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    Dedicated to the culture, business and interests of the indie artist. EVJ delivers controversial points of view, hard-news commentary, Industry Insites, artistic prose and photography and welcomes responses (pro or con), feedback and topic suggestions from readers. If you would like to submit an opinionated article, inspired poem, photo or essay to EVJ, forward all copy to Editor ESJ and put To the Editor in the subject field.


    Where's our Dylan?
    In a new generation, the lack of complex songwriters leaves a void
    © Rob Greenfield
    May 31, 2007

    My generation has lived through the complacent 1990's and the cynical 2000's after September 11th. But where are the songwriters to articulate our feelings?

    There’s a lot of room for concern here. Maybe the old timers are just being cynical, but new music artists aren’t impressive. They’re actually downright annoying. There are a select few new guys and girls with the intellectual capacity to write complex music with more substance than your usual I’m-in-love-with-this-girl-and-I’m-writing-a-song-about-it stuff.

    But, looking down the broad highway of American popular music, what is there for people to latch onto? 50 Cent? All-American Rejects? John Mayer?

    A recent cover of Rolling Stone Magazine labeled John Mayer a ‘guitar hero’. Yikes. Mayer, who has penned ballads such as “Daughters” and “Waitin’ on the World,” is quite the pop star but not quite the Eric Clapton of the new generation. Surely there are guys out there who can rip it up better than Mayer.

    But that’s just the beginning of the new crimes.

    I am 21 years old and a senior at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. My parents and my friends’ parents talk about Bob Dylan, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and others who crystallized some sort of national consensus with their music. Dylan, perhaps, is best known for his articulation of the struggles of the Baby-Boomer generation with songs such as “Like a Rolling Stone” and “The Times They are a Changin’”. The Beatles provided the basis for the concept album with “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band” in 1967, which spoke to the psychedelic, drug-using side of the 1960’s with “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”

    The Stones are not known for lyrics that speak to the times, but they contributed to the same effort with “Gimme Shelter.” Springsteen came later (and that was unfortunate for him considering that the 1970’s and 80’s were a time of political indifference among citizens in the United States. Springsteen, however, found something to attach himself to in 1984 when he wrote “Born in the USA,” a rebellious number that told the story of a veteran of the Vietnam War who had lost his job upon his return to the U.S., and whose government had deserted him.

    A tribute to Springsteen’s long tenure as a powerful songwriter, he wrote about the events of September 11th in his album “The Rising.” The album was hailed as a respectful and fitful tribute to the lost firefighters and innocent Americans in the two towers.

    So where are this generation’s songwriters that can speak to our experience as young men and women growing up in the nihilistic political climate of 1990’s America and moving into the cynicism and mistrust of government of the 2000’s?

    I have not encountered a mature and intelligent voice that has accomplished that feat. I am waiting patiently for our Dylan, our Springsteen, to emerge.



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