In Which I Confess Something that May Cause You to Doubt I Know Anything About Music

Before we get started, two different people asked me if I’d heard of two different bands recently. The first is Grand Strand, Kelley Anderson’s new band. I will miss her in Those Darlings, but I think this sound potentially fun:

The other is the Heritage Blues Orchestra. This clip does a good job of showing you the kinds of songs they do, but I’m afraid it does nothing to show you the ways in which they take those songs and fuck around with them in interesting ways.

Okay, here it is. Last night we were talking about Sandy Denny, because it is physically impossible for me to not talk about Robert Plant, and today, this very day, June 4th, 2012, I realized that Matty Groves is the same song as Shady Grove.

Just today. I am thirty-eight years old. Raised on a steady diet of music.

Sandy Denny’s Matty Groves:

Doc Watson’s Matty Groves, if Sandy Denny’s not to your taste:

And Doc Watson’s Shady Grove.

They even have the same last name!

Ugh. Thought it wasn’t until the last couple of years that I realized Shady Grove was a person, not a place, so this tune just has me slow on the uptake in general.

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The Weight of the Nation

So, I watched it this weekend–just the four hours of the main part, not all the mini-films–and it didn’t suck. It wasn’t perfect, but it was much better than I thought and, as I said over at Pith, I think it’s crucial for Tennesseans to watch it, even if other folks feel like skipping it.

I did wish there was less “let’s put fat people on camera and wait for them to cry and hope we get a woman telling us how food is her boyfriend.” That shit got to be almost pornographic after like thirty seconds. And it pretty much means that the definition of obesity is something one suffers from–because look at all these people suffering–instead of being a body shape. There’s also no mention of things other than overeating that might cause a person to be obese–like medications or metabolic disorders. And there’s a lot of conflating of things that I know have been linked to obesity with obesity causing them–like sleep apnea (while some people develop sleep apnea because they are obese, other people become obese because they have sleep apnea. The second group is never discussed.)

I also felt like there was a lot of conflation of poor eating with obesity, but it’s obvious from the statistics that they show that everyone in our culture eats like shit and we often eat like shit because shit is marketed and sold to us as being good for us (that was also something I wish they’d gone more into, but at least they mention it.) and some bodies just respond much worse to that diet than others.

But it’s got to be bad for everyone, right? What I mean is this–if tomorrow we had a cure for obesity, a pill every fat person could take that would make them thin, would the amount of sugar we as a culture often inadvertently consume be okay? Would the fact that we don’t serve nutritious meals to our kids in school be okay?

I say “no.” But I felt like the experts and the advocates in the documentary hadn’t really considered that.

But anyway, it was better than I might have hoped for.