Has the best music been and gone?

Music…it’s been around for centuries now and it’s a big part of our lives to this day.

Over the years, there have been many different bands, musical genres and styles.  Some have lasted, while others have faded away.  Today, music is still very popular but the question is, has the best been and gone?

There have been some iconic band and artists throughout the decades such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton, Elvis, etc.

These bands and artists have in some ways been remembered greatly because of the legacy they left behind and how they have become an inspiration to other future musicians.  I don’t believe today’s acts have the same sort of legacy and inspiration.

These days money rules the world, not talent.  For example, the latest acts such as One Direction and Nicki Minaj may have a lot of popularity but musically, they have nowhere near the talent that the other legendary acts had.  Now this is for a number of reasons of course but one of them is down to the use of technology.  If you have been reading my other blog posts, you may be thinking that this is a bit strange, me criticising technology…but bear with me here!

The use of technology allows the opportunity for generating artificial talent.  Autotune for instance allows average or poorly talented musicians to sing better.  One can definitely spot this when the band or artist performs live.  Sometimes, their voice(s) do not properly hit the notes or are out of time with the rhythm of the song.  And it some cases, they sound terrible.  You see, technology is NOT always good!

Back when autotune was not so prominent, artists and bands were able to perform brilliantly live – some say even better than when in studio.  Today there are fewer acts that can perform to same quality live than when they’re in studio.

Another issue with music these days I think is a lack of imagination when writing songs.  Some acts like One Direction don’t even write their own music and many others are the same.  Also, the lyrics are very samey and are all about clubbing and getting drunk and having a good time.  For me personally, music should be about feelings and emotions and not about alcohol, drugs and sex, which is what a lot of the music charts today is about.  This is another reason why I don’t listen to much of today’s music.

This is all my personal opinion and people like different types of music.  But I personally think that the days of musical talent amongst a large population of musicians has now gone and won’t return.  Sure in the 60s, 70s and 80s there were some joke-bands.  But equally there some great ones and decades on, their music is still being listened to.

On Saturday 20th June I’ll be seeing the Foo Fighters at Wembley Stadium, UK.  They are one example of a current band with musical talent.  That trend as mentioned above is sadly reducing I feel.

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