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Soci­ety has a curi­ous love/​hate rela­tion­ship with pop cul­ture. It hurls bile and snark at some, while tongue-​bathing oth­ers, all in an effort to seem dis­af­fected and elite while simul­ta­ne­ously crav­ing accep­tance by the Kool Kidz. It seeks a myth­i­cal con­nec­tion with the lat­est bands and the hottest hands, an asso­ci­a­tion minus gen­uine attach­ment. Those con­sid­ered unwor­thy are sum­mar­ily dis­missed, ignored save when some­one uncool dies so the insults can once more be recited before being laid to rest along­side the recently departed.

Exam­ple? Sure. John Wet­ton and Beyoncé.

Wet­ton died the other day at age 69 from can­cer. Nearly simul­ta­ne­ously, Bey­oncé announced she is preg­nant with twins. The media went front page ape for the lat­ter. Wet­ton? Hey, let’s dust off an insult­ing con­cert review of his band Asia when it was rid­ing high in the early ‘80s!

This comes as no sur­prise to those pos­sess­ing any aware­ness of pop cul­ture. Wet­ton, through­out his career, pur­sued cre­ativ­ity, be it in full-​blown pro­gres­sive rock such as his ‘70s out­put with King Crim­son and U.K., or Asia’s more con­cise, melod­i­cally focused work. Bey­oncé? Although not nam­ing her directly, Joe Walsh pre­cisely nails her “artistry:”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8bZsglsLLs

Beyoncé’s career will fade with her looks as she is replaced with the next generation’s pop princess. John Wetton’s gen­uine artistry will live on in the hearts and minds of his fans, the true believ­ers who will hand down his work to that por­tion of the next gen­er­a­tion blessed with pre­de­ces­sors who caught the vision.

Don’t fol­low sheep. Seek the vision.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lza2H-fj5Es

Society has a curious love/hate relationship with pop culture. It hurls bile and snark at some, while tongue-bathing others, all in an effort to seem disaffected and elite while simultaneously craving acceptance by the Kool Kidz. It seeks a mythical connection with the latest bands and the hottest hands, an association minus genuine attachment. Those considered unworthy are summarily dismissed, ignored save when someone uncool dies so the insults can once more be recited before being laid to rest alongside the recently departed.

Example? Sure. John Wetton and Beyoncé.

Wetton died the other day at age 69 from cancer. Nearly simultaneously, Beyoncé announced she is pregnant with twins. The media went front page ape for the latter. Wetton? Hey, let’s dust off an insulting concert review of his band Asia when it was riding high in the early ’80s!

This comes as no surprise to those possessing any awareness of pop culture. Wetton, throughout his career, pursued creativity, be it in full-blown progressive rock such as his ’70s output with King Crimson and U.K., or Asia’s more concise, melodically focused work. Beyoncé? Although not naming her directly, Joe Walsh precisely nails her “artistry:”

Beyoncé’s career will fade with her looks as she is replaced with the next generation’s pop princess. John Wetton’s genuine artistry will live on in the hearts and minds of his fans, the true believers who will hand down his work to that portion of the next generation blessed with predecessors who caught the vision.

Don’t follow sheep. Seek the vision.