Michael Koppy

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“Michael Koppy’s Ashmore’s Store is the Best Album of the Year—and ‘All in the Timing’ is the best song this critic has heard in the past 30 years...This is great art...A work of genius.” — Paul Riley, Country Music People Magazine

“He brings a unique view of America, drawn from a storehouse of living...Ashmore’s Store occupies a genre entirely its own...it’s history, the present and the future, all distilled into a country-pop album that’s downright cinematic.” — Chris Spector, Chicago Midwest Record

“He thinks big and immediately grabs your attention...visionary, unique.”  — David Bowling, Seattle Post Intelligencer

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June 22:

         The songwriting manifesto, “A Certain Tendency in American Songwriting” is slowly getting written and edited—taking much longer than I’d anticipated, naturally, but inexorably moving forward.

               MAY 20: Introduction (sections 1–6) — Why this manifesto.

               JUNE 15: Part One (sections 7–15) DISTRACTIONS, DIVERSIONS, DECEPTIONS — Clearing away tons of crap.

               JUNE 28: Part Two (sections 16–27) ON PERFORMANCE AND GENRE — How we hear ’em / Whence we get ’em.

               AUGUST 26: Part Three (sections 28–44) LYRICS — The good, the bad & the ugly.

          coming soon   Part Four (sections 45–50) MUSIC & PRODUCTION — Putting lipstick on a pig and on a gazelle.

          coming soon   Part Five (sections 51–54) A NEW AMERICAN SONGWRITING — A way forward.

         When it’s all completed, people will be able to print out the entire manifesto as a .pdf file, and if I can round up the bucks I may even print up copies in pamphlet form. Click here: INTRODUCTION—you’ll open that page in a new tab.

         Whether you agree with propositions I put forth or not, the essay will probably make many folks reconsider some, or even many, cultural notions that are pretty much accepted as unassailable truths. I’m breaking dozens of eggs for this omelette, an’ barbecuing a large herd of sacred cows. If you wish to share your reactions, suggestions, flaming denunciations, questions and/or contesting opinions please do so. This is very much A Work In Progress, and intelligent input is appreciated. Email me your thoughts. Thank you.

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         During my 2016 Tour of Dixie (click Tour Dates, left for the map) I was in beautiful Charleston South Carolina on Election Night—the night that America’s broke and baroque electoral system put a Repulsive, Nasty Piece of Diseased Human Garbage in the White House. It’s hard to maintain optimism in America in the face of that Odious and Vulgar Moron and his Army of Goosestepping Cockroaches (aka the Republican-Nazi Party—and I invite you to join me in always using that full and accurate name for that criminal cartel). I’m profoundly ashamed to be an American in the year 2017. Simply to exchange the inspirational vision and moral intelligence of Michelle and Barack Obama for the swaggering stupidity of that Putrid Sack of Used Toilet Paper (“Mr Grab ’Em by the Pussy”) is disheartening enough, but if he were to die tomorrow—while I’d immediately open a bottle of champagne to celebrate—that the Republican-Nazi Party would remain in complete control of all three branches of American government is a truly sad, sad measure of the degree selfishness, racism, religious stupidity, hatred of women, intellectual poverty and moral cowardice so pervades my country. Yes, I am ashamed to be an American. And I apologize to my friends around the world for our national disgrace.

        But in the end, folks—after this maelstrom of despondency and hopelessness dissipates; as the Republican-Nazi Party and its Rancid Lowlife Darling cause more and more revulsion and failure—right thinking Americans will prevail. In the end, stupidity and cowardice always, always loses. The world will move forward, and we shall overcome.

Best wishes to all and thank you once again.      — Michael

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