BEN HARPER What Mu­sic Means To Me

Australian Guitar - - Feature -

What the gui­tar means to me is in­fi­nite mys­tery. I can ex­pound if you need, but that’s it right there! It’s a per­ma­nent mys­tery to me. Ev­ery­thing in the world that we’ll ever know is based in and around a fre­quency, and the phys­i­cal­ity of a fre­quency that brought it to life. And there are cer­tain fre­quen­cies that are con­stantly res­onat­ing and that we don’t hear and that we can’t hear, and who knows how they’re res­onat­ing? But the gui­tar is as a pow­er­ful a trans­mit­ter for those res­o­nant fre­quen­cies as any­thing you can think of.

Eric John­son is a great ex­am­ple of a player like that, who can use their play­ing to trig­ger all sorts of over­tones that re­ally hit you in the soul. The only other player I can think of that can come close to Eric in that re­gard is – sorry, was, and it’s so tragic still – Michael Hedges. What an amaz­ing player.

Char­lie Mus­sel­white is that very rare and hal­lowed place where blues past, present and fu­ture collide. He trans­forms notes into emo­tions that feel both haunt­ingly fa­mil­iar and brand new, as if you’re hear­ing them for the first time ev­ery time. He is a liv­ing leg­end – his har­mon­ica play­ing should be beamed into outer space to search for other life forms.

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