Not really ‘Royalty’

We read and hear about, and watch all the tributes pouring in after the ‘death’ of yet another ‘superstar’ of the pop generation. I honestly will admit that, with my somewhat limited knowledge of; as well as interest in; the pop music scene in general, I thought this rather strange clown had actually died years ago. He was listed as being ‘eccentric’, but, there again; it all depends what the ‘fans’ like, (as long as it is understood that ‘fan’ is but the short form of ‘fanatic’).

As I stated before, my interest in this kind of noise which masquerades as music is minimal, with my memorable modern tracks being comfortably counted on the fingers and thumb of my right hand. My kind of music stirs my soul, illuminates the paths ahead, and lifts me into a higher plane every time I hear the majestic tones of the introduction to the slow movement of Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto; or any one of a thousand different compositions: but I accept that many others have drastically different ideas about the music which they cling to, and if their choices differ from mine, that is, indeed the ‘Human Condition’.

But please, I beg you, no more bunches of bloody flowers, no more dressing in purple T-shirts in reverent respect of someone who, while possibly having a talent, also exploited it ruthlessly; no more stuffed toy bears, and definitely no more half-empty bottles of vodka, ‘a la Amy’, no more ‘showing respect’ for a man who probably looked upon the fools who worshipped the ground he floated upon as mere suppliers of the cash which gave him the lifestyle he thought he deserved. A talent? Possibly; but the true measure of a man is how he is remembered; and if the outpourings of ‘grief’ are such a measure, he didn’t really stack up at all!

3 comments for “Not really ‘Royalty’

  1. Henry Kaye
    April 22, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    I am 84 years old. The popular music of my young teen years was from the 1930’s and 40’s. There wasn’t much change during the 40’s because of the war. I liked the popular tunes of the time and still do despite that my musical taste changed long ago to classical music and opera. I absolutely abhor the so called “music” of recent years, performed as it is by a mainly bunch of weirdos whose only call to fame is their ability to shout into a microphone, wear weird clothes and gyrate endlessly. It is my view that the entertainment industry has deliberately sunk to the lowest possible levels of human behaviour and the only other sadness for me is that there seems to be an audience willing to enrich those involved. The media plays along with this odious game by promoting the better known participants into social giants and stars of an arena that should be ignored by all “normal” people.

  2. April 24, 2016 at 5:44 am

    Maybe we can all rest in peace now.

  3. Lord T
    April 24, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Isn’t his new title ‘The artist formerly known as alive.’

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