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  • hardie karges 6:11 am on June 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , hippie, , liberalism, , rock-and-roll, sustainability, , United States   

    #Political #Liberalism is Dying—and Uncool is the New Cool… 

    img_1069When the world is in chaos, normalcy is hip. For many decades now, we’ve worshipped the ‘adventurer’ out on the edge, bold and daring, whether in sports or art or literature or music: the wild man, the risk-taker, the bad boy, and all too often: the degenerate, drinker, drug abuser, and sexual deviant…

    That was all well and good in the British uptight Victorian era and its American 20th century post-war equivalent, during which we were sitting on top of the world—and our asses, all the while having fun fun fun while bombing the Hell out of Vietnam, the lady of the house staying home all day, taking care of the kids, with a little help from a hired colored hand, from the other side of town, from the other side of life, from the other side of the world, long time coming long time gone… (More …)

     
  • hardie karges 7:26 am on October 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , grunge, , , nirvana, rock-and-roll   

    Buddhism 110: Looking for Nirvana, not R & R, r.i.p. Kurt C… 

    Most religions—except Christianity—discourage music and most other forms of entertainment, Islam most famously, but Buddhism also, at least for monks and priests. So I was somewhat surprised when my temple’s head priest here in northern Thailand decided to put on a CD of American ‘Greatest Hits’ while driving, “for you, Hardie.” Heretofore I’d only heard slow sappy Thai stuff, so this would be interesting, however lame. The hardest part for me as monk will be to leave behind pop music, at least the hard stuff…

    The first song was “Everybody’s Talking” by Nilsson—cool. Then came “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash—awesome. “On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson? I can dig that. And “Music to Watch Girls By”, Andy Williams’ lyrics version–meh. But “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana? Whoa, I’d almost forgotten them, after our brief but torrid love affair some twenty-plus years ago. And what irony! For mine is a quest for Buddhist Nirvana, but nothing like Seattle’s Nirvana, in which Kurt Cobain apparently died for our sins, for lack of better options. He blew his brains out, so we don’t have to… (More …)

     
    • davekingsbury 3:17 pm on October 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Music could be our attempt to play with time, particularly its remorseless onward rush. Maybe religion seeks to do the same … just a thought off the top of my head, may make no sense!

    • hardie karges 6:41 pm on October 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting idea, maybe yes, a vertical movement across a horizontal flow of time, at least…

    • jodie 6:53 pm on October 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Just checking in on …..you……sit well

      jodie

  • hardie karges 11:07 am on August 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: acid rock, Jefferson Airplane, jefferson Starship, , rock-and-roll   

    Jefferson Starship: When a Band Becomes a Tribute to Itself, but not sloppy dead… 

    It was with some lack of luster that I signed on to the concept of seeing (and hearing) Jefferson Starship in concert at the Twilight Concert Series at Santa Monica Beach the other night. In fact I probably wouldn’t have, but for the beach itself, and my wife’s love of it. I mean, I’m no huge fan of their biggest commercial hits: “We Built this City,” “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” etc., and a much much bigger fan of their earlier incarnation as the Jefferson Airplane…

    Of course much of the problem is their third incarnation, or rather ‘spin-off’, as plain white ‘Starship’, which has more in common with Foreigner and Aha! than the Airplane, which pretty much defined ‘acid rock’. Still I showed up, hoping for the best—and was rewarded. Now I’m also no great fan of dino-rock in general, BUT… the Airplane was pretty special, and political, which seems very appropriate in this day and age. The current tour pays ample homage to the old days and ways and plays, while delivering quite acceptable renditions of the tunes themselves. (More …)

     
  • hardie karges 7:10 pm on August 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bruce Springsteen, , rock-and-roll   

    ‘Born to Run: Celebrating Springtime for Springsteen 

    All the hubbub over the anniversary of the release of Bruce Springsteen’s breakthrough #1 album ‘Born to Run’ overlooks a few important facts: 1) the song itself only reached number 23 on the Billboard charts, and 2) the song is itself only Bruce’s 15th most successful, and 3) Springsteen has NEVER had a number one song–EVER.  For the cognoscenti, yes, it was a breakthrough album, and for Springsteen himself…ditto, BUT just by the facts and figures of singles and jingles in an era of album-oriented rock, it was hardly earth-shattering or ground-shaking. You had to be there to appreciate it, I think…

     
  • hardie karges 4:15 am on December 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , rock-and-roll   

    I always thought rock & roll was an English language phenomenon, 

    as if all the joy and love, all the fear and angst, all the excitement and transcendence, all the sturm und drang, were somehow hard-wired into the language, directly related to the German structure/Romanticized content of the language. Let’s face it, for whatever the reason, the Continent doesn’t produce much great rock-and-roll. Sure there’s Bjork and Nina Hagen, and the occasional stray genius like Manu Chao, but mostly we’re talking the mediocrity of Abba or Ace of Base and for you really hard-rockers, we’ve got Scorpions. For those of you who refuse to get professional help, we’ve got Swedish Death Metal. This hardly compares with the hundreds of bands blasting out basements and lofts in the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, and Australia. Why the Continent never developed a pop-cultural rock & roll edge to rival the English-speaking world could be speculated upon endlessly, but that’s not the point. The point is that great R & R is possible in other languages, and not just half-breed and ‘fusion’ groups, as Carabao in Thailand and Mana’ in Mexico amply prove. The reasons behind the anomaly probably lie more in the given socio-politico-economic realities than in the aptitude of the language. Europe is a museum, just too expensive and rigidified to experiment. They almost missed the Industrial revolution before; now they’re missing the Entertainment one also. Computers and Internet are but the tip of the iceberg. When it’s all over, you won’t know what’s real and what’s entertainment.

     
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