Remember Kevin Allred, the “Professor of Beyoncé Studies” who got fired after publicly demanding that the president be assassinated? Whatever, he was in the news again after accusing Taylor Swift of being a white supremacist. Do I need to go into the reasons? Does it even matter? Is a guy with a haircut like that even capable of a rational thought?
And I can think of is how Taylor Swift, and Beyoncé, and Katy Perry, and Mylie Cyrus and all those other overhyped mediocrities only wish they had pipes like this chick:
Seriously, I want that played at my funeral.
I have a theory. My theory is that American music is all about promoting the image and ego of the artiste. Whereas in Korea and Japan, the singers are mostly the employees of entertainment corporations. The corporations, motivated by profit, make the music as appealing and polished as possible. Under these conditions, the music is actually better… because they are trying to produce output that fans will enjoy, instead of trying to show off how ‘versatile’ some diphead songstress is, or how ‘relevant’ she is, or how she is willing to ‘take chances’ and ‘push the envelope.”
Now, instead they produce music that’s polished, accessible, and ultimately more enjoyable. Like this song, in which I understand about three lines, but the raw emotion that’s conveyed in the singing doesn’t need a translation.
And there are Korean indie bands. These guys are amazing. First actual CD I’ve bought in years because I couldn’t find a download.