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BUT WHAT DO NORMAL PEOPLE WANT?-MUSIC MATTERS..MAYBE….BY JOHN EMMS

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Look, my wife will walk into the room when I’m reviewing cd’s and I will be excited or not about new releases.

My grandson James will do the same.

I’ll say do you like that?

Would you like me to put in on a playlist for your iPod?

Most of the time, it’s no that’s okay.

Sure, my wife knows Bob Dylan was ahead of his time.

She gets it.

James loves The Beatles whenever I play them.

He gets excited.

They have both heard me write and perform my own songs.

They may be proud that I’m up there sweating on stage or on iTunes.

However, I don’t think music holds the same power over people that we as musicians think it does.

It’s true.

Do they care about whether vinyl sounds better than cd’s.

Do they care if they have ear buds or $400 dollar headphones.

One thing I do know.

You have to be passionate about things in life.

Your family, your friends, the environment, politics and yes music.

I tell this to James all the time.

Just be passionate about LIFE.

I’m not going to sit you down and make you listen to  both sides of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon.

And no, I won’t sit through an entire New Direction movie.

But I think as musicians we all know making music makes us feel alive.

That’s why we do it.

And if we feel alive, everything is better in our world and theirs.

JOHN EMMS  is a veteran music journalist, online radio host and musician.

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