Last week, we revisited the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival which was so good that we ought to stay there.
The Jefferson Airplane, before it morphed into the awful Jefferson Starship (later just Starhip), was one of those bands that evoked the tenor of the times. At Monterey, the Airplane was introduced as a sign of "what the world was coming to." It turns out that they weren't and, if I wanted to do some thumbsucking, I could draw a parallel between this song, which expresses an uncontrolled and self obliterating love, and the Dyonisian fascism that was an unfortunate part of the sixties counterculture, But, really, I just like the song.
And, once again, I offer a bonus, although it's not an old performance. In honor of my appearance at the Fourth Street Forum (which is on again this afternoon at 3 on Channel 36) on religion and politics, I offer my friends on the left some faith in politics. Michelle Shocked is a lefty folksinger who is, as she would put it, "God-crazy." She did a great gospel set at Telluride a few years back that was apparently recorded without her knowledge and recently released as To Heaven U Ride . I highly recommend it. This song, Quality of Mercy, was written for the movie Dead Man Walking.