A Passion for Conformity

“Rock ‘n’ roll is musical baby food: it is the worship of mediocrity, brought about by a passion for conformity.”  ~Mitch Miller

As a record producer for Columbia, he passed on Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, and The Beatles (source).

As much as I have enjoyed his “Sing Along” albums,  I think I would have fired him.

That’s How Every Empire Falls

Padlock the door and board the windows
Put the people in the street
“It’s just my job,” he says “I’m sorry.”
And draws a check, goes home to eat
But at night he tells his woman
“I know I hide behind the laws.”
She says, “You’re only taking orders.”
That’s how every empire falls.

Full lyrics HERE.