RIDE REPORT: FAST AND BULBOUS.
Some rides are inspirational due to the natural beauty through which you ride. Others, because of the challenging terrain.
Then there’s a route I occasionally take that inspires with a nearly unlistenable cacophony.
See, every so often, the ride to my local trailhead takes me right by that modest little hillside home up there on the right. Inside that house, about 40 some-odd years ago, Captain Beefheart and his magic band created and recorded the landmark, influential album up there on the left.
It’s called Trout Mask Replica and it’s not an easy thing to listen to. It was never intended to be easy listening. In fact, it’s more like a piece of art than typical music in that it’s meant to provoke the senses. Challenge the status quo. See, most music has melody and rhythm so it’s easy to digest. This was created to shake all of that loose. And what sounds like random bleating is not. Every single note is studied and purposeful. The band could step into a studio and play the entire 90 minute album, note-perfect (relatively speaking), non-stop.
The odd humor and bold approach has influenced countless other people (not just musicians) from The Pixies to Matt Groening. One critic put it on his list of “albums he’d take to a desert island” mainly because that’s about the only place he could put it on without someone telling him to turn the damn thing off.
Listening to it is, for me, the equivalent of those long, hard rides you have to force yourself to do every now and again, to take your conditioning to the next level.
It isn’t easy, but it shakes things up and strengthens my creative muscles.
Go ahead, feel the burn.