Originally Posted by opentune
Maybe mainstream music is moving full circle- back to where the 'band' and instrumentation is just background, and what is featured (or these days packaged) is the singer. I don't know, think Vera Lynn, Bing Crosby..hell even Enrico Caruso.
Hopefully even this will not lose its "roll'
Well, Bing Crosby got big with the Paul Whiteman orchestra and then starred in his own radio show. The 30's had alot of focus on Big Bands and pop singers who basically played the same material. Pop tunes,many of which started off as showtunes. There were dedicated songwriters in those days who would rise on the basis of their writing alone, think Irving Berlin,Cole Porter or Harry Warren. They wrote the songs that ended up on "Your Hit Parade." With Rock and Roll there was more of a tendency for the hits to be written by the performer. Thus the performance took on more importance and the quality and sophistication of the writing(we're talking from a musical perspective here. Chords melody and orchestration. Lyrics dont enter into this, we're talking music) declined quite a bit. Sad really cause 60 years later we have these machines that could produce anything concievable by any composer and we use it to do I V vi IV progressions all day long