Dear Mr Pop Star by Derek Philpott & Dave Philpott
5 Stars: Lyrics and Logic
Nearing the end of my summer reading list and reviews, some reviewers may find it a chore to read outside their preferred genres, not this reviewer especially when I stumble to a fantastically penned email requesting a review and living up to the promise that I will enjoy reading their book. Dear Mr. Pop Star by Derek Philpott & Dave Philpott lives up to the hype that I will be laughing at their tongue in cheek letter writing to famous "Pop Stars" about the content of their lyrics and the logic behind them.
Who said art doesn't have to be explained? I agree, but it is amusing to have the artist explain their intentions in their lyrics. Case in point of "Break My Stride" by Matthew Wilder "sailing on a boat to China to get their laundry clean" D&D Philpott points out wittily the length of days (225 days ) in "flimsy waters" and entering China without a visa would be costly and humiliating for all parties. Pop stars do have a sense of humor, and Matthew Wilder does write back about being in a dream state thanking D & D on their well-researched points. Dear Mr. Pop Star does something good for the corresponding artists they show their humorous side and sometimes writing lengthy letters being as witty and explaining their logic. Martin Page of Jefferson Starship asked Derek "Are you a complete and utter fool? After Derek question the ludicrousy of building a "City on Rock 'n' Roll," it brought back nightmares of being forced to sit in a car and listening to WPLJ play this song like it was next best thing, the 80s had tons of questionable music by burnt out hippies. Dear Mr. Pop Star humor is never cruel just a good time in reading for music fans and fans of eccentric writing.
I hope D&D Philpott write to more pop stars or hip-hop stars; recently I heard a line that had me question reality itself by Nikki Minaj it goes "Ay yo I been North, Laura been Croft" ( Chun-Li), what does that mean? Is she saying that Laura Croft has always been Laura Croft, who else could she be? Then again I don't think Nikki Minaj would write back.