One of my favorite songs is I’ve Told Every Little Star by Linda Scott. It is innocent joy captured through sound. It is a song and a singer perfectly matched. Listen to her voice when she sings the second line of the verses. Plenty of other singers could sing that melody and it wouldn’t sound quite the same. There is a good deal of alchemy going on in this song.
Link to I’ve Told Every Little Star: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QYtyyKgqp0
Another one of my favorite songs is The Future by Leonard Cohen. It’s at the complete opposite end of the spectrum. Leonard Cohen’s song is full of imagery and ideas while Linda Scott’s is a simple love song, though not without its own wit. Linda Scott sounds as if she is a teenager when she is singing this song and in fact she was. Leonard Cohen was almost sixty when he sang The Future, but he actually sounds much older, as if the Bible were singing.
Link to The Future: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnaxvBsyigM
Although the emotions are very different, both songs make you feel something. One song is sunshine and the other is a long cold winter setting in. There are different seasons in life and you need songs for all of them.
The country music that I posted last night exists at neither end of this spectrum nor anywhere in between. There is no effervescent joy nor is there light being shown on dark truths. Even to call it middle of the road would be a disservice to real music. Things that are middle of the road, which fail to hit their emotional mark, are usually, at least aiming to connect with something other than your wallet. I can’t help but wonder if the people in those country music videos are self aware enough to realize that they are nothing but the extension of a marketing campaign. Maybe they are hopped up on cocaine, hanging out with beautiful women, and just going along for whatever short ride of notoriety that they have been lucky enough to stumble upon, fully aware of the foolishness they are unleashing. Maybe they believe their own bullshit. It’s hard to tell. I don’t wish to examine that world long enough to find out. In fact, after this post, hopefully I will never think or write about such meaningless gibberish again.
Is it really the fault of these metro sexual cowboys anyway? I would say that it is, but only up to a point. In the days of fading career prospects and rampant militarism, who wouldn’t want to be a millionaire if only for a moment? Maybe they should take their drug addled run in the sun before the whole deal goes down. There are more important questions. Who are the people that are funding these advertisements that try to hide in the shape of songs? Also, has a large section of the American Public been so beaten down, defeated, and brainwashed, that this stuff actually sounds like music to them? Something’s happening here.
Things are gonna slide, slide in all directions
Won’t be nothing
You can measure anymore
– Leonard Cohen, The Future