Today I’ve been thinking a lot about “love”. As a single male that is on a campus that is mostly women (many of whom are very attractive) I’ve also found that a lot of them are rather shallow. Not to say that I’m so great, but there is a “cookie cutter” type on my campus in particular. I’ve also been watching one of my roommates interactions with his girlfriend (who honestly drives me up a wall. God I hope they don’t follow this blog….) and when looking at in comparison to other relationships he’s been in, it seems to me that people are willing to be unhappy so long as their not alone. Bukowski (not a great source but….you know….) states that there are worse things than being alone. After looking at my roommates current situation this is looking to be more and more true.
Now on the topic of loneliness, I recently watched Louis C.K. talk about how our generation tries so hard to distract ourselves from the imminent feeling of loneliness with our phones and technology. I liked how he began to say that allowing that moment of complete loneliness to “wash over you” makes you a better person, meaning that today people are so absorbed in being distracted from being alone that we’ve lost a unifying experience in isolation. Empathy has been lost because people are so “plugged in”.
Not to sound too depressing because obviously there are still people out there who are good and still working towards it and just as always, it’s not the majority.
Today, Lou Reed gives us a little bit of his experience with love and different perceptions of love.
So just relax and listen well.
If you don’t know the influence of Hendrix then you’ve been under a rock for most of your life. Known for the tumultuous mix of flash stardom and a desire to be genuinely heard, the combination brought about one of the greatest rock trio outfits that the world ever saw. Though talked about constantly, his early years are quite the mystery to the world still. One of the earliest memories was a story of Jimi showing up to play with Muddy Waters who only briefly interacted with young Hendrix before disappearing after the set. Described as a quite “boy” who didn’t like to talk about home too much. So today we remember that shy kid who loved to play music and wanted to be truly heard in word and watch his performance of rock god-dom.
Relax and listen well.
I have recently been obsessed with this song. I actually came across it on a pandora station and immediately began to research it because it haunted me. However, I had the hardest time finding it because, as the title(s) show(s) there are multiple different names for this song and each arrangement of it has been called something else by each different artist performing it. The song, originally from Davey Graham, has been covered but other such musicians as Paul Simon and Bert Jansch.
I hope that you too become captivated in the same way.
Relax and listen well.
I apologize to my many followers (hah!) that it has been so long between posts. My last semester of school and I’ve got a Capstone and a Research Methods class that are totally kicking my ass.
Moving on, I am posting today this almost instrumental off of the first collaboration between David Bowie and Brian Eno. The album “Low” was a first breaking away from typical Bowie form as he moves into a new era of music. While the album itself has had many mixed reviews, history has looked kindly upon the album, as many appreciate it as a new direction for Bowie and as a starting point for soon to be renowned Brian Eno.
This song is by far the best piece on the album (my opinion but in this blog it’s the only one that matters).
Through a combination of random assignments to clicking and a masterwork of production, the latter half of the album is truly truly amazing with almost no vocals to be told of. Warszawa is a prime example of the mix of orchestral rock that Bowie was moving into showing his mastery of non-western influences.
A complex album, its worth a listen to.
So check it out……
and relax and listen well.
I would like to first start off by apologizing for the poor quality. Its seriously the only version of this song that I could find. Having been unable to blog for a while (this semester is slowly tearing me down) I’ve made a genuine effort today to make sure I posted.
Junior Kimbrough is described as a “living lost legend” of the blues. Having only sparse recordings for the earlier parts of his life, Kimbrough was eventually sought out by a die hard fan and encouraged to actually record and travel. His “hypnotic” edgy blues is one of legends that became an influence for other artists such as the Black Keys, who point to Kimbrough for giving them their sound.
While still achieving some fame in the blues community, Kimbrough still remains a cult figure today. Even his best recordings are still rough but his biggest draw is his live shows.
If you enjoy the blues, sit back, relax and listen well.