I was just watching several clips of Morrissey on Larry King Now. I haven’t watched the full program yet. I will link to it when a link to the whole piece is available. I was reading some comments somewhere, always a mistake, and someone commented the usual idiotic drivel about, and this could be directed at any number of entertainers, that he should just focus on singing and leave the politics to the “experts”. But when the “experts” are just as often fuck puppets for corporations spouting buzzword tested groupthink, and not those who have thoughtfully examined a political situation from all angles, is that really what you want?
For entertainers, like all people in all professions, can run the gamut of human intelligence. Plus someone like Morrissey (or Jackson Browne, Chuck D, Bruce Springsteen, etc.), is extremely well-read, well-traveled, and has spent a great amount of time talking to people of all stripes, often including many of those that actually have some say in our culture. While many entertainers are grown-children that remain vain mutants, boxed off from reality in a prison of sycophancy, there are often those that are trying to make real sense of this strange world.
It is never who someone is that should make us listen to them. It is the strength of their argument and the thoughtfulness of their thinking. Many of us have worked jobs where someone in management or some other position of power hasn’t gotten a clue. Do you not think that this doesn’t happen sometimes at even higher levels? Also, the human brain is like a muscle, just because someone has exercised one part of it thoroughly doesn’t mean that the other parts have received the proper conditioning. A brilliant doctor doesn’t make someone a great thinker when it comes to socio-economic arguments. Being an entertainer, even if they have traveled and met with people of power, like any other profession, doesn’t make someone smarter, but it doesn’t cancel out what they have to say either. Meanwhile an entertainer, if they do have a curious mind and a rigorous thought process, very well might have insights that are worth listening to.
But anyone that knows anything knows this. It is only the daft, those with closed minds, who don’t want their world view inconvenienced, who would say otherwise. So I say don’t shut up and still sing.
I personally like my entertainment barbed with things like ideas. Not all of the time, but often, I want my music to be like an intellectual boxing match. I want to be pushed to the limit and challenged. And if I get tired of that, and need to turn off the mind for awhile to relax, I can put on some Ted Nugent, and give myself a temporary lobotomy…