Hallo out there,
It’s such a no-news day in the world of music that it’s freaky.
So freakily ‘no news’ that the lead story in music world seems to be about a total nobody (at least in showbiz). I may get to it right at the end of this post . . .
A few days back, I blogged about musicians’ lawsuits against big, bad record companies, and mentioned one of the protagonists in that saga, who wanted to win his ‘Freedom’ from Sony. Well, guess what? He is now taking on pneumonia in a new song he is composing. Michael was hospitalized in Vienna ‘Last Christmas’ and his condition was so serious, Reuters reports that he said it was ‘touch and go.’ Reuters, just being a newswire, have probably misquoted George Michael, he surely would have said that it was ‘Touch me before you go-go’.
Now have you ever heard today’s singers invoke God in their songs? Sure; often. They do so in a “Taking the Lord’s name in vain” type of manner. So what happens if you say ‘God’ in song seriously, respectfully? You get banned from saying the word! An elementary school’s administrators changed a line “God Bless the USA” to “We love the USA” in a song. The original line was restored after parents objected and demanded a reversion. Thank goodness for the right-minded parents, else the word ‘God’ would have been jettisoned from a song it is properly used in. Does anyone else see the oddest of double standards here?
Some light stuff to close out with. A few weeks back I blogged about the Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, this year. Now, next door Uzbekistan is on the music map too: Strongman Islam Karimov’s daughter Gulnara Karimova is releasing a new album. She’s not exactly a newbie to music, apparently she once duetted with none other European superstar Julio Iglesias. One track is already out there for those who want to listen to a possible future ‘Strongwoman’ crooning a love-song.
—No, I’m not gonna write anything about that total nobody, a so-called ‘reality TV star’ Kim Ka-sumthing and that rapper chap – the latest in her revolving door of S.O.s . . . because if I did, then I’d have to title this post ‘Freak-Show Friday!’