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His name is Justin Bieber…and I am a fan of his music.
Bieber is talented. He’s also 18. What was your world like when you were 18? I bet it didn’t involve performing in front of thousands of screaming fans, riding around in private jets, and being endlessly covered by the media. Bieber sings, dances, and plays at least two instruments (drums and guitar). Can you do that? I know that I can’t. Bieber was the kid from Canada who posted some videos on YouTube and then was “discovered” by Usher. Okay, that story sounds a bit too polished for me, but the stratospheric rise of the Biebs has been impressive.
When Bieber’s acoustic album came out, I downloaded a couple tracks, and found them to be just as enjoyable as his other jams. I posted on Facebook that “acoustic Bieber is just as good as non-acoustic Bieber.” Several people took my comment to mean that I didn’t like his music. Not true…I’m a fan. Talent is talent. Bieber has it. I love pop music. Sometimes we just need to take a pint of musical ice-cream out of the fridge and dive into it with a spoon. Pop music is about enjoyment. It’s not going to stand up to critical review in the same way that other forms of music do. With Bieber, what’s the point of “hating on” his music? His songs are catchy. He’s maturing right in front of us. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to form an identity in the fish bowl environment that he resides. His world is about having access to everything. Unfettered access to all sorts of good, bad, and ugly. At eighteen! I’m sure his handlers do their best to provide limits as best as they can, but c’mon… It’s a setup. We wring the talent out of someone like Bieber. There are individuals and organizations that make tremendous amounts of money off of his talent. Success has its expense.
For me, it’s not about whether or not Justin Bieber enjoys the same sort of career longevity as other musicians/performers. Enjoy his music. Stop hating. What kind of world do we live in where people hate on a kid because they don’t like the persona that the media presents? In many ways, what we know and see of Bieber is manufactured. I can’t imagine the pressures that that must exert on someone. To be something on stage, and in the studio, while trying to figure out what it means to be someone….at eighteen. Keep singing Bieber.
Ben Harper is one of my favorite artists…11 years since I first heard him play live in Chicago and he just keeps getting better and better. Enjoy this set over a nice cup of coffee. Cheers!
CBS seems to have messed up their embed code…here’s the link to all of the songs and videos over at Ben Harper’s website.
I love that Jason and Mike have been able to keep making music for all these years…The Nadas have been one of my favorite bands ever since I was an undergrad at the University of Northern Iowa. I think it’s pretty funny that they just busted out Eye of the Tiger in Philadelphia!
6 tracks that I’ve been spinning lately…
Life, love, change, and the future.
Ben Harper debuts his new band Relentless7 and his album White Lies For Dark Times on Austin City Limits.
Wow. I think I’ve watched/listened to this amazing Michael Jackson Medley at least 10 times now. Sam Tsui is awesome!
Listen to “Feels Like Home”
I’ve been listening to the Nadas for quite a while. At least 12 years of auditory enjoyment. I remember seeing them perform at the OP in Cedar Falls, Iowa while I was a student at the University of Northern Iowa. I’ve seen them perform at venues in Iowa, in Chicago, IL and at a friends wedding in Minnesota. I’ve watched these guys grow up while I myself was maturing. When the inevitable occurs and the Nadas retire/break-up, I’m going to be bummed out. They have been a musical constant in my eclectic musical collection. I wonder if they’ll ever make it out to Oregon for a gig?
Listen to “Blue Lights”
Listen to “Coming Home”
A fantastic version of this classic song. It’s a powerful and very moving rendition. This song always reminds me of those who have supported me along the way.