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."
Lanny: That was "What Turns Somebody On, Turns Somebody Else Off" by Willis Cooper. And I wanta welcome Rob Weiner back to the roots music show. Rob Thanks for coming out again.
Rob: Good to be here.
Lanny: We did last week a program with Rob on Lubbock Music: Part I, and that
was "traditional sounds". Thats sounds of music
that are more along the lines of
That you could connect
back to old traditional tunes.
Rob: Whole nother genre you could say.
Lanny: And I hope you were listening to the words on that song. I had the cassette jacket just now. And were startin off with a real contrast here; This fellow Willis Cooper. Ill just read a little bit off the cassette jacket :
And this Tell us a little bit about the group that was playing with him and how this album came about.
Rob: Well, it was really the brainchild of Tim Closs who is a guitar player and producer here in Lubbock. He used to play with the Strange Attractors. And he has been a fan of Willis for quite some time and, just kind of as a tribute to him, wanted to get together some musicians and put some of Willis poetry to music. And they did this whole cassette in one "Bang" session which took up one full day Basically to allow residents of Lubbock and beyond to hear some of the genius of Willis Cooper and his ability to turn lines and put words together. Because Willis is a poet, more than anything else.
Lanny: Well, I know. I live a pretty sheltered existence here in The Hub City at this point. Even so, I have heard of Willis Cooper
Rob: Yea. Hes legendary.
Lanny: Ive had people have said something about him to me. I know a lot of stuff has happened down there at Main Street Saloon where theres a lot of bands that get together and play. And hes been down there and performed quite a bit.
Rob: Oh Yea. On any given day, in the afternoon you might be able to catch him. And you can walk up to him; hes a very nice man, and hell write you a poem on the spot. Especially if youre a pretty lady.
Lanny: Well, I guess that leaves me out on that. But uh
Lanny: Well, I think its real interesting that were starting this program out on "Contemporary Sounds in the Lubbock Music Scene," and were starting out with a man born in 1911. Goin way back And its kind of a contrast.
But I was listening to the words on this song, and we start off singing about [in a muted tone] "smokin marijuana" and all of this stuff. And I thought, "Well, I hope we dont offend anybody out there." And then, of course at the end he says: "You cant help but wonder as the years roll by; Hell wonder what happened; Hell wonder why hes out of money; Fun at all costs. What turns somebody on, Turns somebody off."
Rob: Yea. Exactly.
Lanny: Hes into, uh Well, I just hope you listened to it. Hes got some good things to say.
Rob: And the name of this cassette is Fun At All Costs. And I really encourage anyone out there listening to seek this out. Its quite good.
Lanny: Well, were gonna feature a lot of this sort of thing. And this The music were gonna listen to todayin my estimation, I guessThese are a lot of the bands that are "Underground." You dont hear a lot of em unless youre part of the "Scene," unless youre part of, maybe, the "College" crowd or
Rob: "Experimental" crowd "Electronic Music" crowd so forth
Lanny: Yea. The people who are into this sort of thing.
Its eclectic and its not something youre gonna
see plastered on the newspaper and not hear on the radio. But
it shows a segment of our society in Lubbock - of serious musicians
and what theyre doin
Click on thumbnail for a poem handwritten by Willis Cooper and given to Gayla Klemett, former bartender at the Main Street Saloon.
(Thanks for sharing Gayla!)