I received a YouTube link from my daughter to an SXSW keynote-speech, by former Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters founder Dave Grohl.
In the 70s & 80s, I tuned in to the descendants of the Byrds and Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young, Richie Furay’s & Jim Messina’s POCO, Chris Hillman’s & Graham Parsons’ Flying Burrito Brothers. Add Dylan, the Beatles, Kinks, Dire Straits, Emmylou Harris, John Mayall …. stop me, I can go on forever. They were my musical fix.
By the 90s, my wife & I were raising four kids. Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” didn’t make our family playlist. Raffi had taken over my audio system. My laserdisc player endlessly repeated Disney’s, Robin Hood.
I’m not complaining. My family is the high point in my life.
Belatedly Dave Grohl finally entered my awareness with this keynote speech. He sketched out how to create the soul of pure, honest music. I ‘cracked up’ as he demonstrated how to multi-track record with a $30.00 portable cassette. His point, you don’t need money to find your voice, do it.
I am taking the liberty, for us non-musicians, to respectively transpose Grohl’s “find your voice” to chart your path, then don’t think, throw. Revise and do it again.
Select this LINK to Grohl’s speech.
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