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The Utter Senselessness of Taste

November 28, 2019

“Well, it’s rather difficult to define. Perhaps I’m just projecting my own concern about it. I know I’ve never completely freed myself from the suspicion that there are some extremely odd things about this mission. I’m sure you agree there’s some truth in what I say.”- HAL 9000; 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968 AD)

Personal taste is a magnificent thing.  It is part of what makes us humans such a beautiful kaleidoscope of individuality and wonder.

Maddeningly however, personal taste can also give rise to infuriating, illogical rejections of self-evident fact.

How this post – and more specifically the song it illuminates – can fail to immediately go viral is an irreconcilable mystery.  Simple logic would suggest that, were just one person to become enlightened here, the resulting spontaneous, reflexive ‘sharing’ would initiate a logarithmically-expanding chain of subsequent shares that would end only at global saturation.

From the warm, swaddling delivery of meme-ready words by vocalist extraordinaire Davey Pattison, to Robin Trower’s soul-enriching extended guitar poem, which begins at the 4:25 mark, this is profound, eternal truth made palpable.  This exists now!  How can all humankind not already be swept up in a universal embrace of mutual love and understanding?  That we aren’t is just so damn hell enraging.

“He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” – The son of God; Mark 4:19, King James Bible (28 AD)

Robin Trower: I Want to Take You With Me (from album Living Out of Time, 2003)


Look Dave, I can see you’re really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill, and think things over. – HAL 9000; 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968 AD)

From → Music

  1. Great quotes!

  2. You’re right, I fail to see how anyone cannot be blown away by this song.

  3. My word! That there is on my playlist now… incredible… and the solos were perfect!

    • Now that’s (also) what I am talking about! Just looking for a Patient Zero to kick off the global contagion event…

      • I ended up listening to the album and thoroughly enjoyed it.

        • Well, that makes my day, J. Thanks!

          I have 33 Trower albums, including 6 live collections, and there are but two I would worry about as entry points. He was my first concert when I was 16 – I got a late start — back in 1980. He’s worked with several amazing vocalists over the years, to include three albums with the late Jack Bruce, although he’s been doing the singing himself over the more recent records. All of this to say I really like it when people like Robin Trower…

          • No – thank you! I’m genuinely digging this. I’ve got his most recent one lined up (Coming Closer to the Day) and it sounds pretty good. You got an opinion on that one?

            • I really like Coming Closer to the Day although I feel I need to spend more time with it. I saw him earlier this year on the tour for that one and the new songs/band were fantastic live too. Trower always sounds like Trower, and I think he gets a little grief for that. He definitely has a style and tone that carry through his extensive output, but I find ‘new’ in all of it.

              • I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that when it’s as good as what I’m hearing. But then, I admit I’m in the early stages of enthusiasm for the man… but I’m wanting to hear more of this sound!

  4. Superb stuff. Not someone I know at all … Yet.

    • It feels a little like putting a beloved family-member pup out there in the arena to be judged by canine connoisseurs. I want to share what an amazing pooch he is, but cringe at the idea that the cognoscente might not see it. Thanks for seeing it, Joe!

  5. Thanks for the Robin nudge. Man does this sound good.

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