A Recession of Music

January 23, 2010
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!!

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E.A.Costa said...
May 19, 2010 at 5:01 pm
CJMurph, It elates me to know that you completely understand my opinion, and that your's is practically identical to mine. Everything you say is the utter truth. I wish there were more people like you. Hopefully others will be enlightened and come to the same conclusion we have. I especially agree with your remarks about fame and money. Music isn't about fame, money and everything that comes along with it. It's about the music! Great musicians that I've mentioned obviously wanted to ma... (more »)
CJMurph713 said...
May 17, 2010 at 12:56 pm
I completely agree. I actually want to become a professional music producer/ engineer so i can help form a record label that actually cares about originality, meaning, and talent. The major cause, i think, of all of this horrible music is that with today's digital recording it is extremely easy to fix any little imperfections that a song may have and auto tune everything so it sounds "perfect". Popular musicians today are getting really lazy and greedy. I listen to albums like "Dark Side of... (more »)
E.A.Costa replied...
Feb. 13, 2011 at 4:45 pm

I completely agree with everything you said, thanks for your well written and thouhtful response.

Save the music!

E.A.Costa said...
May 5, 2010 at 5:42 pm
Fall Out Boy I suppose doesn't totally rely on auto-tune, but you can tell that the vocals have been modified by some software. And I'm going to have to politely disagree with the statement that they sound nearly the same live as they do recorded. If you listen to Sugar We're Going Down live, it sounds rather disgusting. But that is after all, my biased opinion and I completely and utterly respect your. 
dragonbiscuits This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 2, 2010 at 6:52 pm
I felt that this was a very well written and true article. The only thing I would like to point out is that some of the "screamo" music do have talented guitarists. My brother listens to metal, and I have heard some really impressive guitar solos. Other than that, you are soooo rights.
E.A.Costa replied...
Feb. 3, 2010 at 4:15 pm
I will concede to a certain level, a few screamo guitarists can shred
riosomeone replied...
May 3, 2010 at 9:04 pm

This is pretty well-written. Although I don't agree with some of what you say, I know that music isn't really what it was.

However, I do disapprove of the grouping of Fall Out Boy as one of the bands that relies on Autotune. To my knowledge, the only notable instance of that software is on Infinity on High, when producer Babyface used it for special effects. I'd say their live vocals don't sound much different from the CDs.

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E.A.Costa replied...
Oct. 7, 2010 at 4:34 pm
I apologize, I'm sorry I didn't explain myself too well. When I say Auto Tune I don't refer to the generally rap based Auto Tune which both tunes and distorts the voice, I'm referring to Auto Pitch which is similar, but doesn't distort the voice but simply makes the pitch perfect and cleans up any mistakes the singer may have made.
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