Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Hard Truths

  1. If you have to ask me what I want, after 30 years, it's not a gift, it's a chore. If it's a chore, I'd rather you didn't go to the effort.
  2. If Jay Farrar really is the "greatest songwriter of our generation," then our generation deserves its quick slide into irrelevance.
  3. The existence of Jay Farrar's career makes me gnash my teeth. Good lord. Two bands! Two bands that people say are influential and groundbreaking. People! Listen to that crap and reconsider.
  4. Drinking PBR does not prove your solidarity with the working class. We poor people would rather NOT drink PBR as we already know we are poor and don't want to be reminded that we can only afford beer that is a dollar a can at the bar.
  5. Willie Nelson is the best there is. He has a stunning voice, a distinctive guitar style, and the way he delivers words--sneaking in right before the beat and then lollygagging around so long you think he's going to miss the next one--is genius and impossible to duplicate. I would leave y'all for Willie Nelson in a second.
  6. The Beatles are better than the Rolling Stones. It's not even close and I can't believe folks are still arguing about this shit.
  7. Sadly, in Pearl Jam's song "Rats," they're saying "Lick the dirt off a larger one's feet," not singing something about Akeem Olajuwan, which is too bad, because that would have been awesome.


Anonymous Jon said...

Not that it matters, but I concur wholeheartedly. And, I too would leave y'all for Willie.

5/03/2005 08:29:00 PM  
Blogger Steve Pick said...

1. On the other hand, sometimes people who know you forever think they have to give you gifts without thinking about what you want at all, like the time my brother gave me a set of tools. Me, who's never used a screwdriver in anger!

2. Aw, it's not Jay Farrar's fault he's been elevated to godhead by some people. I've known him 20 years, and he's a talented singer and terrific guitarist with some really good songs. No voice of any generation, but worth listening to.

3. Yuck. PBR! I don't get it.

4. Willie Nelson should be honored the way Ray Charles was last year, before he actually passes on. By the way, pick up Willie's new Tsunami Relief album. He's great on it, and he's got some terrific guest stars.

5. The Beatles and the Stones are both great. I can't believe anybody would make me choose.

6. I kinda like Pearl Jam now and then, but I don't really know any of their songs well enough to know what you're talking about. But, heck, if you want a song about Hakeem Olajuwan, why not write one? You're in Nashville. Doesn't everybody there write songs?

5/04/2005 04:46:00 PM  
Blogger Aunt B said...

Oh, no, what a terrible end to a grouchy day, finding out I've insulted your friend! Still, the Americana Music Association sent me a CD sampler with one of Farrar's songs on it and the liner notes called him "the greatest songwriter of our generation" and I think that's premature, at best.

It's sort of been my goal to be the one person in town who's not in the music industry, but I could write a kick-ass song about Hakeem Olajuwan. I make up songs all the time.

Shit, I may be the best best songwriter of our generation and just not know it!

5/04/2005 09:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope this doesn't sound ignorant,but aunt b do you mean The Beatles are much better than The Rolling Stones and you can't believe people still argue about it,or you think The Rolling Stones are the better group? Because in 4 recent survey polls on different web sites that are not Beatles sites,they had a Beatles or Rolling Stones poll and The Beatles still beat The Rolling Stones in every one!

There are people saying that The Rolling Stones are overrated and haven't done a good album since their 1972 Exile On Main Street album and that they should have retired a long time ago. The Rolling Stones were also good friends with and fans of The Beatles and Mick Jagger was at 4 Beatles recording sessions and Keith Richards was at 2 of them with him.

There is also an online interview with Charlie Watts called,The Drinking Mans Rolling Stone from a 1973 Magazine called,Zig Zag where he says what made The Beatles so great is they made one great record after the next and that they were a lot alike as people!

8/11/2005 08:41:00 PM  

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