Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Who READS this stuff anyway?
If you are a new reader here, you deserve some explanation as to what is happening here. KCAC Lives! started almost as a joke. Actually, a catch-all for jokes between a few compulsive emailers, who were jamming up everyone's mailboxes - (at least people who were formerly involved with KCAC and KDKB radio) in Phoenix.
That was a couple of years ago. Now, steeped in nostalgia and memories, it has grown to include listeners and fans of those thrilling days of yesteryear when most of us were just out for some fun. Fun is a dangerously contagious thing, very difficult to regulate or govern and even after all these years, the spontenaity of the time frame of particularly 1969-1977 has come under scruitiny. I was very fortunate to be a small part of it. Fun after all - real fun - is free when you can find it.
We - the readers and contributors of this blog - seem to be a part of not only those times, but a part of a more recent generation that is searching for fun - like in those times in question. There was far more freedom. There was far less suspicion. There was far more fun. So much so, that we now have even youngsters visiting this site apparently in the hopes that some of that Old Magic will rub off on them.
As we Old Timers drag our aging bodies to the mirror, we begin to realize that we have become "the enemy" the Institution, the over-30 crowd that we used to identify as "other" in the times we celebrated as being Ours Forever. So it seems incongrous to read the statistics of this website (see site counters at the bottom of the page) and discover that more than a few of our voyeurs are young people, some from universities and broadcast schools as far away as Hong Kong. The number of hits on this website averagre about 25 per day and have at times, been into the hundreds! Early on, it was just a handfull per day. It used to be remarkable to watch the accumulated hits exceeding 5,000. Now we are well over 20,000 last time I looked. There is no way to tally the hits in the archives but if you are LOOKING for clues, there are a bunch there.
WHAT HAPPENED BACK THERE? in 1969 and even into the early eighties? It was a HUGE outburst of creativity in song and art that we are STILL feeling the effects of and still trying to understand. ENTIRE radio stations are now devoted to this music and the interest just keeps enduring like - "It doesn't get any better than this".
That may be. The Song has been sung and will probably never be sung again. There will never be another Woodstock. There will never be another Haight-Ashbury. There will never be another Beale Street. There will never be another time when Money didn't really matter, when love - finding and giving it - was more important than gridlock on the commute.
And yet, there are those who are seeking. Who don't remember because they were not born yet. So I guess you could say that it is YOU to whom we dedicate what we do. You who are driven to find even an echo of The Mantra that has spontaneously risen here.
WHATEVER HAPPENS NEXT will be a new thing. It will be YOUR thing. Rock on.
God is Alive - Magic Is Afoot.