In keeping with the season, here’s a sampling of my politics
Are you tired of all of the political ads yet? I sure am, and I know that a lot of those in the local media are as well.
Don’t get me wrong, they like to have those ads for the revenue they generate, but they also love it when they’re over.
As a distraction, today I would like to address the politics of music. Or, should I say, my politics of music?
As a reader once told me, “if you write ‘in my opinion’ in front of a statement, no one can argue with you.” So consider all of the following statements to be “in my opinion.”
Elvis Presley, who was mostly responsible for introducing rock ‘n’ roll to the masses, was a sweet young man who was completely taken advantage of by the people he trusted most.
Armed with an incredible voice and GQ looks, Presley took the world by storm. But when he came back from the U.S. Army, his music changed for the worse.
As Ringo Starr said, “all of the sudden there were strings on Elvis’ records and there shouldn’t be strings on Elvis records.”
Buddy Holly has had a wider influence on more musicians than he could have ever imagined. Like Benny Goodman, Holly was one of the first of his genre to write most of his own songs and insist on doing things his way.
Waylon Jennings became the leader of the outlaw country movement because of what he learned from playing in Holly’s band.
Jazz giants Miles Davis, John Coltrane, King Curtis and others had such a big influence on the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia and the Allman Brothers’ Duane Allman that it led them to create the “jam band” movement in rock ‘n’ roll that is still going on today as evidenced by bands such as Phish, Widespread Panic, String Cheese Incident and others.
However, no one has ever done it better than the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers.
John Lennon would be 70 years old now if he were still alive. I miss him immensely and think that we missed out on some of the best music he was ever going to make since the breakup of the Beatles.
Commercial radio was a lot more listenable before it became so genre specific.
It’s sad that you can go to just about any town in America and you already know what kind of radio stations you are going to find.
I long for the days of AM radio when you could hear a wide variety of music from many different genres on the same station.
Maybe that is why so many local community radio stations, such as KAFM, KDNK, KVNF and others, are so popular.
Thanks to modern technology, there is more music available to the public today than at any time I can remember in the 40-plus years I have been buying music.
It is my job to keep up with the new music, and I can’t do it because there is so much. It makes it hard to find the best music because there is more mediocrity to wade through.
A lot of times this leaves the best music to fall through the cracks, which is where the aforementioned community radio stations can step in and help both the station and the artists really thrive.
For what it’s worth, those are some of the politics of Rock.
Thank you for reading!
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