Today, we're reminded of just how much music can do.
The digital world in which we live allows us to be many places at once. Through countless clickable visual imprints, we can see and share what it might look like to own things we can't afford, be people we emulate, and hide from those we despise or denigrate.
In this world, our needs can be quickly served and nearly all of our questions addressed with answers we prefer. Our every itch can be scratched and every ideation satisfied.
It's a me first world, whose biggest irony is that its architecture was created largely from the desire to share songs across distance. And yet nothing does as much for us as the act of sharing music with one another in person.
We're big Cab Calloway fans around here: we especially love his high speed rhyming, wordless scats, and soaring vocals. A fellow collector who knows about our admiration for the big band leader insisted we watch this clip. When we did, one of the best things we found was a big middle finger to society's "me-me-me" mentality.
Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.
As important as music has always been to us, woven throughout our histories and tied to just about every human connection we make, we realize we haven't used music enough to actively help others. And by help, we mean giving people a way to communicate or, for example, as Jail Guitar Doors shows us, giving others the power to climb up and out.
Today, we realize we can do better.
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In 1981 a Nelson family friend, and Manager of Wolf & Rissmiller's Country Club offered a “comped,” “safe” balcony seat for any show John cared to see at the venue. His parents reluctantly agreed. The Los Angeles band, X, was young Nelson’s first pick, and soon after, The Blasters, Oingo Boingo, 45 Grave and Agent Orange.
It all went downhill from there, but that's for another website.
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