Hi, first off, Catgirl2, I love your "Adopt A Homeless Companion". They actually adopt me!
I have been at different times in my life, a working guitarist. My aunt in the early 60's had actually married someone whom she met at the Cheetah (where she worked) and he became extremely famous. I met a lot of people, played with a few of them, and have seen a lot of the stories. Me, when I was young, I had done and been through a lot of things, which is one of the reasons I am here. I quit taking drugs at the age of 15, and there was nothing I did not take prior to me stopping. I realized they were not the key I was looking for, but surely opened many doors for me. I am fortunate that I can just walk away from things, I am very strong inside.
I have lost friends for a lot of different reasons in this community. The last one was Arthur Lee of Love. He had been through some hard times towards the end until his illness felled him. Anyway, I kind of have my own opinion on all of this. I am a firm believer that when the clock strikes your name, that's it, it's over. Everyone has a time here. In combat, the guy 1 foot from you gets zapped and you are here. Speaks volumes. I feel that most of the prolific artists got to a point that they could not get any further. And I think they are aware of this. Hendrix was a good example of this. His life was going south, even though his popularity was soaring. He was the guy to play like. And maybe he didn't know how powerful his spirit lit paths through the world, but he did. Kind of like the amount of people that took massive amounts of hallucinogens when listening to The Moody Blues.
Anyway, Hendrix wrote a song Belly Button Window. It was not on an album he did while living, it was finished by Mitch Mitchell, Edie Kramer and a few others. In this song, it sounds like he knows his time is coming. Here are a few lyrics:
"'cause you know if ya just don't want me this time around,
Yeah I'll be glad to go back to spirit land"
"So if you don't want me now,
Make up your mind, where or when
If you don't want me now,
Give or take, you only got two hundred days
'cause I ain't coming down this way too much more again"
And this is why you heard this song posthumously, because he told you that he only had, give or take, 200 more days.
Music is my connection to spirit. It is very powerful, a powerful vibration. When I play, I'm gone until I stop. I think most of these guys knew they weren't going to be around too long. My own brother used to say, when he was young, that he wasn't going to live much past 30. As he grew older, he found his niche in life, he found love and wanted to live forever. Sadly, he was killed in an accident in his early 30's. Time here seems like forever, yet it is just a moment somewhere else.