I thought Steven Curtis Chapman could rest on his laurels after "All About Love" soared the height of Christian sappiness, but he has truly slathered the saccharine in his ungrammatically titled latest, “Good Bye. Mr. President.”
He says the song is apolitical: “Whether you voted for him & love him, or you’ve disagreed with all his policies and dislike him… Could we all agree on this? We owe President Bush a sincere thank you.”
This is the first “It’s not that simple” this song provokes. If approval polls are any indication, quite a lot of people voted for him and loved him and now disagree with all his policies and dislike him. And the song is not apolitical. At all.
Next on the list of catch all job-descriptions that sound fancy but do next to nothing is the stylist. There are the fashion stylists, who can tell you what not to wear just as easily as the hobo on the bus, albeit with more sarcasm. Then there’s food stylists, whose most brain-wrenching task is figuring out how to make the milk look more “milky” (hint: it’s chalk), or even the personal stylist who will do all of your shopping for you.
Now enter the music stylist. Yes, that’s right … music, because clearly people are too
lazy busy with their fast-paced lives to actually listen to music to see if they like it.
Their job description originally created by businesses and restaurants looking for that just-so ambiance, music stylists are now being hired by the rich folk. They’ll come into your home, look at your décor, photos, and sometimes current taste in music to determine what music would fit your mood and lifestyle.
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