Midnight Oil

[Powderworks] (powd) the aftermath

Kiri W screaminblue88 at hotmail.com
Tue Dec 2 23:37:52 MST 2003

Matt and other P'workers,

I too mourn the demise of the Oils, but I still listen to their music daily. 
I also listen to other bands, as I always have, many of them are no longer 
together, due to breakups or a member's death.

What consoles me, is that none of the "boys" have died. They are alive and 
well, and pursuing other interests in their lives, be it music, politics, 
the environment or whatever.

Are you a traitor Matt...nah...maybe just a little less fanatical about a 
group of musicians that filled a void for many people for so many years.


>From: soberman_69 at hotmail.com (Matthew Mesina)
>To: powderworks at cs-lists.cs.colorado.edu
>Subject: [Powderworks] (powd) the aftermath
>Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2003 13:53:07 -0500 (EST)
>Esteemed Listees,
>      It has been a year since I was left numb with the realization that
>Midnight Oil as I knew it was no more.   The horrible knowledge created
>a void that I felt would never heal.  So I turned to the only thing I
>could.  Other music.
>      Whereas in the past I used to listen to the Oils almost daily,
>often several times daily, I now only listen to them on occasion.
>Yesterday was one such occasion when, needing an stark alternative to
>the Christmas Carols I've been playing since first snowfall last week, I
>threw on "Redneck Wonderland".   Indeed, this was the first Oils I'd
>played in over a week, and, as usual, I felt a renewed sense of why I
>loved them so much.  There's some special, ineffable quality about that
>music that I don't believe the passage of time will ever diminish.
>Moreover, listening to the Oils on a less frequent basis really serves
>to bring that into sharper than ever focus.  It's like there's
>everything else, and then there's the Oils.
>      Yet still I fell like a traitor.  I've barely been listening to the
>Oils anymore.  Am I like the survivng spouse that remarries within
>months of the loved-one's death?  This time spent with other musc has
>been a blessing to me; I've rediscovered classics from my record
>collection, explored jazz, and just generally started to appreciate
>OTHER, not Oils,  music more.   (For instance, my Starflyer 59 records
>have been getting much play this week.  I used to kinda scoff at how
>simplistic the lyrics were, but now I truly appreciate the clarity and
>pinpoint accuracy these "emotional snapshots" of melancholy have to
>offer.)  Does anyone else feel like this?  Am I alone in this, and does
>it constitute a 'betrayal" of sorts?
>  Dealing with the consequences of a bad sound,
>"Be sober and vigilant.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a
>roaring lion, looking for someone to devour." -1 Peter 5:8
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