Jimi Hendrix Experience – I Don’t Live Today

The beginning drum pattern of this 1967 song is said to be a Native American one. Jimi Hendrix had Cherokee ancestors and some analysis of his music finds this genealogy was more influential than is widely considered.

It’s not clear if the lyrics refer to Native American issues, as the song was also simply described as a “freak out.” However, the sense of an absence of hope for the future is communicated and may resonate, historically, with American policy towards Native Americans: in the 19th century, Native Americans “in the way” of the westward expansion of settlers, assimilationist laws of this time and through to the 1960s, tribal relocations geographically.

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2 thoughts on “Jimi Hendrix Experience – I Don’t Live Today

  1. Sacred Spirit is one of the most gorgeous collections of music I’ve ever heard. Fusing traditional native American Indian songs & chants with contemporary synthesized arrangements, it succeeds on every attempted level. Each of the 11 tracks will haunt the listener well after the CD player has been turned off. I originally heard a portion of this album at the IMAX presention of “The Grand Canyon,” as they played particular tracks pre and post show. The music here floored me so much more than the actual soundtrack and I bought one immediately upon returning home. (Right outside of the Grand Canyon, venders sell this CD for $35.00!) This is a classic that does not lose its freshness after many, many listens.

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