Anybody who is a musician can probably tell you the moment or even that changed their musical life. A concert, certain song, or fellow musician may have moved them to really dig what they listen to and play. My life changing moment with music happened in 2002.
It was December and we had just switched from Comcast to DirecTV. I remember flipping through the new channels and found a station that was playing concert series. It just so happened that month they were playing Eric Clapton's One More Car, One More Rider tour, recorded in 2001 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It was and will always be the greatest concert I have ever seen.
The way that man played guitar and sang touched me like no other artist or musician. Accompanied by musical greats like Billy Preston, Andy Fairweather Lowe, Steve Gadd, and Nathan East, Mr. Clapton inspired me to pick my guitar up with more respect than I had before. I wanted to learn something new. I wanted to move others like he moved me.
He didn't just play the blues, he did it all. Blues, pop, and rock filled that arena for over two hours. I bet if I ever walk in the Staples Center, I could still hear the echoes of that bright sunburst stratocaster ringing in the rafters.
He played classics like Layla and Tears in Heaven, along with his newest tunes from Reptile. He opened with Key to the Highway and ended with an awesome rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Somewhere in the middle he even played what would become my favorite song of all time, Sunshine of Your Love. From his opening guitar lick to his bow at the end of the show I was mesmerized. I played that concert nonstop all month long. I like to drove my wife nuts, but she liked how it inspired me. I'll never be the same.
Thanks Mr. Clapton for changing my life, and making me want to play the guitar.
What music has inspired you or changed your life?