Recently the world has been involved in an economic recession. But not only are we in an economic recession, we're in a musical one as well. For the past decade I've noticed music has lost quite a bit of its quality. Talented musicians, composers, and lyricists are diminishing completely as bubble gum pop music, rap, and screamo/alternative takes control. Bands like the the Jonas Brothers or Fall Out Boy are increasing in popularity and yet they truthfully lack any amount of talent. These bands use software known as auto tune to make their voices sound whiny and clear, just the way they like them. In other words their cheating, something that was impossible in the days of classic rock. Second of all quite honestly they aren't talented musicians. There used to be musicians that would release a song that would contain such brilliant music one would ask "how in the world did they do that", this is becomingly less and less common. Lastly, lyrics are becoming garbage. Music is a way to express yourself, the actually instruments help set the mood, the energy, the setting. But the lyrics deliver the message. Music is about protesting injustice, speaking out against the corruption of society, and expressing love and peace. And primarily, its about telling a story. Its also about inspiring people. But you find that all bands sing about is how much they're in love with some girl or boy and how sad they are. Also two more quick points I want to address are rap and screamo. Rap takes no talent and the lyrics are crude and thoughtless, and music which contains screaming is simply a joke. (once again no talent) Music needs to be saved and this recession needs to end. I find that the only way to get good quality modern music is through Indy rock bands. Indy rock is short for Independent which basically means they aren't mainstream (haven't sold out). These bands often experiment with different ideas and instruments. For some good bands with meaningful lyrics and great musicians check out Arcade Fire, (wake up) MGMT (kids) The Beatles (All you Need is Love) John Lennon (Imagine) Bob Dylan (like a Rolling Stone) Arctic Monkeys (When the Sun Goes Down) and John Mayer (He is one of the few modern, mainstream artists who has real talent) among many others. Save Music!!
A Recession of Music
January 23, 2010