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From the Archives: Music, The “Industry,” and Pity…

I found this in one of my old WordPress accounts, and I figured that this was as good a place as any to put it. This was originally posted on April 24th, 2009.

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The current American music industry angers me more and more every day…for one thing, unless an artist stays with an independent label or puts out their own albums, real artists don’t make it, just those “artists” that are either recording songs and albums to make money or because they are “hot” and they will get play time because hormone driven teenagers determine that because they have a good body and they don’t mind acting like a slut on camera, they are an “artist.” What about the real artists that are making music because they LOVE MUSIC!!?? I am talking about the people that have been struggling and striving to make their music an art since they were knee high to a grasshopper. Those people that write their own music, music which is poetry to the ears and the soul…and people who actually play all of their own beats and rhythms…

Unfortunately, in this age of instant gratification, it is counter productive, or so the studios want us to believe, to take two and a half years to record an Album…and I am talking about an Album, not an album, which, to clarify, Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here,” or for that matter, any Pink Floyd album is an Album…a series of tracks that have common themes, or, if they do not, they have incredible transitions, which make the album connected, at least in the musical themes. I am talking about, say AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,” rather than, for example whatever teen idol is popular this week. Albums that will still be selling copies twenty years from now…Albums that were written for the music’s sake…not to make money, and certainly not just to record an album.

I HATE Simon Cowell and what he has done to the music industry…American Idol has destroyed the music industry…for every genuine Artiste that shows up on that hypocrisy, there are 1500 idiotic assholes that only showed up so they could be on television…and that is a conservative estimate.  I mean, have you ever listened to a Kelly Clarkson song? Unfortunately, I have, and let me tell you it is blatantly obvious to an audiophile such as myself that this girl has almost no love for the music, it is all for the money and the fame…how sad is that, when people will do something that they can barely tolerate in order to make money? Personally, I would rather struggle and strive at something for fifteen or twenty years, but have True Passion for! Actually, I feel sorry for Hannah Montana/Mylie Cyrus, The Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, etc. As of five minutes ago, I wouldn’t have said that, but it wasn’t True five minutes ago…they are going to be doing this as long as it makes the studios money, which is about as long as teens are going to be worshiping them…and then they will be cut loose in 2 or 5 or 10 years with no idea what they want to do with their lives and either go on trying to make it and revise their music into something worthwhile…as that is the only way they know to make money, and they don’t know how to do anything else.

Although, I can’t totally blame Simon Cowell, for if the music industry was the way it was in the 60’s, hell even the 80’s, He wouldn’t have even been able to get a foothold. I mean we had them actively searching for true art rather than waiting for money making clowns to get dropped in their laps…I mean how many actual musicians do you think are on any of the boards of any of the major labels? I mean, I hate to say it, but if Pink Floyd were appearing now instead of when they did…they probably have been told to get lost, and music today would be an entirely differerent animal…

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