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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.

Was Bruce Springsteen Born in the USA?

Artist Bruce Springsteen
Other tags Donald Trump

Thank you, Ed! It's always effective to combine brilliant satire with good advice. Make sure The Boss gets to see it, fast....before his entire career crashes in the collapse of Merica!

Springstein...hmmm...who would've known, save for your efforts Ed?...well done...keep us posted...

Carly Simon was married to a musician heroin additct huh?   News to me...I think you should parse the lyrics of "You're So Vain" for more clues...

You get one vote folks...use it wisely...

 

 

I enjoy clever satire, but, sorry Ed, the above just wasn't cleverly written. The last sentence was well taken, though, but should have included the caution of keeping our country safe from conniving, dishonest wives of impeached presidents.

 Make A Merkin Great Again

Given our two only real but dubious choices I'll take the conniving wife of a stupidly impeached ex-president over the narcissitic, out-of-his-depth, racist buffoon that she's running against. If Trump gets elected this country deserves the nightmare that will follow but I don't think the rest of the world does. If we let this demagogue loose on the world I will hang my head in shame and prepare for the civil war that follows. Trouble is--the other side has all the guns. Perhaps I'll just ask them to shoot me and put me out of my misery.

Bad hater politics, Ed.  Please do everyone a favor, keep your hater politics out of the music review, because your perspective is an insult to so many working musicians. 

 

Brian, I wonder what working musicians you're talking about. Probably no one I would care to listen to since the biggest hater in politics is the man Ed is satirizing. Your "advice" to Ed is the real insult.

No Dennis, all musicians!!!  All the musicians I know use music as a way to unite, not divide.  Ed is a divider, you're a divider, the musicians I know play for everyone, Dennis.  Wake up, Dennis!  Music unites, Music critics/writers divide.   Since Dennis and Ed don't approve of people different than themselves and use magazine forums for political myopic whining how do we learn about what other musicians are doing?  Maybe find another magazine.

I'm afraid your comments here Brian divide and don't unite. And I never claimed to be a uniter. Just expressing an opinion.

I've been to about 30 live shows this year and I've yet to hear any "working musician" say anything remotely positive about Trump.  

I dont hear them say anything positive about Hillary, either.  whoa........

Perhaps I should have said the majority of musicians playing concerts I attended that voiced an opinion were anti-Trump which is not to say they were pro-Hillary.  But then again living in NC where Republican Gov. Pat McCrory is considering state issued genital photo voter IDs which will serve as both voter IDs and bathroom passes nothing (even a Trump presidency) seems too farfetched to believe.

If memory serves, never a sure bet, I believe it was Joe Piscopo who first raised the question of Springsteen or Springstein (with a long i).

Hey y'all...appreciate all the comments. It should be pretty clear that this is not a 'music review' as Brian calls it, but a column. As such, and as always, the topic is of my choice and the views I express are my own. Don't expect everyone to agree with my opinions, nor do I censor the comments. The only rule we have at No Depression is to play nice and keep it as civil as you can. And just a reminder, if you don't like the subject matter...don't read it. It's free speech and free choice. 

Just no frigging columns on Sting, Ed, or you can free speech this!

 

Oh yeah...Sting baby...he the practitioner of tantric yoga...he last long time...longer than some of his songs!

His songs last an eternity plus 50%.  

Some of them are very long...not sure how he ever had time to write them given the tantric thing, but maybe he can do both at the same time...

I don't get this hatred of Sting anymore than I do of the Eagles or Hillary Clinton. Not a huge fan of any of them but I think some of Sting's work is very good--certainly nothing to get one's panties in a twist about. Same with the Eagles and I don't care if any of them are considered assholes or egomaniacs. As long as they aren't Trump supporters or Republicans I don't judge artists by their personalities but by their creations. (When they cross that political line I just can't respect what they have to say.) Besides, I think a lot of artists that are considered jerks, rude and/or pricks are just people who don't suffer fools. (I won't go into the Hillary debate or I'll get my panties in a twist.) But speaking of Sting. He and Peter Gabriel are touring together and were recently in Seattle. According to a review in the "Seattle Times," since Sting inspired Gabriel to get back into yoga they are calling each other the Tantric Twins.

Dennis, I'm shocked that the sentence didn't read ....I don't get this hatred of Sting anymore than I do of the Eagles, Donovan or Hillary Clinton.

Dennis did leave out Donovan...

What!!!?? People hate Donovan....

That's too funny, Tantric Twins...actually Dennis, I like Sting's music a lot, though he's gone through some spells I wasn't all that enamoured with, and I was a big Police fan as well...and I don't think he's a jerk...I do think his sexual braggadocio is amusing, and is a bit indicative of the bubble he lives in, but then again, I also am sure he's done pretty well with the ladies (poor Trudy, when does she sleep?)...I am in my 60's and I still run 30-40 miles every week...I'd never make fun of someone for doing something good for their health like yoga and that isn't what it was about, it's just that the guy carries himself a certain way and there is a facet of it that is amusing to me...and if you could go back to Mike Seely's "It's Time to Take it Easy on the Eagles" article, you would find that I am in fact mostly a defender of the way they went about things...they didn't get ripped off as badly as a lot of other artists...they get hammered for dealing with promoters and record business people the same way Neil Young and Elliot Roberts did, but Neil pretty much gets a pass for the same...I also love some of that music a great deal because 1972 is the year I graduated from high school...you always identify with the music you heard in that time of your life, adolescense to adult...Jackson Browne, Eagles, CSNY, Joni Mitchell, Ned Doheny, JD Souther, etc.   Love it...Sting is in the public eye...he's a target like Graham Nash or John Mayer...outspoken, shares more personal info than other artists...and definitely has an ego...it's okay, you probably don't get where he's gotten if you don't have that...part of it is just the name...his real name is Gordon...doesn't sound too rockstar...but he's "Sting"...one word...and one that can be interpreted as sexual in nature...I find it amusing is all...if you want to see a great live performance, his solo "Roxanne" at one of the Secret Policeman's ball concerts is about as good a one man statement as anyone has ever made with an acoustic guitar...

If I were Sting, I'd probably be doing worse stuff that he was doing, and I probably wouldn't give a shit about what anybody has to say about it either...it isn't personal with me...Jack may indeed hate Sting but I think he and Hal are more poking fun at his larger than life persona...don't want to speak for them but that's how I took it...

 

I simply wanted Jack to avert his eyes when I posted the Sting centerfold! 

My eyes hurt my ears.

I agree with everything you said Jim except--who the hell is Ned Doheny? Is he another of those artist I should have heard of like Dirk Hamilton but for some reason just never crossed my radar? Or is he someone more well-known in your neck-of-the-woods? That same "Seattle Times" review/article said that Sting is kind of embarrassed about that whole tantric sex thing and laments he can't escape it. On the other hand, since he and Gabriel are calling themselves the Tantric Twins he must also have a sense of humor about it.

Speaking of Dirk Hamilton, my last purchases by him from his website were "The Ghost of Van Gogh" (2007) and "Thug of Love" (1980) and a DVD of a live recording in Italy in 2003. All very excellent. Seeing his band live was very impressive, The video was a tad amateurish but the band and Dirk's singing were terrific. His guitarist, Don Evans I believe, was really great and could make his electric guitar sound like a mandolin which I'd never heard before. The keyboard player (his name escapes me) was also very good. Since I signed up for Dirk's email alerts I've received information about his touring (nothing in my area alas) but many of them were just house concerts. He mentioned that a couple hosting in Davis,  CA were panicking because only 17 people had signed up! How can an artist this great be so obscure?

Jim, your conclusion is accurate, that and I find much of his solo work, despite his using top flight musicians, to be uninteresting background sounds, tasteful but dull, the kind of generic hold music one might hear on the phone. I do like some songs quite a bit...Love Is Stronger Than Justice is a great tune. Yeah, his persona sort of invites, if not demands, wisecracks.  Whatever, he is talented.

There you go Ed...indeed that is what it is...free means both things...you don't have to read it...you have both a volume control and a remote for the television while we're at it too...

The 80's were my salad days but the Police wore out their welcome with me even before David Bryne did and I thought his solo stuff was just boring.   I loved his cameo on the Simpsons though.   I guess he doesn't take himself too seriously.   

 

 

That's Great...I saw that at some point a few years back...some of his solo stuff is great, some not...I liked the live stuff he did with Kenny Kirkland and Brandon Marsalis...there's a version of "Driven To Tears" on that live disc that just kills- so does the title track "Bring on the Night"...

The only song he ever did I can still listen to is "So Lonely".   

As far as your earlier comment about "one vote" Jim, former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley begs to differ.    Wasn't it he that coined "vote early, vote often"?!?

I know exactly what you mean Rudyjeep...I read Mike Royko's "Boss" back in Poly Sci class...primer on Mayor Daley...but I have never voted more than one time personally, so that is sort of my perspective...I got the "Apolitical Blues" Rudyjeep, and as you know, "they are the meanest blues of all"...RIP LG...

Don't have to go to Chicago for that...the Democrats in my county/city typically start out with 1,500 to 2,000 absentee ballots cast prior to the election, GOP is lucky to get a 10th of that...used to be 4,000+ back when GM was the major employer...there have been a few people (from both parties) arrested on voter fraud charges over the many years I can recollect, but in general they were people that really went way over the line...turning in absentee ballots for dead people, getting a vote/signature from someone on life support...what is left is mostly legit I suppose, but none of us knows what the conversations really are when someone takes a ballot to someone old, infirm, etc...

I miss Mike Royko's columns.   I remember one he did on how vain contact wearers like me are.   He said touching ones eyeball is "against the laws of nature"!   Classic stuff.  

I know about those Apolitical Blues Jim.   I got "two degrees in Be-bop and a PHD in swing".

I think these days "voter fraud" is a GOP euphemism to cover up voter suppression.   

Royko also wrote that experienced drinkers know that the best way to avoid a hangover is not to mix what one drinks. If you are going to drink beer, frozen daiquiris and vodka all night, don't drink anything but beer, frozen daiquiris and vodka.  The Boss was an insightful, well written take on tbe first Mayor Daley.

Here in Cook (Crook) County, long time one party democratic rule, perhaps especially under the second Mayor Daley, has brought the city to the brink of bankruptcy, much like the democratic controlled statehouse has done, almost unassisted by republicans, with State government. We have the highest per capita debt per resident of any state in the country. We vote frauds into office. 

 

That is a harsh, but no doubt an honest personal assessment of Cook...My daughter is the General Manager of a movie theater in Osweego, and lives in Naperville, so I have some familiarity with that area...visit occasionally, and it is a costly place to live compared to Indiana, her rent is double what it was in Fishers, IN, which is a comparable type of community...I nearly got off the interstate in "Willow Springs" after hearing Michael McDermott's latest record the last time I drove up there...though he doesn't say anything about it that makes me think it is anything special...I like to visit Jack...by the way, happy for you that the Cubs clinched...

I'm not sure either party has an answer, there's just too much money in it these days, they don't feel any allegiance to the voter...Pence was the Governor here till he jumped on the Trump bandwagon...there's millions of dollars surplus here, but they won't fix the roads...Interstate 65 sucks wind...I love the 355 toll road even if I do have to pay...

My hometown was a GM stronghold so we are an exception in Indiana...still a lot of Union folks here, even though GM is gone...Anderson is more like Flint (except the water is still ok...I think)...

It's a harsh, well documented reality, Jim.

Been meaning for months to replace that Cubs logo with something else, I added it last fall out of the exhuberance of making the playoffs. Damn Mets!

 

Byt the way, a better way to avoid a hangover is to drink lots of water...no dehydration and not enough room for mass consumption...gotta go the the bathroom a lot though...but Royko is right about mixing stuff...

There's definitely some of that going on...suppression that is...

Royko did a column once on how boring Indiana was...I thought it was hilarious, but it didn't sit well with a lot of my fellow Hoosiers...he said driving through all of Indiana is like driving through Southern Illinois...and he was pretty much right...I miss him too...hell of a writer...

Rudyjeep...this comment ended up down here...not sure how...

Thanks for picking a clip from Obama's first inauguration concert.  What a contrast from the hope and optimism of that moment to today.