Music is irony

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The Canadian rock star grabs the microphone and yells, “Everyone jump up and down!” The sweat-drenched crowd barely moves. He lets out a sigh before unleashing a ferocious diatribe about rebelling against conformity. Apparently, the irony is lost on him.

Rappers rap about the struggle while they drive on rims that cost more than most homes. Country singers pander to heartbreak while smiles and groupies surround them. Teen pop stars squeal about love and despair . . . well you get it.

The mockery is all around us, but pointing out the basic has never been part of the music business.

Elvis would have sung about bacon and fatty acids if he had his way. The same could be said about Britney Spears.

It is amusing how conformity shapes history.

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