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Why Modern Day Music Sucks
Why does Modern Day Music Suck?
Music. It's a stress relief. It's what people go to to get a message, heal wounds, and to get motivation. You can't walk anywhere anymore without hearing music playing in restraunts, or cars flying by shaking everything around it because the bass is cranked fully. Music use to take severe talent in order to make. One would have to master an instrument, be able to sing, and be able to write songs that not only are catchy, but speak to the audience. Deliver meaning. In this article, I will show you how the modern day music has lost all of these qualities, and has became a business that anyone can get into.
No Singing Needed
Have you ever been told that you don't have a good singing voice? Well, it's okay. You can still make it into the music business. Most modern day music has nothing to do with the powerful voice you have. All that matters is that you are able to work an Auto-Tune. An Auto-Tune is an electronic device that, once you sing into, makes you sound like a robot. It is used in almost every single modern day song that comes out. Believe it or not, bands like Black Eyed Peas use to be pure vocal, and just catchy beats. Bands used to have vocalists that you would want to kill, JUST to have their voice. If you couldn't sing in the old music business, you would've been told to fuck off by the C.E.O. of the record company, and would have been escorted out by big guys in suits. Your dream of singing the national anthem at the super bowl would be crushed, right then, and right there. Nobody would take your singing career seriously. Then, the Auto-Tune happened. Now, if you can't sing, the record company would strap you to an Auto-Tune and give you material to sing. The next think you know it, your name would be more wide spread then christianity. People would line up to see you when you go to their town, and kids everywhere will download that ninety-nine cent Auto-Tune app you can get on any iTouch or iPhone, and sing along. It's hard to call it talent, when you can get their apparent "$200 equipment" to make their voice for only ninety-nine cents from apple.
Example of AutoTune
This is a perfect example of what I mean by Auto-Tune. Listen to the entire song, and try to imagine it without Auto-Tune. It would suck without it, right? Point proven.
Can't Play an Instrument...? Nah, You're Good
If you play an instrument, you know it is a long process to master the instrument. I myself play guitar. It has taken me years to master every technique that there is, and hours of practice just to get everything perfect. When you heard bands play, you would not only be amazed by the vocals, but by the instruments as well. The guitarist would fall on his knees in the middle of a guitar solo and would play so fast, your finger muscles would ache just from watching it. The Drummer would be spinning wildly on his stool hitting every drum his drum kit has, and would be playing so wildly, the animal planet features him on a show. The Bassest would make the room shake, and would make it to where you could feel your heart and internal organs shake. You would leave the concert stunned, and wishing just for an ounce of that talent. Now, picture that concert in modern day terms. The artist walks on, and you notice he is the only one on stage. But, deep in the background, you see a DJ messing with his mix board, and pushing buttons to receive different drum beats, bass speed, and even some guitar riffs to go with the song. Doesn't seem as incredible as the old concerts. And it's not. Music today is only based on the beats, and about putting as many little effects as their little hearts desire into the song. Playing an instrument in modern day music term is equal to wearing all white at a funeral. People will stare at you, other artists will hate you, and you will stand out like a sore thumb. So, if you suffer from not being able to play an instrument, don't worry. You will be welcomed into the Music Business with open arms! (And if you can't sing....that's just another bonus!)
You Can't Think of Any Lyrics? That's Okay, Just Sing About Your Hair!
When I listen to a song, I instantly listen to the lyrics. Bands like Disturbed, Korn, and Lamb of God write songs that speek to their fans, and allow the fans to relate to them. We all have that one song that we listen to when we get into certain moods. When we work out, "Eye of the Tiger" all the way. When we are depressed, we choose a song that has a sad meaning. Angry, we listen to "I don't know you, but I will slit your throat and use your blood as syrup on my waffles" kind of music. If you havn't noticed, it's not just the tempo or sound of the song that makes it that song we listen to in certain moods. The lyrics play a major role. Personally, I listen to music to relate to it, and as a way to express how I feel. Lyrics are important. Not only to me, but to everyone. With modern day music....it's not that important. As long as you have a good beat behind it, the lyrics are just the random left shoe on the side of the highway. The way some lyrics are written, I swear they just look around the room and write what they see in order. They give it a beat. Then it's played all over the radio 24/7. A perfect example, in my opinion, is "I Whip My Hair Back and Forth" by Willow Smith. Don't get me wrong, I love the Smith family. An extremley talented family. But it's like she didn't even try in this song. Most of the lyrics consist of "I whip my hair back and forth". The word "hair" appears 82 times and "whip" a staggering 107 times. The phrase “I whip my hair back and forth” occurs 67 times. This means that more than half of the song (55%) is just the phrase “I whip my hair back and forth” repeated. The song is 3 minutes and 13 seconds long. After doing some unimportant math with some friends, this means that mean time between the phrase "I whip my Hair back and forth" is 2.88 seconds. This means that after the phrase is said, 2.88 seconds later the phrase is said again. I know I over analyzed the last part, but I'm proving a point. If you say the same phrase at a spread of every 2.88 seconds, you can not write lyrics, and your lyrics probably won't speak to anybody. Unless they have a high-ego about whipping their hair around. Then they will probably love you.
It took me forever to do that math. Don't ask me to do it again, because I probably can't. But if you don't believe me, feel free to count it, and do it yourself.
After all these years of amazing lyrics, guitar, bass, and drum legends, amounts of kick ass songs that had meaning to them...why have we progressed down the chain, instead of upward? This is all opinionated. If you appreciate, and like this kind of music, I mean no harm. I am just speaking my opinion. If you don't agree, or agree, or want to bring up another point, feel free to comment. I would love to hear your opinion!
Tell me what you think!