Week 6: "Nature’s Disappearing"
Originally by John Mayall
(Born November 29, 1933)
Walter Talks About the Song:
"Born in Macclesfield, England, he grew up listening to his father’s large record collection. From an early age, John Mayall was drawn to the sound of American music—particularly the blues—and he taught himself to play the piano, guitar, and the harmonica. He moved to America in 1969, and has lived on the West Coast in California since then.(Picture of John and Walter 1985)I first met Mayall, in 1981, when I was a member of Canned Heat and we did three shows with Mayall and his band. We hit it off immediately and bonded over our love of blues music. He gave me the opportunity to do some shows as a special guest with him and his newly reformed original Bluesbreakers lineup consisting of Mick Taylor, John McVie, and Colin Allen. Later that year, he touredwith Canned Heat as a special guest. In 1984, I joined his new lineup of the Bluesbreakers which also featured guitarist, Coco Montoya. I toured with Mayall for almost five years and was able to record three albums with him. He has since appeared as a guest on several of my albums, and we maintain a close friendship to this day. At age 85, Mayall continues recording and touring and remains a vital force in the blues world.I was drawn to this song because of the message in the lyrics. It remains even more relevant today than in 1970, when Mayall recorded it."