“It was the Best of Times, It was the Worst of Times…”

Friday, November 21, 2008| by Will Chen

With all the swirling, sky is falling rhetoric bombarding us from every angle; somehow I’m feeling strangely positive and perhaps even excited. How can I smile in the face of all this doom and gloom you ask?

I can’t help feeling as if we are at the end of an era.  The theme prevalent during the recent presidential election was one of change.  Certainly, the face of the American economic is in the fierce grip of that change right now. Times are tough for many of us, and for those truly in need I empathize with you. All I can say is hang on, things will get better…

History has often shown that times of change drive the inspiration to create and innovate within us.  It was the war torn and turbulent 60’s out of which Hendrix rose to reinvent what it meant to play guitar. But would Jimi have been Jimi without the influence of Jim Marshall and Roger Mayer?  Many upon seeing Hendrix perform for the first time were moved in ways many of us in this current age of conformity can’t come close to understanding. Hendrix embraced new technologies and bent them beyond their limits into something new and exciting. With rapidly increasing technology pushing the barriers of what constitutes good tone and redefining the traditional concepts of guitar rigs, I believe we are approaching a new musical singularity in which the worlds of technology and guitar playing will melt in the hands of a young and visionary player which will challenge us to approach the guitar from a completely different perspective.

Perhaps, that classic quote from Chalres Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, “It was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times…”, will one day be used to describe the flames of the late 2000’s out of which our society was reborn. I can’t wait to hear the soundtrack!

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