[Slowhand] Re: EC's politics
almighty_geetarz at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 31 08:15:23 EDT 2004
Re: EC's politics.
It seems that EC did learn a little something from the furor caused all those years ago
by his comments on stage, and has since then wisely kept his views off-stage at least.
This is of course a wise move that would be well studied by many other artists, actors,
etc.. The ability to sing a song, play a guitar, act a role, doesn't make anyone any more
intelligent than anyone else, and it's unfair quite frankly to your audience who is not
there for that reason, to subject them to matters that they didn't come to see or hear.
A concert for instance with a political theme is a different matter, but in general, the
advice "shut up and play yer geetar" is best heeded during a concert.
As a friend of mine so correctly opined after Santana felt obliged to inflict his political
views on those of us who had travelled to the Crossroads Festival to hear a benefit
concert ... "he's over the age of 35 and as long as he's a citizen, he's welcome to run
for president ... and if not, SHUT THE HELL UP". Well said ... I mean, what is to gain
by getting into it? Whatever the artist's opinion, you will get cheers from the people who
support your views, but simply annoy your other fans - there's no point.
The scary thing is that the Powell controversy came at a point in EC's life when he was
drinking heavily so can be excused to a certain degree - so many other artists don't
have a convenient excuse!
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