Talking ‘Bout My G-G-Generation

Every generation says their music was better than the one before it.
One just happened to be right.
The baby boomers.
Yeah, they gave us Pet Rocks and 8 track tapes and lava lamps and smiley faces….
But the music that exploded from the period is timeless.
And strangely, a lot of it is “of it’s time”.  If you were around, or even wished you were around, it can bring you back.
It was a time of dramatic social change.  So listening to the Stones “street Fighting Man” makes you pissed at the war in Vietnam, which has been over for quite a while now, but still want to run out in the street and kick somebody with authority in the teeth.
Or listen to it’s counter part, “Revolution” by The Beatles released the same year (1968).  You’re pissed, but violence is never the answer.  Peace is.  It’s gonna be alright.
Both…how late 60’s.    Both…how moving.
That’s when artists were artists.  Able to truly express themselves.  There wasn’t a corporate machine yet.   The baby boomers can be blamed for that as well, I guess.
But that’s where a project like The Black Jacket Symphony comes in and why.
Sure, Roger Waters may do ‘The Wall’ on tour, but does he play it note for note like his classic timepiece?
No.
Why?
Well, number one he doesn’t have to.  He’s freakin’ Roger Waters.  He wrote it, he can do what he likes.
Number two, he’s not the same guy.  Older, wiser, richer, and can’t really sound the same as he did.
So The Black Jacket Symphony can come along, do a closer representation of a classic album than the artist would even try.  By finding the right players for the right parts, and charge less than a third of what you would pay to say you’ve “seen” a classic artist.
But isn’t it about the music they made, really?
The White album, Beggars Banquet, Music from Big Pink, Electric Ladyland, and Astral Weeks were all released 42 years ago.
They are timeless.
They are works of art.
They deserve to be treated as such.
It really is the symphony of our generation.  And it doesn’t matter how old you are.
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2 responses

  1. Dannie Warren

    Cool new site guys!! Keep me informed on all the doings!

    January 20, 2011 at 8:38 pm

  2. Kudos maximus to the Black Jacket Symphony.
    Like many reading this blog; I have been playing and listening to music in this town and this region for decades. BJS provides a platform(and an excuse) for working musicians to totally and accurately cover albums and artists that they have admired for years. You would not believe the amount of effort and passion that all of the individual musicians put into each project…dissecting and studying every beat and measure.
    Most all the musicians you see in a BJS show have thier own musical projects going unrelated to the show. It’s just amazing and inspiring when all that diverse energy comes together for a singular musical purpose to pay homage to a classic album. All egos are in check and everybody’s focused on the goal of making this thing come alive for the audience…BEST OF ALL..the audience totally gets it!!

    January 20, 2011 at 11:57 pm

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