The second part of the assignment is to read some of your fellow students’ initial posts and reply substantively to one of them. (Wait until after next Monday, July 18 to do this part of the assignment in order to see all of the initial posts). The substantive reply is due by Friday, July 22 at 11:59 PM.
1.The drum solo by Mike Shrieve impressed me more than the guitar solo by Jimi Hendrix. Both artists (Shrieve and Hendrix) are extremely talented and it was hard to make a decision which one was more impressive; Hendrix makes his guitar sound like it’s talking and Shrieve does something similar with the drums. Even though Hendrix plays his instrument with exquisite talent, I don’t care for the way it causes the “Star Spangled Banner” to sound. The guitar sounds like it’s actually saying the words but there are parts where it seems to go crazy-as if it’s on drugs or something. There are also other parts where it sounds dark and depressing when the actual song is supposed to be inspiring/uplifting. Shrieve played his drum solo with a similar talent and I was more impressed with hit basically because I didn’t like the way Hendrix played the national anthem.
2. I had a difficult time understanding both Joe Cocker and Sly Stone. When Joe Cocker started to sing his song I was impressed by the quality of his voice but I didn’t care for the way he continually slurred his words-it made me wonder if he had drunk too much before going on stage. His air guitar playing was also made him seem amateur (even though he clearly isn’t). I was less impressed by Sly Stone, who I also couldn’t understand and just liked the sound of the song a lot less. His jumping up and down on stage looks like he forgot to use the restroom before the performance.
3. I think the most relevant performance today is “The Summertime Blues.” It’s a song that pretty much could apply to any era (after the song was made) and is just the typical life of an older teenager who works hard and tries to be responsible but still hasn’t quite gotten there.
The song by Country Joe McDonald was an anti-war song that I don’t think was relevant even at the time. If Country Joe didn’t like fighting so much than why did he start his song off with extremely antagonistic profanity? It seems like he really was looking for a fight.
Even after reading the lyrics for the songs whose words I couldn’t hear, I still don’t understand what the songs mean; they sound like the writers were all on drugs.
4. By far the most enjoyable song was Santana’s “Soul Sacrifice.” More than anything else, I loved it because it had no words! All joking aside, his guitar playing is just great and the drummer was excellent too. The least enjoyable was Country Joe McDonald’s song, mostly because it was an anti-war song that criticizes fighting and yet the man singing seems like he is deliberately trying to pick a fight. I think if he wanted to criticize the war, he could have done it in a much more peaceful way than screaming profanities and making fun of soldiers.