11 thoughts on “The Chicks Bear It Bare.

  1. To each their own musical preference, it’s all subjective regardless of what is popular or not.
    “Lyrical introspective story-teller/poets/musicians like Tupac remain my preference.”
    See, it’s all subjective.

  2. Indeed, it is all subjective. I guess I can’t get into Rap because I’m a ballroom/swing/Latin/hustle dancer. I like music that lends itself to those kinds of moves — more fluid and less staccato than hip-hop. And, while intellectually I understand the cultural origins of Rap lyrics, emotionally and psycholocially they just miss my mark.

  3. ” As a side note, it was not surprising for me to note that 99% of the audience at the “Face to Face” concert was white, middle-aged, and very self-controlled.”
    99-percent white well-behaved/self-controlled? what does that mean?
    You should research your preferred artists to see who their influencers were–at least for Elton John. Go the source as they have and see if you can feel what the music is doing. I think your experience is a factor of the culturally-non-diverse area where you live, Elaine. (eeeks–Have you moved to Utica?)
    Who wants to be self controlled (or well behaved as you first had) at a concert?

  4. Of course I know who their influences are, but now they are the “oldies but goodies” and new musicians are taking over cutting the edges. My 99% was an observation (and I had a good vantage point from which to make it). Maybe it was the high cost of the tickets and only those financially comfortable were willing to pay. That would tend to leave out the younger, under-employed. I’m not sure that this area is any less racially diverse than any other area, but the nature of the audience was obvious. They were probably the teens and 20 somethings who were the fans of those guys when they started out, the ones who also freaked over the Beatles.
    The nice thing about being in a box was that my friend and I were able to get up and move to the music — even did a little swing, since I know how to lead. Around the rest of the arena people stood up and swayed and clapped etc. but all in a very “self-controlled” way. Just an observation.

  5. Oh, and the other thing I noticed was that there was only one non-white musician in the back up bands, and that was in Billy Joel’s — a gorgeously funky and multi-talented black woman who, I’m almost positive, was also with his band the last time I saw him perform. She stood out not only because of her color; she was outstanding at several different instruments and had a voice that brought down the house all by itself. The absence of much color in the back-up bands was also very obvious. .

  6. I just blogged on the Dixie Chicks yesterday.
    I started to watch the Diane Sawyer interview but got too depressed. Freedom of expression seems to be moving only one direction these days. So I decided to take some action (small and personal, but action none-the-less): despite the fact I’m not a country music fan I went out and bought their latest CD. I’ve posted my receipt as a sort of “Freedom of Expression Proof of Purchase!”

  7. Well, I come down on the side of freedom of choice. The Chicks chose to use opportunities that were offered them to push the issue. There will be consequences to them for doing this, and I think they know this. If there’s a time and place to bare it not-quite-all to make a political point, I think that this was it.

  8. Oh, and as far as raising money to help Shelley was concerned, it wasn’t for her blog specifically; it was for server bandwith that could accommodate all that she does and wants to do. Free blogs are very limited, although they work find for people like me. I’m not sure I understand all that Shelley does — lots of which is technical and experimental — but her work feeds into taking this kind of communication to the next levels of interactivity. And she’s looking for paid work.

  9. Elaine, if you haven’t yet bought a Chicks album, I hope you will. Their latest, “Home,” is absolutely gorgeous.
    So you’re a Kitty Wells fan! Well, well. In my Army days, I was a tireless listener to Ms. Wells, Miles Davis, and Chuck Berry. My barracks mates thought I was some kind of freak because they had no concept of eclecticism.

  10. Yup. Different music for different moods. As I was remembering Kitty Wells, the name Ferlin Husky came to mind. Now how many people remember Ferlin Husky?

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