November 23, 2006

Serious Hairy White Guys

Watching a smiling animated Billy Preston surrounded by serious hairy white guys in bad 70's suits in some sort of Concert For Bangladesh on PBS the other night: I never found (and still don't find) Preston's playing terribly interesting, and it still doesn't much grab me, but this time around, after all those years in Oakland surrounded by all the Sounds, suddenly there's this flood of recognition (after a couple of decades it almost seems genetic), that Gospel sound, that Gospel movement, that Gospel declaiming, it's suddenly in a deeply familiar context, I can almost hear the chorus and response in my mind. It's hard to see how you'd get stuff like that without seeing and hearing it around you…


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