“I’d like to have the fortune, but I don’t care too much about the fame.”
Said JJ Cale. Perhaps this attitude was one of the reasons I liked his work so much. For him, what mattered was telling stories, creating, experimenting and working and not the big ego trip and the vanity fair of the show business and art world.
The picture on the right, the cover from his album “Roll On”, shows his piercing but kind glance observing the world. He has his the guitar on his face, on his mouth, with his nose breathing the bending of the instrument wood. The guitar is in between touching his body and the world beyond. The guitar is the shield, the mediator to communicate and understand the world and his own mouth to express himself and his understanding of life.
He passed away yesterday evening in California. He was one of one of my most admired musicians and authors. So much that diverse themes from his “Travel-log” have been my mobile ring tone since years. Lately we had that album in the car and listened to it quite regularly.
His Website announced his decease as:
“JJ Cale Has Passed Away
JJ Cale passed away at 8:00 pm on Friday July 26
at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, CA.
The legendary singer / songwriter had suffered a heart attack.
There are no immediate plans for services.
His history is well documented at JJCale.com,
and in the documentary, To Tulsa And Back.
Donations are not needed but he was a great lover of animals so, if you like,
you can remember him with a donation to your favorite local animal shelter.”
Below there are the link to his personal webpage, his fan’s site, the British newspaper The Guardian’s obituary and further down a link to a very good biographical documentary.
– “That Kind of Thing” by JJ Cale- Travel-Log
– “After Midnight” . Live performance, just JJ Cale playing his electric guitar in a seating room for the Japanese TV programme “The “American Guitars”
– “Call me the breeze” and “Ain’t love funny” – JJ Cale perfomance at the BBC2 programme “Later with Jools Holland”, ep. 1, series 4, broadcasted on the 5/11/94,
– Call me the breeze” and “Ain’t love funny”- JJ Cale performing at Later wih Jools Holland
– “Ride me High” at live at Capilano College, British Columbia, Canada.
– “Travelling light” recorded live at a Dutch studio in the mid 90s
“JJ Cale To Tulsa And Back” – YouTube.
A farewell using his lyrics from “Travelling Light” ,
He is travelling light,
the only way to fly,
Now, he can go to paradise,
maybe once, maybe twice
Travelin’ light is the only way to fly