Pop in a time of Coronavirus

Thank you, kind visitor for reading this post about Crawling From the Wreckage. If you’re observant enough, you would notice that the last time I posted here was in April – around the time Singapore went into a partial lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I had even posted a CLOSED advisory, which reflected my depressed state of mind. It did seem to me that the pandemic signalled the final death knell of Power of Pop.

However, even as I write this at the tail end of July, though it appears that many countries have effectively dealt with the coronavirus, the impact of the pandemic on economies will take a long time to recover from. Significantly, of course, pop culture, the arts and entertainment industries have been utterly devastated.

BUT should I really just give up on all the things I love to do? Like writing about pop culture? Though the flesh and the spirit – in this instance – are weak : the will is strong. Or it has to be, in order to make things work again. So here I am, trying to figure out what Power of Pop should be in this latest incarnation. And I think I have an answer, finally.

Power of Pop was founded, over two decades ago, to cover the Pop Underground scene of the day, which was basically what I termed as “Power Pop Rock N Roll” shining a spotlight on the under the radar pop-rock music that deserved better. Reviews were of course a main part of that agenda and back then I certainly wrote copious amounts and I believe it did in its own small way, provide a service to like-minded fans.

Well, of course, it’s now 2020 and we all know how times have changed. So, I firmly believe that music reviews are a waste of time now when music fans can simply click on a link and listen to the music for themselves. Not only that, but the music industry has been in decline for some time now and thus, as far as new music is concerned, I find myself feeling extremely demotivated in doing anything in that respect.

I sincerely apologise to everyone who have always looked to Power of Pop as a means by which their new music could receive positive reviews in aid of their own promotional efforts. But that’s just the way it is and has to be. And this probably applies to a certain extent to the other aspects of pop culture that Power of Pop has always been invested in, i.e. film, TV, comics and books.

Moving forward, Power of Pop will be more of a personal blog for yours truly. Still musing on pop culture as I have all these years but focused more on my own personal interests without any pressure to conform to any magazine format. Also the frequency of posts will be dictated by how I am feeling rather than any fixed schedule.

I imagine that I will probably focus more about the pop culture items that I love and enjoy writing about. This is vital to keep my passion and interest up to the mark as there is no financial inventive to keep this ‘blog’ alive and kicking. So, forgive me even as I navigate my way through fresh waters and I want to thank you in advance for joining me for the ride. It’s appreciated. Crawling from the wreckage indeed!


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