Song of the Day: “Up From The Skies”


In February of 1968, Jimi Hendrix’s album Axis: Bold As Love hit #3 on the charts in the United States. While still dominated by experimentation, both in terms of the music and in studio production, the album highlighted Hendrix’s lyrics and songwriting abilities to an extent not seen before. Critics often describe the foot-tapping single “Up From The Skies” as a narrative from the point of view of a visiting alien from outer space who seems fascinated by the problems of humanity—its “cages tall and cold” and “the smell of a world that has burned.” The singer’s social and political consciousness is complemented on this tight track by drummer Mitch Mitchell’s jazz-style brushes and Jimi’s funky wah-wah guitar.

Read more of Max Gray at Big City Sasquatch or follow him on Twitter @City_Sasquatch. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Encounters, Mount Hope, Conte,, and English Kills Review. He co-hosts the etymology podcast Words For Dinner and is a graduate of the Rutgers-Newark MFA program. More from this author →