Musician Musings

I suppose the fact that famous musicians are famous leads people to believe that musicians have profound, amazing statements to make about life away from the soundstage. Most of the time their opinions and statements are about as amazing as anybody’s are. But there are times when what they have to say are quite intelligent and a bit enlightened. Because the musician is famous, the quip is repeated and reported.

Because I was a lowly DJ, it’s not very likely that I’ll find any of my musings in a future edition of *Bartlett’s Quotations* But you’ll certainly find statements by such luminaries as John Lennon, Harry Belafonte and Jimmi Hendrix in the lists of sayings.

“You have to forget about what other people say, when you’re supposed to die, or when you’re supposed to be loving. You have to forget about all these things.”–Jimi Hendrix

Just as coffee and beer are acquired tastes, so is music by Jimi Hendrix. I happen to enjoy all three in moderation, well coffee a little more so. If you can somehow make out the words in Jimi’s songs, you’ll find much wisdom. I wasn’t able to procure reprint rights for his songs so you’ll need to research them yourself.

Jimi did have a lot to say off stage. The above quote is one of my favorites. Jimi Hendrix, in effect, validated the growing up process. He certainly lived life on the edge. I’m sorry that edge often included chemical means of mind alteration. I doubt he’d listen to my opinion about that anyway.

Some songwriter/musicians are simply timeless. Their work crosses generations, race and class distinctions. It seems like whenever Bob Dylan opens his mouth, something wise or perceptive comes out of it. He’s one of those folks who says what’s on his mind. Much of what he sings about or talks about speaks to a huge mass of people.

“The radio makes hideous sounds.”–Bob Dylan

The economy of words in that quotation is like a Japanese Haiku. Simple, clean and to the point. Everyone knows of at least some instances about this Dylan truism. His work and words hit home. Sometimes they make you uncomfortable. Other times you agree. Most of the time he speaks to your heart. He says neatly what you want to say yourself.

Sometimes, our inner rebel yearns to hear something forbidden and not politically or culturally correct. I recall some times that friends patently dismissed Eminem. There were other times I caught those very folks listening to Eminem when they thought nobody else was around to witness the fact. For all his faults, something inside me likes a little bit of Eminem just to stir up my mental ingredients. Sometimes we need to be rubbed the wrong way, to really live life fully.

“Say there’s a white kid who lives in a nice home, goes to an all- white school, and is pretty much having everything handed to him on a platter – for him to pick up a rap tape is incredible to me, because what that’s saying is that he’s living a fantasy life of rebellion.”–Eminem

I couldn’t have said it better than Eminem. You just need to stop and look at mainstream western culture. It’s boat rocking time with Eminem. Maybe that’s why so many people hate him?

To me, he’s like my childhood playmate, Lonnie. Lonnie was half-insane. He was a daredevil. We loved each other as friends, but he egged me on to do some stupid, dangerous stuff. We pushed the envelope together. He was far more daring than I was and I deeply envied him for it. I wonder whatever became of Lonnie. Maybe he’s planning on climbing Mount Everest?  I think of Emminem as a musician version of Lonnie.

There are many more philosophical musician quips. We could all go on for days thinking about them. It was fun writing about these pop culture icons and their outer wisdom.


The Blue Jay of Happiness sometimes sings like Jimi Hendrix played guitar.


About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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1 Response to Musician Musings

  1. Andre' R. says:

    Loving that quote from Bob D…..great observation! I’m hooked.

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