Hit songwriting in pop music has become increasingly easier to predict by music industry insiders and music fans alike. Not too long ago, in pop music, there was a wide variety of musical tastes by major labels, and no one could really put a finger on which song would be a sure hit.
DM: So then the whole "folk scene" thing started, but again, I was turned on to a lot more than that. I started with all these different people. I started getting Flatt and Scruggs records. One friend's father had probably 30 white label Columbia singles of Flatt and Scruggs, the 45 records which I still have.
Many of these, such as Hush Little Baby or Oh My Darlin' Clementine, are well known classics. You can also find top hits by the Beatles (Paperback Writer, Eleanor Rigby), Bruce Springsteen (Born In The U.S.A.), Oasis (Songbird) and others that could please older children and teenagers.
Of course, the music plays a big part in the enthusiasm level. Chances are, if you like the songs, you'll work harder and gain more benefit from the class. Most instructors have a programmed set list, but they are always agreeable to suggestions. And if you're not a techno or hip hop music fan, you'll be happy to know there are several tried and true classic rock stalwarts that are perfect for an indoor cycling routine.
In Argentina, Brazil, France, United Kingdom, Japan, Korea and many other countries, people play soccer, watch soccer games, and even sing football songs in public places. Soccer is often the topic friends discuss over meals and soccer news is read in every street corner. Practically, soccer has been a constant part of the people's lives and in several countries the game has even become a part of their culture. Football right now is already more than just a leisure activity. It is a way of life.
DM: Well, he's completely wrapped around what he's doing. I have never done anything but what I do and I don't think he ever did anything but what he did. You know, Chet's like some character out of "The Twilight Zone". You see these pictures from the 1940s, and there's Chet Atkins. And then 50s and then 60s and then 70s and then 80s and then 90s, alright? He's always there, you know, and looking pretty much the same. I still picture that old photo with him holding the fiddle.
Few would deny the impact of Eminem. His rags-to-riches story touches everyone who wants to overcome their situation and become something greater. His acidic tongue and clever rhymes helped him deliver messages that both scathed and soothed. Self disclosure rarely carries artists far, especially when they are as graphic as Eminem's. He managed to take his dirty laundry and make hits out of it, even despite the bad press he received for his personal and professional life. Modern hip hop owes a great deal to Eminem, who showed artists just how genuine they could be.