I’ll admit that I am a fan of music that is much older than I am. I own albums that range from Queen’s “News of the World” to Alice in Chains’ “Jar of Flies.”
I cherish the albums I own as the only items that matter.
If you see me driving down the road with the windows up or down singing horribly to the music that is blaring in my car, have no fear. It is just me enjoying a mostly boring drive.
But as I look to the music of today, I have a difficult time becoming a fan. Most of the music of today is missing something that the music of old has. If I listen to a song such as “Nutshell” by Alice in Chains, I can feel the pain and emotions that lead singer Layne Staley expresses in the vocals.
The urge I get listening to a so-called artist like Cardi B. is to either turn the radio off, put ear plugs in, or blow out my ear drums.
I can’t stand the music of today. To me, it is like a glass of water. It feels flat, it is mostly the same, and the only way that makes it seem different is whether or not it comes from the tap or in a bottle.
Sure, I could put some ice cubes in the glass of water to try to make it seem different. But the ice will eventually get warm and melt, blending in with the rest of the water that is already there.
This is the same with the popular music of today. It is bland, it is not unique, and it just makes me want to throw up.
Looking at the music of the past is like being at an art gallery or museum.
Most art pieces are unique. Some can be simple, some can be complex, some can be colorful, some can be just black and white. Each piece has its own meanings and style.
The music of yesteryear is similar to art pieces. Each band is unique in its own way, each genre has unique features that are found only in that genre, and each album highlights new ways to make great music while also staying in the image of each band.
Now, am I trying to say people should not listen to the music of today because it is all garbage? Kind of.
Most music I normally hear on the radio in some of my friends’ cars is just plain awfu.
However, once in awhile I hear something that gets my attention and makes me say, “Wow. That is cool.”
The day that music started going on its creative downslide was the day that President Bill Clinton signed the Telecommunications Act of 1996. This bill allowed large media corporations to buy up all radio stations and changed the music industry forever.
Most of the music produced today is created by the same people. Everything sounds the same, and hardly anyone can make it in music these days.
I am hopeful that a few people will be willing to take a chance on artists who have a unique sound, can write good music, and are able to gain an audience that can end this pop music nightmare we are living in.
By Tony Long – It’s a Long Story