I'm 67. The other day I was talking to a guy, Jon, who's about forty and a terrific piano player. He especially digs radio pop and Professor Longhair. Somehow we started talking about Clapton. He doesn't think Clapton is particularly impressive - just another blues-rocker. I tried to tell him how revolutionary Cream (and the Jimi Hendrix Experience) were at the time. Jon's position was that Clapton is a one-trick pony. I said there's a difference between driving a car well and inventing the wheel. He saw nothing inventive about Clapton and was completely resistant to the idea that Clapton made much of a contribution to popular music. I tried pointing out how imitated Clapton has been over the years, but Jon didn't see it at all. Now, I like a lot of Eric's music, but there are plenty of artists I enjoy more. So I wasn't saying he's the world's greatest muscian (who is?) or trying to pump him up. I was just trying to place him correctly in rock 'n' roll history. It reminds me of a thread here a few years ago. Some young guy was marveling at how dorky Donovan sounds and wondered who was cool to listen to back then. Uh - Donovan! Maybe if you weren't a teenager in the sixties you have a strange picture of what was going on.