There were times when no one could believe that anything
creative would come from a generation whose teeth were cut
on synthetic rubber, whose red-strained eyes waited happily
for the Lone Ranger to flash across the television screen
in a cloud of dust and a mighty "Hi-Ho Silver";
whose ears, deaf with the scream of jet engines and swollen
from a constant battle for the peaceful quiet of the countryside,
failed to hear the frantic cries of disillusioned parents.
There were also times when people felt a new Renaissance
coming. If the fifties signaled the recognition of rock
'n' roll, then the sixties will surely be remembered for
the contributions of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Joni
Mitchell [No Beatles? Hmmm... - Kevin]and
others too numerous to mention (but not lacking in importance.)
It was they who first mingled the all important lyric with
music made poets of themselves, and later gave youth
the desire to see the world become a truly sensitive, loving
place where everyone could get together and try holding
hands... just once.
Emitt Rhodes grew up amidst it all. He sifted through the
garbage (and the good) and came up with his own direction.
Though he's only a spritely twenty, there's hardly a theme
he hasn't touched, a memory he's forgotten, or an emotion
he can't stir with his music.
When Emitt headed a group known as the Merry-Go-Round,
he wrote a song called, "Come Ride, Come Ride."
The theme is a common one; it employs the idea of the great
mandalla (wheel of life) and tells how everyone buffets
the 'whips and scorns of time' as best he can. Using the
image of a merry-go-round, he sings:
"Pictures bring back thoughts of things from the
Mem'ries they last, even time it will pass
For mem'ries are real when there is nothing more
Whenever you're bored and there's nothing to live for
Come ride, come ride, come ride up and down
On the merry-go, merry-go-round."
There's nothing more to say that can't be better said by
Emitt... except that A&M Records is proud to bring him