My friend and colleague Rob Vanderlan sent this video mash up of Pink Floyd and the Bee Gees to me, which I dismissed immediately in a way that I now see rooted in being a smart-ass adolescent in the 1970s. Perhaps the 70s recovery process is longer than I thought. Back then it was easy to make a name for oneself as "smart" by being contemptuous and dismissive. Clearly, though, smart ass is different than
smart. After I dismissed it, Rob countered with a brilliant take on this mash up that actually gets to the essence of my book better than I could. I think I just handed my pinball crown to him. Read on:
"Really? I thought it was pretty brilliant. Two songs from two groups that were both pivotal to the era, and that had absolutely nothing to say to each other. You COULD NOT like the bee gees and floyd at the same time and be taken seriously. You know all this - hell, I learned from you why these decisions of what I thought were personal taste and preference (discernment, even) were freighted with all sorts of other cultural, socio-economic and racial baggage. The mashup (not smushing, though that's nicely derogatory) links them thematically - meaning the people who did this see some of the same content in the bee gees that you did. Capitalism forecloses options, disarms dissent and brutalizes humanity, leaving us with valorizing survival as some sort of liberation. C'mon. Also, who would have ever guessed they were so musically compatible?"