Archive for November, 2012

I’m going to preface this by saying one thing: I’m not trying to put down anyone’s musical beliefs. I’m a huge believer in the philosophy that no one has any right to talk down about another person’s musical preferences. That’s a chicken you-know-what thing to do and those are not my intentions.

With that said, does anyone from their early 20s down even realize that music existed before the mid-90s? Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of good music out there but people thinking the “greatest music ever” happened within the past 10-15 years? Seriously? About one in ever eight to ten songs is worth something now days (as a complete production) and if you don’t think so then just tune into a top-40 station. Music is all about the lyrics and producing and it’s sad that a huge chunk of today’s artists don’t write or create their own stuff. The weight of the words isn’t nearly as great when it’s just some pretty face with a good voice trying to get famous who’s singing them. What writing? What producing? They show up to the studio when they’re told, sing what they’re told, leave when they’re told and deposit their big checks when they receive them. They don’t care, they just want the fame.

But what do I know? I’m told my music taste sucks because it consists of such “crappy” artists like Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Elton John, John Fogerty, Eagles just to name a few. At least people come to partially agree with me on artists such as Goo Goo Dolls, Michelle Branch and Lovely Goodbye. Wow, artists who actually care about their profession. Artists who truly believe in putting their guts onto paper then letting the rest of the world know that they aren’t alone. A well known example of that these days is Taylor Swift. She gets annihilated by the haters because all of her songs are about heartbreak and talking about her exes. Um, excuse me. That’s what a large portion of music is about.

Music traditionally has been about love. Yes there are other types of songs out there covering different topics but love and losing love are the most common. Look at your own personal favorite artist and consider how many love oriented songs they have. Probably a massive portion of their catalog. So who cares if that’s what Taylor writes about? She’s in her early 20’s and don’t you dare try telling me that in your early 20’s relationships weren’t the number one issue in your life. She is a true artist. She share’s her deepest, most personal moments by writing them, she’s involved with the production and she sings them.

So, as I said at the beginning this was in no way a chance to bash on peoples’ musical preferences. I’m just saying that some out there need to either expand their music listening horizons or else change their definition of music. There’s too much focus on the ones playing the instruments and singing into the mic. Yes, a lot of them are good musicians and good singers, but try to look past the pretty faces who are just trying to get rich. Give more credit to the writing and the producing. Those are the people who actually make the song. Without them, there is no music.