Which brings me back to the post I have been carrying around tucked in my armpit for a while now. It was to be titled-
are there any more real cowboys?
In music I mean. Now maybe I’m just turning into an old whiny geezer who is so last century, so out of da groove, so part of the very establishment I imagined rallying up against when I was younger. That, or there really is a dearth of musicians who used to harbour the delightful notion that they could change the world with their music. And yep, they did end up nudging it a little (to borrow a phrase from the quote- "Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little." by someone called Tom Stoppard, a quote brought to my attention by my dear dear friend who resides here). Seems to me, that today we have these clowns, these salespeople for musicians, who are just intent on cracking a soda-water formula that they may, well, sell the most. If you don’t quite get what I'm saying, go listen to BBC sessions by Led Zeppelin. Or why go that far, you can even listen to ‘Use your Illusion’ by Gn'R released around 15 years ago. Or Rage Against The Machine. Now THOSE were musicians who lived it up. THOSE were sea-changers, madmen and revolutionaries. THOSE were real cowboys, real musicians, who lived for, and every once in a while, died for their sound.
On second thoughts, maybe it’s just me getting old after all.