Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Rhianna The Rocker? Another Dumb Rant Today

I saw a link to this TMZ story on a website today and the caption got my attention. The TMZ story referred to Rhianna as a Rocker. Please don't make me gag. You could call her music pop, bubble gum or teeny-bop. There's even an argument that she's a fraud. After all, she appears to lip sync all of her live performances so one can only wonder if she can actually sing without a mixing board and music producers.

Who knows what her real voice actually sounds like since no one but possibly the sound engineers have ever heard it. But please don't call this woman a Rocker. It insults the memory of the late Janis Joplin and Cass Elliot and living singers such as Chrissy Hynde, Annie Lennox, Marcy Levy, and Pat Benatar among others.

Many years ago Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart was asked to define pornography. His reply went something like this: "I can't define it but I know it when I see it". Well that's the way I feel about Rock musicians and their music. I can't define it but I know it when I hear it.

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