Thursday, June 15, 2017

Song of the Day: "Forces of Decay"

This morning I thought to look for some new country artists and the results of that thought lead to the following observations:
  • White people: people decry contemporary country music as lacking authenticity or quality or charm or whatever. "Why is this considered country music?" It's not the first time a generation's music has been regarded poorly by older people. But what's been clear to me for a while is that country music is more than just a radio format, it's a way of life that marketers need to exploit and also only country music fans love their mamas. That's just a fact. "Hispanics and Blacks don't have faith or care about their families or even cook meals at home. Only white Real Americans value those things."
  • "Why is this considered country music?" very often has this answer: "because there are no black people involved with this song." I know, typical Jew York City elite liberal seeing racism where obviously none exists. "Note Charley Pride. Note Mickey Guyton. Note Darius Rucker. There has always been a black person in country music."--Bristol Herald Courier  Look closely at that sentence. There has always been a black person (singular) in country music. Just the one. "Try as we might we can't keep all of them out."
  • The clearest example of this not particularly veiled racism comes via the reception of these 2 performances: Sugarland covering "Irreplaceable" with Beyonce at the American Music Awards and the Dixie Chicks covering "Daddy Lessons" with Beyonce at the Country Music Awards. "You're confusing our continued pattern of finding everything black people do as objectionable even when we have no problem when white people do it, with racism. It's not racist, it's just a coincidence."
Which is a super circuitous way of getting to the band Rogue + Jaye (note the stylized use of "+" in the name) who Rolling Stone describes as sounding like "Belle and Sebastian's 'Sleep the Clock Around' recorded not in Glasgow but Laurel Canyon; if Sara Watkins made a duets album with Ben Gibbard, produced by Josh Ritter" to which I will also add "and they're both white*."

Song: "Forces of Decay"
Artist: Rogue + Jaye

* Note: while both Rogue and Jaye of Rogue + Jaye are white, I do not mean to suggest that they are in any way part of the subtle and not-so subtle racism that permeates every aspect of the country music lifestyle.

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