Music signifies so much for me. It recalls my childhood, represents my love of the guitar, and breathes life into my passion for honesty and “authenticity.” But music also extends well beyond me—it’s a business, a philosophical statement, a place to play with social structures, and a conflict between the highbrow and lowbrow. As such, I want to make sense of the personal and political that pervades every record I spin. I want the time to face the music.
On July 7, Taylor Swift penned an essay about the music industry and its ability to grapple with many challenges. Swift places at the center of her essay the emotional depth of an artist’s connection to his or her fan—and vice versa. I use Swift’s ideas to explore two questions that constantly swim in my brain.
The Pretty Reckless enjoy a good, ironic laugh. And nothing’s funnier than their track “Miss Nothing,” wherein words have a peculiar way of hiding.
Amy Winehouse is now in Club-27. But in her life, she was a key figure in introducing a new crowd of female vocalists from the United Kingdom. In “Remembering Amy,” I explore the different ways in which Amy Winehouse fits into the idea of an “iconic figure.”