Doodles in the margin from an artist living and working in the Scottish Borders.

Monday, 31 January 2011

Music on Monday: No Geese Farts

...just some devillish fingerstyle guitar from Leo Kottke.

In the 1980s, Kottke developed serious wrist problems, something like carpal tunnel syndrome, which jeopardised his whole career and forced him to radically reinvent his picking style. Just watching this rampage through John Fahey's Last Steam Engine Train gives me cramp.

He gives good anecdote, too, even if the pleasure is the journey not the destination. Bob Dylan's book Chronicles details a meeting between the two musicians in the 1970s, which was news to Leo. This clip also contains a rare clue as to why Kottke never made it as a trombonist.

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