I was checking out iTunes today to see if there is any good music coming out. Low and behold I started my search by genre and then by group and then by list. Ironically, the more that I searched the less I seemed to care. There is nothing out there today that sounds remotely interesting or original.
No wonder so many of today’s listeners are going back in time. Many preferring classic Motown and rock of the 60s and 70s back when music was still fresh and not as stale as today. Myself, I am a jazz head and love the works of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and Herbie Hancock to name a few.
The popular music of today is all about style over substance. One does not really need to be particularly talented to land a recording contract, if you have the looks then the record industry wants you. All you have to do is turn on the television set to see the likes of Justin Bieber and all who look the part and not much else.
This is a sad statement considering the number of talented musicians out there who can barely pay their rent or buy a meal doing what they love the most. Perhaps, if they were more handsome or pretty then the record companies would take notice.
That is why a couple years ago when Esperanza Spaulding (jazz musician) won the Grammy for artist of the year, I was thrilled. Finally, someone with real talent was recognized. But of course, the self-aggrandizing pop critics called her victory a travesty in the light of true talents such as Bieber.
Right there, it should give pause to anyone with half a brain that they pop music industry has no clue about talent. They just want to continue with their bogus practice of style over substance. Me… I will stick to my Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk CDs.