Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Spirit of a Celt

When you ask many brainwashed Dallas teenagers in 2011, "What radio station do you listen to most?", by the numbers they are probably going to say 106.1 KISS FM. I have nothing against 106.1. In fact, I oscillate weekday mornings between the Kidd Kraddick in the Morning show and the Russ Martin Show on 97.1 the Eagle (both for the show, not the music). Kidd Kraddick and crew are funny and have great dynamics, but unfortunately the rest of KISS FM is not so great.


Lady GaGa

I am referring specifically to the generally untalented artists and meaningless music that the station airs around the clock. Don't get me wrong, I like pop music and rap. Madonna, Warren G, P!nk, Usher (his R&B music), House of Pain, Mike Shinoda...hell, even Christina Aguilera and Maroon 5 are okay in my book. But most of the pop-rap and half-assed pop dance music out there is total bullshit whose writers don't deserve a fraction of the money and credit that they attain through the composition of unoriginal musical diarrhea. This includes everyone from Lady GaGa (more the fake mannequin persona that she only uses in public and infects her music) to T-Pain, Ludacris, and others. I just wish there were something more fulfilling playing on KISS FM.

But what music would this be?

Well, since there are lots of other stations to play good music from every genre, maybe we should have a popular radio station that plays Celtic (or Celtic-esque) music. Take this song by Bear McCreary for example:

Or classic pub songs like Black Velvet Band:

And Rocky Road to Dublin:

Even this song:

But really, Celtic music on popular radio?


Will Smith

Maybe Irish and Scotian music is a little extreme. But the point is, we need to start listening to radio stations that play music that couldn't be generated in less than 30 minutes. Whether that be alternative rock, heavy metal, R&B, Country, Hip-Hop, Pop, or Baroque, do yourself and American culture a favor and don't waste away the four or more hours you spend driving each week accepting low-skill trash for music. Alaikum Al-Salaam.

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