Don't listen to the people who just reference Purple Haze, All Along the Watchtower and Hey Joe as his best songs. Hendrix's true mastery of the electric guitar and his ability as a magnificent songwriter come out in songs like Machine Gun on Band of Gypsys, which is the best performance with an electric guitar ever recorded, period. Other songs are Little Wing, Wait Until Tomorrow, Bold as Love, Rainy Day Dream Away, Up From the Skies, Izabella, Freedom and Room Full of Mirrors. Songs where he shine on guitar are Power of Soul, Hear My Train a Comin, Who Knows, and Message of Love.
Jimi Hendrix was the first person to fuse blues with jazz and wrap it in a blanky of funk. He was a very articulate human being, despite all of the hype of his drugs use, with a very clear message, find your talent and come alive. He was and will always be the greatest guitar player ever and one of the most important and influential people in the history of music.
Music is a pure, raw and mostly primal vibration felt in the deepest pit of your soul and being. Music is selfless, music is true. Music is So What by Miles Davis, Subterranean Homesick Blues by Bob Dylan, music is Machine Gun by Jimi Hendrix, music is Any Colour You Like, music is Freedom, music is a Cold Shot. Music is best when closing your eyes or while watching the world roll by. Music is the deep tone of B.B.'s Lucille, it's the smooth flow of Coltranes sax, it's the harsh, biting sound of Bob Dylan's harmonica and it's the whirl of Manzareks Rhodes. It's what makes us who we are, what we stand for, how we see and how we feel. Unfortunately, it's a rare commodity these days. What with 'bands' like Coldplay, 50 Cent, Green Day, My Chemical Romance, all of them being clones of other crappy ass bands. It's all commercial. I wish people would just shut the fuck up and play some goddamn music.
"Music is the exaltation of the mind derived from things eternal, bursting forth in sound."