember the feeling his music evoked in me during that time of my life - it was very liberating and sad and sweet and empowering all at the same time. I found his voice wonderful in the way Dylan and Tom Wait's voices are wonderful - they don't have great voices but the emotional impact is so powerful!

I saw him play in a college auditorium in the Hartford area once and it was a fantastic show. The feeling in the room was magic. Everyone was laughing and happy when they left. There was this feeling of love uniting us, I know that sounds hokey but it's true. I also was close to the front of the crowd for his opening show at Woodstock and it was pure, huge, exploding energy when he began. A perfect start to that day.

Different music speaks to different people...
ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Apr 23, 2013 - 10:12am PT
Just like climbers, artists, dancers etc. there are all types. With Richie, I appreciate the rhythm and the drive, both in the guitar and the voice. It's just like I can appreciate the quirky rhythm changes and melody lines of Zappa (know I'll probably get flamed on this one:-).
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Apr 23, 2013 - 11:08am PT
Personally I really liked his style and message. I saw him live at a music fest in Lyons a few years ago and he was great - full of soul. RIP Richie Havens...
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Apr 23, 2013 - 05:15pm PT
I posted links to these photos above. They are from Getty Images, copyright is Michael Ochs.

Richie Havens 1960
Richie Havens 1960
Credit: Michael Ochs


Richie Havens 1967 <br/>
Richie Havens 1967

Credit: Michael Ochs
TMJesse

Mountain climber
Olympia, WA
Apr 23, 2013 - 05:31pm PT
I created a "Richie Havens Radio" on my Pandora One about a year ago. Since then, it has been played at least every other day or several times a week. What a master.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/23/opinion/havens-his-own-words/index.html
Skeptimistic

Mountain climber
La Mancha
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 23, 2013 - 08:21pm PT
But I can play one fuking hell of a LOT better than that strumbing MoFo could...

But then so could a five year old after a two week lesson...

You're sounding like someone who goes to a Modern Art exhibit and cries, "I could've painted that!" But you didn't and you couldn't have. Richie occupied and filled perfectly one magical moment in space/time and will forever be remembered by millions for that. (Actually, he did that more than once)

You, on the other hand, will be remembered by perhaps a few dozen of us as one who has mediocre Photoshop skills and a penchant for dropping the occasional flaming retort.

Drop me a line when you do something even marginally cool for mankind.
Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Apr 23, 2013 - 08:24pm PT
Locker, since I'm not a musician myself, I can't say if he was average or not. But I do remember the feeling his music evoked in me during that time of my life - it was very liberating and sad and sweet and empowering all at the same time. I found his voice wonderful in the way Dylan and Tom Wait's voices are wonderful - they don't have great voices but the emotional impact is so powerful!

I saw him play in a college auditorium in the Hartford area once and it was a fantastic show. The feeling in the room was magic. Everyone was laughing and happy when they left. There was this feeling of love uniting us, I know that sounds hokey but it's true. I also was close to the front of the crowd for his opening show at Woodstock and it was pure, huge, exploding energy when he began. A perfect start to that day.

That's musicianship. Stevie Ray Vaughn could make a guitar erupt in flames with his technique, but he was not the musician Richie Havens was.
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