Big time name dropping #02 / Mobile Recording
I always loved slow players. I am more into Jimmy than Stevie Ray, Jeff than John Mac if you see what I mean. Fast dudes always make me think of an Olympics competition and for me music is everything but a competition. Roughly said, music is bringing out the absolute best things to be found on earth, while competition probably brings out the worst. When watching “It might get loud” the movie
today, two considerations pop up: there you have 3 of the best popular guitar players in the world, the Edge, Jimmy Page, Jack White, and these three guys are slow as hell and perhaps even a bit sloppy. I can relate, as I would tag my playing style as being slow and sloppy too. I like it. So much. Ry back then was slow too. Today, and this is absolutely OK I must say, you can kick a lamppost and 15 guitar players will fall, all faster, tighter, better that any of the 70s dudes.
But still, go out and ask millennials about what music they like, the most answer you will get will be stuff from last century. Apart for my stepson who is into french teenager poorly written whining rap stuff, but that is out of league Spotify streaming Gen Z, not many of them even have a clue of any recent artists, regardless of how tight and fast they are….
This deeply questions what you make music for, what music is: are you filling up a void or flourishing silence? I chose my side, long time ago, while watching these dudes from the side of the stage, playing their soul, transcending silence, with so much taste it was overwhelming my teenage all open senses. So much so that I would spend most of shows of the busier guys asleep, baked in the sun, stage left, in the flight case cover of the large mixing desk used by our “mobile studio” to record Paleo’s first and only official live double 33RPM vinyl LP.
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