i admit that i am out of the loop musically. i think i stopped really listening to top 40 sometime in the mid-1990's and only half heartedly listened while i was working with teens to stay current. they laughed at me when i would quote lyrics in my 'square white bread' style but it did break some ice. well, i am totally out of the loop now because there is no reason whatsoever to listen. i have a couple of 'oldies' stations i have in the car and my cd and tape collection from my youth. i do troll youtube for oldies :) i got the boss for cmas and the dixie chicks and the eagles newest. yeah. i love them all. i am looking to get kristofferson's latest also. i love bob seger and almost anything 1980's- so i started thinking about why. for me- meaningful lyrics and music- real music. music you can just listen to or dance to- or sing along to. music that lifts your soul or helps put you in a trance to take a break from the world. i don't think it's a mistake that seger and the eagles and the boss are out touring at their 'advanced' ages.
music is universal and speaks to people and i guess i am wondering- and would like to know without having to weed through myself- who are the artists today that are the storytellers; the war protesters; the dance machines? who has a unique sound that isn't pre-packaged or overdubbed on the album? whose cd makes a difference or moves people? i am a big fan of james blunt- for that one or two folks who don't know that :) his first album was loads better than the second. why? the second is too slick and packaged and it was disappointing because the man is talented. kelly clarkson also catches my ear and alicia keyes. please feel free to leave me links to listen to. i am in the market for some new music. but that doesn't mean i am giving up the old :)