"Faith, Hope & the Blues concert review in Ha-Ir.
Judging by the number of people that came to the Blues for Peace program
at the Yellow Submarine, the rating for peace is going down. But the truth
is public relations for peace doesn't change anything, perhaps only small
things like elections, and even that isn't certain.
On the other hand, there is no connection between the number of people
that showed up and peace itself. It's quite simple, people are not is used
to turning up at the Yellow Submarine to hear music on a Friday afternoon.
On the third side, Johnny Mayer who arranged the whole thing took a
survey of the crowd to see who came for the blues? And who came for the
peace? It turned out that most of the people came for both the blues and
the peace. So what does that mean? Perhaps nothing.
How in the world was the connection made between blues and peace? It
turns out the connection is quite clear. Blues is music for people that
are miserable and depressed and whoever supports peace these days is plenty
miserable and depressed.
The people of "Blues for Peaces" offer a different version. They say
that all of the peoples in the area have had enough blues. Instead of fighting,
its better to jam on 12 bar blues shuffles. Much better.
Johnny Mayer himself is a man full of good intentions and harmonicas,
however he over organized the session a bit. He was always inviting people
to get up on stage and play so that everyone got a chance, and that nobody
was left out. As opposed to peace that requires organized efforts, a jam
session should be spontaneous.
In spite of that, the show was quite nice, especially the Yithak Yedid
trio with Johnny Mayer that anchored the show. Technically the band
is capable of playing more than just three chord blues songs. Musically the
band had the "feel" for the music and the crowd enjoyed themselves.
In short, don't be discouraged. Another 50, 80, 100 performances like
this and peace will come. It will come for sure.
Jerusalem, Israel December 8, 2001, by Yuval Fiorko, translated from
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