Friday, December 21, 2012
The Big Squeeze
'It isn't necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice. There are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia.' - FZ.
I (and presumably the planet as well) am still here to honor Frank Vincent Zappa on what would have been his 72nd birthday.
FZ was a strong influence on myself personally in terms of attitude toward authority (both the honest and undeserved variants), and in observing the need for constant and forward generational change generated from within the individual to effect meaningful progress within a civilization...should that civilization be desired. The jury is still out on that one, I suppose - but time will tell.
Musically, in a career that fair leaped the gamut between moronic and sublime with a pavane across the slime-caked underbelly of 20th century America, he and the musicians who worked for and with him have provided the listener with timeless and timeful bodies of work, for which the word 'daunting' (among others) hardly suffices.
What attracts me to the beauty of Zappadan as a yearly event is that one may celebrate it in any fashion they wish to...no tradition, compulsion, key club membership or bunting needed.
It is one's time to observe and do as they wish, without 'spiritual camp counselors' to prompt or goad.
You can even not celebrate it, a celebration in and of itself...approximately.
Thank you to all who stopped by, new and old acquaintances alike - and see you next year...or even sooner, as time permits.