Monday, March 17, 2008

It's not nearly enough.

The drummer for the Swedish group ABBA has apparently taken a header through a plate glass wall at his house on Mallorca, bleeding out as a result.

Thanks to the earworms ABBA's fluffy pop has caused over the years, police are investigating everyone on the planet as possible suspects.

5 comments:

the pawnbroker said...

tam, what is it about music that the best of it comes from individuals you wouldn't want around your kids? surfing the channels a while back, i came across the grammy awards just as they introduced amy winehouse (performing live from london as her personal behavior precluded travel).

that bizarre girl with the worst habits imaginable absolutely rocked my socks off with her own earthy blend of rock, blues, and soul; truly a knockout live performance...and her backup boys and band players are some of the best i've seen and heard since the seventies (that sax!)...

even if you've heard it before, the youtube link of her 2-song grammy set is worth seeing-and hearing-again...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5v5o1oiWOcc

jtc

LabRat said...

My dream VH1 special is a historic look back at Rock Star Darwin Awards set to upbeat music and narrated by the guy from the fifties' era health-n-hygeine-n-brainwashing shorts.

Kids! The more you know!

markm said...

Pawnbroker: Someone recently did brain scans of jazz musicians in a jam session (improvising music). It appears they turn their inner censor off to do this.

Just a theory, but if this is also how rock, country, and other popular musicians create new music, then wouldn't someone who didn't have much of an inner censor to begin with have an edge? (Until all the failures to receive such inner-censor messages as, "You really shouldn't snort another line of coke tonight", and "Don't stick up the bank, you can wait for the next royalty check" result in incapacitation.)

Will said...

It seems that people with the ADD +/or Asperger's type brain wiring turn out to be the most creative. That under performing filter part of their brain allows the mind to rapid fire many variations of a thought. Sort of like a pinball bouncing all over as it ricochets off the bumpers in the game.(the frog in a blender avoiding the blades, sounds similar) Some learn to utilize this better than others. Not sure if it might be cause or effect, but an above average IQ tends to go along with it. (Einstein for example, it is thought)
Makes me wonder if we are loosing future Einsteins and similar by giving Ritalin and other ADD meds to children during their formative years.
How would you tell some parent that they have a choice to make: deal with a troubling, odd, trouble-prone, puzzling, hair-pulling, Energizer-Bunnie of a kid, in the chance that (s)he might turn out to be a world-class creative type like Einstein or Da Vinci? Or, feed them some pills every day so they turn out to be "normal"? Given this choice, I suspect that creativity would largely disappear. And this country (and the world) will be the poorer for it. Human nature at work. (sure hope this scenario isn't true)

the pawnbroker said...

markm and will: there is no doubt that in my own anecdotal experience (thirty years behind a pawn counter; you can imagine the "variety"), your postulations of brain center activity (and attempts to medicate it) are tied directly to creativity and other manifestations of compartmental brilliance...

that said, i would concur with will that those positive proclivities stand little chance of surviving the onslaught of modern medical and pharmaceutical treatment of the parallel negatives...

and as usual, our benevolent government, in its primary mode of imposing entitlement, is directly accountable, too...not quite fitting the mold? you must have a.d.d...here's a prescription, and hey, that's a debilitating disability...here's a monthly check, just be sure not to do anything productive or creative, and it'll be your "job" for the rest of your life.

and absolutely, we are all of us the poorer for it. jtc

and tam? i am continually amazed at the divergence, quality and depth of thought and response to your posts, especially when the discussion takes off on a tangent...:o)