Second Acts

It seems that old rockers keep popping up in all kinds of places. Ted Nugent as the new voice of conservative America.

There are really only four things I have a strong aversion to: unloaded guns, dull knives, banjos, and Republicans in Name Only (RINOs).

neilyoung1Neil Young pushing for the electric car.

People just don’t know how cool these cars are. Efficient technology can power the existing designs we have today. We don’t need new tooling to start building electric cars now. We need kits to adapt what we are currently making to today’s demands. We need new thinking from new leaders and we need new perspectives from unions.

Then there’s Ry Cooder showing up in the NY Times travel section.ry-cooder-flatheadthumbnail

Ry’s latest project may be his strangest and most ambitious. It’s a trilogy of concept albums, plus a short novel, that resurrects a lost California of places and people that Ry, who is 61, remembers from growing up in the 1950s. It was a dryer and poorer place then, but rich in things he likes, like simplicity and ingenuity, good musicians, cool cats and hot cars.

Springsteen (not to mention Billy Joel, James Taylor, The Grateful Dead, and The Allman Brothers) gave concerts for Obama all over America.

And in a strange twist after the tortuous politics of the Christian right in this election, the Vatican has forgiven John Lennon for saying that the Beatles were more popular than Jesusimages

After so many years it sounds merely like the boasting of an English working-class lad struggling to cope with unexpected success.

In March of 1996 Lennon told a reporter, “Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. We’re more popular than Jesus now – I don’t know which will go first, rock and roll or Christianity. Jesus was alright, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.”


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