Unknown – Ravi Shankar at Monterey Pop Festival

Yesterday I was listening to “Lebanese Blonde” by Thievery Corporation.  The first thing it reminded me of was how much I enjoy Thievery Corporation.  The second thing it reminded me of was how much I enjoy Lebanese Blonde.  The third thing it reminded me of was how much I enjoy the sitar.  And thus we have arrived at Ravi Shankar.  Surely you’ve played “4 Degrees of Ravi Shankar” before.

I can say with a fair amount of certainty that everyone is impressed by Ravi Shankar.  How does he do it?  I don’t know.  My knowledge of anything involving the sitar is terribly limited.  All I know is that I seriously enjoy Indian music.  I tend to be quite intrigued by all non-Western music since it’s a huge departure from the standard melodic structures of Europe and North and South America.  I definitely don’t know enough to determine whether any Eastern music is good or bad.  And I don’t care, because it’s so different and I’m mesmerized.

Here we enjoy Ravi performing at the #1 music festival that I wish I could’ve attended: Monterey Pop in 1967.  There are a number of stunning performances from that weekend.  I’m sure I’ll post at least a couple of them as we go along.  It was a great summer for the hippie movement, when people really were just about peace and love, before things started to take a more antagonistic turn.  Once again: need time machine.

Fun fact: Ravi Shankar is Norah Jones’s father.  Does everyone else already know this somehow?  My mother had to inform me.

In summary: Please just look at Micky Dolenz (of the Monkees) from 4:22 to 4:28.  His face says it all.

~ by starcollecteur on September 27, 2012.

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