Posted On: Tuesday - May 4th 2021 7:40PM MST
In Topics:   Music  Southern rock  Kung Flu Stupidity
This post is about a slight coincidence that drove an important point home to me. On the "mainline" bigger sized airliner, they have the entertainment systems now. I normally don't partake, except to play video games on pleasure trips with my boy sitting next to me. I usually turn the monitor off first chance I get.
This was a fairly long flight, so I checked out the music. Skynyrd's greatest hits (not the Gold & Platinum, actually light blue, 2-record set that I have), was in there. Of course, Free Bird has to be on there, and I was listening to it. Now, as you may have seen, due to safety reasons, etc, the pilot and flight attendant P/A announcements override the entertainment system audio*.
This happened. The music stopped. "We want to remind all passengers to keep your face mask over your nose and mouth." / "I'm as free as a bird, now...." No kidding, it was right then.
Nope, this is not the mid-1970s South, or most any other part of the old Country. We are not as free as a bird now.
Note the demographics of the crowd there in Oakland, California in 1977:
(It may seem surprising that Peak Stupidity has not embedded the classic Southern Rock anthem Free Bird already, but I really like to include the good stuff that hasn't been played so much.)
* However, the movies and music will start back where they left off, a good idea especially for the movie viewers.