Skip to comments.What's Wrong With Music Today
Posted on 11/03/2012 1:38:09 PM PDT by OddLane
Its often said that art appreciation is wholly subjective. Aesthetic tastes naturally differ, de gustibus non est disputandem, etc And if art is a matter of taste, and not subject to critical scrutiny, then so it is with music, which is simply a subset of art. In one sense, the people who posit this argument are correct. Theres no objective, non-arbitrary measure by which you can judge the quality of a musical composition, artist, or genre. In another sense, these people are completely wrong.
I hew to the Adam Carolla theory of musical appreciation. That is, there is a distinct, unmistakable cleavage between music that is good and music which, for lack of a better word, sucks. The problem is that today, for a variety of reasons, many cannot distinguish between the two. It explains why, whenever you enter a club, a bar, or a misguided friends party, your ears are bombarded with an unremitting stream of reggaeton, dub step, and execrable Top 40 hip hop and pop.
Its why you will never hear a single by Iris DeMent, John Wesley Harding, the Carolina Chocolate Drops or any other musician/band who doesnt make you long for the sweet release of death.
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Junior Walker, Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke are all gone. Chuck Berry got old.
Accompanied my wife to Kohl’s yesterday.
Had to go back to the car in order to avoid hurling over the worst vapid music I have ever been tortured with.
Well, second worst.
At least it wasn’t cretin IQ hip hop.
The Carolina Chocolate Drops emerged from the Charlotte Folk Society. They often play around here. I can’t get to like Iris DeMent’s voice, although Scoutmaster provided helpful video links.
As a symptom of my midlife crisis, I find that I’m liking the music my 16-year-old listens to: Seether, Evans Blue, and those people with “Miss the Misery.” Also the electronic buzzing stuff, which as a side benefit makes the baby sleep.
Give me good old 50’s DooWop’s, especially ballads by the Channels, Five Satins the Dubs.......
Anyone listening to the radio looking for good music is an idiot...
She reminds me of a modern Jean Ritchie.
Love the CCD-can't wait to hear some of their original music.
Seether is good.
No Scandinavian death metal, lol?
Just saw your about page. RIP Breitbart. Was just corresponding with a friend about him. :(
I’ve hated music up until the last year or so. Now I’m really excited again about a lot of new artists. I feel like a teen again. I like Mumford and Sons, Young the Giant, Florence and the Machine, Adele, AWOL Nation and there are many artists with individual/a couple of songs that I like like the Lumineers, The Naked and Famous, Churchill, DeVotchka, Coldplay, Imagine Dragons and a few more that I’m forgetting. I think there’s a lot of creativity out there right now and genuine talent.
Oh, I saw New Order in October. That was a great blast from the past. Took two of my kids.
I used to listen to 80’s pop and “light rock” but I don’t really listen to music at all any more. I have found some reasons.... the lyrics are normally retarded these days.
I found some Korean songs to listen to, sometimes its better if you don’t understand the words. lol.
Every time I go to Kohl’s, I hear this song, and it makes me want to slam my head into one of the mirrored columns:
I don’t know how the employees stand it without going nuts. Last time, I got in the car and disinfected my ears with Heart singing “Straight On.”
There is plenty of great music being made today, you just won’t hear it on top 40 pop radio or over the PA in a restaurant bar.
It’s just that you’ve got to go find it now, instead of it finding you. Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, all manner of great singer-songwriters, niches that you’d never even hear about thirty years ago.
The day of big arena rock bands may be fading, but is seeing a musician or group you love in a club or smaller venue really such a bad thing?
I don’t think so.
I’m tellin ya, when Jolson died he took the music with him.
No, I just can’t take the death metal. I want to hear someone singing something, even if it’s loud and hostile.
I like Alestorm when I’m going somewhere with Anoreth, though.
THAT I can live with.
Not if it’s Internet radio. Any kind of music you want and most of it commercial free.
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