I watched the White House concert last night on PBS.
I'm a blues fan - I've been a fan since high school. I don't listen much any more - but I can always get into it when I do.
Nevertheless, it just seemed so strange to watch the performance in the White House last night - playing the down and dirty blues. I noticed the Obama kids weren't in the audience - real blues is pretty blue, pretty raw - was that why? I don't know. While Mick Jagger performed, I got this really weird feeling watching him.
It was the same kind of feeling I used to get at open air concerts, everyone stoned - doped up - and stuff was happening. Even back then I felt an uneasiness, something that told me, 'this isn't quite right'. I don't know what it was. I had the same feeling when I was around really dark people - heavy duty rockers - I was uneasy. Something was off. When I felt like that I left the party, the concert, the bar, the group - I got away. It's pretty much what drove me back to the Church. But I digress.
It sounds dumb to just call it a feeling. It's really hard to explain - I think it has to do with having acquired a more sensitive conscience or something - which is why I no longer listen to the Stones, or the Blues, or a lot of other music I once loved. I know, I know, I sound narrow minded, uncool, and conspiracy-theory directed, but I watched the concert with those same old doped up feelings and thought to myself: 'this is the revolution - it already happened.'
Back in the free-concert/Woodstock-Altamont-wanna be concert days, the attitude was: 'the revolution is coming'. Last night it looked like it was here.
The drug-store music was playing in the White House and the gang was all there.
It was just a feeling however. Thank God it was just a feeling. Feelings do not matter. Besides, it was only a concert. It was only a concert. Everything is okay.
(Jeff Beck and B.B. King were awesome though!)