OK, so whats up with music these days? Having two young children, I routinely get to hear what they listen to because they often pester me to buy it for them on ITunes so they can upload it to their IPods.
My younger daughter, Annie, is into the predictable…Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Jonas Brothers…etc. However, tossed into the mix are AC/DC, The Beatles and Michael Jackson to name a few.
Molly, the 13 year old…I don’t know what she is into…few of the names of the bands I really recognize. However, she has been watching Much More Music a lot so I get to hear some of the music that she likes. Who the hell are Yolanda Be Cool and D Cup anyway?
Not to sound old and crusty (because I am not) but, yuck! In my humble opinion some of it is crap and highly forgettable.
Isn’t that sad? I appeal to all the people reading this blog who are over 40. The music we grew up on is timeless. Artists like the Beatles, Neil Young, Pink Floyd, The Who, Billy Joel, AC/DC; even Michael Jackson. These are artists whose music has endured and will probably continue to be important and popular for generations to come.
My kids know of these artists and often listen to their songs not because their Mom and Dad are ramming it down their throats.
Why is that?
I remember attending a Paul McCartney concert about 3-4 years ago and in front of me was a 12 year old boy who was word for word, singing along to each and every song that Paul sang that night.
Why was the music of my generation more enduring than the disposable music of our children’s generation? What made that music so damn good and today’s music so damn bad?
Was it because of the period in which it was inspired? The sixties and seventies were important decades in our world. Issues pertaining to social unrest and civil rights were often the fodder for many songs written in that period. Was it the lack of technology (no Auto-Tunes) that required artists to rely more on their own raw talent with emphasis on the song writing? Was it the use of hallucinogenic drugs in the songwriting process? Are all the best riffs and melodies taken and thats why so many modern artists sample songs from the best years of popular music?
Don’t get me wrong…there are some current artists whose music I very much enjoy. Some have the potential of having the same kind of longevity as many of the artists that came from that very prolific period in music history.
It just seems that music has become a very disposable commodity. Even the way it is now delivered to us has actually, in my opinion, cheapened it. I always looked forward to cracking open the plastic off a new vinyl record album. Even better if there were liner notes on the inner sleeve and lyrics to sing along to.
Today, mp3 files are the way the industry has headed. Songs are sold individually (don’t you remember 45’s with the hit side and the B-side?). Album artwork and graphics are secondary and worst of all, the assumption that music should be available for free (a whole other conversation!).
Emphasis is on touring (which is good) but music videos take focus away from the music. Dreadful songs are released but have eye-catching videos to accompany them.
Dick Clark said it best, “music is the soundtrack of our lives”. Hearing certain songs takes me back to specific moments and times in my life. I listen to different musical genres depending on my mood or to give me a lift. I even listen to music when I practice yoga. Music is important.
Who do you listen to? What do you think has happened to music? What will the future hold for music? Will it be filled with more Lady Ga-Ga or more “ca-ca”?