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Most articulate and inarticulate musicians
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: May 16, 2019 07:16PM
I think most are pretty inarticulate. I think Willie Nelson is one of the more articulate. You could say Paul McCartney is, although I think he is pretty shallow.
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Re: Most articulate and inarticulate musicians
Posted by: prymsnap
Date: May 16, 2019 07:32PM
Read drummer Bill Bruford's autobiography. Brains and humor.
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Re: Most articulate and inarticulate musicians
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: May 16, 2019 07:44PM
Some of them sound a lot better if you read a transcript. Even Keith Richards sounds pretty good like that.
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Re: Most articulate and inarticulate musicians
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: May 16, 2019 07:46PM
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Dennis S
I think most are pretty inarticulate. I think Willie Nelson is one of the more articulate. You could say Paul McCartney is, although I think he is pretty shallow.

Saw Willie perform last night. Great show.



It is what it is.
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Re: Most articulate and inarticulate musicians
Posted by: freeradical
Date: May 16, 2019 07:51PM
How about Rod Stewart?
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Re: Most articulate and inarticulate musicians
Posted by: hal
Date: May 16, 2019 07:52PM
Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter is one sharp, articulate dude.

Frank Zappa... Richard Thompson, Perter Gabriel. Gotta read the Bill Bruford book. And for cryin' old loud, has everyone read Keith Richards auto bio yet? Whatta storyteller!

What about Ray Davies?

Hell, there are LOTS of very bright, very articulate musicians now that I think about it...
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Re: Most articulate and inarticulate musicians
Posted by: CW2V
Date: May 16, 2019 08:01PM
There is a difference between "musician" and "rock star."

CW2V
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Re: Most articulate and inarticulate musicians
Posted by: rz
Date: May 16, 2019 08:01PM
Brian May from Queen has a PhD. So does Dexter Holland of The Offspring.
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Re: Most articulate and inarticulate musicians
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: May 16, 2019 08:15PM
Wynton Marsalis. He gives me the sense of a bit of an overly self impressed blowhard, but articulate and thoughtful nonetheless.

And on the strength of his lyrics alone, Gil Scott-Heron.

From the Indians who welcomed the pilgrims
And to the buffalo who once ruled the plains
Like the vultures circling beneath the dark clouds
Looking for the rain
Looking for the rain

Just like the cities staggered on the coastline
Living in a nation that just can't stand much more
Like the forest buried beneath the highway
Never had a chance to grow
Never had a chance to grow

And now it's winter
Winter in America
Yes and all of the healers have been killed
Or sent away, yeah
But the people know, the people know
It's winter
Winter in America
And ain't nobody fighting
'Cause nobody knows what to save
Save your soul, Lord knows
From Winter in America

The Constitution
A noble piece of paper
With free society
Struggled but it died in vain
And now Democracy is ragtime on the corner
Hoping for some rain
Looks like it's hoping
Hoping for some rain


(With Brian Jackson)



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Re: Most articulate and inarticulate musicians
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: May 17, 2019 04:41AM
Hell, there are LOTS of very bright, very articulate musicians now that I think about it...

I don't doubt that for a minute.

But i also think there lots MORE that aren't particularly bright or at all articulate.

And no doubt SOME of them are great musicians.

Articulation is part art, part education, part innate talent, part experience, part life experience.

Articulation can take different forms.

Words are easy, music is hard.

The best make it seem easy.




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all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

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except by believing all possible evil
of evil men.

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-An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

Mister, that's a ten-gallon hat on a twenty-gallon head.

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Re: Most articulate and inarticulate musicians
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: May 17, 2019 07:38AM
The late Aaron Copland and Keith Emerson.
Both very gifted and quite articulate musicians and composers.

Engaging live performance of Copland's Fanfare For The Common Man
from 1990 by:
Keith Emerson, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Joe Walsh, John Entwistle, and Simon Phillips.

youtube 9-min. video



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Re: Most articulate and inarticulate musicians
Posted by: prymsnap
Date: May 17, 2019 08:15AM
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prymsnap
Read drummer Bill Bruford's autobiography. Brains and humor.

I should have mentioned that early in my career I interviewed rock musicians for print magazines. Bruford was as equally engaging and savvy in person as on the page.
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Re: Most articulate and inarticulate musicians
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: May 17, 2019 08:33AM
Neil Peart (who's good friends with Bruford) is an obvious choice, and based on his recent book about bass guitars so is Geddy Lee.

David Lee Roth comes off as articulate as all get out, but most of what he says is actually empty patter. Conversely, Eddie Van Halen appears to be a stereotypical dopey dropout musician at first glance, but his recent interview at the Smithsonian was really informative. I kind of doubt he could write anything though.

I just read this long interview with Robert Fripp yesterday, and he can string a few coherent words together, to say the least: [reverb.com]
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Re: Most articulate and inarticulate musicians
Posted by: hal
Date: May 17, 2019 12:43PM
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MrNoBody
The late Aaron Copland and Keith Emerson.
Both very gifted and quite articulate musicians and composers.

Engaging live performance of Copland's Fanfare For The Common Man
from 1990 by:
Keith Emerson, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Joe Walsh, John Entwistle, and Simon Phillips.

youtube 9-min. video

great stuff - I'm gonna look for the rest of that show later... never heard of it
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Re: Most articulate and inarticulate musicians
Posted by: Maddog
Date: May 17, 2019 02:49PM
In the inarticulate group, Ozzy comes to mind.
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Re: Most articulate and inarticulate musicians
Posted by: Harbourmaster
Date: May 17, 2019 03:47PM
David Bowie

Brian Eno

David Byrne

Ian Anderson

Steve Martin (yes THAT Steve Martin)



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