No, I haven't just crawled out of a cave. I just don't listen to much pop music these days - in fact I have a lot more respect for metal music since at least most of it's musicians put more effort into their art. Take for example Cult of Luna. I know - you've probably never heard of them. That's expected. Cult of Luna are like a rare bottle of wine in some connoisseur's cellar, but when you uncork them you find something of pleasure, unique, real. For the past several months I keep hearing a lot about a woman who calls herself Lady Gaga. Gaga? Isn't that a word from a new born baby's lexicon? I have listened almost all the way through a song called "Alejandro," and thought 'didn't Madonna do this song about ten years ago'? Yet in America this Gaga woman is an overnight sensation, selling out Madison Square Garden two and three times over. From all appearances she has managed to bring garish to a new level, bring it back bigger and louder. The real question is why Americans are craving that during a period in our history that makes you look around and yearn for the truth. Lady Gaga seems to be living proof that when it comes down to it, Americans don't really care if you can sing well, but they do appreciate a macabre show. For many it's all about stepping over the line and expressing yourself as the number one self in the world. While self-love is an admirable feature, and certainly beats depression, it leaves one wondering how much people really care about others. If obnoxious pop is the next wave of it's "progression," I think I will pass. Besides metal my iPod is filled with plenty to listen, Seal, McLachlan,Live,O'Connor,Mathis,Lennox - singers, voices that really move and express. Hopefully Gaga is just a phase and will soon pass. We trust her replacement will not try to "up" her, take it up another notch. I think that rope has seen it's last knot of twisted threads. We trust, oh but do we trust.