If you have been following my career at all, you are likely familiar with my appearances on the radio show De Rock y Freud - a program conceived by psychologist and social activist Claudio Rocca. Rocca, 53, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He sailed the seas on international vacations while soaking in the sounds emanating from an array of different cultures and musical genres. Through this, he became aware of the value of diversity - leading him towards bass lessons and, eventually, the low-bass/baritone vocals of Barry White - one of his idols.
At that time, Rocca heard similar R&B grooves being played on the same radio programs as Yes, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, and the Mothers of Invention and, when comparing such a swirling musical environment to today's modern radio sequencing (where artists such as Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake exist within cubicles of Antares auto-tune and beat-heavy synthetics), you can clearly envision why Rocca considers his transformation from music-maker to life preserver 'no small matter.'
His radio show, De Rock y Freud, is branded as a, 'program of the pioneers,' to which Rocca responds, 'Our slogan is 'the program of those who wrote the book' - that is to say the program of the creators and of those who challenged the limits and the structures.' As for the significance of Sigmund Freud to a playlist that has routinely aired songs by Kiss such as 'King of Hearts,' he emphasizes, pensively: 'Freud was a pioneer in his field - a brave man, and the essence of the rock culture is [related to] that.
'The mission is to keep that spirit alive - especially in today's world, where it is crucial to foster the genesis of new propositions. That is why we also boost the writing of 'the new books,' which makes us broadcast new bands and new artists who, to us, are the great books of tomorrow.'
You would figure such an expansive philosophy would invite endless debates, and it has, with such public figures as Ian Gillan (vocalist, Deep Purple) and Gary Weeks, an actor whose credits include Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, NBC's Revolution, and AMC's hit series The Walking Dead, appearing on-air to discuss a wide variety of hot-button topics.
In fact, fans of Lauren Cohan and Andrew Lincoln should pay special attention to De Rock y Freud's 2013 episode list, which features several programs devoted to the dissection of themes from The Walking Dead described by Rocca and his co-host and partner-in-crime, Maria Vuotto, as, 'leadership, the response of human beings in extreme situations, and the relation of man with death.'
A half-decade after his program's debut, Rocca characterizes the show's future as one where the sky is the limit and, as he puts it, 'a better world is possible.' An optimistic viewpoint, for sure, but a question remains - namely, can the future of both humanity and music be positively altered by radio, which largely favors car commercials, Clear Channel-inspired playlist conformity, and government-sanctioned talking points over debate, diversity, and experimentation?
'I´m certain there are a lot of us in the world that believe so,' Rocca says before echoing both a sentiment and a song lyric from a bygone era not yet fully forgotten by social troubadours of any age. 'Beyond frontiers, beyond the apparent nationality or language barriers, it takes just to get together.'
Check out Singletary's appearance on De Rock y Freud from June 29, 2013: Program Link.