Why Is Music So Bad Today?

"The whole lot that may be invented has been invented." ~ Charles H. Duell, Commissioner of the US Patent Workplace in 1899.

"Kids nowdays are tyrants. They contradict their mother and father, gobble their meals and tyrannize their academics." ~ Socrates

Why is in style music so unhealthy at this time? I imply, I'm not that outdated, however jeez, the music of at this time, with just a few uncommon exceptions, kinda stinks. Some would say that when New 12 months's Eve 1979 ended, we have been ushered into an period of lame music that we nonetheless haven't escaped from at this time.

I grew up within the 80's and bear in mind listening to the Beatles, John Lennon, Simon & Garfunkel, Roger Waters and Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, and David Bowie, to call just a few, with my brothers or my dad. I bear in mind seeing album covers strewn about my brother's bed room. Albums, not CD's. (In the event you're actually younger reader, albums are like CD's in that they're flat and spherical, however black, and lots larger.

Some say that the 60's have been a turbulent time within the US and the world after which created an ideal atmosphere and tradition for progressive and artistic music. However let's face it. As of late are fairly turbulent as effectively. So the place's the Crosby, Nonetheless, Nash and Younger of at this time to sing about our involvement in Iraq? Or the place is the Paul Simon of at this time to protest the federal government's stance on stem cell analysis? All we've gotten not too long ago is the brand new Paris Hilton CD. Paris Hilton? Shouldn't be she simply well-known for being well-known? And her new CD really bought some good evaluations.

Earlier than anybody accuses me of portray a broad brush stroke harming all music after the 70's, let me say that in newer occasions there was a small quantity of fine stuff like Phish or Midnite, and even politically-minded music reminiscent of U2, however no the place close to the inventive quantity of earlier occasions.

I bear in mind when the Dixi Chicks got here out towards President Bush and the Iraq conflict. Whereas not a nasty band, they're hardly going to realize iconic standing. They usually paid dearly by the hands of huge enterprise for his or her outspoken views. That's a far cry from the politically-charged days of Woodstock the place many artists have been talking out, and altering issues.

If you concentrate on it, there are solely a choose few artists or bands that may usually promote out big arenas at this time. These are the icons. And the overwhelming majority of these artists are bands from earlier than the 80's! Between final summer time and this summer time, listed here are a few of the actually large live performance ticket sellers: The Rolling Stones, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand, Eric Clapton and The Eagles.

I not too long ago learn an article that instructed that music and tour promoters, massive venue house owners and ticket firms are all apprehensive about live performance gross sales taking a plunge after the legendary artists cease touring. They understand it's going to be laborious to promote out large arenas after the dinosaurs turn into extinct. Who're the artists of at this time who will attain that standing tomorrow?

In a current interview with Joe Walsh on Sirius Radio Joe stated there's not practically as a lot improvisational rock anymore. And I agree. When requested what bands he thought have been respectable as of late, he couldn't consider any for some time, after which lastly stated he thought the Goo Goo Dolls have been good. Hmmm.

Possibly I'm some type of curmudgeon, however High 40 at this time is simply inferior to it was. Is Kevin Federline actually expertise? I simply came upon not too long ago that his nickname is Okay-Fed. How about fed up? I believe Okay-Fed, J-Lo, X-tina (Christina Aguilera, no joke) and A-Rod all must get collectively ASAP and rethink their feeble nicknames, simply an FYI.

Listed below are the highest 5 songs proper now within the Summer season of 2006:

- Fergie - London Bridge

- Gnarls Barkley - Loopy

- Nelly Furtado That includes Timbaland - Promiscuous

- The Pussycat Dolls That includes Snoop Dogg - Buttons

- Panic! At The Disco - I Write Sins Not Tragedies

And right here have been the highest 5 albums of 2005:

- Mariah Carey - The Emancipation of Mimi

- 50 Cent - The Bloodbath

- Kelly Clarkson - Breakaway

- Inexperienced Day - American Fool

- The Black Eyed Peas - Monkey Enterprise

Listed below are the highest 5 albums of 1976:

- Peter Frampton - Frampton Comes Alive

- Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac

- Wings - Wings At The Pace ??Of Sound

- Eagles - Eagles Biggest Hits 1971-1975

- Chicago - Chicago IX Biggest Hits

And listed here are the highest 5 albums of 1966

- Unique Soundtrack The Sound Of Music

- The Beatles - Revolver

- The Beatles - Rubber Soul

- The Rolling Stones - Aftermath

- The Seashore Boys - Pet Sounds

Is it simply me, or is there a obvious distinction between the 2 21st Century lists and the second two 20th Century lists? To be honest, I really personal Monkey Enterprise and I prefer it. Additionally, Inexperienced Day is respectable. Admittedly, Wings will not be the perfect Paul McCartney music round, however it's Sir Paul in any case, and Chicago and The Seashore Boys are a bit of weak. However general, the lists simply don't evaluate.

The music business itself has modified so drastically that I believe that is among the primary causes there's such a chasm between at this time's music and the creations of yesteryear. Like sports activities and medication, music in one other business that has been a casualty of huge enterprise and American capitalism.

Not does the precise music high quality drive the business. As a substitute, the folks with the cash and energy on the report firms discover some unhealthy music promoting effectively to younger folks for instance, after which resolve that from then on they're solely going to seek out and promote that kind of unhealthy music because it made a couple of bucks. They've completely stopped listening to the music and as an alternative solely take heed to the .

Not does the music they create decide the success of a band. As a substitute, leisure conglomerates inform followers what to take heed to, and that determines the success. They do that as a result of they've such a strandle maintain on the media. We solely have the phantasm of selection now. A vicious circle has begun the place the entire business is inexporably spinning down, unable to seek out buy on the perimeters of some slimy company funnel, circling downwards uncontrollably into the abyss of painfully unhealthy music.

Some bands sometimes slip by the vortex comparatively intact, sidestepping the just about institutionalized strategy of "making it" set in place by music executives. Phish is a superb instance of this. They turned vastly profitable despite the music business. As a result of they have been so good and so tenacious in touring and jamming, they attracted a big fan base. The sheer numbers of up to date followers Phish had had them an influence that the majority artists at this time cannot have. Most different artists should do what the folks with the purse strings inform them to do. And that always makes for unhealthy music. Sadly, Phish will not be even collectively any extra. However they're a uncommon exception in that they got here after the 70's and have been extremely inventive and improvisational.

One other factor that contributes to the poor music of at this time is know-how. As of late, Hollywood actors who cannot sing can have singing careers. The engineers contact up their voices, and use each digital sound approach there's to make a mean product sellable, similar to the magazines airbrush the fashions and actresses, trimming years off to finish the phantasm. There are a lot of methods through which the music engineers can do that within the studio and even for artists on tour.

Ashlee Simpson is an effective instance of this. First, we noticed her on Saturday Evening Dwell getting cough lip-sinking. Then I heard a current interview the place Joe Walsh's daughter, Lucy Walsh, admitted that as Ashlee's keyboard participant, she all the time doubled Ashlee's voice whereas on tour.

I do know that in any period there's going to be foolish music acts like Ashlee Simpson, Kevin Federline and Paris Hilton. I understand that in Bob Dylan's time there have been a number of feeble but well-known music artists then too. My criticism is that it appears like in every other period there was a minimum of sufficient actually unbelievable and authentic music being created to steadiness issues out.

Let's go backwards. We've appeared on the in style music of the 21st Century a bit of within the lists above and I do not likely see any authentic music in there in any respect. Some could argue that the grunge period of the 90's produced some nice and authentic music. I argue that the majority of that music was so closely influenced by the rock of the 60's and 70's that it actually was not that authentic in any respect.

The music of the 80's matched the hair and garments of the time, lame. The synthesizer was new then, however the music was fairly unhealthy, and positively not timeless. However then we come to the 70's and 60's. These are the a long time that final held any hope for folks like me who lengthy for contemporary, authentic, inventive and improvisational music.

In 1899 the Commissioner of the US Patent Workplace wrote "The whole lot that may be invented has been invented." Alright, perhaps he was a bit of off. However in a means, the whole lot that appears new is absolutely simply new mixtures of current issues. Music is not any completely different. I'm hoping that we return to the times when the mixtures of beats, rhythms, harmies and melodies turn into as inventive as they have been within the 60's and 70's.

However perhaps issues haven't modified a lot since even Socrates' occasions. He thought youngsters have been tyrants, as if his technology was the final of a dying breed of angelic kids. Possibly he simply didn't perceive the youngsters of his period, and perhaps I'm the identical means.