"Is Darden Smith still playing gigs? I saw him dozens of time back in my Austin days-- always enjoyable.
And what happened to his old pal, Elliot Rogers. I saw him in a pure blue grass band some years ago at Chamizal, here in El Paso. Last…"
"Sure, a blog is a blog, and as long as it relates, more or less, to country music, I say, "Write on."
RE Taylor Swift, specifically: She is mainstream country, and I don't listen to mainstream country. Haven't for fifty years,…"
"This is an almost impossible thread to unravel:
My dad used to strum on an old guitar and sing Hank Williams and Roy Acuff songs. By the time I turned twelve, I was too "cool" to admit liking any of that stuff, but how…"
"From personal experience, I would nominate Linda Ronstadt. I caught her at an outdoor festival in San Antonio. She stopped singing and went on and on about people taking pictures with their Kodaks (remember those?) and copyrights,…"
"I don't know about that. Listening to John Lydon's collaborations with Vai on PIL's "Album" makes me realize that his whiney, pleading wail is the perfect foil for crescendos of power chords impersonating melody."
"Not to really criticize, but maybe you are just a "seconds of pleasure" kinda guy; some of the artists you don't like produced great longplay albums. Also, overated and successful are not necessarily the same thing."
"RE your closing remark: I did not mean that a songwriter does not spend time "creating his work." I meant that a poet and a songwriter are perfecting different things. A poet is looking at poetics-- rhyme, m eter, form-- or the…"
"Playlists are for the purpose of matching a particular mood. Sometimes I am not even sure what to call it-- the mood or the list. Here's a short playlist, in progress, that I just call "Those Songs" :
"Thanks. I was thinking about a long, parsing analysis but you beat me to it, and you did a great job, so my reply is reduced to this:
I read that Steve Jobs wanted a definitive set of ALL of Dylan's recorded songs published but he…"
"Re the Steve Earle does Townes discussion: Are you kidding me? The guy knew Townes well, even named his son after him, and he can't cover him without people drawing comparisons? No, cover isn't the word; it's tribute, respectful and…"
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