Tuesday, October 4, 2016
It's not a question I would have thought to ask....
Is it time for the music business to reconsider its marginalization of musicianship?
...............but then, I don't watch MTV or listen to radio. If you care about such questions, this essay is one to read. A few snippets follow:
"If you go to a Stones concert, the audience is still using drugs, but they have substituted blood pressure medication for the LSD. I love those gray-haired old-timers, but they can’t help solve the industry’s problems, even if they still can sell albums."
"The situation in pop music today isn’t much different from the early 1950s, when the blandness and sameness of the offerings were obvious to any discerning listener. In 1953 or 1954, you might not have predicted the rise of rock ‘n’ roll, but you did know that this shallow and vapid music on the airwaves wouldn’t last forever."
"And the next time the music revolution comes, it won’t be televised on MTV."