Fire in the Water, Earth in the Air: Legends
of West Texas Music
"Indeed, Oglesby's introduction of more
than two dozen musicians who called Lubbock home should be required
reading not only for music fans, but for Lubbock residents and
anyone thinking about moving here. On these pages, music becomes
a part of Lubbock's living history."
child and eldest son. Colin lived in Lubbock between the ages
of 3 and 14, where he grew up around such Lubbock icons as Richard
Bowden (once Colin's
step-father) of The Maines Brothers Band , the Hancock family, Jesse Taylor, Joe Ely, etc.
Colin: I believe it was in the Lubbock Airport where I saw something on the wall talking about Lubbocks history, saying that Lubbock has a legacy of being very socially conservative & traditional but progressive in technology.
You see a lot of rich people there. For a West Texas town, theres quite a bit of wealth there. Theres one street called Quaker, and the school that I went to - Rush Elementary- is on the "rich side" of Quaker, might be one of the richer neighborhoods in town; But if you cross Quaker, the other side is closer to the project level. And theres a big cotton field there - A lot of dirt and a lot of nothing. But theres also a lot of poor people.
It was a crazy neighborhood when I was growing up. There was
all kinds of child molesters running around, people walking around
the neighborhood waving their arms in the air, crazy frat boys
Chris: Yea. Theres a lot of crazy people in Lubbock. My girlfriend wonders if everyone from Lubbock is crazy.
Colin: Just about.
Chris: Yea. I tell her that just about all of em are.
But we were talking about Lubbock being "on the cutting
edge of technology and yet conservative in a lot of ways,"
and I'd like to get back to that.
Colin: Yea. Buddy Holly Theres a parallel there: In some ways he was pure traditional. He sang nothing but love songs. I have yet to find a song he wrote or did that wasnt some kind of love song.
Chris: And while it was real "cutting edge" music, it was really based on "roots" music.
Colin: It was based on "roots" stuff. But at the time This was very radical what he was doing basing it on the roots of the Black culture, Blues and everything, and also on "White" Country music, and also a lot of Mexican influence.
Buddy Holly's music was "roots" but to combine all those things at his time was very radical.
Chris: And regarding technology - Buddy was really doing a lot of experimenting with the recording side of it, the engineeering and mixing. That was one of his major influences on popular music.
Colin: But the whole deal about Lubbock being technologically progressive and yet more socially conservative, I think its one of the things that might have given rise to all the artistic talent coming out of there, and yet at the same time it might have been the thing that drove everybody away.
Chris: Elaborate on that for me.
Colin: All I can say is for myself - I was always really turned off by it then. I lived in Lubbock from the time I was 4 to when I was 14; and by the time I got to be 12 or 13, I started listening to punk rock and all that good stuff, and I really just started looking around Lubbock and thinking, "This place sucks! I dont want to live here. I dont like the people here."
Chris: In what way?
Colin: See...A lot of it had to do with the school
I went to, Mackenzie Jr. High. I
had to hang around with the same guys I hung around with in elementary
school, and a lot of those guys were just "rich assholes."
Now that I can look back at it and I can step away from it and I dont have to go back, its kinda interesting and Lubbock does seem kind of mysterious. Kinda like when youre watching a horror movie. You get this great feeling of "WOW!" but youre really glad youre not in it. Youre glad youre not stuck in the middle of it.
Chris: You have a unique situation where both sides of your family have been in Lubbock for generations. Can you tell me a little bit about your grandfather? What was his name?
Colin: William Brian Gilmore. I got my middle name
Brian from him. He was a really great man. He passed away about
a month and a half ago. He grew up in Electra, Texas
got his degree in "Dairy" I cant remember
what the actual degree is called But he taught classes
at Tech and owned a dairy for a long time.
Chris: I think one of the common things about people in Lubbock and I think this is certainly common among many of the creative artists who have left Lubbock is a deep sense of spirituality. Of course, thats the backbone for someone in A.A .
Chris: I think people who listen to your fathers music definitely hear a spirituality in that
Colin: Yea. Definitely.
Colin: Very much. I agree.
Chris: So that deep spirituality is a common thing
in Lubbock. And youve had an interesting exposure to a
lot of different sides of that.
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