And he can see no reason/Cause there are no reasons/
What reason do you need to be shown - "I Don't Like Mondays" by Boomtown Rats
Hi there and thanks for checking back in. Hopefully you should enjoy this week’s outing as well, unless you’re someone that, say, saw the title of last week's piece and immediately dismissed it because it had the same title as another piece on the site despite being two completely different articles with two completely different takes on the same situation. In that case, I don’t know what to tell you.
This week is all about a keynote address given at this year’s South By Southwest. None other than the legendary Bob Geldof gave that address this past week, and he was certainly...shall we say, opinionated.
Before we go any further, I should probably explain why Geldof is considered “legendary” (at least by me) before the controversy hits the comments section. Yes, Geldof, as a member of the Boomtown Rats, had approximately one hit, “I Don’t Like Mondays.” One hit hardly qualifies a music legend. But outside of his recording endeavors (which he still does), the man was responsible for staging the largest concert in the world. Twice. Not a lot of detail will be spent here recounting why Geldof should be recognized for Live Aid and Live 8, because it’s already been done. (Feel free to peruse that at your leisure.) Basically, if you’re able to stage shows that big for a great cause and make the entire planet stand up and take notice not once but twice, that is a feat of legend. Hence, my justification.
Back to the matter at hand, quite a few probably may not have called Geldof “legendary” after his SXSW address. Then again, given the reception of the speech, some have reaffirmed that description. It all depends on if you fall on the side of a desire for real music or a corporate drone who’s fine with playing the violin on a sinking ship. It also depends on whether or not you’re a fan of Glee, or iTunes, or Facebook. Mainly, it may fall on your opinion on popular music in general, especially rock, because Geldof thinks that "America's great cultural gift to the world" is dying: