Tuesday, February 2, 2010
YOUR LIFE AIN'T NOTHING BUT A MOVIE!
I'm sure that by now everyone here will have seen the piece on page one about Gil's new album and the blog that goes with it and will probably by now have listened to it. Since 'I'm new here' was mentioned a couple of days ago it's been a regular topic around the gf ranch, both my wife and I have strong feelings about Gil and this has led to some interesting chat. Over the years we both had the opportunity to see him many times and I photographed both him and his family. I have mixed feelings about the new album but I'm absolutely delighted that he's back on the scene, 'there's so much new to say right now' as another poet once said. Just wish that he hadn't wasted all that time and talent.
What this album might do is expose a new audience to his early work all of which is brilliant, if there's anyone here who's not familiar with his work here's a couple of cuts that will give you a starting point. B Movie is from his 1983 album 'Reflections', check out the relevance of his thoughts of 30 years ago to today's situation, a brilliant piece of commentary, poetry and music: 'Your life ain't nothing but a movie.'
There's also a good page on info at Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gil_Scott-Heron