Of course, I play music professionally, and I do love music. However, when it comes to the new music I am hearing stuff that is not very pleasant to my own ears. At first I just assumed that maybe this was because I am growing older and maybe my musical tastes are changing. I then asked my daughter about a lot of the music she listens to on the radio and she said that she didn’t like a lot of it either. So naturally I talked to other younger people who basically said the same thing. Then I decided to do some research on the industry to see what is happening. The answers I got were disturbing. Years ago record labels were established and they produced music to be played on the radio. These labels pretty much controlled the radio stations (so naturally if an artist didn’t have a record label deal chances were they didn’t get played on radio). Now the industry has changed. Out of all the record labels that were out back then, there are only about 3 major ones still in existence today. That means that these labels are controlling what you hear. Also, years ago the people who were in charge of these stations used to be people who knew a lot about music. Now it appears that the heads of these labels only know about marketing. When you add to this mix the fact that the internet has made it so that music can be shared online (practically for free) then this takes away the incentive for artists to create. Many artists (including myself) would still love to make music, but no one wants to lose money putting a project together. This is sad for the future of music. The radio stations I listen to are playing some of the old stuff that I loved to hear, but nothing new is enticing me right now. I worked with Paul Jackson, Jr on a gig lately. He is a great jazz guitarist who played on a lot of big name hits. He played the guitar solo on “heartbreak Hotel” by the Jacksons, and he also played for “Wanna be starting something” and “Beat it.” I asked him about the industry and he told me that a lot of the big cities have pulled Gospel and Jazz stations because they weren’t making enough money. He said that now people are streaming music which victimizes the artist even more. When an artist has his music streamed he usually makes percentages of a penny (which is not good at all). Something needs to change. For the sake of music (and those who love to hear it) I hope that can happen soon. I do have an idea but time will tell if this can work. Stay tuned… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Paul Jackson Jr (in front on guitar_ doing a concert with Brett Jolly on bass