The end of something

The UK band Jethro Tull was extremely successful during the 1970s and 1980s. Although a true representative of an era and despite all the psychedelic elements (or perhaps precisely because of them), the sound and aesthetics of the group maintains its freshness and relevance to date.

Evergreen content, as the marketing jargon calls it, seems to be a common pursuit these days, but I wonder which percentage of the current content production will stand the test of time the Greek philosophy did. I am not sure whether the hypnotic performance of bandleader Ian Anderson at the Isle of Wight in 1970 will remain relevant in centuries to come as, let´s say, the oeuvre of Plato, but one thing I know for sure: this kind of raw talent flowing on big stages had become quite rare.

There could be many reasons for this, some of them related to Zeitgeist, but the truth is that watching live performances by iconic bands from the 70’s I feel like something is gone forever. Could it be the full attention of the audience? The way these people actually seemed to be having a good time, rather than “sharing the fun” in real time on their social media? Perhaps. Or maybe it is just the same feeling I get at the end of each month.

It is easy to run away from the tasks of a day or even push some obligations to the next week, but how do you justify goals not achieved in a month? This is what I ask myself every time the calendar reminds me that the current month is bidding me farewell.

I try to convince myself that, according to previous experiences, everything is going to be all right, because the mind works in various productivity levels and maybe the next couple of hours will be a blast, compensating for the last couple of weeks.Sometimes I am easy to convince, sometimes I am not and there is nothing left to do than recalculating the route. Once more.

Most of the year is gone by now, but there is still time to make it fabulous, or at least among the top ten in our lives. The last couple of years were so unbelievable hard, we must come up with something better this time, as individuals and as a community, as well.

I don´t know where your level of faith in humanity stands right now. Mine is not sky-high, if you ask me, but we must turn “the end of the world as we knew it” (as I call life after 2020) into something good or, at least, not worse than what we had it in our pre-pandemic world.

Hard task, but I know it is possible when I look at the fragile appearance of young Ian Anderson and how it never stopped him to deliver olympic performances. There is some kind of vital force in music that overcomes any known physical power.

Visiting this source is my way to turn the end into a new beginning.

Be seeing you!

G. F.

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