Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Pure & Not So Easy
A friend just said this to me about Burning Wood-
"The reason I go there everyday is because of your uncensored obsession."
When I hear the word "obsession," my first thoughts aren't good thoughts. But here, in the context of music and writing, I'm okay with it, because it happens to be true.
Pete Townshend and his live version of "The Shout."
I was unfamiliar with this song before yesterday. A studio version can be found on "Another Scoop," the second of three collections featuring Pete demos. I have all three collections, but remember little about any of them. I had been listening to a live concert recorded at The Fillmore in 1996, and two or three songs in, Townshend begins talking about how he doesn't like to write love songs but prefers to write about "something higher." He then launched into "The Shout."
Quite simply, I felt as if I was smacked with a bag of nickels.
I miss you, I miss you
I remember lying by your side
Up in the eerie waters of paradise
N' then one day you walked out
Now I have nothing to do but shout
And I want my voice
To cut over mountains
And I want my soul
To gush up like fountains
To where you reside
That's it. Those are the lyrics. Pure and simple. But it's Pete's delivery that turns this simple poem into the powerhouse it is. It is honest. It is primal. It's a Pete Townshend love song and I am currently obsessed with it. Not the studio version. This live version.
It is Pete Townshend uncensored and obsessed. I hope you feel it.