Sunday, February 26, 2006

This is really just a post to say hi...stay in touch etc.

What is up with you? bout a Sunday afternoon blog dialogue? I bought the Cd by Destroyer ....not to be confused with that great, early Kiss album. This is the group you have probably read so much about on Zoilus.

I saw him play a solo set once here in Toronto as part of the ongoing Wavelenght series. I really enjoyed it and have been meaning to pick up some of his music for years and the hype worked it's magic on me.

I am not sure I love it yet but it has got me thinking about the history of popular music. More specifically, at what point did "uneducated musicians" start recording music that was more complex, ambiguous or interesting? (I feel so weird writing "uneducated...especially since I barely got my little undergrad degree in music at York)

Obviously Zappa was doing it really early on but he was a very studied composer and guitar player (albeit mostly self taught!)

Perhaps Captain Beefhearts parallel activities were some of the early examples? Also of course there is blues...hmmm...I am really out of my league here but I should talk to some of the more studied music history specialists I know like fellow blogger Mike Daley

I am curious. I think I know some of the answers the post- Elvis recording technology of over dubs and the current plug-in computer technology that has gone crazy beyond an early Bruce Springsteen four track record etc...

Ok...this little "nothing post" has taken a long time and I barely said anything. Thanks for being there anyways.

Way to go Canada!! #3 in the medal race. It was fun but I am glad it is over. (too much tv here in our house)


Please vote for the Tim Posgate Hornband in Electric and Acoustic Group of the Year at the National Jazz Awards


At 9:45 AM, Blogger Mike said...

I think the beginnings of uneducated musicians making complex music can be found at the point where rock started to gain more art pretensions/aspirations in the 1960s. The Beatles are an obvious choice, especially with Sgt. Pepper, but also the Beach Boys (Brian Wilson, really) with Pet Sounds, the Moody Blues (Days of Future Passed, the first "concept album"), Zappa with Freak Out, etc.


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