Category Archives: Politics

secret target

There was a woman who lived in a neighbourhood where there was a lot of prejudice and corruption. She learned to play guitar and started writing songs about what was unfair. People noticed and invited her to sing the songs at performance places. It was interesting and meaningful for some. They wrote about her, put her picture on the cover of magazines. Before long, lots of people wanted to be there when she performed. Soon she had a following but many also attended just because she was becoming famous. The content became secondary to the event of seeing someone who was in the news. The reviews were about what she was wearing, how she styled her hair, about the difference in the sound of her voice between recordings. Occasionally they also wrote what her songs were about but mostly, now, that was far from the main issue and many journalists also tried to find out who she had sex with, photographers spied on her hoping to obtain embarrassing pictures.
She started taking a correspondence course on phenomenology and soon after, she started to wear Christmas lights on her shoes and everyone became animated and wrote about it. Sometimes she used solid colours, sometimes multiple, sometimes she operated a strobe effect with remote wireless technology. Rolling Stone placed a close up shot of her shoes on the cover of their back to school issue. Pitchfork designed a Trump hairpiece on top of her shoes for their disappointments issue. The Economist made a triptych of three famous shoes, Her, Emelda Marcos & Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and measured the financial impact of each. When she started to sell her own brand of Christmas Shoelights at her performances and in fashion stores, people started to call her a crass capitalist, they wrote articles about what a sell out she was and Erroll Morris approached her with the desire to film a documentary. Everyone wanted her to explain but she wouldn’t. She did however, complete her certificate in phenomenology and directed all her profits to supporting community groups that made a difference in the neighbourhood that originally inspired her songwriting.

evil plans

What was really fun, once upon a time in my life, was playing in a band that had simple pop compositions where I was expected to solo over indefinitely. Like until the guitarist gave me an urgent look to finish. Sometimes that took a very long time and that was fine. So the thing is, how much can you do with ordinary melodic ideas in a song in C for instance that is a loop of 2 or 3 chords. Eventually I would move into C#. It was unique and probably confusing to some, exciting to others, but that’s ok after all I just wanted to make it more interesting.

The comments on Facebook sometimes are confusing or to put it another way there are some confusing comments because they miss the point of what the thread is about. I’m thinking it would be more fun to replace the thread with something unrelated, like how to play golf. Then the comments that make no sense to me would be so much more interesting. That’s my new evil plan.

kingston 1985

Being the youngest in the band, I was the recipient of a lot of advice in the early years of Blue Rodeo. Time to update something one member shared with me the first time we played out of town and I began to grasp our different views on reality. Update: what goes on below middle C stays below middle C.