|QUOTE (Otter @ Nov 28 2010, 06:06)|
| Hold on - 'music today'? |
When was there not sh*t music all over the top 40 lists? What's 'wrong' with music today is the same thing that's always been wrong with it, and every other form of commercial entertainment: the more it appeals to the lowest common denominator, the more popular it is.
Exactly. The only reason why music appears poor to people today is because you are being subjected to all of it. If a song/artist is awful, then they may have one hit, but nobody will remember them in 35 years time. I can guarantee you that for every song which you like from whatever era that is apparently better than today's stuff there have been 30 odd songs which were sh*te and have been buried in the sands of time, only to be dug up again at Christmas parties, or at weddings for all of the people who you know as "The Oldies" to dance the night away to.
The reason why songs are so powerful is because you can associate them with events in your life and as such rather than just being musical notes accompanied by peoples' voices they become windows into your past. I can almost certainly say that barring a vicious and sudden attack of alzheimers you'll remember the song which accompanied your first dance with your wife, or the song that was number one when your children were born. For me that would be East 17 - Stay Another Day. In 20 years maybe you will hear "One Time" on the radio and you'll get an attack of nostalgia and will remember the time when you joined a facebook group to get him castrated, or the time when you watched a video of him getting blown up by a grenade and laughed so hard your jaw started to ache. Songs have the power to convey incredible amounts of emotion, which can be bottled up for years, only to be brought flooding back to the surface by a song on the radio. A clear example of this would be Christmas songs, everyone loves them as they convey the feelings of childhoods past under the tree, but you pretend to hate them because they are overplayed from about November-time onwards.
I am of the peruasion that certain people are preconditioned by experiences to be reached by a certain type of song moreso than others of different genres or even of the same genre. Some people like screaming and heavy drumming, some people like deep black voices like those of Aretha Franklin and others like her. It is only natural for people to gravitate towards songs which make them feel good, and these preconditionings for ballads or metalcore just give you a nudge in the right direction. I have tried to introduce my ears to different genres which my ears didn't get on with and I can only describe the feeling as being beat up badly by someone who you want to be your friend. You aren't going to want to be their friend if they broke your nose, and you aren't going to like Wishmaster if you can't hear the lyrics beneath all of the superficial screaming and bullsh*t like that.
Certain genres fit different types of music, and those preconditionings which I mentioned above certainly go some way to explaining why certain people piss and moan incessantly about musical tastes. So what if songs you like aren't in the top 40 or the Hot 100? Just because you aren't getting spoonfed good tunes doesn't mean that they don't exist; the musical business isn't collapsing, far from it, so get off of your arse and find some music to listen to which you like. It isn't the producers problems; if people want Take That and Lady Gaga then they aren't going to pump loads of money into Soul music are they? That would be akin to writing a book in Votic, a language which only 20 people speak worldwide, your audience is automatically exponentially smaller than an English or Spanish book, so you might as well not try. Not good business sense.
|QUOTE (GTABlackKnight @ Nov 28 2010, 05:59)|
| both which suck, just like the rest of everysong she does. |
You should die in a fire. Not because of your opinion which I respect, although I am rather fond of Speechless myself Lady Gaga-mania passed me by somewhat. People who make sweeping judgements about particular artists or even particular genres should be confined to holes in the ground and left to rot. At the end of the day she is laughing at people like you from up there in showbiz heaven, do you think that she gives a f*ck? You can't even use punctuation properly and yet you expect to be allowed an opinion? Record companies love people like you because while you moan they are off selling sh*tloads of Justin Beiber songs to pre-teen girls in Russia. Face it, Lady G is here to stay and she doesn't give a toss about what you think or who you like as long as her albums keep going platinum.