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Posted in Music
November 17th, 2018

Bad Times/Good Music

“Good Times, Bad Times You know I’ve had my share…”

Maybe I’m delusional, but it seems that the music gets better during bad times.  For example, according to many who lived through the Depression, “You can’t be sad and dance at the same time”. Music and dancing made people forget the hardships of daily life. Jazz and swing were popular. People danced to the big band tunes of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Tommy Dorsey. “Brother Can You Spare a Dime” by Bing Crosby was a huge hit.   In addition, Louis Armstrong expanded his repertoire, playing trumpet and he sang and performed on radio.

When we talk about classic Classic Rock, we are talking specifically about the Vietnam War era, from the mid 1960’s to early 1970’s, in my opinion, this was the golden age of Rock-n-Roll.  The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Cream, Jefferson Airplane and many more rocked a planet out of Control.  You Can’t Always Get What You Want was the sentiment of the era.

Without getting too political, today we are facing another dilemma, some might say it’s a constitutional crisis.  But what ever it is, you can follow me on Twitter (@dj_weiss) for my political viewpoint.  Anyhow, looking at the most popular music today I noticed something I hadn’t in a long time: There really is a lot of good music out right now.  For example, there are two excellent soundtracks recently released: A Star is Born, and Bohemian Rhapsody are very listenable – especially If you like Queen and Lady Gaga.

In addition, Barbra Streisand and Cher have new albums.  Although she has been outspoken on issues in the past, “Don’t Lie to Me” must be Streisand’s most political song ever.  Also, she does an Imagine/What a Wonderful World cover flawlessly.  Cher released a collection of Abba Cover songs which are not so surprisingly excellent.  Gimme, Gimme, Gimme (A Man After Moonlight) and The Name of the Game were my favorites.  Both these divas are in there seventies now and looking and sounding better than ever, by the way. 

There is so much out there right now.   For instance, Imagine Dragons has a new one called Origins, love the song Nature and there are other groovy tunes on it as well.  Paul McCartney, Lenny Kravitz, Yellowjackets, Slash, Ariana Grande, Carrie Underwood, Eminem, Drake and Sia all have new releases as well as Andrea Bocelli.  Furthermore, there is music out from David Bowie, Tom Petty, Prince and Chris Cornell that has not been released until now.

A Day In The Life – Chris Cornell

One – Chris Cornell

This isn’t really an article to review or promote any certain artist.  It’s just an observation that we may be more creative during uneasy times.  Perhaps our souls cry louder and stronger and they need to be expressed.   Whatever…   Or maybe it’s just easier to write music in times of trouble.

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