Sunday, January 21, 2007
Feeling Strangely Confident
In case anyone was wondering the reason for Little Dynamite's sudden splurge (word choice?) of musical adulation for his home city, it is because we have recently started a bit of conversation between the three of us as to which of our home cities has the strongest musical history...and present I suppose. Now, I am not quite ready to make my case for my home city (Detroit)...but I just wanted to share a few reasons why I am so confident in Detroit wiping the musical floor with the Minneapolis and Cleveland.
1. The 4th artist that Little Dynamite mentioned was Semisonic. Now, don't get me wrong, I am a huge Semisonic fan (Closing Time is a timeless classic), but are you really going to come at me with Semisonic when I'm going to be offering up Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson? More on that later.
2. In an earlier conversation, Jack the Rabbit brought up that The Eagles hailed from Cleveland. That's all I'm gonna say.
3. You've heard of Motown right? Detroit is Motown!!! That small little music movement and brand new sound that featured the first record label owned by an African-American and built around primarily African-American artists...that all happened in Detroit. There are 23 musical artists connected with the city of Detroit that are in the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame, which I believe is the highest of any city.
I'm going to save my artist by artist analysis for another post...I'm just setting the stage for now.
Now having said all that, Bob Dylan may be my favorite artist of all time, I love Mason Jennings, and the current music scene (in terms of artists, radio stations, and artists that tour the Twin Cities) is fantastic; still, I don't see how Minneapolis can compete with the D (Oh, and neither can Cleveland). We'll see how this goes.