Tuesday, February 23, 2010
From Ryan Alons, the SAO student worker:
I speak as a blue outsider here. On average I listen to late aughts alternative music, which has taken an ironic position. Parody everything and believe nothing. Snark has replaced honesty. It isn’t hip-moustache anymore. It isn’t cool to string out the soul on a guitar. Vampire Weekend has been one of the biggest bands of 2010 (it has been a long year already!). What do they sing about? How tight their diamond slippers are?
So for me it was great to see an experienced blues man get on the stage and shoot straight. Cheesy lines such as “my favorite pocket/ you know the one I’m thinking of/ I’ve got a pocket in my heart for your love” caught my attention, not because I had to shoulder a scoff, but because I was convinced of the honesty of the line. His
Then there was this line that ignited something huge: “If God saved Daniel from the Lion’s Den/ why doesn’t he save everyman.”
While the bubbly Eric Bibb of ‘Pockets’ was still present on the stage, he suddenly became the dynamic troubled Christian, unsure yet confident. It is unusual for an artist to find inspiration from every aspect of the human experience, and touch every respective joy and tragedy equally. In fact his level disposition gave me the strength to mull over powder keg questions along with him.
Eric Bibb asks questions, but provides us answers as well. He is not a man holding some book; he is a man whose life is a book. And he is still writing new songs! Booker’s Guitar was an excellent blues album that dropped this year!
Is it a blues thing to be so broad and honest about everything? I’d love to hear you blues experts out there give me a line! Why do artists now days have to get so specialized about a subject? What was your reaction to the show Tuesday? Is there anyone who didn’t like it? What am I missing?
So ... what do you think? Anything to add?