After three days of admittedly brilliant posts, I got out of bed after a sleepless night with nothing. Nothing I say. Here were my ideas:
* "A Manifesto on Why Woodstock #5n 23099 Could Not Have Been the Hiss Family Typewriter," with 50 illustrations;
*Why Hasn't Anyone Written a Good Song About Bagels;
*What if Mao Had Rewritten the lyrics to "Meet the Mets"
*How would our lives be different, if Sal had decided to peddle underwear instead of music? Would a typical argument on the Burning Woolies forum be, "Anyone who prefers Hanes to Calvin Klein doesn't know anything." Or, Fruit of the Loom never put out anything better than their 1973 high rise pocket."
After carefully considering each of these and rejecting them, I was desperate. But then I reread the comments from yesterday's effort and was struck by something that William Repsher wrote about there not being any truly great music today, and voila!, I had my topic.
What he wrote made me think of something Abbie Hoffman once said about 1968: "They don't make years like that anymore."
Only, apply that to the music scene in 1969. My God, just think of the bands and artists who were at their peaks then: The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Who, The Band, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Motown artists, The Doors, the Ohio Express (just checking to see if anyone is still with me), Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Joni Mitchell, Santana, The Dead, CCR. The list goes on and on.
In that context, of course Mr. Repsher's comments were right on.
*Is it true that there is almost no "great" music today?
*Is it fair to compare any contemporary music to what the Beatles were putting out back then?
*Was that music of the late '60s so great or was it that we were just younger then and took it to heart? Would we feel differently about contemporary music if we were teenagers today? I have always felt that the music someone listens to at 16 is the music that will dominate his or her taste for the rest of their lives. Is that why music from the bygone days always seems better?
And getting back to today's music, can anyone offer up a list of let's say five songs or acts that meet the criteria (whatever that is) of being truly great, let's say on the level of what was out there in 1969? And again, we're not talking good here or even very good, we're saying "great." Tony the Tiger great.