If I should choose a “hero” in the “art world”, meaning the all-encompassing word “ART”, it would be Tom Jones, for sure. And he never fails. Here he is, eighty years old and will be releasing, in just a few days, a new album. And I am not talking about some kind of nostalgia album of old songs. No way! These are new songs, yes, some covers of old songs, but things he has never released in his long life as a singer-entertainer. That’s like the Rolling Stones! Artists like these don’t get old, they keep renewing themselves. And that’s the way to stay fresh, to stay valid, to further your career even in you’re pushing eighty. Macca beware! Don’t you fall into the nostalgia pack…
“No Hole in My Head” was written by the US singer-songwriter, activist Malvina Reynolds. Some of you might remember her for her other compositions such as, “Little Boxes,” sung by Pete Seeger.
But this one is very powerful and it starts off like this:
“Everybody thinks my head’s full of nothin’,
They wanna put their own special stuff in
Fill up the space with candy wrappers
Keep out sex and revolution
But there’s no hole in my head/Too bad.”
Here’s what the SUPERSTAR said about this song: “This song is powerful at any age. It’s about having confidence in who you are. Particularly during this time of a pervasive, boundless media that can wield so much influence, it’s more important than ever to know and be strong in your own self.” I think it’s tremendous advice, especially for this day and age and he is right, the media is boundless, they’ve taken liberties with our liberties, they have tried, through the decades, to put things in our head and they must fail. I remember Mick Jagger saying:
“When I’m watchin’ my TV and a man comes on and tells me
How white my shirts can be
But, he can’t be a man ’cause he doesn’t smoke
The same cigarettes as me.“
And Mick was saying that back in 1965! That means the “brainwashing” began so long ago…
So I leave you with the new single…and the official video…by the great Tom Jones, a Welsh wonder of the song, for sure!