A couple weeks back the Scribe pretty much nailed the Kansas City of today…
Oh sure, he still loves it here – blah, blah, blah – but the excitement’s gone. The wide open, we can do anything – damn the torpedos – attitude of our storied (and at times criminal) past.
Sure, things are better than they were 10 years ago, but we’re still not Denver – not Austin, Dallas, Atlanta or Indianapolis even. We’re a sleepy city in too many critical ways – politically inept and predictable – with something important missing in the overall mix…too many somethings.
Why would the Republican Convention come to Kansas City? Even the Future Farmers bailed long ago because Louisville was more fun.
Ever been to Louisville?
But wait, we’re not alone.
The entire country’s caught something flu shots cannot ward off.
That’s what entertainment pundit Bob Lefsetz seems to suggest.
“You know America,” Lefstez says. “A desperate land where it’s everybody for himself, where the pop artists tell us how much better and more fabulous than us they are and we’re peppered with inane ditties imploring us to get up our gumption and do…what?
“The human condition is on life support here. We live in a land where money is king and most people don’t have it. And when you’re in these straits, the only thing that soothes the soul is music. You remember music, right?”
Music is a big part of this country’s problem, Lefstez says.
“Today, just like back then, the best music still comes from England,” he continues. “Where there never was an American Dream and it’s less about getting ahead and more about evidencing who you truly are. In England they follow the pop charts the way we follow the antics of Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey. Everybody knows the hit acts, and everybody’s got an opinion. And they’re all clueless as to what’s going on over here, across the pond.”
“Sam Smith is exactly what we’re looking for. He looks like us! Everybody singing in America is beautiful, whether by birth or plastic surgery…Oh, he’s had a bit of success. With Disclosure and Naughty Boy. But nobody but a hipster knows this in America. But hipsters are gonna spread the word on Sam Smith’s album “In The Lonely Hour,” because the peaks are so damn high!”
That’s the good news.
The bad is that Smith’s album is not slated to arrive until June.
“I’m telling you now, Sam Smith is America’s 2014 breakout star,” Lefstez says. “He’s the one everybody’s gonna be talking about. Because he’s bringing us back to where we once belonged, and have been longing to return to seemingly forever. Rebirth is inevitable. It’s begun in the U.K. Eventually it will spread to the U.S. Because some people just can’t play the bankrupt formula game.”
The $64 million question: can Sam Smith lift Kansas City out of our doldrums?
Prolly not, but stay tuned.