7-9-09 All of the musicians you grew up with are in their 60’s. Many are dead.
As you near death, at what point does music become superfluous?”
When I draw my final breath?
Ah, yes – stars in their 60’s & 70’s…Leonard Cohen!
Hermeto Pascoal is positively the most illuminating and enlightening musician on Earth. I saw him play live a few years ago at U.C.L.A. – when he was nearing 70 years of age. This was the best show I’ve seen in 20 years.
Yep, the curtain gets drawn on a lot of fine folks way too early – Jimi Hendrix (what would that next album have been like?), Jim Morrison (were they really going to make a movie of “An American Prayer”?), Frank Zappa (personally, I need about 60 more dynamite FZ albums!), Miles Davis (would he ever play with Scritti Politti again?), Serge Gainsbourg (hey, man – amen!) etc.
Certainly as I age, my position to popular music transmogrifies. I stay away from the loud shows these days – my ‘John-Cale-Concert’-damaged hearing simply can’t take the loud stuff anymore. I do not know or care who charts these days. When they find my body, presumably slumped over a Sony Slat-screen computer monitor, it will be in a room full of phonograph records and compact discs. “He never down-loaded anything!” should be my epitaph. I want the artifact. I suppose if my deafness increases, I may ‘lose interest’ in music and record collecting, but…probably not…
Having just seen Yes the other evening, I was made very aware of just how the musicians I grew up with are aging. How much longer are they going to continue to play live shows? Who will quit the band first? I mean, there’s really only Chris Squire now – from the original Yes. And even without Jon Anderson – the fans were still all there. We should take bets – who will give it up first? Steve Howe or Chris Squire?
The yardstick really should be The Rolling Stones. As long as Charlie Watts is alive and drumming…all four members of Slade are still alive, too. But only Paul & Ringo – what a combo!