Song of the Day: John Frusciante – “Before the Beginning”

Happy birthday wishes go out to the great guitarist John Frusciante, who turns 46 years old today. This track is off the former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist’s solo album The Empyrean. If you notice a similarity to Funkadelic’s “Maggot Brain,” that’s by design as Frusciante, inspired by that song, decided to create his own version. Both songs are terrific, in my mind, and as is the case with Eddie Hazel on “Maggot Brain,” you can really feel Frusciante on this song. Whichever song you like better, you have to admit that both of them carry the feel of a guitarist who is pouring their soul into their playing.

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