May 12, 2013

"We had to have them all pulled out after the Savoy Truffles."

Mystery solved.


Largo said...

I thought it was "You'll have to have them all pulled out", in reference to Eric Clapton, whose dental troubles were the source of good natured teasing from the Beatles, with whom he was jamming at the time. (I can imagine Ringo leading the ribbing.)

(I seem to recall having read about this, somewhere, once, but I have no citation. Any confirmation would be appreciated.)

Largo said...

Ah, wikipedia.

BaltoHvar said...

Sensory desires -

I look back to my earliest recollections of listening to Top 40 Radio beginning in the early 60's. The music put a hook in me. It awakened curiosity and excitement. To fulfill these desires, I would listen for hours to hear new material, or newly minted favorites. Further stoking this was the "exotic" nature of the work. Mostly from England, and then the sounds from Liverpool and the Beatles.

That would fuel, like a grain of sand in an oyster, the need to get my own copy. I had to save, locate, purchase, transport, and then experience the performance. Even though it was then always on a cheap record player, I had the sense of accomplishment, AND the physical record and sleeve to look at and imagine as the sounds I so wanted to hear streamed through my ears, eyes and fingertips.

Now, some 50 years later the industry has changed drastically. First he quality of the material - at least of the type I like, is either rare, or non-existent. There are no "new" artists today that can maintain a 50 year run like those from the 60's and 70's. Oh, they may set-up shop in Vegas, and do the Indian Casino Tours, but there are none today at all like that.

Second, works are now distributed in a completely NON-sensory manner. The "romance" of the 45 or 33 is completely replaced by sterile "down-loads" and forget any album Art to read into while listening. MTV certainly changed that dynamic for the good, but it too became an anachronism, losing it's appeal as "videos" seemingly became formulaic and pedestrian.

With today's Music Industry experiencing a sea-change in all aspects of it's very nature, the "art" has become uninteresting in many ways. Even technically, with the advent of digital, there seems to be no (or very little) room for improvement.

Yet as this happens, we can now get even the most exotic food and ingredients and recipes that were unheard of even a decade or two ago. The thrill and the satisfaction of finding something new, and then adding it to our personal treasure-trove is unyielding in human nature. This technological and logistical change makes the idea that pursuing, finding and enjoying new food a replacement for the static mediocrity of "new music."