Woodstock 1969: [Director's Cut]. I Should Have Been There

         So last night I caught a bit of 'Woodstock 1969: Director's Cut' on TCM. Seen it a million times. Anyone who knows me knows that I waited on Sly & the Family Stone's performance which was right after Santana'. And no matter how many times I watch, it always comes across as the most energetic and the coolest performance, ever. Being that it was the director's cut I was hoping that maybe a bit more of the Family Stone's set was injected into it. Perhaps another song performance from their set not seen before. Unfortunately, it was same strokes for same folks. Anyway, I use Santana as a marker to catch Sly. As I stated moments ago, Sly plays right after. I enjoy watching Santana’ performance, particularly because of Michael Shrieve's drum solo. STILL, an unbelievable, mature, and well thought out solo for a 16 year old, which was his age at the time. 

      I watch Woodstock at times thinking that I should have been an adult then. It was a time of a new way of thinking. A time when the youth finally grew taller than the omnipresent adults. And it all affected the music. There was nothing about the past stylistically involved in this new way of walking and talking. This in-crowd, existed without the old crowd, not because they didn't want their elders in but because the elders chose to remain out, and avoid change. Watching & listening to the music of Woodstock which seemed to sum up the previous 5 years, is like listening to John Lennon in the 1st Plastic Ono Band album attempting to kill everything about the Beatles that was previously within him. The sixties killed all lies that were commonplace in the decades before. Don't get me wrong. Lies have existed then and since then. But now and throughout the last 3 decades, at least, most lies are met with astronomical challenges, pushbacks, and a greater hunger for truth. I guess that's what the music represents to me. No-one saw it coming. As a result it was allowed its innocence and due process. So, what we got was a lot of true artistry. A heap of brilliance! And the lyrics gave commentary about 'what's happening now!' Very few controllers interfered with that music because even they didn't understand this new collection and sculptures of notes. They probably had the same reaction Dean Martin had which was an eye roll straight into the camera, immediately after the Rolling Stones performed on a show he was hosting back in’64 or ‘65. The stiff audience laughed along with him. It was that elder crowd laugh. A laugh mixed with a jeering and dismissive attitude. The laugh that implies, "They won't last. Our generation is better." Here's another laugh. The Rolling Stones are still here. A lot of people from that '64 night are not laughing anymore. They're all dead. Note: Your laugh is never the last to have. 
     Anyhoo, once it was discovered how much truth was written and sung about within the songs of that time, bullshit came along, first as a tiny smear. Today, the bullshit has accumulated to a record time mountain high and as a result music has been affected deeply. We are back in the fifties and before, where you had Perry Como, Pat Boone, Lawrence Welk and other artists with songs about nothing that lulled you into a false sense of conservatism and a "We're doing just fine" outlook ,.. to the music by artists of today [2000s] that in the opinion of sooooooooo many, create songs about nothing. In other words, don’t listen to the music; just watch the success. Funny, these are conservative times as well. 
     Where is the truth? It certainly is not in the music of today. Climbing down from a bullshit mountain is a slow and arduous journey. And it smells, the whole way. While we're trying to impede the building of Chump’s wall, we might want to impede building further bullshit in our society, as well. That’s a wall we are all tired of. Don't wish for another Woodstock. Wish for a new beginning. Woodstock is precious and shouldn't be copied. We tried it twice and they both failed. The sixties had its true truth. Now this generation needs to avoid further rehashing of ideas and find their truth. The truth that benefits us all. It's not like they don't have a reason to fight for something. Your war is here, and it has been waged against you. Pick up a guitar and fight back! But remember, any ammunition without truth on the tips are only blanks. Anyway, I digress. 
     I don't know what my ultimate point is here, but I don't care. I love Woodstock, I love the artists of the sixties, I love Sly & the Family Stone [all seven orig' members], and in my fantasies of reliving the sixties for myself I didn't realize that the '90s had become my sixties. I just had to flip it. 
     So in parting I say to you all ,.. peace. 
A sixties phrase no less ,.. but a phase that never gets old. 
- Deacon Digg
(p) June-5-2019
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