Sunday, April 17, 2016

Dan Auerbach

Rolling Stone sometime in February - March 2016
In my pile of tear-outs, Dan Auerbach jumped out at me. I saw just the other day on an interview with him talking about what happened at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony for Steve Miller. Apparently, Miller, when accepting the award, went on a rant about the music industry. Auerbach and his band mate were there to honor him, but ducked out right after their introduction because Miller was so curmudgeonly in his acceptance of the honor. They were also disappointed that Miller wasn't even aware of the Black Keys. You'd think that Miller would listen to the dudes who were there to celebrate his contribution to music.

I had to reread tear to find why I had ripped it out in the first place, and found what I was looking for at the end of the article:

Q: What habit would you like to break?
A: Habit? My whole life is a habit! My coffee, the things I eat, how I get dressed. If I start breaking habits, I'm fucking with the matrix - I'm afraid to mess with the space-time continuum. And I'm happy with myself, warts and all. All my flaws - fuck it. I'm not trying to be perfect anymore. The people who are around me like me enough for who I am. You can read as many self-help books as you want, but you are who you are. You gotta just start to accept that.

For this, I ripped it out. Who does want to mess with the space-time continuum? How can I can be anyone but who I am? I don't think that this is the hard thing to do; rather, it is accepting others for who they are warts and all. That's about all I have to say about that because who can say that they've understood the matrix of everyone they've ever come across. There is no short cut to that except time.

I'm not really that interested in Steve Miller's breakdown. I suppose that I could find it on YouTube. Oh sure, I hear an old song of his on the radio and enjoy it, but I haven't really followed his career. I don't appreciate that he wouldn't know the band that introduced him. Maybe, that's the point of it all. How can someone be nominated into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame and not know who's selling records now. Sounds like, on the surface for sure, that he's the one with the problem.

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