In each of these artists, there is something that gets better with listening. There is depth.
This is the opposite of what I’ve found in Billy Joel. I know he has a lot of fans, and I apologize if I’ve offended you, but maybe you should stop reading now because this is going to get worse. I enjoyed his work for many years, but when I pressed it for the sorts of things I enjoyed from Cash, Seger, and Springsteen, it simply wasn’t there. There is a word I’ve heard others use for this collection of qualities: soul.
So I will let others teach grandson about Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart. I will teach him about Cash, Seger, and Springsteen.
(Bobby Winters, a native of Harden City, Oklahoma, is Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Mathematics at Pittsburg State University. He blogs at redneckmath.blogspot.com and okieinexile.blogspot.com. We invite you to “like” the National Association of Lawn Mowers on Facebook. )