|The Emo Myth|
POSTED BY VINNIE BLESI, May 20, 2012 Share
When I was recently asked to make a CD for my ex-wife's dad, who is terminal, knowing his taste in music, I listened to some of his favorites including Willie Nelson. Not wanting to depress a dying man, I explored other options, including Natalie Cole. I eventually ended up with her father Nat King Cole.
Nat King Cole's songs are American classics, that due to our Lady Gaga radio network is never shared on radio. However listening to his records will convince you of the power of his singles. BTW, back then your success was based on your singles. Nat King Cole's songs for the most part were emo. They were arranged different than our modern guitar and drums. Cole's silky vocals sang of the emotional issues of the time. If they were performed by a current Emo band they would be hailed as groundbreaking. But there is no need for that, just download Cole's songs.
Nat King Cole is not the only "emo" artist to never to be recognized. Willy Nelson's songs are just one example of emo music.
It is unfortunate that the major music labels chose to slap a label on emo, just to sell records, when it has been happening for decades. Does anyone think that early Neil Young albums were not "Emo"?
"Death By Culture" is ©2012 by Vinnie Blesi. All contents of Crazed Fanboy are ©2012 by Nolan B. Canova and Terence Nuzum.
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