Digital Daze (a pissed-off song by an old codger—-me—-about the modern world)...

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Jun 10, 2017, 07:54 PM

I really DO feel this way about the digital droolers. They drove me bananas in NY—-and were a major reason I left, not to mention cutting out 2/3 of my street music income with their heads buried in their damn toys—-and not recognizing even the most world-famous songs I played. If it’s not on itunes it’s NOT. Sick! Thank goodness Philly—-where I play daily now—-is very different. I feel bad for the under-40s—-and don’t want to make enemies here. OK, enough ranting. Here’s the lyric:

A1:
It’s way beyond a craze
People all in a haze
They’ve just plain lost their ways to the
Digital daze

A2:
From dandies sporting fobs—-down to the
Lowliest of slobs
Sold their souls to
Mr. Jobs—-and the
Digital daze

B:
Can’t begin to explain it
Seems to make zero sense—-leaves me
Scratching my head, wond’ring
‘Are these people simply DENSE?’

Living lives without feeling—-push a
Button, keep on stealing—-makes my
Senses start to reeling—-does the
Digital daze

A3:
I even scheme ‘bout stepping
On those damn ‘smart’ phones—
Eradicating their ‘jones’—-but,
Too enraptured to scream ‘Hey, you’ve
Stolen our existence!’, they’ll
Offer no resistance, just run
Out, buy a NEWER pathetic toy—-get to the
Next plane of synthetic joy in the
Digital daze

Coda (slower):

So instead I keep on dreaming
Fool that I be—-of a
World of real people—-who
Live and love like me—-who
Read newspapers—-TALK to each other! Now
Wouldn’t that be sweet? And
Don’t walk right into me as I
Amble down the street—-but then
Sadly I awaken
To reality—-of ro-
Botic, not-quite-humans—-in their
Blissed-out reverie


They say ‘Nothing’s constant as change’—-the
Unfamiliar always seems
Strange—-so though I keep on praying it’s
All just a ‘phase’—-
May as well face it:
These are digital days
These are digital days

‘Charlie Christian got me in a world of trouble’—-me

 
     
joel fass Joined Jun 03, 2017
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Jun 11, 2017, 07:33 AM

This is a nice write. I recognised this syndrome myself!
It’s a contemporary subject and right on trend.
I had the tune of ‘Trouble Every Day’ by Frank Zappa coming to me as I read it. That was the vibe I was getting anyway.

Write what you like - and like what you write.

 
     
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Jun 11, 2017, 09:56 AM

I have to listen to that one. Zappa was a great parodist—-and put-on artist. My boyhood friend Warren Cucarulla (sp?) was in his band. Zappa put him in a dress and pumps and made his band name Sophia Warren…

‘Charlie Christian got me in a world of trouble’—-me

 
     
joel fass Joined Jun 03, 2017
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Jun 11, 2017, 11:21 AM

Another enjoyable lyric. It has personality. And the personality is indeed an old codger. One who has our sympathy and, paradoxically might also have the sympathy of the very people he is railing against, who would recognize their old granddad and roll their eyes affectionately. I think you risk losing that sympathy with the words “not-quite-humans” at the end. Can you think of something else there? Unless you want to keep the sharp edge, of course.

 
     
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Gavin Sinclair Joined Dec 02, 2014
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Jun 11, 2017, 03:16 PM

If they ever looked UP they’d have sympathy (‘rachmonis’, my people call it).

Not-quite-human? Yeah, that’s over the top. They may not put my song on their ithingies if I insult ‘em.

‘Where have you gone, Donnie Rickles? Our nation….’

Oh, never mind (LOL)

‘Charlie Christian got me in a world of trouble’—-me

 
     
joel fass Joined Jun 03, 2017
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Jun 11, 2017, 03:57 PM

OK, sharp edge it is :)

I have an ithingie. Please don’t hate me. If you put this to music I’ll put it on there. Pay for it too.

Rachmonis?

 
     
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Gavin Sinclair Joined Dec 02, 2014
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Jun 11, 2017, 05:08 PM

To get serious for a minute—-yes, I use a flip phone. All I need is to talk and text. I happen to be rather poor, and wouldn’t spend a penny on a Steve Jobs product if I had Trump’s $. He ruined the world—-though I guess if not him it’d been someone else—-for world domination hard-selling an unneeded product. It was all for filthy lucre, and he gave it the hard sell: ‘If you don’t buy this you won’t be cool or in’. People being basically a herd, the sheep all went for it. OK, off the soapbox….

.....cut to a few months before I finally left NY for greener pastures. I’m on a bus, toward the front. 3 young African-American very young teens were talking loudly, every other word out of their months ‘my n—-‘this, ‘my n—-that’. I asked them to stop, asked if they used that language in front of their mothers. Then I went a little too far: told ‘em I was gonna drag ‘em home by the ear to their parents. So they got into punk mode, saying how they were gonna rob me, etc. It escalated to where I called the police. The kids had a ball making fun of my ‘uncool’ device: ‘He got a FLIP PHONE!!’—-on and on. They were on the materialism train and didn’t have the brains to realize it or the soul to question it. Just lost kids. They eventually got off at my stop, surrounded me. One pushed my guitar case, another spit. But they were punks so I Just stood there. I wanted the thing to cool down so I could educate and talk sense into them, but they were too far in the sinkhole. The busdriver, when I asked why SHE didn’t call the cops or help in ANY way said ‘They didn’t threaten ME’. They walked toward the train and more mischief.

I’m SO glad I left NY. People are much nicer here in Montgomery County, and in nearby Philly, where I busk for my daily bread, people DON’T have their heads buried in those cursed things. They actually stop and LISTEN, AND know the songs.

That’s what I’M talkin’ bout…

‘Charlie Christian got me in a world of trouble’—-me

 
     
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Jun 11, 2017, 07:58 PM

Joel, who is going to play you in the movie? I want to see it.

I agree with you about Apple. Overpriced crap and when it breaks they never admit they have a problem until millions of people force them to. I have never paid for one of their thingies. I inherited in iPod and then an iPhone from my daughter. It’s old, but it still works (which is very unusual for an Apple product).

 
     
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Jun 11, 2017, 08:39 PM
Gavin Sinclair - 11 June 2017 07:58 PM

Joel, who is going to play you in the movie? I want to see it.

John Holmes?

More like Arnold Stang, if only he were alive (sigh…).

I have to come to some kind of peaceful co-existence with the digital world. There are great things about it—-and it’s dumb and self-defeating to pretend things haven’t changed.

I still write lead sheets by hand and lyrics on yellow legal pads, which I then transfer to my (er, digital devicely) 1 1/2 lb. Samsung laptop. But I downloaded a free lead sheet notation program, and ought to get off my patoot and learn to use it. Also, my solo guitar CD, made over the past year, (actually begun as early as 2008) was recorded, mixed and edited on a PC with a program. It was QUITE an education. If I had the bucks I’d be buying and fooling with all kinds of modules, and sitting there like Schroeder (or was it Linus? The one Lucy was sweet on) with my little toys writing, editing, going nutso.

I mean, The Beatles (really George Martin) became masters of that game when touring and its discontents became too much to bear. Stevie Wonder’s early use of the Arp and Moog on Music of My Mind and Talking Book (which he combined with himself on drums and keyboards and just a few musicians like Buzzy Feiten) was visionary. It still holds up, and the technology is so much more advanced. VERY tempting.

If only I was a LITTLE less of a nervous Jew…

[ Edited: 11 June 2017 08:41 PM by joel fass]

‘Charlie Christian got me in a world of trouble’—-me

 
     
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Jun 11, 2017, 10:41 PM

Yes, George Martin really was the most talented Beatle in a lot of ways.

I had to google Arnold Stang. I see he was the voice of Top Cat. I loved that show. I’m not familiar with any of his other stuff, but I found him on YouTube.

I didn’t google John Holmes.

 
     
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Jun 12, 2017, 07:04 AM

Holmes was a, um, ‘well-endowed’ porn star. A joke, obviously.

Moving on—-Stang played Sparrow, Sinatra’s sidekick in The Man With The Golden Arm——and other oddball roles. I’m better-looking—-another joke…

‘Charlie Christian got me in a world of trouble’—-me

 
     
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Jun 12, 2017, 04:55 PM

The Beatles were ALL talented, just not schooled like Martin. George Harrison never got the level of praise of Lennon-McCartney, but was just as good. You know the funny story about Sinatra? He said ‘Something’ was his favorite song, and always called it a Lennon-McCartney song. Well, they spelled Harrison’s name right on the royalty checks, so…

It’s really remarkable how the Beatles matured in a few short years from crude rockers (the Berlin years) and talented but puerile songwriters writing teen love songs to mature works on mature themes like the magnificent She’s Leaving Home—-among MANY others. They are all-time greats IMO…

‘Charlie Christian got me in a world of trouble’—-me

 
     
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Jun 12, 2017, 05:09 PM
joel fass - 12 June 2017 04:55 PM

  It’s really remarkable how the Beatles matured in a few short years from crude rockers (the Berlin years) and talented but puerile songwriters writing teen love songs to mature works on mature themes like the magnificent She’s Leaving Home—-among MANY others. They are all-time greats IMO…

Fair point but IIRC, I read they played something like 2,000 shows in those few short years, just a crazy number of sets and shows, so, they matured a LOT, a career for many, in those years so, all the ups and downs and good and bad, they put in the time.

 
     
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Jun 12, 2017, 05:14 PM
Larry Gude - 12 June 2017 05:09 PM
joel fass - 12 June 2017 04:55 PM

  It’s really remarkable how the Beatles matured in a few short years from crude rockers (the Berlin years) and talented but puerile songwriters writing teen love songs to mature works on mature themes like the magnificent She’s Leaving Home—-among MANY others. They are all-time greats IMO…

Fair point but IIRC, I read they played something like 2,000 shows in those few short years, just a crazy number of sets and shows, so, they matured a LOT, a career for many, in those years so, all the ups and downs and good and bad, they put in the time.

Yeah, and the burn-out from all that, and the insanity that came with it may have been a blessing in disguise: they became a studio entity, which led to some amazing creations. I wonder if they (with Martin) purposely wrote ‘non-recreatable’ things so they’d have even more of an excuse not to play live anymore. I guess we’ll never know—-3 out of the 5 gone, and the remaining 2 probably have said all they want to about it, and moved on…

‘Charlie Christian got me in a world of trouble’—-me

 
     
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Jun 14, 2017, 06:11 PM
Gavin Sinclair - 11 June 2017 03:57 PM

Rachmonis?

Means compassion, sympathy, empathy.

Stop me anytime…

‘Charlie Christian got me in a world of trouble’—-me

 
     
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Jun 15, 2017, 12:15 AM

My dissatisfaction was with cathode ray tubes, television, and electric guitar amps. I called it “Leave The Tubes Behind”. I’d be thirsty for human companionship and go to someone’s house and they’d sit there watching TV. I played acoustic guitar and wrote Songs. They played electric and did cover Songs. They left me behind. I left them behind. Forty years later they got tired of playing bars. I don’t know what happened to the TV watchers. Still watching I’m sure.


Leave The Tubes Behind
Out Of The Woodwork IV
© 1974 by Gary E. Andrews
All Rights Reserved for the Globe

Chords:
Bm XX4432
A XO222O
G 32OOO3

I went to see a friend of mine the other day.
He led me in the door again, And went away,
Into the tubes, Both babes in blue, And adults old and gray.
The T.V. tots who drew the lot, Of viewing the tubes all day,
And those of you who see yourselves,
Can you see yourselves at all?

Leave The Tubes Behind!
Don’t besiege your mind.
Leave The Tubes Behind!

I went to see the band again and hear ‘em play.
They cranked it up to nine or ten, And went away,
Into the tubes, with rhythm, blues,
And a rock that rolled away,
Electric men whose fate has been,
To play through tubes all day,
And those of you who hear yourselves,
Can you hear yourselves at all?

Leave The Tubes Behind!
Don’t besiege your mind.
Leave The Tubes Behind!

There will always be another song to be written. Someone will write it. Why not you? http://www.garyeandrews.com

 
     
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