The past year was tumultuous on a global scale. There were mass uprisings throughout North Africa and the Middle East. Riots erupted in Britain over the summer amidst increasing social tensions. The Occupy Wall Street movement resonated with millions of people throughout the country and internationally.
Social misery is on the rise: unemployment has risen over the past year, wages are being driven down and social services are under attack. The Obama administration deepened the assault on democratic rights in the US, and expanded the imperialist wars of the Bush era into Libya, Pakistan and Yemen.
Hardly any of this, however, finds reflection as of yet in the pop music scene. The Billboard Top 20 is littered with the over-produced music of groups and individuals who have little of substance to say.
I enjoyed it but wouldn't have read it if I hadn't already written my own piece. (I'd be afraid of borrowing from it.) I finished my piece this morning. I took a rough draft over to C.I. and she sat down with me and edited it. It deals with music, of course, but it opens with me taking on a series of little bitches.
I don't use that term loosely. I'm not here every night saying, "___ is a bitch!" and "Oh, I hate that bitch!"
But I felt it was necessary for my piece. C.I. agreed.
See, this group of women went on NPR to supposedly talk about the year in music and instead talked about divorces and surgery and all the crap you'd expect from a hen session on The View.
Women writing about music have to work very hard to be taken seriously. That's been true forever. So for those bitches to go on NPR and reduce all women to that level was disgusting and offensive and they can rot in hell. In fact, hold on.
Okay, my "Kat's Korner: 2011 in music" just went up. Martha and Shirley need photos still for their piece on books. Ruth's piece is finished but it's too late to call her. That left my piece (which C.I. said she was typing up and she did). The plan was for something to go up today and my piece did. So you can go read it now.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"