Sure, pop music seems to have little in the way of ... umm ... depth. The question is whether God is present even in what can seem to be vacuously superficial. Can what initially appears to be a cheesy song be a way to imagine God singing sweet nothings to you?
It is now 2012, and Leonard Cohen is yet again going out on tour. I have not again seen him since that last day, in 1988, in Athens, but I know he remains very much the same man I met, and hung out with, for three days so very long ago, when we were both so very much younger.
It's easy and true to tag Kristian Mattson with the Dylan-esque tag. But this isn't the Dylan of worldly affairs, but the romantic, funny Dylan, the one who can savor love but knows it's slipping away even as he's enjoying it.
Graceland took world music to another level, turning some acts on the album into international superstars, expanding everyone's appreciation for world music, and establishing sampling as another way of building on what's come before.
I am NOT a fan of bulky boxed sets, whether it's music, TV shows, or movies. I often wonder if the people who design them ever bring these things home. Where do they put them? But when it arrived in the mail, I have to admit I broke into a grin.
Recent TV programming and box office blockbusters show a land office business underway in fantasy. There has to be some correspondence between the tenor of 21st century American life and this public fascination with entirely fictional worlds.
If audiences only chose entertainment based on Plugged In's reviews over the last couple of years, they would have gone to see The Blind Side and a couple of Pixar movies, with the advisory that cars don't actually talk, since that would be witchcraft.
To many they were just "has-beens" -- that is until their deaths revived their prestigious status.
And that's just it! Why do we always wait for artists to die to elevate them to their deserved level of "legends" when they had long earned the title while still alive?
Why are teenagers listening to music that their parents were dancing to 25 years ago instead of rebelling against it? When I was 13, I may have had some knowledge of pop stars from a quarter century earlier, but I certainly didn't like any of their music.
Singer Jessie J is in the news because of her sexuality again. But this time, it's not because of something the bi artist has done. It's because of something an unofficial biographer says she hasn't done. And that thing is: have sex with men.