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The GFM "Bridging The Gap" Year-End Countdown

Intro: Last week we had our first installment of our "Bridging The Gap" series. This week I'm delving into pretty well charted waters. In fact, in some instances you could say I'm selling out and going strictly commercial. Yes every now and then I descend from my lofty music hipster perch and...ok, who am I kidding, but the point remains that this post is more about my curiosity as to why some of these songs for better or worse won't go away.

The only real nugget of discovery that I could potentially be offering up this week is the long held opinion that I have regarding the fact that every generation has a few entertainers whose sole mission is to make music that appeals to the widest possible audience. [Sidebar: I think that particular phenomenon has increased exponentially in the last decade due to a couple of factors, but I digress...that's an entirely separate blog post.] This mission is accomplished through association with any type of pop culture be it an A-List actress or a Saturday morning cartoon type character.

This week's topic: Get Your Groove On
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Usher "Papers" vs. Marvin "Here, My Dear"-The Main Event

This post is a special edition of our "Bridging the Gap Matchup Series".

Prelude

Every generation has its musical heroes and sheroes and as fans we often support the "home team" even through a "rebuilding season". If an artist is fortunate enough to last beyond a couple of albums and carve out a body of work that spans almost two decades, you can best believe that some material of a very personal nature that chronicles the strife that is concomitant to life will be created.

When this phenomenon occurs: Art imitating life and life imitating art, we find a wide range of reaction from the audience as we should because art should be provocative. But what moves a piece of music from the generic casting of "art" into the realm of "great art"? How do we qualify or even quantify "great"? Is it possible? When we make statements about what we believe to be great how much bias do we bring to the table based on our love of nostalgia? These are some of the issues I would like for us to consider as we ring the bell for the "Main Event".

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