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Understanding the hype

Kelly Silva

— Everyone thinks I should make a big deal about Lyle Lovett coming to Steamboat Springs for a concert Dec. 21. I personally don’t know the guy, his music or his lifestyle other than the fact that he was married to mega-movie star Julia Roberts.

Big Head Todd and The Monsters I’ve never heard much about them either (what’s up with a band whose lead singer has a big head and whose crew is called monsters?)

But the excitement around town for these two bands has spurred interest in enough people that I need to find out why the hype.

My editor, most recently of Texas, apparently is a big Lyle Lovett fan and was among the first in line when tickets went on sale Monday. And my news editor can’t stop talking about the interview and story he did on Big Head Todd and the Monster for another newspaper some 10 years ago.

Ten years ago I was listening to N.W.A. and Cypress Hill. It was a time when cheerleading for a youth football program, high bangs and the mall were the most important things in my life.

Funny how things change.

Just two weeks ago, I found myself dancing in Denver to musicians Bela Fleck, Peter Rowan and Tony Furtado. Ten years ago, bluegrass music was not a word in my vocabulary.

Many people think I’m a person with a vast collection of music and music knowledge. Actually, I don’t, but I’m learning as I go.

What I am learning is that it’s not about just tapping your feet to some groovy beats but understanding what about the music makes people sleep in front of Ticketmaster overnight to have the first tickets.

I’ve never been a music buff. I like Cypress Hill. But I also love James Taylor and the Grateful Dead and NOFX and Pennywise. I’ve never felt a connection with just one category of music.

So who am I to be a critic?

Since moving to Colorado, I’ve had to learn what bluegrass music is, what jam bands really sound like and understand bands of all types and all sounds pass through Steamboat.

I am just a music enthusiast, not a music expert.

This job has turned me on to various genres of music and intriguing musicians I would have otherwise never experienced.

In my eyes Lovett isn’t Ben Harper, but then again, judging from the enthusiasm I’ve seen, Ben Harper is no Lyle Lovett for a lot of people.

Although Lovett’s music is as foreign to me as most rappers nowadays, I understand there are a lot of you paying $45 a ticket to sit as close as you can to the alternative country rock singer.

He may even spark an interest in me.


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