2023. Did ya ever think?
Sunday morning, Mrs. Animal and I were musing about this new year of 2023 and how much the world has changed in our lifetimes. I’m of the last cohort of Baby Boomers (b. 1961) and Mrs. A is from the first cohort of GenX (b. 1966). And, yes, in our time the Information Revolution has swept the world. If you had taken aside eighteen-year-old me in 1979 and told me the following:
“Listen, kid. When you are sixty, every American home will have at least one computer in it, and it will be connected to a global network that will allow you to socialize, pay your bills, play games, work, and find information on almost anything. The world will be at your fingertips. Oh, and you’ll be able to shop, too, and have your purchases delivered to your door – sometimes, depending on where you live, on the same day. But wait! There’s more! Everyone will also carry a small device on their person, which will not only allow you to make calls the way your home phone does, but also to send messages by text and conduct all of the same things that computer does.”
I would have laughed in your face. But if you had also told me the following:
“Oh, and the country will have as President a senile incompetent, with a cackling imbecile as Vice President. The Imperial government will be using the Constitution as asswipe, and there have been multiple rounds of riots and ‘occupations’ of portions of major cities that could only be classed as insurrections. Oh, and most of our major cities have become crime-ridden shitholes that are effectively unlivable to civilized people.”
Well, that part wouldn’t have come as much of a surprise. 1979 was, after all, during the Carter years.
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This Week’s Cultural Edification:
While Frank Zappa had a long and varied career, being as he was one of the most innovative and talented musicians of a generation, some of his best work was done in the early Seventies when he had the gifted backing of Flo and Eddie (Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan). Some of the best of their combined work was on the 1971 album Just Another Band from LA.
It took me a while to pick just one song from this great album. Finally I decided on Call Any Vegetable (language warning)! This tune shows off not only Flo and Eddie’s hilarious vocals, but also Zappa’s genius guitar work and the fantastic backup band. Here it is, then; enjoy.