Sunday, June 27, 2010

airplane philosophy #1

as I return from my show for st. Petersburg florida pride festival, I am reflecting on the current state of pop music. pop music is basically an escape..a frivolous and enjoyable forgetting of all the worries we have.. this escape is not bad, in fact it is sometimes essential..
but an escape can become an avoidance of real world things..that which you ignore, persists. in order to change what's not working you have to look at what's not working. and pop music in its current state really doesn't allow for the equally necessary introspection that we must face in order to grow. so what if pop music could further this introspection? what if pop music could provoke thought in the same way that folk and (some) hip-hop provoke thought? would that by it's very nature make it no longer pop music? or is there a place for real and candid thought process in this absurdly decadent and frivolous medium..I'd like to think there is..and if not, then I might just have to force it in..because for all my emo-folk background..I am a pop artist at heart. I want the glitz and I want the glamour..but I want it on MY terms..full of thoughtful introspection and candid revealing of deep and uncomfortable topics..
I think the world might be ready. if this oil spill has taught us anything it is that we cannot ignore the worlds problems...they will find us, and throw themselves into our culture until we deal with what's not working.. sustainability, cultural equality, global cooperation..these are necessary steps in humanities evolution..and as we drift in the fantasy of pop music..these problems are only getting stronger.

- Cassidy Haley