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Old 02-05-2010, 05:55 AM   #1
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Default Where have all the good musicians gone?

I have the Early Show on, and there is some kid named Justin Bieber on. This dude is terrible, but all the girls are going crazy. Last year, I saw three live performances from the Jonas Brothers on various talk shows. They were terrible, too.

When I was a kid, I got to listen to the likes of Rush, Erik Clapton, Santana, and Pink Floyd. Heck! Even Michael Jackson's and Whitney Houston's vocal skills and talent could not be questioned. It seems as if many of the new artists today are more about hype and image than actual substance.

Where have all the good musicians gone?
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Old 02-05-2010, 06:40 AM   #2
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Yep, we definitely need another Nirvana to show up and shake things up.

I think we all romanticize the music of our twenties (for me, it's 90s), but it's beyond dispute that today's music is synthetic pap. I pine for the days of Stone Temple Pilots, Alice in Chains, Smashing Pumpkins... hell, even Gin Blossoms. But you know what I've always liked and find myself drawn to more and more? Singers and standards of the '40s and '50s. I really think that was the zenith of American popular music. I dig the 40s and the Seriously Sinatra (not just Sinatra, but his genre) channels on XM Radio.

(I also listen to a lot of the old radio shows on Radio Classics. I have a serious case of fauxstalgia).
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Old 02-05-2010, 06:54 AM   #3
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People vote for hype and image. What makes you think they wouldn't want to hear hype and image sing?
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Old 02-05-2010, 10:05 AM   #4
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I have a teen daughter and she's all about Owl City, You Tube that junk, the lyrics arent even good. I'd rather be awake while I'm asleep? WTF then get up. Getting hugs from fireflies????? When I was her age my dad took my Guns & Roses Appetite for Destruction tape cause he diddnt like Mr. Brownstone. At least the storyline of the song is something most can relate to.
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Old 02-05-2010, 10:17 AM   #5
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The decent musicians today aren't attractive or young enough to be on normal radio or TV.

Look at that "Free Credit Report" guy. He can't even speak English, and just lip syncs, but he has a huge following just because he's cute.

There's good new music out there, you just have to seek it out. (and pay for it)
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Old 02-05-2010, 10:34 AM   #6
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I usually listen to symphonies or chamber music anymore, I also like jazz or old honky tonk and delta blues music... I still like rock from the 70' or 80's new wave. My kids listen to art/thrash/noise/metal but for the most part I'm just past it. I find this sort of thing much more enjoyable now....

YouTube - Frostrósir - Eivør and Icelandic Simphony Orchestra

This one is beautiful as well....

YouTube - Greensleeves
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Well, look at the top-rated TV show: American Idle. It's a steaming pile of crap, with huge ratings. The Wife and her Mom watch it. When it's on and I have no say, I just go to another room and read.

I can only take just so much screeching and off-key wailing before I shoot that cat..........
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I have the Early Show on, and there is some kid named Justin Bieber on. This dude is terrible, but all the girls are going crazy. Last year, I saw three live performances from the Jonas Brothers on various talk shows. They were terrible, too.

When I was a kid, I got to listen to the likes of Rush, Erik Clapton, Santana, and Pink Floyd. Heck! Even Michael Jackson's and Whitney Houston's vocal skills and talent could not be questioned. It seems as if many of the new artists today are more about hype and image than actual substance.

Where have all the good musicians gone?
Not that I'm disagreeing with you, but my Dad said almost word for word the same thing about the Stones when I was 10 or 11. "All he does is dance around, I can't understand what he's saying...there's just guitars, no horns or strings."
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Well, look at the top-rated TV show: American Idle. It's a steaming pile of crap, with huge ratings. The Wife and her Mom watch it. When it's on and I have no say, I just go to another room and read.

I can only take just so much screeching and off-key wailing before I shoot that cat..........
And the fact they have an age cap on eligable contestants alone tells me they arent looking for the most capable talent, but the most marketable contestant.
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Old 02-05-2010, 12:21 PM   #10
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Not that I'm disagreeing with you, but my Dad said almost word for word the same thing about the Stones when I was 10 or 11. "All he does is dance around, I can't understand what he's saying...there's just guitars, no horns or strings."
Ther difference between your Dad and Pulley is that the Stones stuck around for 40 years. The clowns that 'perform' now are lucky to stick it out for 40 days. I'd say your Dad didn't get it, but Pulley does get it.
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