The sad state of modern music

A sad thought came over me today as I was loading my 40 year old Cat Stevens collection into my Itunes program. Do you realize that Cat Stevens actually recorded more great songs between 1970 and 1975 than the whole music industry has given us over the past 20 years!

Yup! It’s true! Over the past 20 years we’ve had “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion, plus a few great songs from Hozier and a few more great songs from Of Monsters And Men - and that’s about it. Other than these few exceptions, the past 20 years have been a musical wasteland!

Today I was on Youtube and I was watching the video for Megan Trainor’s ‘NO”. The song’s lyrics tell guys to back off in no uncertain terms. Of course, on the surface Megan Trainor looks “untouchable” However, when you watch the video it seems to me like Megan Trainor’s name is actually a big fat YES if the person hitting on her happens to be a lesbian.

Yup Megan! Speaking as a guy, I think I really will “just let it go“! FYI, I wouldn’t pay you two cents for the privilege of downloading this disgusting display of lesbian / feminist debauchery!

Then I switched over to the auto-tuned into oblivion Jennifer Lopez singing “I Ain’t Your Mama”. This shrill has been grating my ears ever since I can remember! For this disaster I just had to leave a comment. Here it is:

“Bad instrumentation, bad lyrics, bad hooks, bad singing and a horrible message = bad music. 21st century bimbo pop is a total joke. I can't believe that people actually pay money to download this kind of s-h-i-t”.

Why do you idiots still support this kind of garbage? Only a complete moron would pay their hard earned money for fake music with crap hooks and a sick message………

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  • Arrogant Drivel... You Create music then tell the world what is and isn't good. Who are you? What have you done? Nothing. You were born and will die.. that is your legacy. You know Jennifer Lopez's name. Does she know yours? Of course not.

  • Just because someone is famous doesn't mean they're talented.

  • FYI, when I was a kid I wanted to be a professional tennis player, not a musician. That was a mistake on my part. I should have studied piano and then started my own band. I would have written serious songs that would have made the likes of JLO, Meagan Trainor, Justin Beber, etc.,. sound like a joke.

    The vast majority of today's music is deliberately shallow, dumbed down, superficial and insulting in one way or another. I've heard much better music than this generation of fake musicians is giving us. But that's the sad state of today's commercial sell out factory that passes itself off as being hipster music....................

  • You live in a land where people worship at commercial centers listening to 'music' performed by people who can not count or hear that they are off pitch. And this surprises you? Try adding perfect pitch to the mix. Then go shopping. NO THANK YOU! [Hunting around for the early Renaissance madrigal DVD...].

  • Listing "My Heart Will Go On" as a good song is making me seriously question your musical tastes.

  • If you can't appreciate the fact that "My Heart Will Go On" is a timeless example of beautiful song-craft then you have issues that are more serious than your warped taste in music. You're probably one of those dumbed down people who has an ipod full of the latest hip hop and auto-tuned bimbo pop garbage and nothing of real substance.

  • Actually I'm a musician, and a songwriter, and a fairly successful one at that. My iPod is filled with mostly classic rock from the 60s through the 90s, although you can find some other genres on there as well. Don't get me wrong, I pretty much agree with what you're saying about popular music's decline, especially lately- I just don't understand why you think that song is any different. "My Heart Will Go On" was written for a blockbuster movie - it is a prime example of commercially sponsored music.

  • I'm glad to see that somebody here seems to know how to go about finding great music. However, I've never understood the yardstick that rock fans use to judge which ballads are cool and which ballads are wimpy trash. For example, "Let it Be" was a huge hit for the Beatles and it was deliberately marketed as such. Does that mean "Let it Be" is a load of trash? I don't think so! The same can be said for "Wild Horses" by The Rolling Stones, "Your Song" by Elton John and 'Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond. How the h*** can any classic rock fan tell me that "Afterglow" by Genesis is a great ballad but "Mandy" by Barry Manilow sucks when both songs are very powerful, fallow a similar song structure and both cover the same set of emotions? Who's the idiot that gets to decide for me that "Beth" by Kiss and "Thank You" by Led Zep are cool ballads but "Annie's Song" by John Denver or "My Heart Will Go On" are music for for tastless wimps? If you can't see that all of these songs are great then you're looking at the packaging while ignoring the substance.

  • Wow "Afterglow" I didn't think there was more than a handful of people alive today that would even know that song exists.

  • I see your point. I think what happens with a lot of rock fans is, they aren't drawn to the ballads, because they come from a place of emotional vulnerability. So they gravitate towards artists that make more aggressive music. Then somewhere on the album of a more "rock" band like kiss or led zeppelin, there is a ballad that they fall in love with in the privacy of their own room, but "it's OK because that band is still mostly rock." Everyone has their own yardstick and I've never seen two that measure the same. That being said, if you just blindly accept what the masses measure to be good music, you end up with what is coming out of the radio today, and that's no good either. So there has to be some standard. My own measuring stick has a lot to do with whether I feel the music comes from a genuine place, and admittedly, it's wholly subjective, but it's all I have. My issue with "My Heart Will Go On" is not its popularity, or its soft tone. I actually like "Annie's Song." And that's saying something as a rock fan. My issue is the fact that the lyricist, the score writer, and the singer, are three different people hired by a movie production company to put together a theme song. I guess because of that, I don't see it as a truly singular, inspired piece of music that comes from the heart, from an artist's self-expression of emotion.

  • Most great music over the past 50+ years has been augmented and expounded upon by people behind the scenes who had nothing to do with the original writing process. If I follow your logic then George Martin must have done a lousy production job orchestrating the Sgt Pepper album just because he wasn't there when Lennon and McCartney were in a room developing those raw demos on an acoustic piano. If you've ever listened to the the Titanic soundtrack you'll notice that it mostly consists of melodic non commercial instrumental Celtic music with Celine Diaon's stunning vocal interpretation of "My Heart Will Go On" at the end. The whole project was out of step and very uncool for 1997. If those people were seriously shooting for a blockbuster hit soundtrack then they could have modernized the music and then brought in the top death metal, grunge and hip hop acts of that era. Given it's uncompromising non commercial musical approach, it's amazing that the Titanic soundtrack ever got released by a major label; and in an era when most popular music was already being seriously dumbed down.

  • People didn't realize that the Beatles were classically trained musicians. And that made all the difference.

  • Many musicians who are classically trained don't seem to make it very far these days.

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