Do you want to know what just absolutely kills me? Just floors me? When I listen to Otis Redding’s “Dock of the Bay,” and right between the 1:49 and 1:50 mark, you can actually hear Steve Cropper slide his hands over the strings of his guitar.
It’s this perfectly human moment contained within an extraordinary song. An outside listener may think that song is otherworldly, and they’d be right, but that one, single, tell-tale sign, is Steve Cropper’s fingers on the guitar. And that is exactly what makes it so decidedly and definitely human. As a result, it’s jaw-dropping in its humanity.