Hah. I did that screaming sideways post about the permanence of the artistic impulse, and PUNCTUATED it with a the 10cc video. And then bright and early on Monday Morning, Steve Simels posted a link to an acoustic set done by Graham Gouldman and the batch of dudes he is touring with.
For those of you who don’t know; Graham Gouldman has written more of your favorite songs than you ever realized. Do you know he wrote Cream’s biggest hit?
I was turned on to 10cc by a friend I worked with when I was in high school.
it is weird to admit, but Kell was older than I and had a deformed hand due to the drugs being fed to his mother. Regardless, he was a sporto and was considered for the Phillies farm team. He introduced me to old-school Genesis, as well as 10cc; and also insisted that I also upgrade my standards both for alcohol and pot.
It is very weird to look back, but I was mostly into hard rock and metal , as a suburban mush-head teenager. But Kell helped me move beyond that (admittedly, I had made some strides already, with my affection for Queen).
And after all these years and miles, I still smile when one of those songs come up on iTunes. Gouldman and the others in the band are so unbelievably talented, that you can’t help bu be converted by their songs.
This is where I usually exhort you to go and pay the fucking musician; but I suspect Gouldman has oodles of royalties. But I exhort you on the other side of it, if you like tremendous and superb music, go and download this thing.
what the fuck, it includes a version of Dreadlock Holiday. And he is an Artist of the First Caliber, so pay fucking attention. And if you love his work, go our and see a live band or pay somebody for music.
Because that is how it works.
But on a personal note, my personal favorite is One Two Five:
Yeah, the things we do for love. That’s good. But here’s the things: we do some things because we love them, right. But at some point we (everybody) needs to get paid for doing them. And the Goofle (not being EVIL) and the Spotify are not actually paying artists at any meaningful level.
What I learned from 10cc is the ability to be good and great and intelligent, while working within the standard. Conforming while screwing with the status quo. A love song that is JUST THAT BIT weird.
You want to support musician in this environment of savage race to the bottom lifestyle? two ways: go to their web site and buy something. OR: go to a show and buy something. Or, if you want to be zombie about it, sit your ass down and learn how to play a fucking instrument. Not only will that give you some idea about how tough it i is to actually play music publicly, it will give you maybe-worthwhile skill when the entire system comes crashing down.
Good Morning Judge, indeed.