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    Sunday
    Jan282007

    Swimming a Different Stream

    I love sports, no doubt about it. But I love music, too. There's a jazzy love song from Terence Trent D'Arby  called "Sign Your Name" that I can never seem to get enough of. I'd play it for you but that's still way above my itty bitty blogability. D'Arby "tried to be a soldier once, but his music wouldn't wait" ( a line shamelessly stolen from Dan Fogelberg's "Leader of the Band") when he went AWOL from the U.S. Army only to hit pay dirt in England with his first song, "If You Let Me Stay".  D'Arby went on with success from the same album with "Wishing Well" and "Sign Your Name" (the theme song here). Yet despite releasing 7 CD's (or whatever you call them these days), D'Arby--or Sanada Meitraya as Lokeren_05.jpghe is now officially and affectionately called--remains for the most part three-hit wonder. (I'm sure his closest fans would object, but I'm not being critical.)  An unflattering review from vh1.com labeled his second CD "pretentious" and, despite a concerted effort. D'Arby's rolller coaster ride appears to be coasting to the exit gate while the next generation of rockers gets ready to board. It just blows my mind how fickle the music industry is sometimes, and I often cringe about how much of what we listen to on "mainstream radio" is governed by marketing and promotional fat cats. 

    I don't even know where I'm heading on this topic, but as a child of the 70's (when music was free!) I've got a lot more swirling around in my head about where the music  and broadcast industries are today and where they might take us if we're not careful. Or as one of my favorite bands of all time, REM, sang in a song from the CD Out of Time called "Radio Song":

    What are you saying
    What are you playing
    Who are you obeying
    day out day in?
    Baby baby baby
    That stuff is driving me crazy
    DJs communicate to the masses
    Sex and violent classes
    Now our children grow up prisoners
    All their lives radio listeners!

    (Lyrics courtesy of The Complete REM Lyrics Guide)

    Stay tuned!


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