Tuesday 23rd April 2019… Steve would’ve been 59 today. Each year I wonder what he’d be up to if he were still with us. But I don’t just wonder about that on his birthday… I wonder about that often on many days. It’s good to think about him in a positive light. He remains forever young and forever special.
But the possibilities… imagine what wonders we’d have been treated to… the other artists and musicians he’d have gone on to work with. One can only dream. But it’s good to dream sometimes.
If you know music and have studied Steve Clark’s playing style and song writing talents closely, you will have learned that Clark was a genius at his art and did much more than simply write jaw-dropping riffs. Steve knew and understood the rules of music; he knew how the language worked.
He knew theory, scales and modes, inversions, finger style, time signatures, sight-reading, orchestration, composition etc. He knew where and when to put melodies and space. He was creative. He was unique. And he could read music! How many musicians out there today can actually read music?
The legendary drummer Ginger Baker once stated in an interview in a rock magazine that the late Phil Seamen told him that “these [current] pop musicians wouldn’t know a hatchet from a crotchet.”
I can’t tell you how much pride I take in knowing that my guitar hero was a real proper musician. It just adds an extra level of coolness.