Music, etc.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Cold Hard World

Hundreds of years from now, after a nuclear holocaust takes out the entire Western Hemisphere, and a new age of civilization arises from the ashes, if the people of the new generation were to find one burried relic under the ruins of America, I would really hope they find an old Daniel Johnston tape. Sure, it might be hard for the beings to master the technology involved in playing it, but once they figured it out, they would have a positive view of their lost, disconnected ancestors.

If you think about it, all we have from the ancient Greeks (while trying to understand their personalities) are their classic works and other small things that have stood the test of time. It would be really awful for our society to be represented by an old copy of "The O.C." or a Click 5 cd. Who knows? Maybe I'm just talking out of my ass here, but I really believe that if we were to only be known for Daniel's music than we're in good shape.

First off, If you havent seen the 2005 Sundance award-winning film, The Devil and Daniel Johnston, do yourself a favor and buy it. Daniel has had a rough life, but I'm sure he wouldn't trade it for the world. He has been to more places and done more things than I could ever hope to do, while at the same time suffering from a severe illness. On top of that, he is easily one of the top five song-writers of all time.

Never does a Daniel Johnston song seem dated, sure some of their technical qualities have been "a little worped from the rain," but that does not stop them from sounding just as brilliant than they did 20 years ago.

Every now and then you hear a song and you wish time would freeze; some songs actually have the power to make time feel as if it is indeed frozen. A song like "Cold Hard World," no matter how sad and lonesome it can sound, has an undeniable truth ridden throughout the two jumping chords and depressing lyrics. As depressing as the lyrics are though, it is a song that you can put on when you're in a bad mood in order to brighten you up and give you the message that "you aren't the only one in that boat."

Wheter you have run over a ladder, have had an abortion, have lost a loved-one, or just simply don't feel like seeing an old friend after so many things have changed, it is important to know that it really is a "Cold Hard World" and as soon as we can all realize this, the better off we will be. Have fun with life while it lasts because it truely is special.

This beautiful song comes from his 1982 cassette "Don't Be Scared" which can be purchased at the offical website of Stress Records. Honestly buy it. For five bucks, you will never be able to find a better collection of songs.

So, as the new dawn rises and "Don't Be Scared" is found to the delight of a new, futuristic audience, people of all generations will get to experience how great a world so cold and hard can actually be.

Cold Hard World

Check out this bonus Daniel Mp3:

Funeral Home (Sing Along)

And don't forget to check Daniel out over at The Hype Machine


Post a Comment

<< Home