I used to be a scooter snob. Not in a serious way, but kind of. I have been a motorcyclist for many years, and when I was younger I even used to race 1/4 mile drag strips with my street bikes. If you ride a street bike you know that there has always been this unwritten rule that if you meet another motocyclist coming from the other direction you either give a nod or slight wave. It's like a loose brotherhood amongst the 'riders in the storm'. But It used to bother me when Harley riders wouldn't give the nod or the wave. I used to think them haughty when they would refuse to acknowledge a lowly Honda rider and that would irritate me. That is, until scooters started becoming more prelavent in North America and they started trying to give me the nod or the wave. Peasants.
Recently my wife and I and I joined our friends Mark and Coreen Biech (who live in Brasov, Romania) for a short holiday to Naples, Italy (aka scooter heavan.). I couldn't believe how many scooters there were. I think they outnumbered motorcycles by about 25-1 and cars by about 100-1. And they were all crazy drivers too. Weaving in and out of
Here's a picture I took of a parking lot in Sorrento Italy last month.
I am not a sociologist, but I am a songwriter and therefore by definition I have to be an observer of humans. (I wonder if a sociologist would give me a nod out on the open road). I am surprised at how we are the product of our culture on so many levels. How do you escape it? Folk musicians especially, are fond of being percieved as iconclastic..
Anyways here's some questions for you songwriters who want to write songs that matter;
How do I as a songwriter write important music when I am so influenced by what surrounds me. How do I escape the cultural gravity in order to write with real salt in my lyric? How do I reconcile, "I want to write prophetic lyrics like Bob Dylan." With "I hope they like my songs because I just want to be loved."
And also, if I ride a scooter am I a shadow of my former self?