Never mind that last post – here’s what’s happening – Lorde covers
These young artists just doing something beats me writing a thousand words about what is going on in popular culture. Now, let’s be clear, this is not the Internet in action here, this is simply young artists knowing where things are heading, where they understand that Lorde, a 16 year-old sensation, isn’t hanging around waiting for musicians to decide whether Spotify is “fair” or not, or if the Internet is to blame for (enter current complaint here _______) – she has a number one single on Billboard and she is questioning popular music’s role today, while being lauded as a “… 16-year-old who is light-years ahead of the train-wrecked, super-searchable contemporaries with whom she is fascinated.”
Like I said in that last post, it’s about society, systems and changing marketplaces. And I’m thrilled to know instinctively that young musicians and their fans are not listening to me, or David Byrne or Thom Yorke. They are too busy just doing something – changing an industry or two that we once took for granted. I dare anyone to deny that Pentatonix and Kina Grannis are besides themselves with joy at just being able to reproduce such a great song, to be part of something that has struck a nerve amongst young people, and who are not fretting about the state of anything. Just look at their smiling faces, and please get to the end of the Pentatonix video where they reach out to their fans. I applaud them.
And to think that I found these videos on a baby boomers blog at the New York Times…oh, irony.