Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I really wanted to play this song for you, “Come on People.” I had trouble every step of the way. Usually, for me, this kind of struggle can indicate a troubled ending. I like plans that unfold, but I got to thinking about the message of the song--peace is within our reach. It’s a struggle to stand for peace in any meaningful way. Obama seems open. How about we put all the money we were going to spend on waging the war, and instead, build wells, and schools, and public halls, and clinics all over the region? I think that might be the one true way to stamp out the influence of the extremists.
In my cursory search, I was unable to turn up the name of the guy who wrote this song, but I know he sold it for something like, $75? I can remember going to hear Jessie Collin Yong play for free in Speedway Meadows in Golden Gate Park—must have been sometime in the eighties. We parked way up in the Richmond and came walking down the wide sidewalks; we could just hear the band. As we entered the park, and turned into the meadow, they started playing this song. The sun had burned off most of the fog, but wafts of it were still drifting here and there. The smell of eucalyptus FILLED the air. Magical. Scot could tell us the name of the guy who wrote the song.
This is a studio recording of Plank Road, with a very striped-down Scot and John. I chose today’s artwork to reflect that struggle mentioned above, which reminds me of something I wanted to add to a previously posed reflection (Unknown Artist, Unknown Recording 2/09). I did not mean to imply that Scot’s life was without struggle. Believe me, there was a lot of grit there. The condition he left this world in was his own hard won victory.