Do me a favor---scroll down where my Amazon ads are. Now, I know this post may be skewing the results, but do you see this among the ads? I've been getting it pretty much nonstop since the ads first went live and I've no idea why it's so persistent. I man--even that stupid Moses mousepad went away eventually!
The awful thing about being an innovator
I checked out Gram Parson's two classic cds from the library a couple weeks ago and today finally started listening to him on my way home from class tonight.
My first reaction was wonder: This is Gram Parsons the Really Big Deal? It just sounds like . . . what country music sounded like when I was a kid. What gives?
So before I came inside I skimmed the liner notes and learned this: This sound didn't exist before Gram Parsons; this brand of American Image didn't exist before Gram Parsons; Gram Parsons invented the soundtrack to my childhood.
It's sort of like when one of those Young Persons hears The Beatles for the first time and says, "Cliché. I totally know every sound here. This has all been done a millions times." Right. True. But the Beatles did it first.
Everything your best innovators touch turns into cliché eventually. It's a great curse.
You, baby, you
With the advent of readers and feeds and so forth, I can no longer be sure who reads Thmusings or how many whos there are. I know how many people actually come here and how many use Google Reader, but beyond that you are all a big mystery.
So hello, mystery people. I don't know who you are, but that ribbon was a nice touch.