Welcome To Philadelphia – Songwriter Mick Star Salutes Philadelphia Sports In Time For Wing Bowl #14

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Singer/Song Writer Mick Star Pays Tribute To Philadelphia Sports Teams As Only A True Philadelphia Sports Fan Can.

Mick Star loves to write songs. And with the help of Jo-Jo Mann, his production partner stateside, Mick Star released “Welcome To Philadelphia” (http://www.mickeystar.com) online just in time for the Philadelphia Wing Bowl #14.

“Welcome To Philadelphia”: A Sports Song For The Ages

“Welcome To Philadelphia” is a classic sports song in the making. It has the ability to become a song heard at Philadelphia sporting event pre-game tailgates and bars and maybe during a game or two as well. It is easy to sing, it has a driving beat and an absolutely irresistible hook line that, well, you’ll have to give it a listen (http://www.mickeystar.com) and see for yourself.

Wing Bowl Mania

Wing Bowl #14 is scheduled for Friday, February 3, 2006 and it’s the 13 Wing Bowls that went before that inspired Mick Star to capture the mood that is Philadelphia sports. From throwing snowballs at Santa Clause to cheering when Dallas Cowboy receiver Michael Irvin was carted off the field with a torn up knee, the volatile spirit of the Philadelphia sports fan is legendary. And, Mick Star’s “Welcome To Philadelphia” doesn’t define as much as it adds to that grisly legend.

Fueled by Football

The sport teams and clubs of the city of Philadelphia have mediocre winning records at best, but the colorful characters that have represented the Quaker City have been a major part of this schizophrenic sporting scene. Most recently, Terrell Owens has put the city and its rabid fans front and center in the national sports spot light. Once a baseball town, Philadelphia has become an equivalent Scottish Soccer houlligan-esque city since the days of the Broad Street Bullies (Flyers) and the many flavors of Iggles green from Ron “the Polish Rifle” Jaworski, Randal Cunningham thru to the present day brooding bunch led by Donovan McNabb. With “Welcome To Philadelphia”, Mick Star displays a deft depiction of the doting dumbbell that is the Philadelphia sports fan. Mick Star (admittedly himself a doting dumbbell) is in love with idea of Philadelphia sports, a contradiction aptly put by Mike Schmidt, the Phillies Hall of Fame third baseman, who once said that when you play a professional sport in Philadelphia, "you experience the thrill of victory and the agony of reading about the next day."

Through It All, Mick Star’s Unique Songwriting Taking Shape

Don’t look now, the Pop Music scene has a new songwriter of lyrical and musical note. “Welcome To Philadelphia” is the beginning of Mick Star’s 4th CD entitled “Pennsyltucky Pop”. In the previous three CDs (City Pop, Love Pop & Dark Pop) Mick Star displays a lyrical and musical range that is uncommon for songwriters of any era. He writes rock songs (Memorythings-Dark Pop), soul ballads (Philadelphiaville-City Pop), love songs (Marbles-Love Pop), love gone awry songs (The Spilt Up-Love Pop), reggae music (The Dead Lemon Tree-Dark Pop), gospel/inspirational (Helen-Pennsyltucky Pop), country western (Simple Folk-Love Pop) and in contrast to his hit song “Jets”, his haunting narrative anti Iraq news story war song, Mick Star has written a patriotic and moving tribute to the American soldier (A Song For The American Soldier-Pennsyltucky Pop).

The New iBusiness Of Pop Music

“I think he (Mick Star) is not as worried about the business end as he is the production end”, says a lifelong friend. “As for the production end of his music, Mick loves the range, obviously, that he gets in the studio working with Jo-Jo. He is working on developing an internet presence and identity by building his reputation on the selling and sharing of MP3s to iPods and PCs worldwide. I expect that ‘Welcome To Philadelphia’, although not entirely representative of his talent, will go a long way in getting Mick on more iPods and PCs and, more importantly, noticed in the USA.”

--Martin J. Fender, Rock Critic At Large, Philadelphia, USA

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