Nostalgia Thyme sans Rosemary
Do you find the title mystifying? Me, too.
But that’s the power of music. To communicate a range of feelings and moods that no other language can begin to impart. At this time of the year, there are certain tracks that pop up in my mind as annually as the Fall colors that will be coming our way. I’ve asked others about this. Most tend to agree. Whereas commercial radio playlsits cycle the same top 50 over and over again, yours truly has the luxury to play to the Seasons.
And thats what I do on this week’s show. Older classics such from Neil Young, Marti Jones, Matthew Sweet, The Who, Tull for starters... AND songs about to become classics in years to come. So as we honor one musical tradition, we’re molding another. Or as the vituoso violinist for the Dregs, Dr. Allen Sloan once commented, “Music tends to fill the holes it creates.” Sloan is mystifying, too. His brilliance on the instrument covered all bases. And I mean all – classical, folk, prog rock, country and jazz. Check out his work on the 1978 release by the Dixie Dregs What If. ‘Nuff said.
Its dangerous to make blanket statements, but there is a lot of truth in what I’m about to say. The market of pop music has become cheaper over the decades. There was a lot more imagination by and large in the so called “hits” of the late 60s and early 70s – not even to mention what FM progressive radio clothed the airwaves with in that time period. Digital technology has made it easier to do things. I enjoy it too. But you can’t blame digital technology for lack of imagaination. Check out the music videos from the past on The Cool TV channel and then compare to the present. To use a bad pun, you’ll get the [moving] picture.
As our welcome to Third Season is just about a week away, its nearly time to close up the shutters for Cafe Croude, cross the moat and head back to the sonic confines of Castle Croude. We’re expecting a seasonaly polite forecast for this weekend. That will give us 9.5 on the Wistful Scale--out of a perfect 13.
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