Yesterday someone turned me onto this brand new interview with Joni Mitchell made for Canadian television by the CBC. The chat runs 2 hours and 15 minutes. That's a lot of time to discuss an array of topics ranging from her artwork, to her feelings on Dylan and Cohen, to how she got into this business of music.
Mitchell is arguably the best female singer/songwriter of all time. Her body of work intoxicates me. If you feel likewise or, better yet, haven't delved into Joni's world the way I have, this is time well spent.
It's probably the best debate in popular music. What draws you into a song, the lyrics or the music? There's plenty of folks on either side of the question and many, too, who straddle both.
I'm one of those straddlers. While I may initially be drawn to a song by the music, the lyrics help galvanize my enjoyment of it quickly.
I'm a good listener. Back in high school I went through a two day battery of tests by a psychologist at John Carroll University to determine where my strengths were. Actually my parents were trying to find out if I was malfunctioning I think. I scored extremely high on any test that involved hearing. It's how I remember things best.
I could have told them that. I'd already been a music and radio nut for years and had countless lyrics to songs embedded in my brain. So, in my case the lyrics are just as important as the music.
I was at the Indians game last night. You can't win them all, especially when Scherzer, the Tigers pitcher, really had his stuff. Still, I enjoyed myself. It felt like a summer night in downtown Cleveland and everyone was in good spirits. Surrounded by little leaguers, die-hard fans and girls in short shorts it was a great night in one of my favorite places, the ballpark.
There were these particularly loud and chatty girls behind me. Their constant yakking only paused long enough to sing along to some of that awful music that passes for country these days. It got me to wondering if it was their fault or are they merely unaware.
There's so much great music being created every year. That includes country and evey other genre you can name. Unfortunately what we hear on commercial radio is dreadful for the most part. There are exceptions but most of it is lowest common denominator crap decided upon by programmers afraid to take chances. These songs play consantly on amazingly stagnant playlists that seem to change with the pace of a glacier.
So these girls behind me are pretty much brainwashed right? Their taste can't be that bad. If I could perform an experiment on them, expose them to only good music in a tight rotation would they find this music just as enjoyable?
Or is what Marshall McLuhan said back in the 60s a truth and not an opinion? Are the masses asses?
As an Apple guy I'm not too happy about this. I've been hoping for a
long time now that we'd see a streaming music service from them and now
Google has beaten them to the punch.
Even if the Google streaming service is launched I'm going to stick
with Spoitify for now. For one, I have a good amount of time vested in
compiling playlists. And I'm still hoping that Apple, the once
visionary company, takes off its blinders and sees that the future is
streaming music and not the iTunes store.