We’ve lived through many musical eras – punk, funk, new wave…but we’re only living in one, the Time of the Dion. This could change next week.
People like Celine Dion for two reasons. Either because they are nut bags who believe she miraculously embodies the überhuman qualities of her song book. Or because they believe in simple mantras like “less government;” they’ve believed it for a long time even though they don’t really know what it means anymore or who exactly is going to give it to them (or rather not give it to them).
There is one other reason people like Celine Dion. Because they are rich.
The fact of the matter is not enough rich people could keep Celine Dion on stage without the help of the first group of people. The rich people don’t really like Celine Dion anyway but she does make them richer. They’d be rich anyway but not quite as rich. Or so they think anyway, they’ve clung to Dion so long they don’t know how they’d fare without her and they don’t have much impetus to try something new.
Btw, not all rich people are Dionists. Some have been rich long enough they are bored with the Dion Era; don’t find richness to be all it’s cracked up to be; and are looking for something “richer.” There are also rich people who don’t like their daddies. There are also rich people who think they are too good for Celine Dion, these people are called the Elitists and they are also right – they are too good for Celine Dion (they also realize that EVERYBODY is too good for Dion).
The first group has plenty of reasons to try something new but Celine Dion seems so safe and reassuring and they aren’t the adventurous type.
But the Dion Era might soon be transformed into the Dionne Era which only adds an extra “n”and a new “e.” That small change might not frighten too many people so it just might happen.
It’s actually a big change though because Dionne Warwick’s music is good and less manipulated than Celine Dion’s music. It’s also more soothing.
The big problem is – even if we move into the Dionne Era, it doesn’t mean people are going to buy her albums. People hardly buy albums at all these days anyway.