Junior Soprano, Lovers Rock, soccer chants, Rod Stewart, Tony Bennett, more
My first trip to New York while I was riding the subway a woman passenger started singing a beautiful song. She started softly and got louder as she progressed. After about a minute a man about 5 rows back started singing along with her. They sang this beautiful duet together for a few minutes. When they finished the woman turned around to see who she was singing with and the two of them exchanged a beautiful smile. It was amazing.
Also, when was the last time you listened to Pink Floyd's Fearless?
The Athletic article is available here: https://archive.ph/vx74I
Kismet, I started making potato-shaped rattles and was thinking they would make great instruments for singing and chanting during the anthropocene.
I too have been thinking about the importance of non-professional singing. It deeply helped me get through lockdown, something that I wrote about in context and published yesterday: https://dadastrain.substack.com/p/about-a-cat
I think it has a lot to do with the fact that young people don’t value music as much these days. Or maybe I’m old and my view of the past is through a drug addled lens. But I rarely even hear music coming out of cars anymore when I’m on the road. I really miss buskers of the type you used to see often in the 80s and 90s though I’m not sure that is the type of public singing this article is referencing.