Tag: pop music

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Winter and Summer Songs

 

As we variously huddle in, dig out, or get on with the new year, here are a few popular music tunes from the late 20th Century, the start of a soundtrack. I invite your contributions in the comments. Or offer up a few tunes of your own, in the same genre or other genres! There are plenty of days left in our monthly theme “Winter of our Discontent,” so feel free to express yourself! Let’s start in 1966:

In 1968, “Sometimes in Winter” was a melancholy, reflective tale:

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In this video, musician Adam Neely makes a risible but challenging claim. Do pop musicians (here including rock, pop, hip hop, country, etc) perceive or execute rhythm differently than classical musicians? Preview Open

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Boris Johnson laid out his vision for Britain and touted his accomplishments as mayor of London before his surprise announcement that he wouldn’t seek the Tory leadership. Among his accomplishments, he said: “We brought down crime by almost 20%, the murder rate down by half, bus crime down by 50%—obviously crime committed on buses, rather than […]

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I wasn’t a huge Prince fan, mainly because he came along in a period after I had left the music business and was occupied with other things. Also, I watched “Under the Cherry Moon” which is 2 hours I’ll never get back. But whenever I heard his music unannounced, my first thought was always “that […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Cambodian Popular Music

 

I recently introduced Cambodian popular music to a few friends. One thought the Khmer language sounded odd but the songs sounded interesting, and the other two thought it was okay. So I thought I should do the same to my fellow Ricochet members.

From the late 1940s to 1975, Cambodia had a pretty thriving pop music scene. Our pop music is influenced by our traditional and folk music as well as French, English, and Japanese Enka. Cambodian popular music consists of pop, rock, and dance songs. Dance songs are based on several of our folk tunes. We sing and dance to these folk-based pop songs on New Year Days and at wedding receptions. All songs are pre-1975, and since all songs are pre-1975, the majority of the artists are dead.

Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Which Popular Songs Ring True?

 

Most pop songs are generic fluff, surely–written to appeal to a vast audience. They are like musical candy, easily made and consumed. Think of all the catchy, cranked out ruminations on love and break-ups.

But once in a while, a song will strike me as an expression by a writer who was moved by real events and strong emotions. Some popular songs, if not art, are at least thoughtful musical meditations on life experience that we all have in common. My examples here are subjective, because I am not a music expert and could not tell you any technical signposts in the composition. Perhaps you agree with my choices, or would have alternate suggestions.

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Last week was pretty a pretty full week. On a serious geopolitical level we saw further barbarity from the Middle East, the serious prospect of removal of the Cross of St. Andrew from the flag that once flew over 1/4 of the world’s land mass, and evidence of further decay in Obama’s DC. In happier news Apple came out […]

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