off topic, yeah, but prophex has made the comment that the beatles and shakespeare were just average joes.
i'm just wondering if he's familiar with this famous soliloquoy:
HAMLET: To be, or not to be--that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune Or to take arms against a sea of troubles And by opposing end them. To die, to sleep-- No more--and by a sleep to say we end The heartache, and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to. 'Tis a consummation Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep-- To sleep--perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub, For in that sleep of death what dreams may come When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause. There's the respect That makes calamity of so long life. For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, Th' oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely The pangs of despised love, the law's delay, The insolence of office, and the spurns That patient merit of th' unworthy takes, When he himself might his quietus make With a bare bodkin? Who would fardels bear, To grunt and sweat under a weary life, But that the dread of something after death, The undiscovered country, from whose bourn No traveller returns, puzzles the will, And makes us rather bear those ills we have Than fly to others that we know not of? Thus conscience does make cowards of us all, And thus the native hue of resolution Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought, And enterprise of great pitch and moment With this regard their currents turn awry And lose the name of action. -- Soft you now, The fair Ophelia! -- Nymph, in thy orisons Be all my sins remembered.
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Other than Hendrix and Nirvana I can think of very little American bands that I have much time for to be honest
But that just proves that generally people like what they grow up with and once tatses are established it is very difficult to get people to broaden them. I make no bones about that applying to me and it seems that it certainly applies to you too.
I think part of your problem is that hind sight is 20-20. Your listening to all this stuff, after the fact. When it first came out, it was cutting edge. All other stuff that you listen too is based on those famous bands, such as the BEatles, Eric Clapton, etc.
Most of the good bands of today get their inspiration from those bands that you call unoriginal.
Nobody does roack and roll, and the blues like America, and Europe, so your not really going to find good bands outside those two conutries. And if you did, it would probably be in another language, and that would make it unenjoyable to those who don't understand the language.
America, and Europe, so your not really going to find good bands outside those two conutries
France, Germany, Mexico, Canada, Italy, Poland, Brazil, Chile, and a whole host of other countries are going to be pissed about this statement. The USA and the UK/Ireland are not the only countries in America and Europe.
If you feel like getting around to it, I'd still be interested to hear what about life, specifically, was not understood by William Shakespeare or John Lennon.
All I am saying is that from what I have read and heard of Lennon and Shakespeare put up next to Smith and Johnston it doesn't hold up.
The lyrics to Imagine are horrible. Lyrics written by a man who would rather not think.
The words in Shakespeare's plays are cool and good sure, but there is nothing that you can take out of Shakespeare and show me that would amaze me, inspire me, or make me feel that Shakespeare was not some average joe who learned to write the english language down on paper.
You see there are 2 different kinds of people at this level, those who know and those who don't.
The ones who don't are greatly appreciated by those millions of others who don't and the ones that do but are misunderstood by the masses like here in this microcosm at evc.
I'm not saying that these men are saviors, I'm saying that they are brilliant - and that The Beatles and Shakespeare while being good at what they do were not brilliant. Their work is work and that is all it is, a purpose, a career...