Freedom Is Just Another Word… Reply

Janis Joplin

I got song-bombed! This is the month of Janis Joplin’s birthdate and I got suckered into listening to her sing “Me And Bobby McGee”. Wow. What song and what a singer. Her performance is close to being immortal if you can imagine such a thing. At least her fame continues even if her life doesn’t.

Now, all I can hear in my mind is Bobby McGee’s words, “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose”, and I am going crazy. I am going so crazy I started to research what freedom really means. Oh, my soul, did I get into it!

When I think of freedom it is not in the context of having nothing to lose. People may feel that way after a big loss as in losing a loved one, or a job, or having a love affair gone bad. Something has to be taken away from you or something lost for this freedom to exist.  Maybe I can agree that there is a certain feeling of “I don’t owe anybody”, or “what do I have to lose” being called freedom, but I don’t see those situations necessarily as being free. 

In the grand scheme of things are we free to exercise free will? Is free will thwarted by law or custom when we wish to do certain things? Do we really have the freedom to exercise free will? As so poetically written in the song Bobby McGee, nothing is free.

It may be better to get down to appreciating the music and forget about the words and philosophical meaning of songs written by brilliant Rhodes Scholars like Kris Kristofferson. Sometimes being song-bombed is easy compared to questioning everything.

What do you think?

 

Remember The Old Folks And Their Music 2

My lovely niece messaged me on Facebook asking me what kind of music her Dad would prefer. His birthday is this week, and she is putting together some music for him. The problem is that I don’t know what he likes.

My brother was born in 1928, and I suppose that the music of his generation was Big Band music with all its shades, jazz, to blues, to boring. When I worked at a radio station, I played some of the music from that generation with bands like Glenn Miller, Jimmy Dorsey, and others. I found it fascinating, and much of it was really good. A lot of really good and creative music was made in that era, and there are still lots of fans of that music.

The Glenn Miller Story is a good movie that is well worth watching, and tells a lot about the the era. It is available on Amazon.com in dvd format.

One of the artists I distinctly remember is Buddy Rich, the fastest drummer in the world. That was the claim, and it may still be true. Below is a sample of Buddy Rich’s work.

The Big Band era produced a genre all its own. Enjoy.