My Uncle Jack was the "cool" uncle - only 10 years older, so more like a big brother, and he had a huge record collection that he always let me listen to. I have a shitload of random music that still echoes in my head thanks to him.
I remember when he brought Boomtown Rats The Fine Art of Surfacing home and explained what the song I Don't Like Mondays was about. It was a lot to take in at my age - chilling then, and unfortunately, still a timeless commentary in a way. Who can't pick out that opening piano in one note?
Here's a very cool interview between my friend Angela Scappatura and Sir Bob Geldof. Angela had put a Facebook post up asking for input on questions, and I suggested she ask Geldof what he thought about the digital age of music and what it meant to songwriters. From the St. Catherines Standard...
Geldof's writing process hasn’t changed much through the years. But he is keenly aware of how the evolution of music and the music industry has changed how people consume the music that’s released.
“I think music as a central part of the culture will become less important and has become less important. You know this by the record sales and new media and the diffusion of the media. You have dilution of the message with a diffusion of the medium," he said. "The download culture mitigates against the examination of an idea."
People don't benchmark their lives with significant songs like they did in the past, he added."
Angela said he doesn't seem impressed, and dropped a few f-bombs while talking about it. Lol. They didn't make it into the interview.
Angela Scappatura interview with Sir Bob Geldof
Finally, here's one of my very favourite tunes from Sir Bob, who remains, above all else, a great songwriter. The Great Song of Indifference