Over the course of history, fashionable music has gone through many changes. For instance, the music of the 1960’s is vastly different from the music of today. The question is, “Have any of these changes made the industry better?” Granted, the value of music largely depends on the values of the person listening to it. “One man’s music can easily be another man’s misery.” Years ago, musicians would come together in a studio and they would individually “perform” the parts needed to make a composition. In a lot of today’s scenarios, there might not be “even one” musician on the set. Now sound technicians can either obtain or create tracks from online. While the quality of the recordings have improved tremendously the quality of the music is “subject to interpretation.” Rarely do most studios even allow for a “real drummer” to play anymore. Drum tracks are often sequenced and can be slowed down or sped up, while not losing any of the tempo once set. This basically means that today’s artists are more concerned with “time elements” than any “natural feels” of drummers. This is mostly the case when it comes to “dance cuts.” As for the other musicians, bass patches can be played on most keyboards. Hardly anyone uses authentic horn players or string ensembles anymore in most of today’s conventional music. Technology is supposed to have improved the quality of music, and yet sales of recordings have “dipped significantly” over the years. What is wrong here? Well, in my “own” opinion, I always thought that “music was expression.” Music should be intended to stroke a soul or invoke an emotion. For instance, when Marvin Gaye recorded his classic album “What’s going on” he touched on the troubles of that time period. From war to taxes and just about everything else, Marvin’s music reached many who could actually “feel” where he was coming from. When music transformed to disco that whole element was just about “dancing” to the perfect beat. Anything else that was introduced that had any altered drum timing or pattern was not considered worthy, no matter how artistic the song may have been. Years later, the emergence of rap introduced even more “simplicity in music.” Most rappers never needed a symphonic accompaniment for their tracks. They mostly needed straight drums and maybe a touch of some other instruments to make their music presentable. In all, music is “still evolving (but not necessarily selling). Many of the old record labels are no longer in existence and the internet is playing a larger part in how people find the music they like. I sincerely doubt that the state of todays music will still be the same in the years ahead. I only hope that this change will be an “improvement.” Of course, I realize that there are others who will disagree. If they like the “current state” of today’s music, then I hope they enjoy it “while it lasts.” I just can’t see it staying the same way it is now. Time will tell if I am right, and I thank you for checking out my Daily Thought today. As always, I wish you the very best that life has to offer. Please make it a great one.
Singer Anthony Hamilton and Brett Jolly in concert