Let me introduce
myself…no, I'm not a man of wealth and as for taste, well there is ample
opportunity on this site to judge for yourself.
I am Singaporean, of English/Irish descent and I work in a reputable property company, married to Angela and we have three rambunctious boys. I am also a born-again Christian. (More about that)
what I am, is a pop fan.
When I say - 'Pop'
- I don't mean the flaccid image-obsessed talentless hacks that dominate the
radio waves and TV screens of today. I am talking about pop with POWER!
defines “power” in terms of “physical, mental and moral strength”. In
musical parlance I would add spiritual and emotional qualities to that
interpretation or simply “heart & soul”. At the glance, this would
include God Only Knows, I Second That Emotion, Substitute, Strawberry Fields
Forever, Rebel Rebel, Love of the Common Man, Going Underground, The Mayor of
Simpleton, My First Mistake and so on and so on.
Therefore, I am
talking about merit and value judgements. That’s what makes it difficult but
this is necessary in order to do justice to some of the great pop music ever
produced. If music is indeed able to make you feel and think, then it must be
important enough to warrant greater consideration and thought than trivial
labels. Sorting the wheat from the chaff is not an easy task but that is what
the Power of Pop is all about and anything less would just not do.
I have been seriously writing about pop for about a decade now. You can find some of my published opinions in the pages of BigO (Before I Get Old) magazine in Singapore, Amplifier & Pop Culture Press in USA, Bucketfull of Brains in the UK and Otono Cheyenne in Spain. Online, you may read my views at Pop Matters (www.popmatters.com) & Fufkin.com (www.fufkin.com).
So, thanks so much
for visiting Power of Pop, hope you have fun and pick up on some great pop. I
always appreciate feedback and you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.S. I am also one half of POPLAND, a band currently signed with San Francisco-based ZiP Records and with a CD out called "Action!" More info on Popland is available at www.ziprecords.com. Our music can be sampled online at vitaminic.com http://stage.vitaminic.com/main/popland2/ & http://stage.vitaminic.com/main/kevin_mathews2/.
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