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13. Jul. 2009, 19:12

again, i picked up a track because it was on a stupid TV commercial. Mea culpa. It was that Sprint Pre ad with Doorwayby IO Echo.

As my previous posts attest, I've been feeling --- well, melancholy is a mild way to put it since being effectively dumped in the most sudden and totally unforeseeable way possible by a woman I'd hoped to spend years loving.

So the "Doorway" song fit my mood - well, it did OK anyway. But it was a little lacking somehow in its soul, down in its - er - j'nais se quois. But it was good enough to whet my thirst for some really, really moody music. As I say, it wasn't bad, and it may grow on me and I may someday think more of it. Hard to immediately like a song you snagged off of a stupid television advertisement, after all. Then again I found Emilíana Torrini from a (how embarrassing) from an article in the New Yorker andLisa Hannigan from her appearance on Colbert Report. When you get old you do the best you can.

Any, TV ad or not, I think Doorway is a good enough song, not really really mindblowingly great at this point, but really nothing wrong with it - esp. considering I heard it on an ad on TV.

But ever since that ad has been airing I've been thinking about the debt women like the vocalist for IO Echoowe to Lydia Lunch and Patti Smith and, for that matter, X's Exene Cervenka. And furthermore, however original an artist she may be in her own right, I think PJ Harvey probably wouldn't be at all reluctant to give her props to Lunch, Smith, et al.

So now I'm moody-ing out to a bunch of those women I mentioned above, occasionally chuckling at that idea - popular until painfully recently - that women had no place in rock. (As if Wanda Jackson and others of her era hadn't been proof enough...)

I remember Ric Rubin blathering on about how weak an idea it was to have women in rock, and how much worse an idea to have them rap. "Not being sexist or anything," I recall him explaining, "facts are just facts."



  • rockrobster23

    Was Rick Rubin being deliberately provocative, or do you think he really meant it? Sorry to hear about your dumped-ness. I hate being in that place.

    13. Jul. 2009, 19:21
  • tarbox

    Certainly, Ric Rubin is not beyond tossing bombs just to see what happens. Provocation for provocations sake. But on the other hand, i can't recall him producing (&c.) any women acts, either.

    13. Jul. 2009, 19:35
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