I remember the day I swore I would never play Pop music. That word meant, to sell out, to stoop to the lowest common denominator. Music that takes no talent, music that is simple to play. Shallow and trendy. A quick story. I was a rocker in the 70's and me and my friends all hated pop music ( at least that's what we told each other). We called most of it Chick music. Our girlfriends would always sing along with it. Yup, I lived and breathed everything but that stuff. However, as my guitar and vocal skills improved, so did my taste and thirst for a modern electronic sound like distortion, delay , reverb, B3's and synths, big drums and cool hooks. The sound of tastefully done licks always intrigued me. So I secretly kept my ear to the radio. I didn't want my friends to know I actually liked that stuff. One day while playing a guitar in a music store a guy came up to me and asked I could play a few songs like this? He sat down and started playing some Fleetwood Mac, Steve Miller, Doobie Bro .. , He said, man, you are good you should learn this $*^t and get into a band. I said ya, I plan on it but not pop music, I'm not selling out. He smiled and said, what do you like playing man? I said this stuff, and I played and bunch of notes, blues etc. He said, you should come and hear us playing at the University Pub Night. Its really fun and the place rocks. I took him up on that and it changed my life forever. They were playing all the song that my friends thought sucked but the place was packed, dancing and chicks were everywhere. And he was the star and wow! I was so surprised and so envious! Moving along, a year later I was in that same music store playing a guitar once again and some older guy came up to me and said, man you ARE pretty good! Can you do this? I played what he asked and he said, Do you want a job? I said, what!? He said do you want a job playing at the lake resort this summer? I said, just a min and walked over to the store owner who knew me and said, who is that guy? He said, he was pretty famous and is playing this summer at the resort. He toured, opened up for Roy Orbison, Chris. He's a really good guy. I said, he's asking me if I want a job, should I do it? And the owner said, I told him to come and see you play, this is your chance Chris, do it man. That was the day Pop music changed my life. I left my friends behind. Friends who never went anywhere musically. I had to learn 35 Pop songs in 3 days and be on stage for the first time in my life, grand opening night with chicks everywhere! I practiced until my fingers bled. I had open blisters on my fingers but no way was I going to loose that gig. Playing those songs note for note, keeping in time with seasoned players, singing my harmonies and getting those hooks right was the biggest education into the world of Pop music. I had no idea how hard it was to play those simple hooks my friends and I all thought was a joke to play. 35 years later and I have never stopped listening to the flavor of the day. Pop Music represents hooks and youth to me. The day I stopped trying not to like it was the day great opportunities starting happening. In the 1700's Mozart was the Popular music. What does Pop mean to you?