This is another favourite – and looking at this blog – I seem to have an infinite number of favourite songs – and it’s even more interesting how my favourite songs change from artist to artist – from band to band – and eventually become folk songs with a million different versions and styles….(many times having originated from folk songs themselves).

Well, I stand up next to a mountain
And I chop it down with the edge of my hand.
Well, I stand up next to a mountain,
Chop it down with the edge of my hand.
Well, I pick up all the pieces and make an island,
Might even raise just a little sand.
cause Im a voodoo chile,
Lord knows Im a voodoo chile, baby.

I didnt mean to take up all your sweet time,
Ill give it right back to you one of these days.
I said I didnt mean to take up all your sweet time,
Ill give it right back one of these days.
And if I dont meet you no more in this world
Then ill, Ill meet you in the next one and dont be late, dont be late.
cause Im a voodoo chile, voodoo chile,
Lord knows Im a voodoo chile, hey hey hey.
Im a voodoo chile, baby. (lyrics from here)

It was Eostar still back at university that introduced me to Jimmy Hendrix’s music. We spent our time listening to all sorts of music ( Bob Marley, Jimmy Hendrix, Ali Farka Toure and everything in between ) instead of preparing for tests or writing assignments. Hm – I am still planning to graduate one day šŸ™‚ It seems like neither of us stopped listening or playing and we are still listening to the ‘old music’ of those days back in the student hostel.

Here is the story about the recording of Voodoo Chile :

This session, typical of many in this period, sprang from a jam at the Scene club earlier in the night. When the club closed, Jimi’s full entourage moved to the Record Plant. “Jimi invited everyone back to the studio,” recalled Jefferson AirĀ­plane bassist Jack Casady. “There were at least twenty people, and most of them didn’t belong there.” At around 7:30 a.m ., the forĀ­mal recording for the day started with a lineĀ­up of Jimi on guitar, Mitch Mitchell on drums, Traffic’s Steve Winwood on organ and Casady on bass. The song took only three takes, though they were lengthy: The released version would clock at fifteen minĀ­utes, the longest official Hendrix studio cut. ( click to read on… )

Angelique Kidjo has her own version of Voodoo Chile.

In February of 2003, she performed a cover of Jimi Hendrix‘s “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” at the famed Radio City Music Hall in New York City alongside Chicago blues guitar legend Buddy Guy and New York rock guitarist Vernon Reid (of Living Colour) in what would become part of Martin Scorsese‘s “Lightning In A Bottle: One Night In The History Of The Blues”, a documentary about blues music that features live concert footage of other rock, rap and blue greats. (from the Wikipedia)