Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Enduring The Test Of Time...
When I shared last weekend's Walk With The Lizard King, I had no idea what was transpiring in Florida.
The New York Times is reporting on a pardon for Jim Morrison from the infamous charges stemming from the 1969 concert in Miami, Florida, when he allegedly exposed himself to the audience. These charges have resulted in over 40 years of "did he" or "didn't he" and a faction of people actively seeking his pardon.
This post is not addressing whether he did or he didn't. Frankly, I was not even a year old, wasn't there, and don't really care. What fascinates me is the fact it is over 40 years after the fact and we are still discussing it. This then begs the question: what are the odds that 40 years from now we will be discussing Justin Beiber? Kanye West? I mean, beyond the occasional pity-appearance on some has-been dancing show or reincarnation of "The Love Boat"?
The fact remains for us that today's bubble-gum-techno-pop-couldn't-sing-without-being-created-via-computer can't hold a candle to the originals. Laugh if you will, but we all know who the Bee Gees are, and they most definitely garner respect in the music world. Jonas who? Where are they now?
To this day, I don't know if I have ever heard anyone belt it out a la' Janis Joplin. That woman could wail like nobody's business. We are still kneeling at the altar of the left-handed genius asking if we're experienced. This is not to say there are no good bands out there today...this would be a mis-truth of gargantuan proportion. But while everyone is talking about Lil Wayne getting out of jail early, Li Lo's on-again-off-again rehab stints, Jessica Simpson's engagement (and why is this news? What has she done lately?) could we please stop for a moment and recall folks who actually possessed true talent?
It would be appreciated....and free Jim Morrison.