‘ The artists, entrepreneurs and digital gunslingers of our creative culture.’
I assume, Nick was scraping twitter for digital gunslinger. He uses this term in his presentation. He forwarded me his video (below). The production of the video is crappy but I loved the content. Nick’s talking about making social networking work; he uses a great frontier metaphor. He has a fantastic hat. His brief 6 minute presentation is affirming and positive. We have much in common:
Nick lives just up the road. His business helps charities with social media.
Nick knows a great word when he hears one: Gunslinger.
I use gunslinger for a singular reason. I am a deciple of Charles Mingus. Mingus is the greatest of the great American composers. He was a mad genius prone to fits of rage and violence. Mingus knocked out trombonist Jimmy Knepper’s teeth. Knepper was smacked-out and fucking up a score transcription. Not a good idea. (There’s also Jimmy’s side of the story.)
Charles Mingus was my kinda guy.
I collect his rare joints, I buy his books and I particularly like how he names his tunes:
“Goodbye Pork Pie Hat”
“Put Me In That Dungeon”
“Oh Lord Don’t Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb on Me”
A true poet; the names of his tunes are little inside jokes. The more you learn about Mingus’ life, the better you appreciate these titles. There is of course the tune-title that soars above the rest:
“If Charlie Parker Were a Gunslinger, There’d Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats.”
Let that sink in.
When I was at the height of my Mingus adulation I spent weeks with this phrase in my head. Hell, I quoted it back in ‘03 on my old band’s first record.
When I say gunslinger - it’s real.
I’m sure Nick arrived at the term in a completely different way. Maybe not. If we’re lucky he’ll talk about it in the comments below. What inspired this post is how similarly he and I are using this term. How similar our business models are. How similar we are in age. And were neighbors.
It’s a trip really.
Ignite FC 1: Digital Frontiers - Nick Armstrong
shoutout to @missreported too. She fwd me the video I believe.