Tuesday, August 18, 2009

No, you're not having an LSD flashback...

Some of you are probably wondering why you keep hearing the Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" every time you visit the site. It's not my new theme song, although that might be pretty cool.

On Sunday, I posted a video of the band's performance of the song at Woodstock to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the event. What I didn't know at the time was that this particular video is set on auto, so that it runs whenever you pull up the site. I thought about changing it, but it's a relatively short clip at about 2 1/2 minutes. When the posting gets archived later this week, you won't hear it unless you click on it in the archive list.

Here's an interesting bit of trivia. "White Rabbit" is actually an anti-drug song, the first in rock and roll history. In the psychedelic 60's when LSD guru Timothy Leary urged kids to "tune in, turn on and drop out", it was a bold move for a band to take the opposite position.

The song was Grace Slick's response to a question about why kids were taking hallucinatory drugs. In her view, parents who read fairy tales like "Alice in Wonderland" to their kids while hording prescription drugs in their medicine cabinets were actually encouraging the behavior.

Update: Replaced the video with another. I still love it, but it was interfering with other videos I posted.

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