|Some fool asked (esentially) . . .
||[Oct. 5th, 2015|11:12 am]
Phrembah (a potato-like mystery)
. . . if privileged whites can have any cred in the music biz:
1) Nothing's sadder than being a privileged white trying to play the blues, which if you wallow in it long enough will give you the cred you need to pull it off to a sad sort of half-assed degree which will make you sadder which will give you more cred . . . It's a snowball effect that will, with any luck, kill you before your first record is released, giving the record cred and making it more desirable than it might have been otherwise. I'm making myself dizzy, but The Black Keys are a good example. You might not call that blues, but it is drag-your-ass-on-the-gravel-till-you-cry music and maybe that's as close as we get.
2) Punk is a genre that rattled down the freeway like a semi in the middle of the night while I was sleeping. Nowadays I hear about all the great dead punk stars who I never knew had ever been born.
3) Christian rock is for people who would really rather not be Christians but they can't not be because it would break their mother-in-law's heart. That right there's a half-decent reason to sing the blues, though it never comes out that way. Many of the old blues guys like Robert Johnson and Fred McDowel and that crowd were Christians in the sense that they believed in Jesus and the Bible. They may have been sinners, but they were believers. Their religion was in the marrow of their bones; it was baked in. White Christianity is a surface phenomenon, which is why white Christian "rock" is a surface phenomenon.