Still being relatively new to everything that encompasses the world of all thing's Zappa, I find myself being affected in many ways, by the personal efforts in which Dweezil Zappa carries on his fathers musical legacy. The carrying on of such a rich past of musical treasure in today's world, has essentially wound up being something of a most important life mission for Dweezil I suppose, my thinking is after much inner thought regarding it. Back in the day and long before my most recent dive into musical exploration, I was quite familiar with Dweezil Zappa. Growing up in the 80's, during the inception and explosion of the universally popular music video channel MTV, Dweezil was a performer who frequently could be found contributing his powerful and easily recognizable guitar riffs, on many different and various projects showcased there. Remember Don Johnson's, aka Sonny Crockett from the hip television show Miami Vice, little contribution into musical greatness of one hit wonders? The widely popular and chart-topping song "Heartbeat," contained some pretty mean and fierce guitar work, brought forth by none other than Dweezil. To this very day, that song when heard, continues to be cranked up in loud and generous manner by all, whether a closet fan or not. Admit it, you know the song I speak of, and like as well!
But still despite varying success found, Dweezil felt a calling and responded by venturing onto a new path of artistic travel. I've watched in person and on DVD, his explanation of how he took off an entire two years, so that he may learn his late father's recorded material. The goal being to bring to and enlighten old and new fans alike, to the wonderful and amazing work of Frank Zappa. The resulting act in which formed, Zappa Plays Zappa, has been not only a success for fans, but also in the way it has solely resurrected renewed interest in the brilliantly mastered musical productions of his father Frank.
There is so much to see and hear at a Zappa Plays Zappa show. The musical talent assembled that graces the stage, presents so much to the fans in a fast and furious manner, that at times it's hard to figure out who is contributing what individual part. Through it all though standing there front and center, you can clearly see Dweezil enjoying it all. Basking in his own presentation of melodic greatness, I feel you can obviously see a down to earth individual who is moved on so many numerous fronts, yet quietly humbled by the chosen mission at hand. Sir, you are to be commended for what you do! Take assurance that your personal efforts are indeed working, and that at the very least, I thank you very much for them! I don't think I'm alone though in my own thoughts by the warm response witnessed by all the fans in attendance. Poor photography skills or just plain nervousness in the post show picture below, I really don't know? The next Zappa Plays Zappa performance I attend though, I will try and remedy that for sure.