I nixed my planned run this evening on account of extremely hot and shitty weather conditions and I’m planning on running in the morning tomorrow. And you know what that means: “Shit. Now I have no excuse to make dinner!”
At least I’m in control of the stereo in the dining room since this family seems to observe the same principle of stereo control in our kitchen that others might in, say, their car. Meaning: the person in charge of the food is the person in charge of the music. So with that being said, tonight’s fajita-making soundtrack is the ‘Destiny Road‘ by the Peter Green Splinter Group.
‘Destiny Road‘ is the 4th album by the former Fleetwood Mac helmsman and guitarist with his band the Splinter Group, released in 1999.
In the late 60’s, Peter Green was one of a handful of British lead guitar heroes who were turning the music industry upside down; on a par with Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page and many championed him as the top of the heap. Unfortunately, Green’s promise came crashing down quickly as drugs and his involvement with the occult drove him from the band and public life. He sold his beloved Les Paul guitar to become a grave digger and severed all ties to show business. Over the years, he has slowly eased himself back into it, making surprise appearances at other stars’ concerts and starting to play regularly again. While his legions of true believers were waiting for him to find his way back to full recovery, they got this album, recorded after a successful American tour with the band.
Well, there’s no original material here, but his guitar playing definitely shows flashes of the old brilliance in spots. His voice, although a tad rusty in reaching for the high notes, has generally aged well, never gaining full roar and totally laid-back, much like the slower items in the early Fleetwood Mac songbook. In fact, there is a reworking here of a new version of the Mac hit ‘Man of the World‘. My favorite is the immediately catchy ‘I Can’t Help Myself‘, which actually owes credit to the bands other guitarist Nigel Watson.
Green’s not the ‘ol tortured basket case of days long past on this particular album, but there is some great music aboard, you just have to root around for it. Of course, between BBQ-ing the steak, frying the veggies, dicing the lettuce, warming the pita, grating the cheese (okay, I missed that one – so sue me), doling out the sour cream, salsa, etc., it’s not like I didn’t have time to do much rooting. I wasn’t looking for any deeper meanings as I just wanted to have something interesting to cook to.
Mission accomplished on that front.