was listening to my iTouch, in shuffle mode, today and came across an old friend. It was Eric Johnson’s “Ah Via Musicom.” That’s what I love about having all these songs on my iTouch. It’s the ability to mix it up and stumble on songs that I haven’t listened to for quite a while. Anyway, time sure does fly and I find it hard to believe that this CD was released almost 18 years ago. A must have then and a must have now.
- Cliffs of Dover: The best song on the CD and probably the most recognizable. Fast runs, great phrasing and that incredible violin like tone sets the stage for a terrific listening experience. When I was in High School, I learned how to play the into to this and it wasn’t too bad. If you asked me to play it now, I am afraid how much damage I would do to myself and to your ears.
- High Landrons: A great guitar song where Eric throws lick after lick and there never seems to be a place to rest until the end.
- Trademark: A smooth, easy listening song where Eric doesn’t show too much flash but the phrasing and tone is incredible. The song features great bass lines provided by Kyle Brock and I find myself listening to him instead of EJ.
- Song For George: His only acoustic song and once again, not too flashy but great phrasing and use of the occasional harmonics. I have a bit of a soft spot for this song because it was the song that I played on my first solo performance in a High School talent show.
About 18 years ago, my brother handed me a tape of “Ah Via Musicom” and he told me that I had to listen to it, a must listen. Now I’m doing the same to you. If you play guitar or a fan of great guitar, get it!