Location: Perched on the precipice of the cauldron of truth
May 16, 2013 - 2:49pm
planet_lizard wrote: Why is that American songs have so many references to places? It's much more uncommon in British music. Can you imagine a song called 'Coventry Skyline'? It ain't going to happen, not unless it's taking the piss. Is it because you've got more places over there? A mate said once "well they've got more geography and we've got more history". Discuss.
Businessgypsy (Deepest, Darkest Florida) replied: In the US, one hundred years is a long time. In England, one hundred miles is a long way. The size, varied geography and extremely diverse populations are hard for anyone to put into perspective until they have poked around a bit - preferably at road level. A typical observation: why can't we have great trains like Germany? Germany is the size of the smallish US state of Wisconsin. The US does have the largest train system in the world, there's just so much more here to cover that it presents a very different problem. That being said I hope we can move towards that end - but it will not happen quickly due to scale. Returning to your original question, there are not only more places, but more kinds of easily accessible places in the US in any other single political unit on the planet. This engenders flavors and styles of living that create strong regional affections and a desire among those of us infected with wanderlust to sample freely. Places become markers for memories, relationships and life passages. I live in extreme Southwest Florida (coconut trees and manatees), but spend summers in Northwestern Oregon (Mountains, waterfalls, rocky coasts). I'm from the New Orleans area (history, humidity, food and music) and am currently dating a woman in New Mexico (green chilies, pinon pine scented air, Native American/Hispanic culture). 3,500 miles between my bases, and my old dog and I do it on the back roads every year in about ten days. We're trying to stretch that to two months, but things take time. All along the way, people and places create memories, longings and (in the hands of talented songwriters) music. Please come visit.
A very good point. But you have to admit that the industry wastes a lot of time trying to promote the next band that sounds like the other successful band. I can't tell if it's just to make a quick buck, or if it's because the listeners demand it. You're right though....British invasion, grunge, '90s boy bands, O Brother spurs a bluegrass revival. Sometimes it works in our favor, sometimes not
I was looking for something else and found this comment, which made me want to post this video. This band is playing Donkey Creek this year. Remind you of anyone?
LIfe is but Haiku or Kobayashi Maru I just dunno crap
May 1, 2013 - 9:21am
Why are U2's songs so long? I hate having to come back and hit the PSD button a second time.
But, thank you Bill for the possibility !
I think because they are all just repeating what they are playing until someone shouts stop and then they all try to make a big ending before Bonio says something psudo profound.
A version of "New Years Day" that BillG cut short before segueing into "Transcendental Blues",as a subtle response to the comment?
Get off my lawn!!
"Happy ever after 'til the day you die Careful what you ask for, you don't know 'til you try Hands are in your pockets, starin' at your shoes Wishin' you could stop it — transcendental blues"-Steve Earle
The comments about BB's relevance fired me up enough to sign up. I'm not usually a joiner and I've learned to keep my comments to myself, at least publicly. I'll try and keep any future posts short, but this one is by necessity not.
Sorry to all if I screw this up, first time posting. With regard to BB's relevance and age. He did a show in Penticton about a year ago. I asked my 15 year old son if he'd like to go as he's an aspiring guitarist. He had never heard of BB (my bad) but immediately goggled and you tubed him. Then his response was "OMG I know that guy, of course we're going." Now, I'll apologize again, this is going to be a bit long for a post. Bear with me please, it is relevant. The afternoon of the concert I got a call from a friend of Daniels. They were downhill mountain biking on code 4 (a fairly extreme run) and Daniel had just "bailed". They didn't think he could ride down so could I come get them. When I arrived Daniel was lying near the shoulder of the road. We carried him to the truck and started down the mountain. This was one hour before show time. Despite the groans and winces on the washboard road, Daniel insisted on going to the concert instead of the hospital. We dropped his buddies off picked up his mom and persuaded her that the emergency room would wait. OK Daniel told her if he missed the concert and BB died before he got another chance, he'd never forgive her. We helped/carried Daniel to our seats just as the intro started. When BB came on stage he was helped to his seat by 2 very large men. The crowd greeted him with applause and a standing ovation. When they started standing Daniel said " are you f——ing kidding me!". Despite the dirty looks from people nearby, I assured him it was OK to stay in his seat. The show was awesome. Yes BB sat for the whole show, yes he chatted a fair bit and and the band "carried" him once in a while. It still sent shivers up my spine to hear 4000 plus people singing along and chanting for an encore. There was no encore and nobody actually expected one. The opening "Standing O" might have been gratuitous, but when BB left the stage my son stood with everyone else and cheered. Irrelevant? Time to quit? If a 15 year old with 3 compressed vertebrae thinks he's worth standing up for, he's still relevant.
BTW, Daniel healed. He hurts after a tough workout or downhill ride, but he still goes for it. What can I say, maybe I'm a bad parent.