Friday, October 26, 2012

Truth Be Told

Two articles I found interesting.

"The key is you don’t want to copy the blues; you want to capture the mood."

"Mood and intensity can’t be manufactured. The blues isn’t about structure; it’s what you bring to it. The spontaneity of capturing a specific moment is what drives it."

“I think it’s magnificent how Jack has stood his ground,” Page says of White. “.... Most musicians would’ve compromised. He hasn’t and he won’t. He’s a solid rock.”

"We wanted every part of the song to be important and have movement. There was no need to retreat to the security of having a big chorus in every song."

"It’s a spoiled mentality; everything is too easy. If you want to record a song, you can buy Pro Tools and record four hundred guitar tracks. That leads to overthinking, which kills any spontaneity and the humanity of the performance."

"Instead, Rove’s savvy was admired, his strategy in targeting an opponent’s perceived strength was praised as astute. Rather than condemning the attack as fundamentally false, and marginalizing it to the fringes (as has happened, albeit slowly) with the “birthers”.... it showed that he, and his team, knew how to win elections."

"Very little of this content is actually enlightening because it is almost all fueled by outrage."

"In reading the accounts of those who watched the first debate, I wonder if President Obama wasn’t experiencing some similar emotions as me, only magnified a gazillion times.... Maybe his disengagement was necessary in order to keep him from ripping off his suit coat, looking into the camera and saying something like, “fuck this fucking bullshit, I’ve got work to do.” In the end, President Obama’s first debate performance is perhaps an indicator of a sane person operating in an insane world."

"He has both an integrity and a fortitude that I lack. I would like to say that I am conscientiously objecting, except that given the stakes I don’t think checking out is conscientious so much as necessary to protect my mental equilibrium."