“I’m a million miles away, and at the same time I’m right here in your picture frame.” – Jimi Hendrix, lyrics from “Voodoo Chile”
I was a young girl at the time, and I don’t remember hearing about his death at the time. But his music was something of an inspiration to me just a few years later, when as a teen I was an aspiring rock star.
His mastery of guitar and simple way of telling a story through his songs was something that I tried to imitate (without much success, lol). I could create phenomenal songs but the mastery of guitar is something that has eluded me, even though I used to practice for hours every day.
Of course he looked much cooler than I ever could, too.
It is amazing that even though he died at such a young age, he left us with so much music. He was an innovator. He was unique – you cannot mistake his music for anyone else’s. To this day, he is one of the greatest rock musicians ever.