Les was the epitome of the rags to riches story. He came to Canada with the clothes on his back and through hard work and perseverance had run a successful campground on the shores of the Shuswap lakes in British Columbia for many years. He was an engineer by training who had left Hungary at the time of the revolution in the ‘50’s. We visited with him and his wife for many summers when I was a kid. It was always an adventure, as Les was a character for sure.
Flash forward to a beautiful day in the ‘80’s. I was visiting them now at their lakeside house in British Columbia, Les now semi-retired. The sun reflected off the cathedral windows of his A-frame house he had built as he used his winch that he had built in his boat house to lower his boat into the lake. Even though I get motion sickness in boats, somehow I had agreed to go out in his boat on the lake ‘for old times’ sake’. Mistake!
O.K. Well after yesterdays very heavy blog I decided to keep it light. Music is mostly about just enjoying it. It is not much fun to analyse it to death. I like to know about it so that it helps me explore and find new things that I like. I always remember it is about how it makes you feel.
I had a 1975 Mercury Monarch with manual transmission - yes a weird car I agree and it only sat about 6. When “The B-52s” first came out in 1979 I played it on my 8-track player non-stop.
d)A reference to the old mariners’ term ‘rock and roll'.
And the answer is.......all of the above!
Music Historian Robert Palmer (not the Robert Palmer with the dancing girls, addicted to love, sorry), best known for his book “Deep Blues”, 1981 wrote:
"Rock 'n' roll was an inevitable outgrowth of the social and musical interactions between blacks and whites in the South and Southwest. Its roots are a complex tangle. Bedrock black church music influenced blues, rural blues influenced white folk song and the black popular music of the Northern ghettos, blues and black pop influenced jazz, and so on. But the single most important process was the influence of black music on white."