Apart from being an amazing song, with enough guitar wizardry to shift the axis of the planet, the title track from Jimi Hendrix’s debut album is like a psychedelic spaceship, designed to take the listener’s mind on a journey… but not to “outer” space. Listening to “Are You Experienced?” with the ears of a Buddha, it becomes clearer that perhaps the destination is closer than we think, but more challenging to get to… inner space.
Not only was Jimi Hendrix a guitar god, he was a visionary who left us a wealth of wisdom at a time when there were many seekers. And he amassed quite a flock of disciples with his electric gospel. His genius is multi-dimensional, timeless and unmatched. From the chaotic beauty of his gracefully fierce guitar playing, to the deep, philosophical simplicity of his lyrics and poetry, Jimi Hendrix was an icon.This song is a perfect example of his innate genius and bottomless wisdom.
Was Jimi talking about an acid trip, or was he trying to open your eyes to the truth of your own consciousness? Was he subconsciously sending us all a message through his lyrical dharma? I’ll bet you’ll be amazed at just how deep the rabbit hole can go, once you start climbing into it. If you’re ready to take a little trip with me, then kick back, roll up and listen. You’ll be surprised where you end up, if you delve into the sublime riddle, hidden within the poetry of Jimi’s prose.
In my debut episode, I share my interpretation of the song and just why Jimi and his music mean so much to me, as well as so many millions of others. Just fire up the lava lamp, put on those paisley pants and purple suede boots and step down the ladder of your own mind, to see what’s hiding there…
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