COLUMN SIXTY-SEVEN, JANUARY 1, 2002
(Copyright © 2002 Al Aronowitz)
THERE GOES THE SUN
sometime after Remembrance Day, 1963 in Canada. Just as I was defusing a few
post-assassination tantrums (but only coz JFK coverage had pre-empted the Three
Stooges on my local station), a friend's older sister put on a brand new record
called I Saw Her Standing There.
I heard the
guitar solo, and the "Star Club" echo the fifth Beatle George had so
expertly applied to it from upstairs at Abbey Road Studio Two.
For the first
time in my life, little eight-year-old hairs started standing straight up upon
the back of my neck.
following February 9th, I'd see the guitarist himself in black-and-white action,
hear that solo first-hand, and my archeology texts forever went back on the
shelf, replaced by a makeshift Gretsch Country Gentleman immediately fashioned
out of my dad's spare tennis racket.
"guitar," and my first (air) guitar solo. And my first guitar hero, lighting the way strong and true
towards a future I really have to give him quite a lot of heartfelt thanks for.
know what I mean."
you, George. ##
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