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This blog will reflect my interests in learning disabilities, nursing, nursing theory, philosophy and politics and my general interests in the arts and literature. (Nursing is an art as well as a science!) Philosophy and nursing have been intrinsically linked since the days of Socrates, his mother was a midwife, and taught him everything he knew!

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Willy Mason - Talent and Truth From the Heart

It is rarer that you are touched by music when you reach my age.

It is partly physical - as a teenager, your senses are keener, your emotions quicker to leap at a note or a chord, and of course the world seems new, you are the first person to feel alone, the first to feel rage, the first to love and to revel in cold night air and damp streets. Then when you hear music you realise that other people feel like you too, that you are conncected in strange ways to millions of people around you, that you share a secret.

When you are older, you have seen all the kids with guitars a million times.

They all sound like cheaper versions of the heroes of your youth, and with the corruption and decay of the music industry being so manifest, you suspect strongly that indeed they are.

Then, tonight I heard Willy Mason sing 'Oxygen'. He spoke about being young, about freedom and about hope for the future. The hair literally stood up on the back of my neck.

He said
"I wanna see through all the lies of society
To the reality,
happiness is at stake I wanna hold up my head with dignity
Proud of a life where to give means more than to take
I wan't to live beyond the modern mentality
Where paper is all that you're really taught to create"

Then the cynical side of me fought to get back to the surface. Come on it said, this guy is part of the 70's revival, just like everyone is wearing suede coats with fur collars, and little Chinese hats, they need an ersatz Bob Dylan, a Jack Kerouac to go with all the cowboy boots and ponchos.

I cant make my mind up whether this is true, heartfelt, youthful, rebellious poetry, or just more product placement and manipulation by the record industry - will Willy Mason be picking up an OBE in a few years time like so-called 'streetfighting man' Mick Jagger?

Perhaps it is a bit of both.
Willy Mason is clearly a poetm and a talented singer, and I can see that he writes and speaks from his heart, and so what if he has been placed by some cunning record executive - the words he speaks are truths:
"it's easy to see that something here isn't right
I know the future looks dark
But it's there that the kids of today must carry the light."

I intend to enjoy this talent and this truth, at least while it lasts.


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