I just wanted to write a quick post. It seems I'm no longer capable of that. One thing leads to another and short is transformed to long - at least in time spent if not in words.
This started as two brief observations:
As I watched the big Mama
Kenny G Jokes
At AIFF 2008 Distraxtion won the best animated award based on a Kenny G joke. This year in the short European Son, two men are discussing ways to commit suicide, and one guy offered, and it went by very quickly, something about just listening to Kenny G for a day.
So, that was all I wanted to say, except that I liked European Son, but couldn't understand the title. That's where this post got extended. It didn't take long to track down the Velvet Underground song. Here are the lyrics courtesy of MetroLyrics:
You killed your European sonThe link isn't completely obvious. I think a blue car was mentioned, but it was the red one he drove off in. He's definitely over twenty-one. He is saying bye bye bye. I thought perhaps the last line might have hinted at suicide, which would fit, but couldn't find any confirmation. Here's what seemed like the most comprehensive succinct explanation of the song (again from Metro Lyrics - where you can get this as your ringtone and you can hear the song.)
You spit on those under twenty-one
But now your blue car's gone
You better say so long
Hey hey, bye bye bye
You made your wallpapers green
You want to make love to the scene
Your European son is gone
You'd better say so long
Your clown's bid you goodbye
"Discrimination against those who are free, young (both literally and in mentality) and aware. A message to parents, to the intellectuals, to the elite and to anyone who tries to control anyone else in any way imaginable. The freedom explored in the noise is just a literal example of this message. "Music Taste and Age
And all this raises questions about why I didn't know this old song and about what patterns exist in terms of age and keeping current with music. In my case, before twenty-one, I knew most new pop music, but after that, my new music intake became seriously limited. In part that had to do with being in Thailand for three years and away from top 40 radio. And when I came back FM had grown up and I pretty much haven't looked back at AM since. Is that a common pattern? After all, there are radio stations stuck in a time warp playing only the great songs of my youth where you never hear any new stuff.
- So, can anyone out there explain the movie title "European Son"?
- Does anyone know of studies of new music awareness as people go from teens to twenties to thirties, etc.?
I did find a thread on a military chat forum, but I'm just going to give that link and stop looking.
See how one thing leads to another? Enough. There are movies to see. (I've put my tips - there's a lot going on today I just haven't been able to catch up with - in the Anchorage International Film Festival tab above for today.)