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Monday, June 19, 2006

Lazy Monday

First, an article in the Telegraph (UK) about the Dixie Chicks which degenerates quickly into fawning  by the writer and accusations of McCarthyism by one of the Chicks..  Worth reading if you enjoy things like this:

"It was the bullying and the scare factor," shudders banjo and guitar player Robison. "It was like the McCarthy days, and it was almost like the country was unrecognisable."

Now, no matter what you believe about Joe McCarthy or the HUAC, there is an enormous difference between that and people deciding they don't like you any more.  Music fans are a notoriously fickle bunch (wasn't that the theme of almost every Behind the Music ever made?), so please, don't bother giving us your best victim impression.  

"The entire country may disagree with me, but I don't understand the necessity for patriotism," Maines resumes, through gritted teeth. "Why do you have to be a patriot? About what? This land is our land? Why? You can like where you live and like your life, but as for loving the whole country… I don't see why people care about patriotism."

I better not comment on that part, lest someone think I was questioning her patriotism.  For my part I was never a Dixie Chicks fan, though I did enjoy some of their songs.  The incident that is the source of this "controversy" didn't bother me too much (I wasn't outraged or anything), since I expect entertainers in general to be at least little on the lefty side and not necessarily incredibly bright or well-informed.

As far as their new CD goes, it is, as far as I can tell, a significant departure from their earlier style and instrumentation.  From what I've heard ("Everybody Knows", mostly) the music is ok, even catchy at times, but it lacks the energy of their previous work (I'm thinking 2002's "Long Time Gone") and well, sounds mostly like disposable pop music, which a lot of "country" is these days anyway.  The music may be listenable, but this ongoing hype/anti-hype sure isn't.  

Second, on an entirely fun note, Justice Alito got to throw out the first pitch at a Phillies game yesterday.  


I'm trying to enjoy the new Dixie Chicks CD without letting politics get in the way (for the record, I too am ashamed of the President).
Not to give undue attention to someone trolling for attention (and clearly, buddy, you have come to the wrong spot), but how did this guy think he was saying anything at all in that comment? It's pretty easy to enjoy a CD, movie, or anything else for that matter without letting politics get in the way when you totally agree with the artists' politics.
Maybe the guy's screen name should just be "Free".
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