• Modern Era Music...

    Out 11 2011, 21h13

    As of today, in the modern era, music has seen it’s ups and it’s downs; it’s highs and it’s lows. Radio stations are putting out music (or should I say “music”) to the public, and artists and producers are bringing in the big bucks. I’m talking of course of the mainstream music, which can be heard from a student’s headphones, your mother’s car, the television, the dance club, and even restaurants and hotel lobbies. This can include your favorite Lady GaGa or Lil’ Wayne song, or any other song that you’ll find on MTV. Do these songs contain even an ounce of talent? I suppose that it’s up to the ears of the listener to judge.
    Numerous genres of music, as well as specific bands, put forth and support campaigns against this mainstream garbage, calling for an anti-commercialism approach to making music. The need for artists to make millions through the sheer amount of publicity and radio time they receive is apalling. They call them artists, but is a catchy beat and nonsensical lyrics what makes an artist these days? Where are all the musical instruments, and the meaningful, poetic lyrics? You’ll find them, but “underground” is where you’ll have to look.
    Looking at Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, the public is eating up artists like LMFAO and B.o.B., Gym Class Heroes and Rihanna, and they stay on the rise. Hip hop charts show Lil’ Wayne and Drake near the top, followed by Big Sean, Wale, and Jay Z. I’m not going to say that hip hop these days shouldn’t be called hip hop, but it is not known the way it was years ago. The hip hop movement throughout the 1970’s and beyond entailed cultural expansion and the support of freedom of speech. Audiences were limited, as the artist put their heart and soul into creating a song or album, and care was not taken in making millions of dollars. 21st Century hip hop meerly brings out the passion in the artists, as they sing and perform exactly as the media and the masses demand that they do, all for the sake of the Benjamins.
    Is my point getting across to anyone, or are you too busy jamming out to Wiz Khalifa and his triumphant Taylor Gang? I’m simply stating that the concept of music, it’s association with the arts, and all things creative and emotional have been lost within the media. Do people even know what “real” music is anymore? My personal library holds a vast variety of music, but none of that radio trash can be found within its pages. Being a musician myself, I believe there is more to music than what can clearly be said about it. Music is nothing more than an art form using sounds and rhythm, rather than ink and paints, to create a masterpiece. When the desire for fame, money, or downright self-pride come into the mix, the result is a sellout creation.
    According to an article on MSNBC Today’s website:

    “Dance music can be lots of fun, but the periods when it dominated the pop charts have historically been dreadful. With the economic crisis growing grimmer daily, these times cry out for thoughtful music. Pop music is usually at its best when artists challenge the status quo and another period of non-stop dance songs will definitely make the music industry even more irrelevant.”

    This is positively true. Music trends in our present days will prove to be terribly irrelevant in times to come. But the question must be asked: Where does it go from here? At what point does simple production become a case of too little variety, as it seems that it’s all we hear these days. One song sounds like the next, and that song will song similar to its predecessors. It’s time for a change!
  • Why?

    Jan 8 2011, 19h26

    Why must people be so ignorant and shallow when it comes to other peoples listening styles. I've encountered my series of judgmental comments and queries that i find are just so unfair... I think that it is the music that people listen to that assists in the creation of certain personality traits, forming who someone is and what they do. The ultimate goal in life is to find acceptance in yourself, and be comfortable with who you are. If you have people harassing you for the music you listen to, or always putting you down, not only is it discouraging, but it also helps strengthen your commitment to your music. For example, John Mayer is my favorite artist of all time... he knows his way around a guitar and a stadium full of people better than anyone I've ever seen. The countless amount of times that I get harassed by friends and others for liking John Mayer is discouraging in the sense that I feel I can't share any other musical ideas without being harassed. But, it also strengthens my liking for him because he is someone that is special to me, he's my hero... so fuck everyone who judges others upon the music they listen to.