Thursday, April 13, 2017

WTSCF Podcast Ep. 20 Michael Nesmith's The Grand Ennui: An Exploration of its meaning and its musical evolution through seven "iterations" 1971-2013.


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Nez in 1970. The ennui is palpable.



                                       

Nez in 2013. Ennui was allowed a brief visit to reminisce with its old pal. After three minutes of staring at nothing in particular, punctuated by impatient sighs, Nez politely directed his guest to the group of hipsters standing outside the bar across the street.  


While you wait for the release of his new memoir, dig this all-Michael Nesmith episode. Seven different versions of his classic song "Grand Ennui", from the 1971 studio version up to his 2013 tour. Its arrangement and feel has evolved in some cool and unexpected ways.
This episode had quite an evolution of its own. It began as a written piece intended for the forum on Nesmith's Videoranch website during my brief, experimental stint working for the site. Once the experiment was abandoned and I was back writing for myself, I decided to turn this into a podcast. In retrospect I should have cut much of the armchair psychoanalysis contained in the first 15-20 minutes, and if you agree, you can always skip to the musical analysis. I'll just say in my defense that I wrote that part while in a very analytical mindset influenced by the vibe of the stuff being written, by myself and others, on the Videoranch forum. Add to that it being the dark days of New England winter as well as my mother living out her final weeks. Things were heavy and I was reflecting that mindset. But as I got more into the podcast, I remembered "entertainment value!" and lightened up. So if you find yourself zoning out at the beginning, I encourage you to utilize the fast-forward until it sounds like things are getting fun. Because they do get fun! And as I say, please go to my Facebook page or my Blogger site and let me know which version is your fave!


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(as of this posting, this episode is showing on my phone's iTunes but not my computer's. Odd. Just so you know. Hopefully won't be an issue very soon..)



1 comment:

  1. Another fantastic episode. So refreshing to listen to something literate vs standard fandom-focused analysis. Very tempted to go with the Movies/Mind version, since I love it when Nez rocks out, but since I only get to pick one, I have to go with the original studio track. Still get chills when Tutt goes to the bell of the ride cymbal during the solo section.

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