Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Difficult Music, A Thoughtful Analysis

An unnamed blogger at a site that appears to sell wholesale t-shirts wrote a very interesting piece about "Difficult Music," citing the Butthole Surfers as a prime example of difficult music that is worth listening to. It's defined as this:
Difficult Music should mean the music is difficult to immediately latch onto. It’s difficult in the way that a knockdown shot using a 5-iron through 75 yards of trees, running a remaining 80 yards up to the flagstick is difficult. You may have to try it over and over again, and it will be difficult to do, but once you understand it, it’s that much more rewarding. Just like the feeling you get when you’ve made that incredible golf shot through the trees.
Personally, I didn't have to listen to BHS more than once to be completely taken, but I can see how other people might need more time to bask in their weirdness combined with brilliant musical combinations.

The author gives other examples of difficult music that winds up being rewarding - Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Captain Beefheart all fit the bill of music that is very different from the status quo, but in the end, hard to stop listening to.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Uncle Fred

According to this site, Gibby's Uncle Fred is General Fred Haynes, a WWII veteran of Iwo Jima, who reflects on this experience in this video. A moving testament from "the greatest generation."

General Haynes has recently published a book "The Lions of Iwo Jima." He is no lightweight, this guy, a member of The Council on Foreign Relations and chairman emeritus of the American Turkish Council.

I'm going to guess that he is Gibby's dad's brother, but I find it weird that the blurb mentions Gibby as the famous nephew but not his father, Mr. Peppermint, as the famous brother. (Well, famous in Texas I suppose.)

Even more impressive is this 2007 video testimony opposing torture of prisoners.