Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Tangents and rock n' roll

I hate cold days like this! It' always so windy in DeKalb, I swear it adds -10 to the already cold temperture outside. I am currently watching my favorite movie of all time becasuse I don't plan on going outside anytime soon- it's to COLD!

"Almost Famous." Probably one of the best movies of all time. For those of you who have never seen it, you poor souls! How deprived are you! I highly recommend renting it. So if you have never seen it heres the story line: It's about a a boy (William) who grows up in the 1960-70's era. His mother is a god-fearing women: over protective and depriving him of the realities of life which includes listening to records (or as she called it "Devil music") In a nutshell she was nuts! At 15, William is way advanced for his age--pretty much a freakin' genius and has a great talent in journalism. He lands a gig with Rolling Stones Magazine and ends up touring the country with the popular 70's southern band, Stillwater. Now, of course Rolling Stones Magazine as no idea of how old william actually is.

So my point of this tangent (which i am not sure if i have one) is that while im watching this movie and ranting on my blog, all the music on this movie reminds me of that "All American" classic rock & roll, one main reason why I love this moving so much! These classic rock bands that paved the way for others to emerge on the scene and impacted people all over the country. Its funny how quickly alot of people forget about some of the master's of music.

James Taylor, The Beatles, Bob Segar, Zeppelin, Clapton, John Denver, The Rolling Stones, Jimmy Hendrix, Lynard Skynard, ACDC, Elton John.......I'm out of breath! The list goes on. Sometimes I fear that future generations will forget about them, others may never hear about. As we replace the new rock heros with the old ones dosen't mean we need to forget about some of the best musicians of all time. All these rock legends have inspired and have emotionally been there for many of their fans.

Sure our generation have seen some greats rockers like Nirvana, Green Day, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chilie Peppers, Oasis... there's alot of them too. What all these bands from the past have and emerging bands to come in the future have in common is that they had inspiration and influence. Influece has to come from somewhere or somebody, right? Alot of current bands and past 90's bands that we grew up with were influenced by these Rock n' roll Legends. I'm not implying that there will never be great rock n' roll bands ever again because I would be lying. (Zack Wylde is probably just as good as Hendrix at perfecting the guitar. Both can play with their teeth too!) Just never forget about those that started the road and defined what good music was.

Remember, "Music speaks what cannot be expresses, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, and flows from heaven to the soul." So if you dont get that from the music you hear, then it's not good music.

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