Thursday, May 23, 2013

Star Hopping out of generic commercial pop music

Zach Sobiech, farewell, and Sammy Brown, what a beautiful goodbye.

Thank our stars that YouTube allows a small window for real music to bleed through the cracks. What better way than the power of song to say goodbye to the world with "Star Hopping" and "Clouds"!

And yet that freedom is rapidly losing ground in the under the weight of Google ad-words where money is again determining what gets played. Money continues to perpetuate the quick buck marketing of generic commercial pop music records where clones of Britney Spears, boybands, 50 Cent rap and X-Factor are released in an endless loop.

Once upon a time there was folk music that was exactly as its name: music of us folks. From that we had the pop music of Buddy Holly, the Beatles, and the Stones, Bob Dylan, and Leonard Cohen. (You can guess my ancient age from these choices.) These were songs of real people, some were light like Star Hopping, others serious, but most of all they were real. Country Music held on to that concept, but its styles of singing were too confining. Blues, of course, has had a great influence. Perhaps, real songs are still out there.

Zach, may the wave of real songs continue as your legacy and be of comfort to your friends and family and help the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund.

I offer my song: Venus and Mars
as a companion to "Star Hopping" and "Clouds".

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