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I’m Through With Taylor Swift Being Labeled Country

Posted by Greg on Nov 17, 2010 in Music

Just heard Tay-Tay’s new single “Haunted.” It’s not being released to radio for quite awhile, but it will make a dent when it gets released. The only problem is there isn’t an ounce, not a single freaking drop of country influence anywhere on the song. That’s well and good of course, Tay-Tay has never really been much of a country singer, at least not since her debut, but this song represents a pivotal sea change of sorts. How can country continue to embrace her? At what point do they chuck her to the side? The chances of that happening of course are slim to none, but if there’s any justice left in this world, “Haunted,” represents the point at which Taylor finally exits the country world and crosses over –––– completely ––– to the pop charts.

 
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A Nod to Rod

Posted by Greg on Nov 3, 2010 in Music, Op-Ed

For the past month or so, “Young Turks” has been playing in my head. I’m not exactly sure how it ended up in my brain or why it won’t leave, I just know that it has a tight grip and won’t let go.

Suffice it to say I’m a casual Rod Stewart fan. I grew up with a mother who is one of his biggest fans and his music often permeated my childhood. Though I don’t own any of his albums, it is fair to say I’ve never heard a bad song by him. I think it’s the voice. It just gets to me every time.

In doing some quick research on Stewart himself I came across a startling and stunning fact that is worthy of attention: Every single studio album Rod Stewart has released has either gone gold or platinum or higher.

You get that? Every single album. Now maybe it’s just me, but that is certainly something worthy of merit and accomplishment. I quite honestly can’t think of a single solo artist in the last decade who has had such luck. Michael Buble? Kenny Chesney? Honestly, is there any?

While Stewart’s best days are probably way behind him and his much-publicized personal life is checkout aisle fodder, there’s no denying commercial appeal. My parents saw him a few times back in the 80s and said the energy he put forth in his concerts was awe-inspiring. While he probably isn’t much of a fireball these days, you can’t knock a guy for pouring his heart and soul into what he does.

So on this Wednesday in November, I’m tipping my cap to the crooner himself. Here’s to you Rod, here’s to you.

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