Honestly, I think it's a shame that ol' Har Mar Superstar has to play at the Horseshoe. The dude should be selling out auditoriums. He makes me smile. He made the rest of the audience smile. There was even a couple at the front smooching! And all this in Toronto.
What is it about Har Mar Superstar that made us all smile? Well, he's a goofball. And he sings really well. And his songs are fun. He also has great dance moves. People who play auditoriums usually have three of these four qualities. Har Mar has all four!
So, does his relative lack of popular stature mean that being a goofball is not an asset but, in fact, a detraction? I didn't use the phrase "novelty act," because he's not. Har Mar is the real deal. And he's a goofball.
Pop Music is pretty serious stuff these days. Every song is all about the urgency of the now, how the particular night the singer is addressing will dictate the rest of their romantic lives. And if there's a goofy song, it tends to be about coy sexual assault (ok, I'm generalizing, but bear with me).
I blame it on the booze. Music is all about booze these days. Nothing against booze, but booze makes some people super dramatic. This is why I wish musicians would start doing acid again. I'm not claiming that Har Mar has done or does acid. I am urging musicians to take more acid to create a musical climate that is more inclusive to goofballs.
Because it's the goofballs that make me smile.
Like Har Mar Superstar.
Photos by Joslyn Kilborne
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