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It is the 42nd aniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s American release of ‘Axis: Bold as Love’ recording.  This often overlooked powerful contemporary groundbreaking artistry is unique and shows Hendrix at his best with both the poetry of his lyrics and powerful and emoting guitar antics that made him the innovator that to this day, no one has come close to copying, even with all of the advancement in electronics. He among others such as Jeff Beck, used the natural feedback of overdriven amplifiers to produce harmonic overtones and controlled them to produce sounds unheard of for that time. not to mention playing with his teeth, behind his back and setting his guitar on fire..but when Eric Clapton came to see him in England – (as he wasn’t accepted here in the States in the beginning of his career). Their chance came when Paul McCartney recommended the group to John Phillips of the Mamas and Papas, one of the principal organizers of the Monterey International Pop Festival) – Hendrix asked Clapton to tune his guitar for him, because he always had a hard time doing it himself. Bending those strings so violently would always cause them to go out of tune. Note: In an interview Clapton recalled this incident and was ’embarrassed’ to do so in front of the audience.

 The lyrics reflect emotional ideas in terms of color- Hendrix stated, in explanation of his color-emotion interpretations, “Jealousy is purple; I’m purple with rage…”, paralleling the lyrical reference to the “purple armor” of a personified anger. ‘Little Wing’ is the Indian name of Hendrix’s guardian angel. Jimi himself said that it was his impression of the Monterey Pop Festival put into the form of a girl. It was also one of Hendrix’s most covered songs by other artists such as Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Phish, Kirk Hammett of Metallica, Skid Row, Sting and the Irish band The Corrs.

Here in full from 1967 are the lyrics to the title song ‘Bold as Love.’

Bold As Love

Anger he smiles, towering in shiny metallic purple armor

Queen jealousy, envy waits behind him

Her fiery green gown sneers at the grassy ground

Blue are the life giving waters taking for granted

They quietly understand.

Once happy Turquoise armies lay opposite ready

But wonder why the fight is on

But they’re all bold as love they’re all bold as love

they’re all bold as love

 Just ask the Axis

My Red is so confident

He flashes trophies of war and ribbons of euphoria

Orange is young, full of daring But very unsteady for the first go round

My Yellow in this case is not so mellow

In fact I’m trying to say that it’s frightened like me

 And all this emotions of mine keep holding me from giving my life to a rainbow like you

 But I’m, yeah, I’m bold as love

Well, I’m bold, bold as love I’m bold as love

Just ask the Axis, he knows everything, yeah, yeah, yeah……….

 and just for the fun of it from the same album ‘If a 6 Was a 9’

If 6 Was 9 If the sun refuse to shine I don’t mind I don’t mind

If the mountains fell in the sea, Let it be It ain’t me

Got my own world to look thru, And I ain’t gonna copy you

Now if 6 turned out to be 9, I don’t mind I don’t mind

If all the hippies cut off all their hair, I don’t care I don’t care

Dig it Got my own world to look thru, And I ain’t gonna copy you

White collared conservative flashing down the street

Pointing their plastic fingers at me

They’re hoping soon my kind will drop and die

But I’m gonna wave my freak flag high, high

Fall mountain, just don’t fall on me Hello, Mr. Businessman, why you ain’t dressed like me?

I’m the one who has to die when it’s time for me to die

So let me live my life the way I want to

Sing on, brother,

Play on, drummer


Ken Kesey’s hipster bus “Further” Circa 1967 Mass Transit on the Run

Hippie-Someone who rejects the established culture; advocates extreme liberalism in politics and lifestyle

That’s one hell of a biased definition of a “state of mind” for a part of a generation that merely didn’t want to be what their parents were; a generation of subdued sheep that seemed to foster consumerism without ethical responsibility. Rock and roll music was the symbiant that created the groundswell to activate a generation.  Most of message was lost to time due to writers and historians attempting to explain what had happened in those explosive years.  The mindset accomplished faded for ages but guess what? The time has come for us to “pay the piper” for three generations of ignoring those ”hippie” concepts of recycling, earth-friendly farming, conservation of natural resources, vegetarianism, and self-awareness to the environment around us.


Some wealthy neo-conservatives still think we can pollute our way to prosperity and we as a country give a great example to the new developing countries by showing them how to destroy the environment while enriching the few, using the masses of common citizenry as cheap labor.  We in the advanced civilized world have allowed investment banks and super rich gamers to rig the financial systems as machines to find the best return on investment regardless of human cost and the jury is in-they succeeded to allow “free market” forces to destroy our economy, the strength of our purchasing power, and our commodity prices.   

Foreign economies are saving us from collapse in the short run but in the long run will we be able to keep our current standard of living in this process?  Should we keep our current standard of living?  Until we get away from the old theorems of lifestyle and begin the liberation of resources by minimizing the influence of massive corporate machines in our lives, we will be slaves to their system, paying dearly in dollars and spirit. We the people, need to create our own macro-economies by fostering independent living from those parasitic suppliers that control our lives and destroy our planet. If we utilize solar panels for our homes, they can’t gouge us with electrical costs. If we begin communal gardens, it lessens the impact of food shortages and inflation. If we rehab and consolidate unwanted deteriorated areas into viable housing, we circumvent the extraordinary costs of owning a home and have invested in a very appreciable asset for the future. Communal investing in companies that are eco-friendly or just investing in the things that are localized right in your neighborhood can be initiated. The mere act of riding a bike helps the heart, helps save energy. There are many things both small and large that we can change and do it within our lifetimes, easily. Take the money you saved and invest it to return the best humanized rate you can, starting with your lifestyle.  We have the power, we can make it happen we just don’t realize it yet.  Each generation should build on the successive ones, so that the best ideas and ideologies are retained.  Be a Neo-Hippie for the New Millennia “someone who rejects the established culture.”  It all starts with the circle of economies.  The money goes round and enriches those who provide the work, goods, and services.  Get Macro!  Take care of your circle first and don’t worry about enriching investment banks.  Simple economies of scale succeed because the production that is generated locally, helps keep the income stream local. We can only affect the environment that surrounds us, if that, but small steps lead to giant changes.  To view wealth in an ancient perspective it can be ”the keys to the kingdom of Heaven…..and those same keys also open the door to Hell” (a very old Buddhist saying).  We must choose wisely.  We have a massive responsibility to do so.

The question is when you turn on the energies of your power to be, does it turn you on?  Can you be hipper than a hippie? Can you really begin to change the world, now that it counts even more than ever?  Show me, and together let us go “further” and make our world a better place to live for our children’s children.