last night our pbs station was showing the new cameron crowe-directed documentary about pearl jam called "pearl jam twenty" which celebrates the band's first 20 years. not many bands that started in 1991 are still together today, and none of them can say that they've called their own shots over their career the way pearl jam has. because of their determination to be true to themselves, they've truly got an interesting story within the context of a music world typically run by huge corporations.
when thinking of pearl jam, even twenty years later, most people think of the grunge movement out of seattle in the early '90's, along with nirvana. there is a sense that pearl jam is somehow stuck in the past, but to assume that is to be completely unfair to a group of artists who was continually redefined themselves amidst enormous pressure within the music business. i've had a love/hate relationship with pearl jam since 1992, liking most of their music, but not always being thrilled with their particular views or the way they express them. and yet i've always had such tremendous respect for their passion, their artistry, and their continued growth over the years.
so, for this saturday song, a recent pearl jam song about making sure we let the people we love know that we love them. tell them. and show them.