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"If what's happening now in America had happened in the sixties, we would have protests like you've never seen before. But in 2011, people can name every player on the football team, but they can't tell you how badly they're being taken advantage of and by whom. They know what Gaga's doing, but they don't know what the government's doing. Everyone's on Facebook and Myspace and Yourspace and Theirspace and Twitter and Tweeter. Great, fantastic! But anybody paying attention?

— Lionel Richie, quoted in the April edition of Esquire


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Apr. 7th, 2012 03:04 pm (UTC)
You get an "Amen!" from over here, Lionel!

Oh, and yay me - I can't name any player on any football team.
Apr. 7th, 2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
I never was a Lionel Richie fan, but my opinion of him went up considerably after reading that quotation. I think you'd be able to find the whole interview online under "What I've Learned." It's a neat format: It's just a transcript of the interviewee's answers, without the questions.
Apr. 7th, 2012 10:25 pm (UTC)
Speaking of music (ooh, smooth segue) I have all but worn out Amos Lee, Kathleen Edwards, and now Young the Giant. I listened to Amos in the car and Kathleen at the computer for weeks on end. Then I popped Young the Giant in the car and haven't stopped listening to them for at least a week now. Thanks.
Apr. 7th, 2012 11:02 pm (UTC)
That's great. Glad you liked it all.

I downloaded some earlier Amos Lee last night but haven't listened to it yet. Got some Omar and the Howlers a couple of weeks ago: sounds a lot like Jimmy Vaughan/Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Last week I bought an old John Mayall and the Bluebreakers album ("Crusade," from 1967) because it was the first album where Mick Taylor played with Mayall. I am only just figuring out that Taylor is a helluva guitarist. I always figured I was listening to Keith Richards on the Stones' "Sticky Fingers." Wrong! Check out Taylor's closing solos on "Bitch" and especially on "Sway" and you'll hear that album in a whole different light.
Apr. 7th, 2012 11:09 pm (UTC)
Check out Taylor's closing solos on "Bitch" and especially on "Sway" and you'll hear that album in a whole different light.

You hear music on a whole level that's far more sophisticated than what I'm capable of. I admire your knowledge of and appreciation for musicians' skills.
Apr. 7th, 2012 11:12 pm (UTC)
"Sway" is my favorite Rolling Stones album. Jagger's line "Destroyed your notion of circular time" is brilliant.

My second-favorite Stones song is "Sister Morphine." I understand that song a whole lot better after getting a shot of morphine when I was in the hospital last month.
Apr. 8th, 2012 01:25 am (UTC)
Well said, Lionel Richie!
Apr. 8th, 2012 06:43 am (UTC)
He's just bitter because no one is paying attention to him anymore. ;-)

Actually, I think his comment is spot-on.
Apr. 8th, 2012 04:40 pm (UTC)
I can't say I ever paid any attention to him.
Apr. 10th, 2012 04:07 pm (UTC)
My favorite Mayall albums were always Turning Point or Blues from Laurel Canyon. For reasons I can't exactly determine, I've recently been especially fond of Jazz Blues Fusion despite it not being either jazz, blues, or a fusion of the two. Go figure.
Apr. 11th, 2012 01:23 am (UTC)
Re: Mayall
I've gotta go with Spinning Coin.
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