Freak List – Randomized, Homogenized And Scrutinized (Joan Baez)
Another episode in a ongoing series that takes a casual look at the members of the Frank Zappa Freak Out List. In the spirit of aimlessness, the list has been randomized.
OK…here’s the scoop; obviously there are no set rules, no protocol for this exercise. I could go in any number of directions with any of these folks. I could play it straight and just point out some existing widely covered biographical information. I could do some research and attempt to uncover some trivia or little known interesting factoid. I could discuss some type of Zappa connection which, sometimes will be difficult because some on the list don’t have any connection other than the list. Or, I could spew forth my own thoughts and observations about a person or their work. In other words, editorialize.
No doubt, as we proceed, the editorializing will be creeping in because, I’m familiar with a lot of the folks on the list and their work and I have some degree of enthusiasm. And…some that I don’t know of (like Alois Haba the other day) I will look in to and become enthused. See, part of what makes this interesting to me is; I see FZ’s role here as a sort of cultural steward and the list as a device Frank was using to point us in certain directions. Once we reach a destination, it is up to us to form our own opinions…yeah, I guess that’s kind of how I see it.
So…Joan Baez…..she seems like a nice lady.
As far as her music goes, I have a vivid memory of hearing her sing on TV. I was maybe 4 or 5 and, I just did not dig it. It’s the vibrato really. Her vibrato just creeps me out.
Politically…socially…well, I just don’t see a whole lot of benefit from somebody traipsing around the world and warbling up a version of “We Shall Overcome” at some function to raise money or raise awareness for some cause and/or origination that almost always turns out to be shadow-funded by some globalist/corporatocracy entity.
This is one of those times I will side with Adorno…
But, I actually did find a Zappa connection. Turns out they did a couple of gigs together…