Re: Ebony and Ivory
posted at 2/5/2014 12:50 PM EST
The Led Zeppelin thread laid it all on the line, didn't it? I have to admit that while I knew that there were some, er, "issues", I wasn't aware of the extent of the misdeeds, and the feelings that surrounded them. It was hard to handle the truth. :) (and :( , too). One of our best threads / discussions, IMO.
I'm thinking more along the lines of what music and artists had a blended audience, for some reason. It's far too dense a topic to think re: the origins of the music I was drawn to and the reasons, b/c we're so much a part of the era we grew up. It's a breeze now, for younger audiences to find / discover artists of any era with digitized music, which is why you so often see a comment on youtube under a classic rock song such as "I'm only 17, I hate the music of my generation, and love (this artist); I wish I had been born in the 1970's" etc.
I'd also say we live in a hyrbid-ized world musically now, and it's all for the better. I would have thought that Motown played a big role in bringing the worlds together, and bringing white and black audiences together as well. Marvin Gaye? Didn't everyone love him? So sad he died so tragically.
So many of the true, original R&B singers got their start in gospel and church choirs, such as Aretha Franklin and of course, Whitney Houston. This little light of mine ... I don't know, but I do wonder if those original roots made the difference for many of the R&B soul singers, if they were singing from a deeper part of their souls.
Overall, though, who is in the audience at the concerts you attend? Don't you think that tells you something, aside from the origin of the band, or how/where they derived their sound or who their influences were?