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Our ancestors, living in caves, gnawing on the bones of animals they'd killed and eaten, figured out that by blowing into hollowed out bones in just the right way, they made noises that reminded them of birds.

Over years - centuries? - no one knows - they worked out how to put holes in the bone, like a modern flute, so they could create tones (FYI, it seems they created pentatonic scales before speech.)

These bone flutes still exist, some from before the time people are thought to have uttered their first syllable.

Think what this means: People made music before speaking.

It must have communicated something.

But what?

In a world in which the entire human population was, maybe, 30,000, where you could have walked from England to France (because of the ice), in which western Europe was still filled with animals we can barely imagine – giant lion-tigers, man-eating bears, mastodons – in a world with no air pollution or light pollution, with the night sky streaming with stars, as you sat protected by the fire at the mouth of your cave, and first heard the sounds from a bone-flute, what did you think? What did you feel?

We've come a long way since then, and for a long time it was mostly up. Handel, Bach, Mozart, The Beatles...these were all peaks, in various ways.

How does Miley Cyrus compare?

The purpose of PopMusic.com is to restore the magical mystery of music to music.

You may contribute anything you like, while I, and my incredible friends and acquaintances, will continue finding, creating, and sharing music that at least attempts to make you feel as your ancestor did, sitting behind the fire in her cave, hearing a bone flute for the first time...

Music should be magic. PopMusic.com is dedicated to making music magical again.

Not a commodity. Not entertainment.

But...magic.

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NB As someone who's written a history book, I should note: Everything above that is not my opinion comes from my vague recollection of a Werner Herzog film about cave paintings.
It is more accurate that most things on the 'net, no doubt, but also surely filled with egregrious errors.
For example, 30,000 people in the world then? Vague extrapolation from the population around the time of Christ. In other words, I guessed. Etc.

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ENTER POP MUSIC

Music has popped into my head since I was a little kid. I started PopMusic.com to put up this music.

Soon, I found thousands of people a day, who were searching for pop music, finding my music, which wasn't, technically, "pop music." And yet it was!

This is because "pop music" originally meant music that was popular. My music was, clearly, popular (!) 700 new people a day were signing up for my mailing list. (That might not sound like a lot, but that meant millions of people eventually joined.)

I've got busy, writing my book and promoting it, recently. Some of the music I've made in the past is here. Obviously, I'm not proud of all of it (are you proud of everything you did beginning when you were fourteen?) - yet some of it is really great. Some of has changed people's lives (I've been told.) I know a lot has ended up on people's iTunes/iPod etc favorites lists, etc.

Thank you!

It never ends. Some amazing things have happened recently that have pushed my music in new and unexpected directions. Really brilliant, brilliant people - who make different kinds of music than I've made - have wanted to collaborate with me, and I've been doing some of that. All of that will be posted here, in the coming weeks, months, and years.

The simplest way to keep in touch is here, this new list. A mailing list of millions is unmanageable. Unlike most people, I'm constantly trying to reduce the size of mine. I send out, like, one message every six months, in case people forget I'm here. (70% of the daily visitors here are repeat traffic, even though I sometimes go half a year or more without adding anything new...thank you, if this is you, for your continued support and interest!)

Another mission of mine - since I kind of own the term "Pop Music!" - is to change what pop music means to people. It shouldn't mean one genre of music that is, really, trashy, trite, commercial, junk. Why can't good music become popular? There is great music in the world. So, I'm also going to be using the new part of this site to let people know about great music around the world that not everyone has heard about.

Making good music popular is a good goal, I think. Redefining what "pop music" means. Not, like, Miley Cyrus. More like - the music on PopMusic.com (!)

Music that Pops Into My Head - and my Life

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Vision Machines, ftr. Jim Morrison

Here's something that occurred to me one fine day. I don't quite remember why, or the thought behind it. I do know that all the background vocals were for another song, using this same track. That song was kind of stupid, though (I'll put it below.) But I thought the background harmony vocals were cool, and the track was pretty cool, in a chilled kind of way. And maybe it just occurred to me - I don't really remember, but maybe - that I'd made these Jim Morrison samples out of an interview he did. Skrillex, with a profound lack of imagination, used a completely uncut section of the interview in one of his songs. However, I found that when I hit the notes on my sampler's keyboard in a certain way, Jim Morrison was suddenly saying "Vision Machines". Which is, of course, exactly the sort of thing Jim Morrison would say when making music. As opposed to the far more quotidian - although admittedly insightful - thing he he actually said in the interview.

Music, of course, comes from what were originally called "muses", or "genies" (which is the origin of the word "genius" - not "genesis", as I'd used to think). You feel inspired, taken over by something beyond you. Certainly, then, in some people's views - no doubt including Jim Morrison's view - it was Jim Morrison saying "vision machines", even though, in life, he never said that.

 

 

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Austin Washington's Popmusic.com Says a (Temporary) Goodbye

Hi, it's Austin Washington.

Thank you for supporting my hobby (since before my voice even changed!), when I posted my first songs. Over 2.2 million of you have registered here, giving me an audience for my music. I know it's not "pop music" as that term is normally applied - but it is surely popular music. Flying under the radar and avoiding the mass media, I've noticed that, for example, I have more followers here than Justin Bieber has Twitter followers. (Not that I'm anything like him, as you all know, nor you are anything like those foolish people!) But it's just kind of amazing to have become so big, and remained so private.

Of course, I hope you all know, it's not the numbers that count to me. It's you, whose comments and suggestions have been the only reason I post my music (I'd make music anyway, but I put it up here because of you). I really feel I've known a lot of you, and imagined some of you - maybe you - when making my songs and music.

I'm closing this site now, at least for a while, to concentrate on the promotion my new book, The Education of George Washington.

The reason is, the internet being what it is, serious people looking for serious information about a serious book coming across a music site might become befuddled and confused. I thought Austin Washington was an author? A speaker! A promoter of values! What's he doing, singing? And writing songs?

My best songs, I know from what you've told me, have promoted values, and good things like that. But I just don't want people to be confused. The best things I've ever heard are when people have told me a song I made changed their life. If that only happened once, that would make it all worthwhile. It honestly would.

But it's happened a lot more often than that...

For those of you searching for information about my book, and stumbling across this site, here is the first song I ever posted, Falling Out of Time. As you'll hear, it's not pop music at all. I still remember one of the first comments someone gave me, saying she'd had some big problem, heard the lyrics, and knew just what to do. If I start hearing the same sorts of things about my book, I will be very happy.

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Austin Washington on Record Companies

One thing I learned, not so surprisingly, I suppose, is that record companies probably aren't such bad things, after all. I mean - I never could have written my book without my publisher's help. Can record companies be that different, for music? I have an editor I would email chapters to, who would encourage me to be more - fun? - even if it's a kind of history book, which I'd never have the courage to do, otherwise. And she would delete the less than perfect parts, and offer suggestions.

Then, a whole team of people summarised the ideas of the book to put on the book's cover - people do judge books by their covers, btw. And they designed several covers, 'til they finally got one that conveyed the true essence of the book.

And so much more. The book wouldn't, and couldn't, exist without the publisher.

So, maybe, sometime, when all the publicity for the book is done, I would, finally, like to work with a record company, to help me organise and "package" and - hey, it's America! - sell, some of the inspired musical ideas that have popped into my head (my version of "pop music", for me - if not Miley Cyrus!).

Music will never stop popping into my head, but, now, at last, I see the value in working with large companies to make dreams tangible. I never thought I'd think this.

Music that has Popped into My Head Most Recently

Making music is a kind of therapy to me. If I'm really depressed, a song can come - can pop into my head, as if by magic - and save my mood, enhance my life, make my heart sing again. It truly is a miracle to me, when these kinds of things happen.

Here is the most recent example. I'd just seen someone die - it's kind of a long story, but the person's last breath was, literally, one I'd breathed into the person's mouth, while trying to do mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. It was even a bit more dramatic than that, as at some point the emergency medical people came, and told me there was nothing more to do. I defiantly breathed one more breath into the person's mouth, and...with the exhalation, you could still hear the character of the person's voice, somehow.

She was supposedly already dead.

I felt this person's spirit around me a lot in the weeks following that incident. One thing, that held significance, fell down on a shelf, weird coincidences happened, a door opened when I was walking towards it, that may have been blown by the wind, but it was a unique occurrence for a door I went through many times every day.

And then, on Christmas afternoon, I was alone for a few hours, and this song just - it just popped into my head (pop music) - it just came to me, words, music, everything.

Well, here it is, anyway. Cheers. Buy the book (or Amazon).

Temporary Lyric Video...Flying, by Austin Washington

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