There have been a lot of celebrity deaths lately, and with the exception of Walter Cronkite, I’ve been unable to even fake that I cared. Today, however, Les Paul died and that is a huge-ass drag that really has me a little down. I’m not going to say a whole lot here, there are plenty of other people who can and will do a better job of it than I ever will. What I will say, is that he and his wife, Mary Ford, recorded one of my favorite songs of all time, “How High The Moon”, which you can see them perform here:
Look at that motherfucker play. Is there anyone from the last century who had a greater impact on music? There’s a profound difference between celebrities and legends and Les Paul was a legend. I’ll not be watching televised news for the next month so as to avoid the inevitable comparisons to Michael Jackson.