There was a lot of talk in the documentary about how once Jimi got famous people expected the same thing of him over and over again. They expected him to wear the wild outfits, play with his teeth and light his guitar on fire. I'm not sure if he was ever sober long enough to notice or not but a number of people that knew him said it had gotten dangerously close to stifling his creativity. Here is this genius musician and we were trying to stifle his musical growth. Sadly, barbiturates and vomit beat us to the punch.
It's rather easy to look at outliers (which Hendrix most certainly was) and condemn society. Are any of our positions really that different though? People that know me well, know that I have an extremely quick tongue (sorry ladies) and can at times alternate on a dime between being an asshole and gut-bustingly hilarious. If I'm having an off-day people automatically assume that something is wrong. Sometimes, I just might be in a quiet and reflective mood but, rather than say that it's easier to just come up with some witty comeback.
Can I really blame everyone else for stifling me though? Isn't it my fault? Didn't I come up with an image of myself and perpetuate it over the years? The world only sees what we want it to. Burning guitars and dressing wild was Jimi's style, if he didn't want to be known for it he wouldn't have done it. My blog is portraying an image to all of you. A much more entertaining version of myself I might add. What my life might be like without all the clutter of a 9-5 and all the day-to-day headaches life throws at you. In a way, we're all sell-outs just trying to seem more interesting than we actually are. Or, is it that we are all incredibly fascinating and just looking for ways to show the world? Who knows? Kick back and listen to some "The Wind Cries Mary" and worry about it later.