Last week I saw Miley Cyrus in concert at the Verizon Center in D.C. and what a crash course in modern culture it was. Let me tell you about my night with the lovely and talented badass, Ms. Destiny Hope Cyrus, aka Miley.
When the first crappy music makes it into our house, I will sit my kids down, play the entire Pink Floyd discography, then The Beatles, then Simon & Garfunkel. And Bjork. And Death Cab for Cutie. And Arcade Fire. Then The Velvet Underground. Then Talking Heads.
Winter's over, and this month's top 10 list is full of tracks that'll propel you into the great outdoors.
It was a surreal spectacle to witness during a big-budget pop show in which so much as an unplanned stumble make headlines.
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The audience that can afford to pay $280 for an opening night ticket is a microscopic percentage of this planet's population. Ticket prices on Broadway are high too. But a family comes to NYC to have a spectacular night out. There isn't that same attitude about opera.
Whatever the reason, whether it's the DJ's personal decision or because he's simply forbidden, realize that you are not the one cutting his check, and therefore he is under no obligation to accept your suggestion.
I was 27 years old. I had become enraged... as enraged as Gloria Steinem or Betty Friedan had been and it took me months to shake that part of it. Maybe that's why the young women are afraid of it. The rage is real.
"Our young women need better role models than Kim Kardashian." An African woman living in Uganda said this to me via SKYPE while I was sitting in a coffeehouse in California.
Sometimes the showiness is intentional and is a necessary part of the art itself. But sometimes it completely detracts from the real, raw talent. And isn't it the talent that makes music what it is? Maybe it's never truly existed, but I wish we could find a way back to that simplicity.
Miley Cyrus wants to be culturally relevant, much in the way of Michael Jackson and Madonna. The difference might be that her approach is more strategic, and, conceived at a much younger age than either of the two.
Huge returns come to those who treat content as though it were meant to last.
So, when it's all said and done, "The @Pack" is actually the best group of role models thus far. For all the people who want to bash them, Hollywood actually needs more young class acts like these.
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Despite a reputation for uncontrollable twerk-age and a tongue that flaps outside of her mouth, Miley has things to say and is not afraid to say them. It is appalling how much we criticize each other.
Although much can be said of Shirley's stardom, much can also be said of the graceful way she transitioned from that stardom. When audiences became less interested in Shirley the teenager, she found other paths where she could shine. And she did it without twerking.