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Easy Ed's Broadside

Exploring music without a map.

Since 2009, Ed has shared his thoughts on ND about music that touches him, and rambled hither and yon about what else is on his mind.

Easy Ed's Broadside

Exploring music without a map.

Since 2009, Ed has shared his thoughts on ND about music that touches him, and rambled hither and yon about what else is on his mind.

Damn the Hype, Praise the Boxer

Thanks Ed.   I stumbled upon (thank you PBS) Ken Burn's excellent

 Unforgiveable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson  last week.  

 

That documentary is excellent, as is most all of Ken Burns work...my dad was quite a boxing fan when I was young, and we often watched the Friday night fights together...I can remember seeing Ruben "Hurricane" Carter back in the early 60's, before his prison sentence and eventual immortalization in the Dylan song...my dad used to talk about all the old boxing greats like Johnson, who he'd never seen, and on to Dempsey and Tunney and Joe Louis and Rocky Marciano...I can remember Dad talking about when he was a kid and the scandalous behavior of Johnson, how he openly had relationships with white women in the early 1900's...truthfully, I was too young then to understand the signficance of that...but that in Johnson's day they fought how ever many rounds it took for one man to be the victor...that when Johnson finally lost, it was a 25 round fight that he hadn't trained for...that was the stuff that was palpable to me.  Sort of like Robert Johnson in music...the guy who is maybe the source material...don't think my dad, who was a music fanatic, knew of Johnson's musical career...he certainly never mentioned it...

Don't worry about the slump Ed...I get depressed from time to time that I can't listen to everything that is out there, and I'm probably missing something vital...and then I also get this thing where I hear several things in a row that people are raving about that just don't grab me and I wonder if it's me...I saw a review here for the Wild Feathers a few weeks ago...sounded like something I'd like based on description...didn't like it at all...same with several other things...thought the Hayes Carll was overhyped too, good not great...but then I got Mark Erelli and Sturgill Simpson (which people are all over the place on) and I felt like I was back in the game...do what you have to do and write about music when you are feeling it again...

Know the feeling, Ed.  Read years back someone's suggestion for what to do when you feel stale or in a bit of a rut.  Took it to heart and it usually works for me.  Main thought was wholesale changes aren't always needed, sometimes an intentional stroll off the beaten works well. If you normally go to movies, try the opera instead.  Or if you read only fiction, mix in biographies and non fiction.  If you usually take the interstate, take state roads.  If you always head south for vacation, head west. You get the idea.  Think the point was to zig zag.  One of my hurdles with new music, aside from time constraints and sifting through immense volume, is the proliferation of old timey string bands. Full up on those.