So a young lady comes to me and tells me she is interested in developing a music career. She was in her 20’s and brought her 8 year old son with her. Usually whenever I talk to an aspiring artist I first ask little questions like “What kind of music do you want to perform?” and “What type of image do you want to portray?” She told me that she wanted to maintain a positive image in her music and wanted her music to be inspirational to others. It was refreshing to me to actually hear someone say that, because much of today’s music has no real identity. Artists will sing about anything that might promote bad behavior or is just downright disrespectful. I heard her sing one of her songs and it had a very positive message to it. I would love to produce the song, but I also had to warn her that the music industry is not what it used to be. Over the years it has become much more “visual” in concept and there has been less of a focus on good singing. Of course, that might also explain why the industry is in danger of “crashing and burning” as well. There should be “nothing wrong” with promoting a positive image in music, so why is it that the industry does so little of it? Truth be told, the answer doesn’t lay with the industry, but rather with “us.” What we buy determines what they offer, and if we continue to support music that promotes degrading women or calling them bad names then who is really to blame? If someone can release a positive image song (and it actually sells) then the rest of the industry might not have any other choice but to “follow the leader.” I love what this woman is trying to do. I just hope that we can be successful “doing it.” Music is “much more powerful” than most of us can imagine. People have been influenced in so many ways just by a song they happened to hear and like. Sometimes a song can make the difference between a good day and a bad one for a lot of people. As long as there is a need for trashy lyrics and crappy music then the industry will continue to “pump it down our throats.” Let’s hope that we can show them that our values and tastes are much higher than that… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought today, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Singer/actor Tyrese and Brett Jolly