Thursday, May 10, 2012

Song-A-Day: Death Letter

    Here is probably one of the last filmed performances of blues legend Son House, recorded for the BBC in 1970. House had to quit performing live soon after, no longer able to play due to an onset of Parkinson's disease. He was already succumbing to it's effects by the time this was filmed, and you can tell: there's a stiffness to his movements, and his fingers don't always hit the right strings. But watching him power through it and still manage to deliver a great performance is kind of moving. It never ceases to amaze me what a great performer can do with just a guitar and their voice.

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