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Thursday, April 8   >>

TWO BREAKTHROUGHS IN ONE WEEK, FOLKS

Meet Jon, a 17-year-old piano student of mine. At the end of our lesson last week, I asked him to write down a list of 5 songs from 5 artists he'd never heard of until that point. Just some light listening study for yesterday's session.

He came back with songs by:
- Jason Derulo
- Demi Lovato
- Andre Rieu
- Johnny Cash
- Some gay fucking song from the soundtrack to Kooza
Clearly, we had a problem.
HUGO: What's the last album you bought?

JON: Alicia Keys.

HUGO: Oh, the new one? I like the last half more than th--

JON: My favorite is "Falling."

HUGO: Wait, what.

JON: The song. "Falling."

HUGO: From her debut album?

JON: Yeah, the one with all her hits.

HUGO: That album's like 5 years old. I think even older.

JON: ...

HUGO: What's the last album you bought before that?

JON: I don't know.

HUGO: What's the last album you heard?

JON: ...I don't know.
Breakthrough? Kids don't listen to albums anymore.

They don't even get the free stuff online.

There is no god.