Posted: Jan 5, 2012 10:42 pm |
Edited by: tigerblinds
Yeah, Joni Mitchell used cool alternate tunings. I agree.
My dad was a big fan of both. AND Lightfoot. So there. You got me, I was spouting off my Dad's tastes also, macho pop folk, it aint that bad.
And as far as people liking crap music, I think much like why we have wars, people are afraid of utopia.
I mean in a perfect world where an intelligent God exists, it's the authentic originators who make it big, and not based on superficial bullshit either, but because the stupid masses somehow get it on it's own terms, they would love music enough to understand when something is ground breaking or a new twist on an old theme. If there's one thing we can learn from music today, it's that there aint no intelligent God.
I like the black keys more than allot of shit, but no I don't listen to it and wouldn't recommend it to anyone. I'd recommend Junior Kimbrough or some of the other folks they rip off, but I'll be damned if they don't beat the shit out of most the adult rock crap they play on NPR....by bullshit NPR standards they're great! Elvis Costello is a god on NPR! Allot of crap music has some redeeming qualities. Even if a Black Keys fan gets into Junior Kimbrough, it doesn't mean they understand any greater truth or are any smarter for it. What sounds like music to humans is purely a matter of culture, look up what they think ancient greek music sounded like, or some atonal african tribal music or traditional asian music, it's offensive to fragile western ears...turning people on to music is like convincing the emperor to walk around naked because you have magic thread....music is intangible like that, and it is possible to build something out of nothing in that regard as long as you have a common vision with other people. Mainstream music critics like Priests and deacons keep feeding us a line of bullshit that no one can believe in anymore. We wait around for the "new sound" like Waiting for Godot, and every once in awhile some svengali comes along to convince us that they have a lead, usually it's just an upper class rehash of some "real folk music." Thats what The Stones, Elvis Presley, and Nirvana were.
Sorry to drone on like this, but my degree is in post modern humanities, in other words what I studied is why people like stupid shit. Allot of what becomes widely accepted as "good music" has to do with socio-economic class struggles, it's another good example of how dumb and unthinking the masses are. But musicians really shouldn't concern themselves with that, it's not a matter of being considered good, but continuing a tradition and sound you learned over the course of your life, you put your own stink on it, but just do what sounds interesting and fresh to you, if people like you that's great, it's probably for none of the reasons you intend. You are just participating in human culture, and there is nothing wrong with dying a common, unsuccessful, regular joe, in fact you just might be the seed that grows into a giving tree. The idea that you have to work hard and become something big and significant is a bullshit protestant morality play. Just do what you enjoy...a musicians job isn't to entertain and gain acceptance from the rich, their job is to represent who they and their people are in song and dance, or to just be there as a fan is significant, testify, dance. It gives dignity and a sense of understanding to other regular folks on a base level and it's a release from the brutality of the world, it helps you be brave in times of crisis. It doesn't have to be pretty to the rich puritan ears. Fuck them, they have no tastes of their own, it's all customs, niceties and politeness in public, and behind closed doors they instigate wars to send the young off to die and convenient scape goats to the gas chambers.
This may be why I shouldn't post on here from my laptop lying in bed, but who cares? Thank you and goodnite.