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March 14, 2010


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I always thought of disco as marching music, that incessant 4/4 beat. Some of it is fun but the repetition always eventually gets to me. It is the farthest thing from "the drift of things" that I can imagine. Disco killed something in popular music even if it brought joy to the gay culture and was the engine that built clubs like Studio 54, something that Zhuangzi would certain not approve.

Does it have Tao? To me, not much but I'm happy that you can enjoy it. Just don't ask me to dance to it, unless it's "Le Freak" (whose original lyrics were a scatological imprecation after being refused entry to Studio 54 or so I've been told).

To me disco was my escape from the world. A time for me to shake my grove thang. It was my time to let loose while shedding a couple of pounds. I just try not to look to hard into things and enjoy life.

Disco was the perhaps inevitable reaction to all that "serious" and "trippy", very undanceable music (perfectly epitomized by "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zepplin and "Darkside of the Moon" by Pink Floyd) that preceded it. It was time once more to "shake your booties" and have fun again! The most important movie of, and the one that defined, that era was "Saturday Night Fever". It was what "Easy Rider" was to the late Sixties and "Rebel Without a Cause" was to the Fifties.

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