But it’s new to me.
Lannie Flowers, someone I knew and cared about long long ago, has finally produced an album of his own music, a CD called “Same Old Story.” It’s about time. I always loved his voice and the music he could create. I’m glad he was able to do this this. (To be fair, he’s been involved in other recordings, but those recordings were in groups.) Reviews state that “Same Old Story” is “45-minute pop collage.” Good description. None of the song snippets on the CD are more than two minutes long, and there are 36 of these snippets. It’s an interesting concept, the song snippets. The parts. The pieces. The pieces of history, Lannie’s musical history. It allows one to recreate the whole from the parts. I find this highly interesting, as any number of “wholes” are created from those parts.
I do, however, wish I could hear the entire songs that were created / crafted from these snippets.
As I listen to this CD, I’m reminded of his musical influences, those artists he introduced me to when we were teenagers: Artful Dodger, Elvis Costello, the Tubes, Mott the Hoople, the New York Dolls, the Velvet Underground, the Ramones (we did the pogo at Panther Hall*), Patti Smith, the Sex Pistols, and oh-so-many more musicians and artists. He introduced me to Springsteen’s music. He probably didn’t have any idea the impact that introduction would have in my life, but there you go.
But give the CD a listen. It’s Barthian. It’s postmodern. It’s different. It’s good.
* You’d have to know the place and its history to understand how truly bizarre this actually happened to be. Fun yet bizarre.