Am I really listening to the same song? Is "Diana" a veneration of terrorism? I hadn't heard the song in a long time, so I wasn't sure. So now I am listening to it (CD), while reading the lyrics in the booklet of the original LP.
No, it does not:
" How do you feel to shoot down your brother now
& bury us in cages of cement and steel
What do you see when you look at one another now
Who do you see tell me how do you feel"
It does not venerate Diana or her actions. The song is a lament. A lament for somebody, who, misguided by romantic political ideas, crossed a line to reach her goals. It asks the question:"Why did you do it, what made you do it?. That is a very important issue, then and now. Moral indignation is not enough.
Paul Kantner the most dispensable?
The man who is responsible for those never equalled, never surpassed threeway harmonies, that gave JA a still unique vocal identity? The man who wrote songs like "Ballad", "Watch Her Ride", "Crown", "House", "We Can Be Together", "Volunteers". "Saucers", when Marty Balin, unable to handle success and the competition for the spotlight with Grace, developed a well maintained writer's block?
Also Kantner was a fine rhythm guitarist (Listen to the Woodstock recordings!), whose sound was very important to Jefferson Airplane. His contributions and those of Spencer Dryden made JA a more adventurous group than the more "plain", blues orientated Hot Tuna, that relied on Kaukonen and Casady only.
Without Kantner no Airpane.
But without JA no Kantner too.
'Holding Together" is an unbearably boring "song".
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