On a different, but related, note, I spent most of the music portion of SXSW at Fader Fort, a venue that covered what I call "Urban Music" -- DJ music, EDM, hip-hop, rap, current pop and one country band. I'm fairly sure that I was the oldest person there and I had a great time.
On the first day, I made friends with a couple who became my "chair buddies" for the next three days -- in one area, there were chairs and we took turns watching "our" chairs and each other's stuff so we could take turns wandering around. Late in the afternoon on the first day, the guy in the couple took it upon himself to explain to me that, as the evening progressed, people might "begin smoking marijuana." He kindly explained to me that this was nothing to worry about, that the people smoking were not going cause any problems. I said I had been to a lot of Greatful Dead concerts and that it wouldn't be an issue. The guy paused for a minute and then went on to say that people often "smoked marijuana" at concerts and that it was no big deal. I replied that I was a Deadhead so this was a non-issue. He looked puzzled, so I asked him if he had ever heard of the Greatful Dead. It turns out he hadn't. I laughed and said that the main thing was that, no matter how much dope people smoked at the show that night, if you compared it to a Dead concert, it would seem like amature hour. He nodded, but I'm not sure that he believed me. It was a pretty funny exchange. He was trying to keep me from worrying if I realized that the people around me were using drugs. It didn't occur to him that someone my age might have ever been around people who were "smoking marijuana." I think it was really sweet and considerate of him to do that, but it also showed an odd cultural disconnect.
The other day, this song came up while I was listening to some of "my" music and I got to wondering if that guy could even conceive of the fact that there are bluegrass and country music songs about "smoking marijuana." This is one of the best. It's called "Holding."
Below is my favorite song by the country band I heard at Fader Fort that night - Kacey Musgraves. I'm sad that my chair-buddies left before she started playing. They weren't the only ones, a lot of people left because they thought the music was over for the night. I was surprised when another band started playing and I was really surprised when I realized they were playing country music. But plenty of other people weren't surprised -- there were a ton of people listening and many of them were singing along. The band was great and the guitar player was excellent. Here's one of their songs:
And here are some of the lyrics. Happy 4/20.
Say what you think
Love who you love
'Cause you just get so many trips around the sun
Yeah, you only, only live once
So, make lots of noise
Kiss lots of boys
Or kiss lots of girls
If that's something you're into
When the straight and narrow
Gets a little too straight
Roll up a joint or don't
Just follow your arrow
Wherever it points, yeah
Follow your arrow
Wherever it points
P.S. How do I spell-check this entry? I can't figure it out.