July 10, 2011
To start off, the primary topic of discussion here will be music of all shapes and sizes, tones and colors, rights and wrongs, whispers and screams. Contrary to the name that I’ve chosen for this outlet, I do not actually hate all Pop music. In just about every release in music history, there have been elements of Pop woven through it in some form or another. More often than not, Pop is the hook….the catch phrase….the part of the song that, when you hear it, gets stuck in your head for hours and won’t go away. It is what grabbed me at the core of my being when I was somewhere in the area of 6 or 7 years old, and to this day, over 30 years later, it still holds me prisoner.
So how, may you ask, can I possibly hate such a thing? Well…I don’t.
Confused yet? Let me explain(here comes the Clarification that was promised earlier)
Today, right now, in the year 2011, the bar has been lowered. The Music Industry, as a whole, has been summarily destroyed. Any number of factors can be attributed to it’s downfall, including piracy, a poor economy, concert ticket sales falling, or even just plain old bad business decisions. My own version of things? Most of the damage has been self-inflicted. The one major mistake that all of these money-hungry Executives made was to fall prey to the American Idol crowd. This one show, which is literally nothing more than glorified karaoke, started the whole thing. Hundreds of poor slobs, who were told they had musical talent by their friends/family, really took it to heart, and decided to be a part of the problem, rather than the solution. Long story short, millions of people watch it religiously, and the worst part is that you don’t even have to win the whole thing to get a recording contract! It used to be that if you wanted to put an album out, you formed a group/band, you got together and wrote your music, you went out into the clubs, and you paid your dues. If you had enough talent, and a little luck, you were discovered, and the rest was history. Now? They give out recording contracts like candy, based on what millions of apparently tone-deaf people consider to be good enough, and as stated earlier, even the people who don’t win on the show still end up with contracts! After all of these years, only one or two of them are even somewhat still visible in the public eye, the rest having fallen by the wayside when their 15 minutes of fame expired. I can honestly say, however, that Carrie Underwood is the lone exception. Not only can she sing, but she writes at least some of her own material.
To me, it’s a slap in the face to all of the people with genuine musical talent when these people get glorified and fawned over, as if they found a cure for cancer by making fools of themselves on National television.
Don’t even get me started on Lady Gaga. He’s another chapter for another time.
As a final note, don’t let this negativity fool you. I am madly in love with music of all kinds, and every post will not be as seemingly negative and hostile as this one. I just had to get it out of my system
I welcome all comments, good or bad.