Hi all and welcome back to my corner of the web.
Apologies for the recent slump. It’s due to some technical issues that are still ongoing (but being worked) as well as the flu. While I’m still not out of the woods on either front, I’m well enough to share a thought with you.
What’s on tap for today? Today is about a new-found respect.
You may have noticed that about me, but I do have the tendency to focus on a fairly narrow spectrum of interests at any given time. When put together, I’d like to think I found interest in a very wide variety, but my attention cannot be spread too thin, otherwise I feel I may let some things slip by…
The problem is, that while I try to avoid it, a few things definitely slip by or in the worst case scenario, I might even lose interest, or get “the wrong impression” of these.
What am I on about? I’d like to share just a few examples of artists I learned to like, or at the very least respect a lot more than I did in the past:
For some odd reason, whether it was personal preference at a given time or god knows what, during the whole Seattle revolution I was (as usual) focused on a select few. Nirvana unsurprisingly being my main interest, followed closely by Pearl Jam and Alice in chains. Soundgarden was not. It just didn’t catch my ear at the time and when it did, more than a decade later, it coincided with a few things.
First was Audioslave. A band I knew nothing about but still managed to really like their music very much. Funny, at an older age, I care way less about “Who plays the bass for this band?” and more about listening to the actual songs. So when I later learned from a friend that this was Cornell’s project, I was pleasantly surprised.
The second thing that happened was PJ20 – Pearl Jam’s film in which (for obvious reasons), Chris Cornell played a pretty important role.
Two pieces of perspective were given in that regard. One is that the “Seattle scene” was in my humble view the most supportive, inspiring of all recent ones. Where bands work with each other, rather than compete with each other. Where collaboration and mutual artistic feedback were the bread and butter. The second observation was that Cornell was one of (if not THE most) the more influential/involved figures.
So yes, I found new respect for Chris Cornell. Rock on Chris!
What can I say? When all the shiny happy people held their hands, I was Welcoming people to the Jungle and Seeking & Destroying most of the time 🙂 I didn’t have time for their music. I was also younger. So much for excuses.
When I grew up just a tad more, I softened enough to at least recognize that while I may not like some of their work, I could find things to respect them for. If nothing else, we’re talking about superb lyrics and really good melodies (for the most part :)).
Stipe has always struck me as a true artist, a feeling that was affirmed further in his touching speech when he inducted Nirvana into the rock and roll hall of fame.
I never did like music that was heavily synthesized. I always preferred the Singer-Guitar-Bass-Drum set up. All of which actual instruments rather than an electronic representation. When I was younger, I obviously took that to the extreme by ignoring a lot of the bands that were heavily using this technology.
Again, I have to attribute this to age (See, there are advantages to getting old…), but while I still have the same preferences as I did in the past, I can appreciate and enjoy other things. Many “New Wave” bands (as is the case with any genre) are still of little to no interest to me, but Depeche Mode just have it just right. The right singer, the right creative forces. And good music.
This one is a pure case of me being busy catching up with other artists, completely ignoring others. When I did give him a minute, it was the “Don’t come around here no more” video, which to this day is my least favorite song… So I let Tom slip by and only when I watched the making of “Damn the torpedoes” and a great Foo Fighter cover of “Breakdown” did I finally “get it”.
Suffice to say that Tom Petty was likely the biggest, most significant artist that slipped by my attention deficient ears…
Who will I write about in 10 years? Who’s slipping by me these days? Muse won’t 🙂
- Who went under your radar?
- Who changed your mind?
Until next time,