Music….is still a baby

Posted: December 21, 2011 in Music Industry

Music…. is still a baby, in the grand scheme of things.  This post is a bit different than the normal gearhead stuff I usually post.

While tearing down a session today I was listening to Throwing Copper by Live.  I got to thinking, “they don’t really write songs like this anymore”.  Which then lead to, “NO ONE writes songs like this anymore.” Live came up in the era of “alternative”.  Alternative USED to mean exactly what its name implies.  It was a break from the usual rock formula.  You had countless bands that were doing things no one had heard before.  The Pixies, Mudhoney, The Flaming Lips, The Melvins, and even groups like Soul Coughing, The Beastie Boys, and Cake were all breaking new musical ground.  It was ground that retained some of the standard rock ethos, but was utilizing totally new sounds, structures, dynamics, and textures.  A lot of those bands stayed true to their roots over time.  But some bands, like Live went from this…

To this….

It’s not necessarily their fault.  Music changes, times change, fans change, and tastes change.  In order for an artist to stay current they must adapt to the current climate, which alienates the old die hard fans.  But if they stick to their old base, sometimes they run out of songs too soon, don’t gain any new fans, and some fans say they’re tired washed up musicians doing the same old tunes.  It’s a lose, lose situation.

I would say that MOST artists that want to keep making money will change their style over time to keep up. And obviously, there will be a new crop of bands with a new style just waiting to be the next “thing”. Unfortunately, as time has progress, that “thing” keeps getting more and more pop, and consequently, more and more formulaic.

Am I just like every other person who thinks that THEIR generation’s music was the “good stuff”?

I don’t think so.
My favorite eras of music are from the 80’s,  90’s and some 70’s thrown in there.  Granted, there are bad types of music from all of those eras…disco, 80’s ballads, boy bands.  But that’s pretty much ANY era of music.

So, while listening to that Live song and winding up mic cable, I had this thought: “Pop Music has evolved so much in such a short span of time for the human race.”

So for me to say that those generations are “golden eras” isn’t too much of a stretch.  In the 80’s and 90’s  we had evolved past the point of technological brick walls and music that was too bubblegum to accurately express people’s troubles and emotions.  But we hadn’t yet gotten to the point of pitch corrected, timing manipulated, manufactured monstrosities.

It was a good time.

Granted you are free to disagree and I respect that!  But, one thing is for sure; we haven’t even scratched the surface of what music will be and what it will evolve into.  I only wish I could be alive to experience it, and I can only hope that the current trend of “melding” pop genres doesn’t make music implode on itself.  Well, scratch that.  I DO hope that happens!  We’re about due for a new music revolution.  The stagnant murky pool known as pop music has really only gone through two REALLY big explosions caused by, in my opinion, the Beatles in the 60s and Nirvana in the 90s.  Damn…I guess that means we’re still a decade away.

I’ll be waiting.


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