Tuesday, May 28, 2013

No Time for Old Timey 'Round Here

I wanted to like this video, which I stumbled upon searching for an appropriate Memorial Day musical selection, but could not — The Dustbowl Revival Performs "Soldier's Joy" on AXS Live. Neither could I like it, nor could I find a good musical post for the day. This ensemble does not earn being embedded on these pages.

Speaking of embedding, the leggy, blonde singer I did like; she showcases herself (but, alas, not her gams) well here — The Dustbowl Revival - "Riverboat Queen". She, could pilot my riverboat anytime, and they're good musicians, too, but, unlike the music lovingly posted on this blog, these SoCal kids seem less a part of a living tradition, carrying the past into the present and future, than a depressing parody of those same traditions, which they ultimately despise rather than venerate. They are, in a word, campy, a degenerate style for which we simply have no time around here.

That seems to be what Old Time (or Old-Timey) is all about (and retro is just as bad, if not worse in this regard). Why? See left-conservative Christopher Lasch's quote that graces this blog's header: "A society that has made 'nostalgia' a marketable commodity on the cultural exchange quickly repudiates the suggestion that life in the past was in any important way better than life today."

Is a bit of authenticity too much to ask for, even in this day and age? No.

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