Friday, 1 January 2010
Rob Lesman wrote that the text for a t-shirt text that I made last year should not be ”passion pays off”, but ”Love pays off”. So I thought I start this new year with some right words:
Although this blog is not exactly the most popular blog on the Net, I do get many nice and helpful comments. I do not always react upon them in this blog, because I prefer to write about new things and because there is not enough time for that anyway. I wish there was!
Here is a video by a man called Salty Holmes, that Dolf Hell made me see:
Salty Holmes also is the man behind the ”talking harmonica” record that I mentioned earlier. Not a talking guitar, as i mentioned, but an harmonica. Nevertheless, here is it:
Before Dolf told me about him, I had never heard about Salty Holmes. That again makes me wonder how many more of this stuff is beyond my knowledge. Is it twice as much as I already know? Or more? Ten years ago I realy thought that I had heard about everything, or at least the best of everything. But last year I was again happy to be overloaded with old music that I had never heard of and that was surprisingly good. Or strange.
Roland Vonk gave me a copy of a CD with the complete works of Johnny Rebel.
Johnny Rebel is an openly racist singer, whose lyrics are among the most explicit in this genre. Luckily most songs in this genre are not very well written. That makes it easy to ignore them. The problem with the songs of Johnny Rebel is that they are good. So the dilemma is: do really want to listen to Ku Klux Clan propaganda? I have listened to the CD once so far and I don’t know what to think of this dilemma. Twenty years ago I did away some of my rap LP’s because I didn’t want to listen to people that propagate violence without any sense of humour that I could recognise. I never regretted that. But what to do with Johnny Rebel?
There is only one of his songs on YouTube, and that is of course not a very racist song. It is not much of a song either, but it still gives you a taste of what is on the CD: