From: bluesn~x.netcom.com (Garry Segal )
Date: Sun, 5 Nov 1995 22:48:57 -0800
Subject: Pop Niche

Man, are John Poppers ears aburnin'! Many good points on both sides of
the Popper thing. I feel he is a great harp player in a mediocre band.
I admire his technique but tire of it quickly.I like the way his
playing fits in with the Dave Mathews song better because it adds to
rather than dominates the tune. I dont find the singing or songwriting
in BT exceptional just different. After reading tons of Popperposts
here is one angle that was missed. JP has accomplished what every
musician wants short of world domination, he created a "niche".

However much you like him or not, he found enough of an audience and
caters to them for artistic satisfaction and to pay the rent. It really
doesnt matter to me what he thinks about anything or says. Why should
it ? He's a friggin' harp player for godsakes, not Moses ! ;-)
All of us harp players and musicians yearn to have a recognizable sound
that is popular and marketable and he is a complete success in that
respect. His historical standing with any legendary musicians is still
something that remains to be seen however. My admiration is more for
his marketing himself and showing that you can find an audience and
keep (milk?) them. He is not the first arrogant harp player I've met
either.

Hey, he has made extended harp solos cool again ! :-)

Garry "now lets talk H.Levy" Segal


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