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Bill Frisell: The Space Age dichotomy and his remarkable dream / Oregon Music News interview

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here's the article - This could really be two posts, except for how one topic led to another. I spoke with guitarist/composer Bill Frisell via skype for two reasons. One, to talk to him about his new album Guitar n the Space Age, for the most part, a collection of  pop, guitar-oriented tunes from that era. He'll be bringing that basic band to the Aladdin Theater on Friday, January 30, doors 7pm, show 8pm, $35, minors under 21 with parent or legal guardian, tickets.

space age coverFrisell and I are contemporaries and I wanted to talk to him about the subject in the headline above: the dichotomy between the optimism of the expanding new worlds of the space age as contrasted with the newly acquired daily fear of the our destruction from nuclear weapons.

That optimism is best expressed in the tune "Telstar," from the album. It was named after the brand new satellite which brought live pictures from the other side of the world, to our TV screens. A wondrous feat.

The other side is best expressed by "Rumble," the anthem of juvenile delinquents.

But there was more. When Frisell's album Beautiful Dreamers was released a couple of years ago, he came to Portland to record with producer/engineer Tucker Martine and play a gig. I was doing Wednesday afternoons at KMHD at the time and he came in for an interview.

At one point I asked, "Bill, what do you dream about?" He told me about a dream that had changed his life. Unfortunately, the segment wasn't recorded and since then I felt a great loss in not having documented that dream.

He retells it at the conclusion of our conversation: