…and he called it Modern Whomp
Ever since Taylor came up with this idea for a genre of music, I’ve been intrigued. I mean, here’s this guy, who happened to win a karaoke contest, trying to change the face of music. Wouldn’t it have been a hell of a lot easier to try to fit into a category instead trying to make up a new one? It’s pretty obvious to everyone that the idea of modern whomp hasn’t exactly taken off. The only real definition of modern whomp that I could find came from a December 2006 interview.
“It’s my modern take on modern soul music,” Hicks said. “I like to say the word ‘modern whomp music’ because it’s just got that funky, bluesy, jazzy, but modern edge. And that’s kind of the route I wanted to take on this album.”
This album, of course, being his self titled CD. I’ve already discussed my feelings on that cd, and the style of it. I’m pretty sure that wasn’t the sound he was going for, at least I hope not. There really wasn’t anything funky or even modern about it.
Nobody even knows what modern whomp is supposed to sound like. You can’t really invent a genre of music if you don’t even know what it’s supposed to sound like. Maybe Taylor knows, and it’s rolling around in that gray head of his, and if that’s the case, then he needs to articulate it a little bit better. Hopefully, he’ll accomplish that with this new album and then everybody can go “OH!! THAT’S what he meant!!”
I don’t really know what he means by modern whomp, but I know what I would like it to sound like…
Definitely some of this, too…
I think if Taylor can get back to the basics…back to what made him hunger for fame and fortune for all those years, then I think he’s going to succeed. But, if he ends up with another overproduced, slickly mixed CD, then I have a feeling that Taylor just might end up back in those bars where he spent so many years.