Clapton Is Not God

If you’re my age you’ve read about the message ‘Clapton is God’ scrawled on subway walls (ostensibly right under ‘Frodo lives!’)

In an interview the the Cars’ Elliot Easton, they played word association with the names of guitarists. Easton’s response to ‘Clapton’ ? “Is not God.”

At the time, I thought he was wrong. Gutsy, but wrong.

A few nights ago, I changed my mind. Watching Clapton on stage (okay, on TV) with Steve Winwood, I was amazed at how inventive and unexpected Winwood’s solos were, while Clapton played the same solo in every song. Slower, faster, different keys, but essentially the same.

And yesterday, Best Beloved changed CDs in the van, and I realised that on Clapton’s Chronicles album, I only like one of the first six tracks.

No, I’m not tossing my copy of “From the Cradle” or “Disraeli Gears” but I’m also not saving up to see him next time he comes to town.

Unless, of course, he’s playing with Steve Winwoodall things Steve Winwood at

Blue Moon Over the Sunshine of Your Love

Eric Clapton's 'One More Car, One More Rider'Watched Eric Clapton’s “One More Car, One More Rider” concert yesterday. Some of the classics have transmogrified into arrangements I’m not excited about, but watching the man perform with Billy Preston was a hoot. My second son, Brendan, thinks
Cream's 'Disraeli Gears'
Preston and fellow keyboardist David Sanchez were the hits of the show, though he acknowledges EC’s abilities, of course.

One tiny bit stopped me in my tracks: in the Cream tune “Sunshine of Your Love”, Clapton began his solo with something that wasn’t quite from the original — two bars from “Blue Moon.”

Don’t ask me how it fit, but it did.