The King Is Dead, Long Live The King….


The first ever blog..musings on music.

   So here I am, tremulously taking my first steps into the world of blogging. Virtually every ‘helpful tips’ section on blogging I’ve read suggests choosing subjects close to your heart to start with, since you already know enough about them to hold some kind of coherent thought for a few sentances (some noticable exceptions to this rule exist though). So here it is, my first topic… why modern music is ultimately crap compared to older music……….(sucks air through teeth anticipation-stylee, and retreats for the verbal barricades to repel boarders..)

   OK, right out of the blocks let me clear one thing up straight away – I am not suggesting that there is no good modern music, nor am I suggesting that age is an indicator of musical quality. However it’s not a theme I can really sum up in one snappy opening sentance, so stick with me on this one, alright?

   Let me start by observing how music, and it’s availability, has changed wildly in the last couple of decades. Since 100 B.C. (Before Computers), man has been making music in its varied forms and styles primarily with one thing in mind – the entertainment and appreciation of fellow humans/wooly mammoths. In bygone days this meant that if you were a fan of a particular artist/group, you had to wait months or even years for a new release, travel to the nearest shop selling music, then purchase that release in whatever archaic format it was available in, be it vinyl, tape etc., all of which were prone to breakage/damage, then play it back in poor quality on machinery that was clunky and unreliable. These days music can be available for sale literally minutes after it is finished, available worldwide instantly, comes in downloadable format that’s delivered direct to your living room, and is in a digital format that never breaks, chips or damages. So basically the music industry has taken a giant leap forward in terms of commercial availability – and this can only be a good thing for us as consumers, right??

   WRONG. SO VERY, VERY WRONG.

   You see, my opinion (and since its my blog, the correct one) is that we’ve gone too far towards the next new, shiny development without considering what we’ve left behind in our wake. Let me explain. Ok, so you had to wait ages between releases – ever heard the phrase ‘anticipation sweetens the deal’? The release of a new album used to be a truly news-worthy event, setting playgrounds and bars alight with the discussion of how it was likely to sound, whether the sound would be similar or different – in short it was exciting!!! These days it’s lost amongst the other 374 releases in your e-mail inbox, temporary and insubstantial, if noticed at all. And yes, formats such as tapes and vinyl records were prone to scratching/recording over accidentally/being nicked by your ‘mates’, but when you download an album do you get to read the liner notes while you listen?? Does it come with stunning and original artwork, or contain the lyrics for all the songs? Does it tell you who was involved in the production, or carry messages from the band to their fans and loved ones?? I think not.

   OK, OK, I can see the obvious rebuttal to this argument, namely that not all of you will care enough about all the frippery, and are quite content to just let the music do the talking. And believe me I respect that point of view – hell, at least 60%  of my considerably-larger-than-most music collection is in digital format, and downloading has enabled me to own music I never would have possessed otherwise – rare albums, bootlegs, even tunes that are so old very few vinyl copies probably still exist. But like a homicidal fork-wielding diner, there’s more than one prong to my attack.

   Its not just the loss of the creative package that came with music that concerns me, but the wider ranging implications about how we’ve changed our perception of music. Before the advent of the internet, music advertising was an extremely expensive and long-winded saga involving flyers, billboards, radio and television that took a long time to generate a world-wide media interest, the up-shot of this being that if you were going to invest that much time and effort in something, it had BETTER BE BLOODY GOOD!! Bands had no choice but to tour with their music in order to let more people hear it, and those live performances were for real people who could cheer, boo, hiss, cat-call and give the artists instant in-your-face criticism far more real than a slightly-upset e-mail or a slagging on Facebook. Any recording artist was constantly under pressure to perform at the top of their game and deliver the best product possible to the fans, because the only way to get properly rock star limo-in-the-pool type rich was to have a career that had LONGEVITY. It took time to make the money and the truly great, long lasting stars were those who continually turned out a strong catalogue of work – take examples like Elvis, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin to name a scant few and you know the type of peformers I mean.

   Nowadays, however, we’re almost over-saturated with new music, with a new artist every ten seconds, albums released two or three every year instead of every decade, and advertising reaching you on your phone, in your house via internet, e-mail, radio and satellite television, even on public transport or six-story high electronic billboards. It’s human nature always to think that the grass is greener on the other side therefore no matter how we may try to deny it we are easily distracted by the new and interesting. So if that’s the case, how do we take enough time to truly appreciate an album, to examine its lyrics and really think about them, talk to friends about them, listen to them so often we appreciate all the subtle nuances they have and truly understand what the artist was conveying to us, before there’s a newer, better album we should be checking out????

   The answer is that, sadly, we don’t. Increasingly often these days I meet young people whose list of favourite bands doesn’t contain anything older than a few years. Now again, to set the record straight (no pun intended….well maybe just a small feeble one) I know that age does not automatically mean its any good, or that its your type of thing. Hell, you may be into some bizarre Japanese electro-funk/Swedish death-metal crossover that didn’t even exist as a genre last year, in which case I wish you and your eardrums the greatest of best wishes. But it doesn’t change the fact that music is more often being thought of as just another quick-fix disposable commodity to be consumed, disposed of and then left behind as we seek out the next feed. And why, if you’ve bothered to read through all of that and not just scrolled down to the end to see if there’s a point to all of this ranting, does this one subject upset me so much I chose it for my first ever trial blog??

The Answer.

   This is why. Of all the types of art that man has produced; painting, sculpture, poetry, story-telling…….NOTHING, I repeat NOTHING has moved the hearts of so many of us, brought joy, produced tears, laughter and melancholy the way Music has. It is our single most expressive, individual form of entertainment to date and it is a treasure to be guarded by mankind more protectively than a fat kid stood by the trifle at a buffet.  To allow music to slowly fade in cultural significance would be a crime of epic Godzilla-like proportions we could never forgive ourselves for.As soon as you finish reading this blog, wherever you are in the world, go and find a copy of your local pop music chart and ask yourself ‘How many of these acts will still be around and producing music in 40 years time?’. I hope the answer doesn’t depress you too much. As more and more music becomes available each year the number of quality tunes that will last down the years with us diminishes. So perhaps now the Elvis analogy in the title makes more sense. The King Is Dead….Long Live The King!!

PS Dear Reader….a couple of points I should add for reference. One, Elvis is ok, but he’s not really my bag, (baby), its just that it seemed a mildly witty (ok, very mildly) way of hinting at the subject in the title. And Two, I appreciate that simply because it is such a powerful emotional motivator,music is a great divider of opinion as well. Therefore many of you three readers may disagree with things I’ve said here and want to argue your point or just post abuse. Go ahead. Yes, that’s right. Go ahead. I strongly believe that all discussion is a good thing – just one small point, my kids and possibly yours may want to read this, so keep the swearing out please, ta. Hit me up with replies if you want me to assassinate a topic for you, or just offer an opinion/cash donation to my artistry. Open the comments page by clicking the speech bubble top right on this page!

“Do unto others before they get the chance to do to you” ~ The Assassin.

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23 comments on “The King Is Dead, Long Live The King….

  1. I pretty much would agree, except I would say modern music IS largely just rubbish, I’m not as kind as you.
    Obviously there are exceptions, or people that, though I don’t personally like them, I can see they have talent. BUT, I am totally not down with Kesha, Lady GaGa and Owl City (etc) being thrown into my face.
    What I’m getting at (in a massively vague way) is that genuine talent is being more and more over-looked for easy ‘stars’, AKA attention grabbing hagfish (that’s the ridicoulously slimy bottom feeding scavengers of the abyssal plains, if you were unaware). Generally the people I like that are around/still around now have either worked from the ground up to be signed to a decent label or establish a loyal fanbase for instance, or aren’t well known at all and probably never will be because the limelight is being usurped by irritaing teenagers and bands that can’t actually sing without auto-tune.
    I hope that made some sort of sense. Probably not.

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    • No,it makes sense. You’d surely have to agree that there is a lot of good music out there that’s new though?? It’s not so much the lack of music that concerns me as the increasing tendency to look upon it as a quick hit rather than a long term investment, which can surely only lead to a diluting of the quality that artists feel is “the bar” they need to achieve in order to be a ‘hit’. That said, 20 extra hitman points for stunning use of the word ‘hagfish’ in a blog reply – go to the top of the class.

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  2. Aye I can see your issue here, I think we’re coming at it from two different angles that unite. My real problem is the shunting aside of real music as I’ve said, but that itself has devalued music and helped with what your biggest issue is. Of course blame needs to be placed in part upon technology, but in the end it’s not a computer assualting us with a barrage of audible sludge. So at the risk of sounding like a dirty hippy, it’s The Man, man. Commercialisation, just pumping things out as fast as people can buy them and killing the industry they claim to be trying to protect, not monetarily but by lowering the standard of talent so long as you’re willing to dress like a tool and pose for the cameras, either that or slowly eroding the minds of everyone in the outside world.
    Gah, this is probably coming out as a garbled mess, I know what I’m trying to say but cudgel my brains as I might it just doesn’t seem to be conveying :/
    Are you getting this? Rubbish ‘artists’ + money-grabbing suits = quick-hit mentality.

    Oh and yes to the new music bit, but you have to look for it really don’t you? And know where to look, even the ‘alt’ channels and stations don’t give you much, unless you’re into floppy-haired screaming 15 year-olds with snake-bites. Lot’s of hyphens there.
    Also, tbh I felt a bit bad after saying it, hagfish have never wronged me, in fact I love their slime. I don’t even know what I’m saying anymore, I need a fag.

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    • Ah Immi I sense we are, as you suggest, approaching the same Devil’s Crossroads on two different roads. And I totally agree with you vis-a-vis the narrowing of the styles of music being heavily promoted today, and their seeming preponderance on quantity rather than quality. I strongly disagree, however, with your excessive use of hyphens, and remove the points I awarded you earlier.

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  3. I refuse to give them back.
    What if I say ‘hagfish’ again? Or if creatures from the depths are your bag, Six-Gill shark (guess how many gills he has)? Angler fish? Little white crabs that live on hydrothermal vents independent of the sun’s energy? Any of these working?

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  4. A good, strong blog to make a statement of intent upon the world with! And I agree with (almost) everything you have said, Mr Social… Mr Assassin… Mr Ass, for short?

    I never bought into the Elvis OR Beatles thang (and I get derided for it to this day), but I see your point solidly. However, I’ve mentioned to my dad a lot of todays music is shite – a LOT of it – and he answered that it was the same in his day, but thankfully the strong tracks survive the years. Maybe that’s what will happen to this (dire) generation?

    On the flip side, both my older kids love todays music; my daughter is ‘all up in Bieber’s grille’ or something, and my boy loves Slipknot and many other metal bands. I taught him well. Yet when I play them a lot of the music that we grew up with (that’s you and I, Mr SA), they mock it and flick the radio back on.

    Oh, maybe that’s something else you can look at if you return to the music-blog, Mr SA – just how many of us listen to the radio these days, or what stations? I can’t listen to Radio 1 when Moyles, Mills, Bowman or any of the other awful, awful, awful dj’s are on. I’ve used the word ‘awful’ three times as you said I’m not allowed to swear.

    The only station I listen to is TalkSport and/or cds/mp3s.

    Peace out.

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    • It could only be a matter of time before a REAL blogger came by to comment, and it would be the Literary Giant that is Jody Ruth (readers, please hit Jody’s link in my blogroll and go check him out if you haven’t, its a bloody good read!!).

      And you, sir, may call me Mr.Ass anytime you like 😉

      As to your comments yes, I do agree that not all music is crap today nor was it all nuggets of shining gold in years gone by, I just worry that technology means we just get to hear a greater proportion of rubbish making it harder and harder to find the real quality gems buried at the bottom of a river of mediocre sludge. It’s fantastic that your kids are music fans as well, regardless of their personal tastes
      (although I, too, would love to get ‘all up in Bieber’s grill’ for reasons I suspect differ wildly from your daughter’s – I doubt she’s been keeping some blunt hedge-trimmers in the shed for the occasion!)
      And the idea of a blog on the changing face of radio really appeals to me – I sense I may have to pin down a radio DJ over a few beers for the insider’s perspective Jody, do you know where I might find a DJ who likes to drink beer by any chance??? Peace Off.

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  5. Thats a great read Kev with a lot of good points, good food for thought and i enjoyed reading it over a brew, music is definatly evolving in the wrong direction at the moment and because of its lack of emotional depth these days the younger music listners are not connecting with it in a way that previous generations have, a couple of indie labels such as sub pop for example are still keeping it real with the folk scene but they cant compete with the machine, hopefully blogs like this will raise awareness.

    Well done.

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    • Many thanks Ben, I’m pleased it came out so well considering I just opened a page and let my bile spew forth onto it lol!! Glad to see you keeping up the tradition of reading over a good cup of tea too!!! You make a good point about some of the smaller independant labels ‘keeping it real’ but I agree with you that their hard work is often lost under the landslide of corporate money-driven mediocre crap. Thans for the feedback!!

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  6. Well done soc-ass for this well written and well thought out blog 😀 I agree with pretty much everything you say…im 23 and I much prefer the older style music music you can sing along to and understand…music that actually means something and tells a story…music now is all about the money and it doesnt mean the same as it used to…they dont even have to try as hard to become famous…so why should they be.
    There are still some songs around I like but I can list more older songs…music and people should be more like they used to be 😀

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  7. Ok, so the blog is well written, congrats on that.
    But aside from that, I’m afraid there is scant few points made here that I agree (wholly) with.

    I will start with the bits I agree with.. (it’s shorter, and I’m lazy).

    Firstly, I will always prefer to buy an album phsically, rather than digitally.
    If only for the pleasure of taking off the wrapping and looking at the inlay on the bus ride home> (Being carefull not to damage it while removing it, and maybe having a sneaky sniff too.. I love that new album inlay smell.)
    Its just nicer to have it in your collection, proudly stored somewhere visible, (for easy perusal of guests)… testament to your love and commitment to music..

    I think that is about as far as i go with the agreeing part.

    Now for the rebuttal….(Deeeeeeeeeep breath…)

    You stated that, in the past, making and promoting an album was an extremely expensive undertaking, and therefor the material HAD to be good, or the band would find themselves down the dss faster than a dash to the bog on a sunday morning after ten pints and a curry… (or something like that.)

    But that was only for the major bands.

    There always has, and always will be small indie lables and countless less well known bands who survive on touring and word of mouth only..

    And that statement is still true of major bands now.
    What do you reckon the budget for coldplays, muse’s, Green day or foo fighters last albums was?
    I’m betting a lot… perhaps more than for some of these monolithic giants’ albums you speak of…?

    For me, the profileration of music on the internet can only be a good thing.
    And, (for me), this largely boils down to one word…

    Choice.

    Historically, finding “new” music was extremely difficult.
    There was the music press, with its biased and corporate sponsored views, deciding who was “in” and who should have thier art used as coasters. Hardly a free and objective medium.At best, all you got was one persons opinion, with no way of deciding for yourself without going out and buying a copy.

    That, and a few late night “we’re so cool and in the know” channel 4 shows.
    oh, and Jo Whiley show.. (I have nothing bad to say about that).

    In short, unless you had a corporate sponser, it was almost impossible to get your music out there.

    Then came the internet.

    With applications like myspace and youtube, anyone could put their music out there, for anyone who cares to listen, anytime, anywhere…

    I particularly took umbridge with the “oversaturation” arguement.

    It’s not that there is more music, its just that more of it is getting recorded, and being put within easy reach of everyone.

    Before home recording became available, just think how much wonderfull music was lost, for want of money to record it?

    Also, with home recording, anyone is free to experiment, absolved of any financial pressures.
    I believe this had led to countless pieces of brave, avant garde composition that would never have seen the light of day in days gone by..innovation is now bounded only by imagination.

    I’m not saying all of it is good.
    But thats the beauty of it… the sheer scope of whats out there.
    Music is a very personal , and subjective art.
    One persons travesty is another persons masterpiece.

    I find it so very liberating to be able to listen to an almost neverending list of musicians, all of whom clearly belive strongly in what they are doing.
    I might not like all of it.
    I might not listen to some of ever again after the first listen.
    But I can listen to it if I so choose, and thats the benefit of home recording and the internet, for me.

    When I find a band i love, no matter how big or small they are, whether they have a sound that could shake my fillings out, or sp subtle that I have a hold my breath to appreciate, I get exited when they release a new album/ep.

    And if I find someone out there as exited as me about that album, to specualte and enthuse about the band, it makes it all the more personal, knowing that of all the endless music out there, we share a common connection to that particular band.

    I’m not sure how much of this response is coherent, I’m tired and have the concentration span of an adhd sufferer in disneyland.

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    • Dear Kingdingaling, (I bet you say that to all the girls….)

      Many thanks for a well-thought out rebuttal to my argument, this is exactly the type of debate I was hoping to start. And congratulations on being one of the music fans who still appreciates the finer points of purchasing ‘real’ music ie cds/vinyl etc. However, I never actually stated that people don’t buy cd’s, more that less and less people do so, and that sooner or later we run the risk of forgetting just how much more we gain in terms of the experience of an album from these ‘obsolete’ formats. That aside, you make several good points here, so let me see if I can clear a few things up.

      Firstly, you state that my point about artists having to try harder and produce quality products is valid only with reference to larger acts, since smaller labels have, and still do, survived purely by touring and word of mouth. But I think perhaps you miss the point I’m trying to make (although due more to my less-than-coherent writing style than your distraction with Disneyland I suspect!). What I’m trying to say is that prior to advents such as Myspace, Youtube et al, if a band/artist was going to get access to the limited press the music industry gave them, their music had to be good enough for the company to see that advertising as a worthwhile investment. Now that any Tom,Dick or Kingdindaling can release their music instantaneously with very little effort we are, as you rightly suggest, able to access a vast wealth of music that never would have seen the light of day otherwise, but there’s no guarantee of QUALITY, and this is what I object to.

      See, I totally agree with you that downloads etc etc are not a bad thing, but since there is no longer any ‘quality control’ imposed by the music industry with regards to the content released, this new exciting wealth of new releases has sadly just opened us up to a flood of mediocre crap to sift through in order to find the few gems within. Yes, there IS more fantastic music available to us now, but its harder and harder to find it. OK, OK, so no-one is forcing me to listen to any of the stuff I object to, and it IS only the viewpoint of one, er, assassin, but I strongly believe that the general effect of this miracle of technology is that we run the risk of being buried in crap before we realise what’s going on. For every miraculous new discovery that we would have missed, there are fifty “Crazy Frog”‘s waiting in the wings… Admittedly the ability of musicians to more easily reach their target audiences can only be a great development, but as you quite accurately point out;
      “Music is a very personal , and subjective art.
      One persons travesty is another persons masterpiece.”

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      • Dinseyland!!!
        Wooooaahhh!!
        Weeeeaahhh!!!!
        Bastard.
        You agree with me just enough to make it very difficult to argie my point without argueing with myself.(which i do a lot, behind closed doors)

        But if I may start my refutal by again turning the arguement that you so deviously turned back upon me.. erm.. back upon you..

        “Music is a very personal , and subjective art.
        One persons travesty is another persons masterpiece.”

        I wil start by saying that there most definatly IS quality controlll within even indie lablels..for the most part.

        True, there is no controll as to who can put out just just about anything from their bed room, but I still only see this as a good thing..

        There are a few musicians that mean a whole lot to me that would never, ever have had a release without the internet.

        Who wold argue against the point that record labels are always looking for “the next”.. (coldplay, green day, nirvana.. whatever)

        In short, a vast amount of money from conventional sources is ploughed into feeeding a thirst for music that fits into predetermined, narrow parameters.

        The advent of the internet brought forth amazing invention, and broke the corperate stranglehold on the zeitgeist, in my opinion.

        There innumerable stories of bands that were made hude purely by myspace ect.. bands that made it big by ploughing thier own field.. and forcing the major labels to take notice.

        Without the free release of the miriad of different styles and, though I am loath to say it, “quality” of music, we are doomed to listen to whatever is deemed to be “good enough” by arbitrary forces.

        Much like a fasion industry, we would be doomed to listen to/see only what a corperate think tank deemed would be a money spinner.

        True, it may be harder to weed through what is on offer to find what really appeals to you, but doesnt that make so much more meaningfull when you finally find something you love?
        (especially if its something that would not have be released otherewise.. the first demo by a band destined to conquer the world, perhaps?)

        Art, and music MUST advance.

        To stagnate is to die, and there is a long histry of people breaking the mould, to thier ridicule, only to be recognised asa influential some years later.

        We must embrace change, or art will die.

        After all, isnt rock and roll supposed to be dangerous?

        But lets let that one go for now..

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  8. Can’t argue with much there mate, and you can tie it in to the ceaseless dumbing-down of society through media outlets and weak government. I’d like to read a treatise on why the majority of current comedy is unfunny, bland nonsense. I KNOW you must have opinions on that!

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    • Thanks Rich, a similar analysis of comedy may well be on the cards, just as soon as I find a way of keeping it from being an article that basically reads ‘George Carlin and Bill Hicks – End of Argument’ !!

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      • I quite agree, both legendary comics/philosophers, but there’s plenty of mileage to be had from assassinating James Corden in comarison with Ronnie Barker, just as an example. I look forward to the next execution!

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  9. Assassin, I realize this is a dead thread, but I just discovered you tonight and have been reading your postings. And I feel compelled to jump to Kingdingaling’s defense. And I agree with most of what you, yourself, are saying, as well. Most of today’s commercial stuff is pure tripe. I was listening to an NPR report on Keisha the other day, her producer talked about how it cost him close to a million USD$ to make a Keisha song, even before she stepped into the recording studio. The songwriter, the voice coach, the marketing etc. And then they played a few seconds of “their” creation and it was absolutely hideous. It was some auto-tuned autrocity! Dear God, if you need autotune in a friggin studio then you aren’t actually a singer, you’re an act! And this is an “artist” who has several other best-selling albums…. why? And HOW????

    That said, Kingdingaling is very right. The ease and cheapness of recording digitally has democratized modern music.Many, many more artists can now put their original music out there and find their own audience. You don’t have to be lucky enough to live in a city like Memphis, which is where I am, or London, to hear really amazing new artists and new music. Music is all around us and is made by the most unlikely of people.

    Music may even be more primordial than any of the other arts we celebrate and honor. We Homo-Sapien-Sapiens have been beating out rhythms and dancing to the beat, the flames and the moonlight since before recorded history.

    But look to John and Alan Lomax, they travelled to southern US to record the music they found there. They brought Blues and Gospel music to our knowledge. They popularized “black” music and culture. They were the first democratizers of the music all of our popular music is based on. Without them, we’d never know Leadbelly and without him, we’d never have The Rolling Stones, as they are.

    And take my own city’s Sam Phillips and his Sun Records. In order to make the money to keep the lights and electricity on at his studio, Sam would record anyone who could pay. He recorded weddings and funerals, BBKing and Junior Parker and Howlin Wolf
    . And one day some young kid walked in, with his cash to cut a record for his Momma. And that man was Elvis.

    I’m not saying the internet is the next Sun Studios, Assassin. I’m just saying, it’s possible. The ease and cheapness and availability of recording equipment make it much easier for another Elvis, or Johnny Cash or Leadbelly, etc., to make a song, to find an audience and to go beyond the “gatekeepers.”

    What you are truly complaining about, is not that there is so much new music, it’s that you can’t trust the arbiters of said music( used to be you could trust “the system” to find the really good and creative and original musicians who would be around for another generation). . Methinks you need a new goalie.

    So, instead of decrying new music, why don’t you decry the lack of taste in the mainstream reviewers? And do what I do, find someone with music tastes that appeal to you, follow their links and follow the people they also follow. I’ve found some very interesting new bands and new songs just going down the rabbit holes of people who love music. And honestly, one song may even be enough to cause me to d/l an entire album.

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    • Dee, thanks very much for finding this blog, and for leaving an intelligent and well informed answer. One of the hardest things sometimes for a writer is to accept criticism in any form, but a good writer (I hope) uses the opportunity to re-assess their thoughts in light of others viewpoints, and having just done so, a couple of months after I wrote this first ever blog, I have to put my hands up and say it… You’re Right.

      I find myself guilty of poorly wording my argument. Perhaps my eagerness to plunge into the blogging community meant I didn’t plan out my flow well first (which I now do!) or perhaps my rising bile over the falling quality of ‘commercial’ music meant I rushed in where Robbie William’s ‘Angels’ feared to tread. And you’ve hit the nail truly on the head with your assessment of my motivations. Speaking purely for myself I’m confident I’ll always be discovering new music,but not everybody is so independantly motivated and you’re correct to suggest I’m concerned that ‘the system’ isn’t doing what it could to offer quality products, regardless of genre.

      Far from being annoyed (except for at myself) I’m glad you forced me to analyse this and recognise my mistakes. Loralei 1 – Assassin 0. And my challenger would have to come from Memphis!! My father raised me on an equal diet of fantastic British music like Jeff Beck, The Stones, Cream, Deep Purple, Sabbath and so on, and glorious American tunes from Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Johnny Cash, John lee Hooker … so I fully apreciate the amazing musical heritage that surrounds you and doubtless played some small part in motivating you to respond to my comments. I tip my hat to you for opening my eyes – the blog will stay as it is because everything I publish is a first draft and I don’t believe in editing after publishing … but hopefully this response will clarify for future readers. And nothing is ever a dead thread on this site, my visits may not be daily (I work an average 80 hour week!) but I’m always happy to discuss any post or topic old or new 🙂

      And in parting, may I also defend myself slightly by revealing that Aaron, wonderfully AKA KingDingaling, has been my friend for over 15 years. And like all good friends, we love to argue, and we don’t really care about what. Except music. Then, we care. A lot. They’re always THE best arguments. But to be honest, if he argued something was black, I’d argue it was pink, slightly homoerotic, and hidden in his bedside cabinet. 😉

      Thanks for the post, and for being one of those out there keeping the music alive.

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