Randy 'Rare' Resnick

tapping pioneer

Randy Resnick has played guitar with many blues greats, such as Don 'Sugarcane' Harris and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.

The New Change is No Change

I mentioned before that a total lack of change, stasis, is unnatural. That things ebb and flow, live and die, grow and decay. However, there's a new change coming to town: it's no change. Let me explain.

Photo: Art Resnick

Photo: Art Resnick

In the mid 1970's, I went on a world tour with John Mayall. We stopped in cities in Italy, Spain, Switzerland, China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Every one of these countries had a separate sense of place. Outdoor advertising was less prevalent than today, so the visual noise level was lower, letting you observe more local detail. Even in the United States, regions were different, less homogenous, with more local business and less big brands.

By the 80's, the US was already completely inundated with chains, and when I travelled to Huntsville, Alabama to work at Intergraph, the change hit me. Huntsville is a small city, yet as you travel along the main highway, you see franchise names start to repeat.  And now, this monotonous sameness has spread to most of the world.

At some point in the future, we will reach a stage where "everything is everything" becomes literally true. Then we'll arrive at the state of Robert Silverberg's Schwartz Among the Galaxies, which I highly recommend you read.