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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May 24:

         The critical essay—more a songwriting manifesto, really—“A Certain Tendency in American Songwriting” is on the site here now, as it slowly evolves. I come back to it every few days or so with a new thought or emendation as my ideas evolve and coalesce, while naturally working on other things as well. As those who know me personally may attest, my thinkin’ on the subject is certainly provocative, often downright heretical. I’m sure whether you agree with propositions I put forth or not, that the essay will make you reconsider some, or even many, cultural notions that are pretty much accepted as unassailable truths. Click here: INTRODUCTION—you’ll open that page in a new tab. And if you wish to share your reactions, flaming denunciations, questions and/or contesting opinions please do so. This is very much A Work In Progress, and I very much welcome and appreciate intelligent input.

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         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 the operation). 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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