Songs for Sovereign Professionals: Little Wing

Maybe it’s because I’m so easily distracted, but as a writer, my standard work playlist consists almost entirely of instrumentals. I still get arrested by a phrase here and there, but not the kind that end up inadvertently in my work.

This is one of the tracks that’s been catching my ear, lately.

Little Wing is a Jimi Hendrix composition that originally appeared on Axis: Bold as Love and, according to Charles Cross’s excellent Hendrix biography Room Full Of Mirrors, it’s one of two songs Hendrix wrote about his mother.

The song was also covered, in a much heavier version, by Derek and the Dominos on the Layla album.

However, for easily distracted sovereign professionals, the version I recommend here is Stevie Ray Vaughan’s instrumental from the posthumous, 1991 album The Sky is Crying.

Here are a couple of live versions.

One from 1983 …

And one from 1984 …

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