O.K.There's no need for war..just let everyone be themselves in peace. But, not everyone want the same things as I do. But then, I remember being 'not served' in a restuaurant back in Texas in the early '70's. THAT was really amazing to me. It WAS a time for SOME social changes. Jan
Well, it looks like DRUGS took them down folks...beginning with pot...you know marijuana, some even claim musicians were 'owned' and 'used' to control the masses, see HERE for MY story about the king of soul, James Brown being used for crowd control in Boston at the time of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King jr. death. Or go HERE for a video of 'MUSIC OF TIME', a book by Preston Nickols/Peter Moon [thanks CHANNEL3X], or for more to read about 'Music of Time', go HERE. For another eye-opening book, see 'TRANCE FORMATION OF AMERICA' by Cathy O'Brian and Mark Phillips. Full text HERE.
Pot looks so inocent doesn't it? Feels pretty good too...AND, no calories. WOW...a high without gaining weight, no bottles to clean up, good to eat as well as smoke, no problems...perfect! Remember, we were ALL inocent back then ...AND, didn't understand it's 'down-side', BUT, now we do. We're older and wiser, aren't we?....cool.
First, those musicians that sang for change got loaded...then, we all followed them,.. our heros, and got loaded too...that's a great way to stop all social change or any personal change for that matter, isn't it?...get everyone high, they just don't care anymore....'everything's just groovy',..what could ever be wrong with marijuana, anyway? It's natural, maybe even organic... that means really good for you, doesn't it?
Hey, I'm an old hippie's after all, but I don't see me changing my mind soon. [NOTE: Wouldn't you know,...I changed my mind the very NEXT day, after I printed this, see 'Note' below. Jan]....so, for now.... everyone's free to live their life as they choose...and, that means, if you choose pot. I won't judge you, and, you don't judge me, you have your rights and I have mine too.
BUT with wisdom, comes responibility...look at what happened to those troubadores who started it all and the social changes we all enjoy now because of their courage. There's more changes waiting.
As a responsible hippie... I [Jan]...will NOT lead people down that path of drugs, when I know better. I gotta tell you what my experiences, then you make your informed decision,. This is why.... I choose NOT to promote marijuana or gigs/ bands that promote pot or are sponsered by pro-pot groups or businesses. That is MY right, and free choice...same as those that choose pot, I HAVE rights to say NO., just look at MY body, will ya? Now, I know that 'I'm really sure that I shouldn't of eaten the whole thing'. Jan
I think it's just the right time time to post this...In the local newspaper, Nisqually News....A headline read "'Pot Shops' Coming This Spring", THAT's for legal 'recreational marijuana' not 'medical marijuana' and this is quoted from Nisqually News....." Retail stores selling legal recreational marijuana are set to open in the spring, and the Washington State Liquor Control Board, which oversees the stores, wants the state Legislature to pass laws that would make the state-regulated stores outlets for medical marijuana, too." Jan NOTE: If this Nisqually News link gos down in the future [January 2014], go HERE.
NOTE: UPDATED on 1/15/14....What I kept wondering last night was...why? why did those music heros involved in such powerful and needed social changes of the '60's. [After all,...they were very effective and powerful].... need ANY drugs, pot or marijuana anyway? And, I came up with my answer below.
Well guys, this is only my opinion, but...Just look at my truth, for a moment, it makes sense...we hippies were...well, I'll just come out and say it...O.K? We were,...O.K., I was,.... and assume everyone was just like me, but I was a 'starry'-eyed', idealistic, goodie-two shoes, that just trusted EVERYONE without question, and never EVER even thought to look to see if others could have any other reason to be involved in social change, than MY reason...it was the right thing to do.
Those trusting troubodores were easily 'victimized' [if they were like me, and I assumed they were ]by those clever Music Record Companies, and/or Music Production Companies that saw 'Social Change' as a money-making product to be sold. They were out only for the buck and their own profits. Those over trusting hippie musicians signed contracts that gave away all control over the music and much their lives. Also, the contracts that were signed were stacked in favor of the Record Companies, those trusting troubadores didn't spent enough or anytime 'reading the fine print'...Rights were given to the Music Production's Business men that weren't given to the 'idealistic' musician including how many songs were required by the musician to record each year, when, where they'd perform etc., the tricky Music Production Companies could get rid of a musical artist at a drop of a hat, or whenever they wanted for whatever reason. But, the musician could NOT quit the Record Company at ALL or have any rights or say about their own music...only if the business men wanted it. Musicians were 'owned'. For example: musicians had NO freedom or choises [spell?] like what, where, when they could sing, what they could say, and to who..... For example: like what, where, when they could sing, what they could say, and to who..... At least two different musicians of those times.... that we know today...have said that was their own experience back then. They were 'conned' or vicimized outta their music and rights.
I think that drugs were first used to 'self-medicate', when the realization of what had happened hit home. Then, we followed our music heros without looking or questioning a thing either, like a bunch of sheep... Some say, that drugs were even encouraged and also seened as a Money-Making Product.
I remember that song from UNDISPUTED TRUTH [could not find any more links for this group], called 'Smiling Faces, Sometimes' '69 [thanks mosogotam] Video page says: " Uploaded on Nov 29, 2011No copyright infringement intended. If felt, comment below and I will remove this video.
The late great Norman Whitfield had an amazing knack for political and social comment. The Undisputed Truth was one of his favorite vehicles to express his opinions. Joe Harris served as main lead singer, with Billie Rae Calvin and Brenda Joyce. My extended version of this great hit".
1969...That's maybe when those 'hippies musicians' started waking up, and using music to effect social change like before trying even to warn us all...but, it was too late. There were NO more social changes in the works by then, or slowing way down, music contracts were already signed and being enforced. AND, We were ALL on drugs and stoned and just couldn't hear them, ...having way too much fun on pot and it was just too difficult to care anymore anyway. Yep...'Can you dig it? Everything was just GROOVY'. End of story. Jan
Oh..and now, in 2014...music, having a good time, drinking and drugs ARE almost always thought of all together. It's really 'old fashion' to like music for it's own sake. But, it wasn't always that way. Jan
Oh yea,...Steve says there maybe a better version of this song...I'll change it if I find a better one. Jan
Whew, with that over and off MY chest. I'll post some 'hippie' music below now. Smile.. Jan
1.] STOP CHILDREN, WHAT'S THAT SOUND?, by Buffalo Springfield, from ysndkn
2.] MAGIC CARPET RIDE, by Steppenwolf, from XxxxxXjuggaloXxxxxX
3.] MORE THAN A FEELING, by Boston, from Thetainted0
4.] FANTASY, by Earth,Wind and Fire, from riversend21
5.] A CHANGE IS GONNA COME, by Sam Cooke, from BlackAsWhite1
6.] ''2X2', by Bob Segar, from Lana Rains
7.] FORTUNATE SON, by Creedence Clearwater Revival, from HardRainProductions
8.] GIVE PEACE A CHANCE, by John Lennon, from Gaby Soto
9.] WAR, by Edwin Starr, from cctaximan
10.] SMILING FACES, SOMETIMES, by Undisputed truth, from mosogotam I like this version best. you? Jan
11.] SMILING FACES, SOMETIMES, by The Temptations, from DiscoNights1987