About POPera

“Music is a world within itself with a language we all understand, with an equal opportunity for all to sing and clap their hands.”

— Stevie Wonder

Pop Hit Songs Have a Deep Emotional Tie
to a Particular Time in One’s Life
Introducing:

Music Video Breaking News

Murder Most Foul

On Thursday evening, March 26, at midnight Eastern Time, Bob Dylan released a stunning 17-minute masterpiece dissecting the November 22, 1963 assassination of JFK, entitled “Murder Most Foul.” The lyrics cover material happenings of the 1960s and include these prescient words: “They killed him once and they killed him twice / Killed him like a human sacrifice / The day that they killed him someone said to me, / ‘Son, The Age of the Antichrist has just only begun.’” On April 8, “Murder Most Foul” topped Billboard’s Rock Digital Song Sales chart, giving Dylan his first No. 1 under his own name in Billboard history.

Remembering Glenn Campbell

KQED’s “Country Music” by Ken Burns made us wonder why one of country’s first, biggest crossover stars, Glen Campbell, was not included:

Gentle On My Mind Live

This performance was taped during a concert called “Ryman Country Homecoming” at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn., which was broadcast by TNN on December 4, 1999. When Roy Clark admires your guitar playing, you know you have reached the pinnacle. 😍

Gentle On My Mind

Glenn Campbell
Recorded: 17-May-67
Top 40 Debut Date: 02-Nov-68
Highest Position: 39
Songwriter: John Hartford

Wichita Lineman

Glenn Campbell
Recorded: 27-May-68
Top 40 Debut Date: 16-Nov-68
Highest Position: 3
Songwriter: Jimmy Webb

Let these music memories set you in the right mood, starting with George Michael and Elton John in a duet, recorded in 1991, of Elton John’s 1974 hit “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”:

Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me

George Michael and Elton John in a 1991 duet
Released: 20-May-74
Top 40 Debut Date: 22-Jun-74
Highest Position: 2
Songwriters: Elton John, Bernie Taupin

Green Onions

Booker T. & The MG’s
Released: Sept. 1962
Top 40 Debut Date: 01-Sep-62
Highest Position: 3
Songwriter: Booker T. Jones

September

Earth Wind & Fire
Released: 18-Nov-78
Highest Position : 8
Songwriter(s) : Maurice White, Al McKay, Allee Willis

OK Boomer, The Story

POPera is a story of love, unrequited love and even more love. A New Yorker, following his dreams to “go west young man,” moves from the east to California during the heyday of the 1960s and 1970s music revolution. The journey is intertwined with many popular songs to which enduring memories are attached.

Reflecting the era’s groundbreaking music, those recollections range from the baroque, as in rock, to quickly moving to the beat (of disco) to baring-of-the-soul music. Welcome to the heartstrings-tugging, beat-pounding, but most of all, danceable world of POPera.

TL;DR Background 😉
Baby Boomers are without question the most influential generation in the history of modern mankind. In every aspect, the 73 million members of the Baby Boom generation changed our world view, from aspiration to technology to entertainment to governance to lifestyle choices.

America’s Boomers, however, are in a funk. A non-stop barrage of somber news is shaking the very foundations of the society they helped redefine. Meanwhile, the industry that produces one of their most cherished forms of entertainment, music, is mired in a slump.

What America needs now is an inspirational and transformational experience that will remind Boomers of all the remarkable feats they accomplished.

As Boomers age, they inevitably reminisce about the “good old days,” especially after being chided with “OK, Boomer” by younger generations. 🤯 There’s no greater emotional connection to a particular period in one’s life than the hit songs associated with it. Beginning with Elvis Presley, Baby Boomers were arguably the first generation with access to a whole new genre of music that quickly grew from its rock-and-roll roots to encompass a far richer spectrum of music than ever existed before.

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