This is the song “Voodoo Chile” by the Jimi Hendrix Experience off their 1968 LP Electric Ladyland.
Pretty nifty, isn’t it? 15 minutes of pretty great stuff. Ok, you can press pause now. I mean, feel free to return to the song on your own time, but you don’t have to listen to the whole song right now. That is unless you want to? It’s fine, go ahead, we’ll wait.
Done? Alright, now this is the song “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” by the Jimi Hendrix Experience off their 1968 LP Electric Ladyland. Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Jeez, didn’t we just listen to that song? It was good, but I don’t need to listen to it again!” To which I say, trust me.
Is it just me, or did someone crank the badass in here up to 11?!?! Aren’t you glad you trusted me?
Since Professor Hendrix profound work in 1968, musicologists have puzzled over the mystery of the “Slight Return.” What precisely is this mysterious force that transforms a good song into the best fucking thing you’ll ever hear? Where does it come from? What is it made of?
Just think, if we could isolate the elements of the “Slight Return,” can you imagine the effect it could have on culture. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor – pretty decent little number, right? Can you imagine Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor (Slight Return)? Seen any good comedies at your local cinema lately? Would you be interested in Caddyshack (Slight Return)? There’s no reason to restrict ourself to cultural objects. I’m already salivating over the prospect of cheeseburger (slight return)!
While we’re not quite there yet, exciting developments have been made recently. Last year the Vivian Girls spinoff group La Sera released their fourth album Music to Listen to Music To. One of the tracks on that LP was a charming little ditty called “Shadow of Your Love.”
They followed up that album with an EP called Queens. And on that EP, was a song called… “Shadow of Your Love (Slight Return).”
While it’s not as startlingly provocative as Professor Hendrix’s trailblazing work, it is an exciting advancement, nonetheless. If it means we’re that much closer to “that feeling you get on the first real day of spring (slight return),” we all owe La Sera a debt of gratitude. Follow blocland for further developments of this ongoing story.