Ok, there is no specific day the music died. To be hopeful, there is no way the music will ever die. Our world yearns for the beauty of true artistic expression that gives us the ability to cope, celebrate, and make the world better. However, we all can see that the music that has become the most popular recently, tends to be shallow.
Everything that we hear on Top 40 radio seems to be written by the same 10 people, and the “artists” singing the songs are really just a visual filler. Since we can truly program all of our music from a computer, music sounding good requires no human musical talent. A good producer, pop songwriter, and a pretty face will always produce a hit, especially when the record company pays money to get it on the radio.
It seems that we are all driving down this highway, flooded with music, but we can’t get to our exit because rocks (the pop songs) are being kicked our way by mac trucks (the industry). We cannot cut through the noise, and now we need to get an Replacement from the industry so called music.
Mixed metaphors aside, you get my point. When did pop music get so bad? My opinion, it’s when it became solely a popularity contest. The moment American Idol started to decide our next favorite pop star, and it was all about who people liked, not who had the most heart, the music died.
Now we are destined for factory pressed artists like T-Swift and 5 S.O.S. Back in the day, our best artists sold out to get on the radio, now we simply start with sellouts. At least that is what I see. Your thoughts?