Frank Zappa – Digging it!

frankz5  As Frank Zappa famously and importantly, or, at least,  famously and importantly to me, once said, You should be digging it, while it’s happening.  I take that as an admonishment or encouragement of cosmic significance.  On a par with the wisdom of the ages, sayings of the Buddha, or instructions from The Lone Ranger.

For Calvin (And His Next Two Hitch-hikers)

As time goes on, and it seems to do that without hesitation, the benefits of this injunction reveal themselves continuously.  Appreciating and enjoying whatever is going on in this particular moment not only feels good, but seems to eliminate the really annoying things about time passing, the concept of aging (not to mention death), worry, fear, and a long list of considerations that pale before the power of this simple observation.

grand wazoo   The fact that this is the philosophical foundation adopted by the same guy who, at one time, saw that there was no way to delay that trouble coming everyday, who knew that brown shoes don’t make it, and whose guitar wanted to kill your mama is heartening to all seekers of truth and wisdom.  Drink up, America!

Not only that, but there is all that wonderful music – ecstatic, sarcastic, beautiful, instructive, silly, complex, exalted, revolutionary, and emotional – rooted in doo wop, classical, jazz, and avant garde traditions and the lack thereof.  All that, and such succinct wisdom.  What a guy!


About Ted Ringer

I am a writer, artist, and listener. Great music is everywhere and has no limits. Some of it is well-orchestrated and some is short and sweet. It can spring out of a moment of deep feeling or result from long periods of development. Music is communication, inspiration, and a million other things. This blog wants to share the wealth and keep toes tapping.
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One Response to Frank Zappa – Digging it!

  1. Valari Jack says:

    Yay, Ted! You are back, Paswonky is back, and you brought Frank Z. with you. My world is complete once again! xoxoxoxo, V.

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