Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Gimme Shelter

Ooh, a storm is threatening
My very life today
If I don't get some shelter
Ooh yeah I'm gonna fade away
War, children
It's just a shot away
Charlie Watts has passed. The lyric video above works as a tribute both to him and to the cynically dispossessed, abandoned, encircled prostrated around Kabul's airport.

I've got a a great down-to-earth Charlie W story as well though. A friend, or maybe friend-of-a-friend  I can't remember who it was,  of mine played in Watts' jazz band on tour and said that the great man used to take his cymbals onto the plane as hand luggage because he worried they would be dented if they were thrown into the hold with the rest of the luggage. He didn't have a flunky to do it though he just tucked then under his own armpit.


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