1. Isaac Hayes
2. Dental floss
3. David Foster Wallace
4. The hole in the center of the record
5. My family
6. Les Paul and Mary Ford
8. Dual direct-drive turntables
9. Tomas Sosa coffee beans
10. Comfortable shoes
11. Patsy Cline
12. Annie my dog
13. All our customers
14. Roger Dean album cover art
15. Good health
It’s only a matter of time before they isolate the gene that creates guitar gods. Until then we must rely on empirical data.
Eli Odom … have axe, will teach
Exhibit A, on the left, is Eli Odom. At age 8, he grabbed a beat-up acoustic guitar and banged out a serviceable rendition of Back in Black. Which is how these things usually start. From there he became a Carolina low-country phenom, graduated from the Atlanta Institute of Music, toured with rising pop star Gabbie Rae and taught everything from jazz to mathcore at Thunder Road Music Studios.
Eli’s dad Hugh plays guitar too. Maybe not as flashy as his son. But back in the 70s I was riding with Hugh in a Datsun B210 down a South Carolina blacktop when suddenly he jumped out of the car, pulled a piece of scrap lumber from a ditch, and built a guitar from it. A really good guitar.
From such humbucking wizards are guitar gods spawned.
Want to learn to play guitar? Or play better? Call Eli.
Meanwhile, keep your eye on the ditch. You never know what you might find there.
Prog-rock bands of the Golden Age understood the importance of presentation.
Flash “Out Of Our Hands” 1973
The album art and packaging of records by King Crimson, Gentle Giant and Genesis complemented the experimental music inside.
A glance at Roger Dean’s mind-blowing covers for Yes gave you a taste of the surreal sounds within. And the prism cover of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon has become an iconic image found on bumper stickers and t-shirts worldwide.
Consider the 1973 release “Out of Our Hands” by Flash (featuring ex-Yes guitarist Peter Banks). The trippy gatefold cover – designed by Hipgnosis – might be sand dunes, a lunar landscape, or the knuckles of a human hand.
It is whatever you want it to be.
It is also remarkably similar to a photograph that appeared two years earlier on the cover of Look magazine (January 12, 1971 issue).